News Archive

6 November 2021

The Italian Studies section at the University of Pennsylvania is proud to announce the beginning of Penn-in-Florence, our Summer program!

Our program in Florence allows students to improve their language skills while enjoying an immersive experience in Italian history and culture. Florence offers a wide array of resources for students, including world-renowned libraries and museums, culinary traditions, and fashion hubs. It is also a very livable city, with accommodations and places of interest all in walking distance.

The Applications open on November 15, 2021!

2 October 2021

The graduate students in Italian Studies are proud to announce the fourth year of “Masterpiece of Italian Literature @ Penn,” a graduate-led group that aims to read literary texts that have played a pivotal role in global literature.

1 October 2021

Professor Eva Del Soldato has been awarded a STaRS Programme Visiting Professorship in the Department of Literature, Philosophy, and Communication at the Università degli Studi di Bergamo (Summer 2022). In Bergamo, professor Del Soldato will have the opportunity to work at the historical Biblioteca Mai, collecting material for her current project on lovesickness in Counterreformation Italy.

20 May 2021

Doctoral students Natale Vacalebre and Luna Sarti have recently earned prestigious recognitions for their scholarly projects. Vacalebre has been awarded the first annual Stallybrass Prize in the History of Material Texts for his paper “Divine Markets: Producing, Selling and Reading Dante’s Commedia in the Early Typographic Age." Sarti has been awarded the GAPSA-Provost Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Innovation for her project “Mapping Labor and Water in Medieval Florence: An Experiment in Historical Imagination.” Congratulations Natale and Luna!

3 April 2021

PhD Candidate in Italian Studies Mario Sassi has been awarded the 2021 Frederic C. Lane Dissertation Grant of The Medieval Academy of America. His dissertation is entitled "Bedeviled Clergy and Demonic Roosters: The Supernatural in Trecento and Quattrocento Exempla." Congratulations!

29 March 2021

PhD Candidate in Italian Studies Samantha Gillen has been selected to receive a School of Arts and Sciences Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching by Graduate Students for the 2020-2021 academic year! These highly competitive awards are presented annually to graduate students in the arts and sciences to recognize their contributions to teaching at the undergraduate level. The awards seek to recognize teaching that is intellectually rigorous, exceptionally coherent, and has had considerable impact on students.

11 September 2020

Congratulations to Ph.D. student Natale Vacalebre for receiving the 2020 Charles H. Grandgent Award for the best graduate research paper in Dante Studies, sponsored by the Dante Society of America! Dr. Vacalebre's essay is entitled "Paradiso (e Purgatorio) riconquistati. Un incunabolo dantesco in America e ii riscoperto autore delle sue chiose." Bravissimo, Natale! 

3 September 2020

The graduate students of the Department of Italian are proud to announce the third year of “Masterpiece of Italian Literature @ Penn,” a graduate-led group that aims to read literary texts that have played a pivotal role in global literature. This year we will venture into Giacomo Leopardi’s Operette Morali, written between 1824 and 1832. Please see here for more!

4 May 2020

We cannot do it in person (for now!) but we are delighted to celebrate the achievements of our graduate and undergraduate students. Luna Sarti has been awarded a Dissertation Completion Fellowship. Samantha Gillen and Natale Vacalebre have both received a Diss. Research Fellowship. Natale has also received short-term fellowships from the Houghton Library (Harvard) and the Harry Ransom Center (UTexas), as well as Penn Salvatori Research Award, together with Tommaso De Robertis. Last but not least, Mario Sassi won the Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching by Penn Graduate Students.

3 March 2020

March is a busy month for our faculty and graduate students! Mario Sassi will present at the Society in Textual Scholarship (STS) Conference (Philadelphia, March 19-21); Giuseppe Bruno-Chomin, Tommaso de Robertis, Samantha Gillen and Luna Sarti will present at American Association for Italian Studies (AAIS)/American Association for Teacher of Italian (AATI) joint conference (Tucson, March 26-28); Tommaso de Robertis and Natale Vacalebre will present at the Renaissance Society of America (RSA) conference (Philadelphia, April 2-4). Prof.

18 April 2019

Isabella Szpigiel, who earned this summer her B.A. in Psychology and the Minors in Theatre Arts and Consumer Psychology (attending last spring ITAL180, Italian Conversation), travelled to Italy in June and July thanks to the Amici Prize 2019, awarded by the Center for Italian Studies. Enjoy her wonderful report here!

6 April 2019

Ph.D. student Mario Sassi received a fellowship to attend the 2019 Mellon Summer Institute for Italian Paleography at the Newberry Library in Chicago. He will participate in the three-week institute, which offers intensive training in the reading and transcription of handwritten Italian vernacular texts from the late medieval through the early modern periods.

1 February 2019

Congratulations to Luna Sarti, Ph.D. Candidate in Italian Studies, for being selected as a 2019 Penn Arts and Sciences Dean's Scholar. This prestigious award is given to nine SAS graduate students per year "who exhibit exceptional academic performance and intellectual promise." It's a richly deserved honor!

27 January 2019

MIL@P is a graduate student-run organization that welcomes all graduate students from any department and background. We particularly encourage those from history, political science, cultural studies, economics, romance languages, philosophy, and law, but all are welcome.

14 December 2018

Published online with the support of the Penn Libraries, Bibliotheca Dantesca is the result of a collaboration among the students of Penn’s Italian Studies doctoral program, its faculty, and the Center for Italian Studies.

11 November 2018

On Saturday Nov. 10, The Center for Italian Studies and the Italian Studies Department held the seminar "Italian Studies in American Higher Education Today," as part of the celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the Center and as a professionalizing experience for the graduate students in the Ph.D. program.

6 November 2018

The Director of our Italian Language Program (and Undergraduate Chair of Italian Studies) Lillyrose Veneziano Broccia has published "Intermediate Italian as a Bridge to Many Bridges" (see here pp. 80-107), as a contribution to a special issue of the refereed online publication Teaching Italian Language and Culture Annual (TILCA) entitled "

15 October 2018

The graduate students of the Department of Italian are glad to announce the creation of “Masterpieces of Italian Literature @ Penn”, a graduate-led group that aims to read literary texts that have played a pivotal role in global history.

3 October 2018

Luna Sarti, a fourth-year doctoral student in the Italian Studies program and a Summer Fellow in the Penn Program for Environmental Humanities, has published "Systems of Water: Histories of a Cycle That Never Was" in the blog of the Journal of the History of Ideas.

29 September 2018

On Sept. 28, at the end of a wonderful week featuring his three Rosenbach Lectures in Bibliography at the Kislak Center, distinguished historian Carlo Ginzburg (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa - UCLA) was invited by Prof. Eva Del Soldato to visit the Section and the Center for Italian Studies and to meet with the graduate students in the doctoral program in Italian Studies, with whom he generously shared ideas and experiences.