News Archive

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.

13 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.

15 September 2018

Assistant Professor of Italian Studies Eva Del Soldato comments in Forbes on the unique, experience-centered approach Starbucks took when opening its first Italian location in Milan. See article here. This semester Prof.

10 September 2018

Undergraduate student Nicholas Demarie, minoring in Italian Studies, has been awarded the first prize in the College Essay Contest of the American Association of Teachers of Italian for his essay "Dio, la materia, l’uomo: L’originalità del pensiero di Giulio Cesare Vanini (1585-1619)," written for the course ITAL540, "Plato and Aristotle in the Renaissance” (Prof. Eva Del Soldato). Bravissimo, Nick! 

3 September 2018

Professor Eva Del Soldato has been awarded a Senior Visiting Professorship in the Philosophy Department “Piero Martinetti” at the Università Statale of Milan for the summer of 2019. In Milan, professor Del Soldato will conduct research in the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, one of Europe’s most important repositories of antique books and manuscripts. She will also teach a course on the comparationes between Plato and Aristotle as a philosophical genre in the early modern period.

22 May 2018

First-year graduate student Tommaso de Robertis has won the Giuseppe Velli Prize, awarded by the American Boccaccio Association to the best essay on Boccaccio made by a graduate student in any American or Canadian University. The winning essay will also be automatically considered for publication in Heliotropia, the American Boccaccio Association journal, and Tommaso's essay will appear in the next issue of the journal.

4 February 2018

The Center for Italian Studies maintains a presence in this website (see here). But it has now developed new sections at: http://web.sas.upenn.edu/cis/

15 November 2017

The Center for Italian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, together with the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, the Department of Music, and the Cinema Studies Program, sponsors two academic events (November 20 and 21) devoted to one of the world's most renowned experimental theater and opera director, Romeo Castellucci.

23 October 2017

Assistant Professor Eva Del Soldato has just published a co-edited volume and an article in the most prestigious journal of intellectual history.

8 August 2017

The School of Arts & Sciences has appointed Associate Professor Mauro Calcagno as Director of the Center for Italian Studies. Prof. Calcagno, who joined Penn in 2014, received his training in Humanities and Philosophy at the University of Rome, in Piano at the Conservatory S. Cecilia, and in Musicology at Yale.

8 August 2017

Third-year graduate student Luna Sarti has been awarded a prestigious fellowship from the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities for 2017-18. Luna's project as Graduate Research Fellow will focus on the Tiber river, the Arno river, and the Venice lagoon.

1 May 2017

Eva Del Soldato received the 2017 Huntsman Program Faculty Award for Language Professors at the Huntsman Program Senior Graduation Dinner, last Friday April 28. Traditionally, the Huntsman Faculty Award recipients are first nominated by students (across all four years) and then voted on by graduating seniors. This is a great recognition of professor Del Soldato's teaching. Congratulations!