News Archive

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) was invited by Prof. Eva Del Soldato to meet with the graduate students in the doctoral program in Italian Studies, with whom he generously shared ideas and experiences. A memorable event for all involved!

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! 

4 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!

6 April 2017

We are happy to announce that the Penfield Dissertation Research Fellowship for the 2017-2018 academic year has been awarded to Vanessa Di Maggio. Vanessa is working on a dissertation that explores Dante and History. Congratulations, Vanessa, and a propitiatory toast to your dissertation research!

23 February 2017

Recent Italian Studies graduate Scott Altman is enjoying his experience teaching as an English language assistant in Mantova, Italy, with the SITE Internship Program. After a term in a Liceo Classico, Scott is now moving on to the Istituto Tecnico Mantegna. Check out their wonderful official welcome to Scott at http://itetmantegna.it/. Congratulazioni Scott!

1 February 2017

Andrea Gazzoni is the recipient of the 2016 Digital Project Prize of the Delaware Valley Medieval Association (DVMA) for his project Mapping Dante, a digital layered map of the Commedia that offers the opportunity to explore Dante's world like never before. Take your own voyage through the geographical places mentioned in Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso at http://www.mappingdante.com/project/

Congratulations Andrea!

1 February 2017

Fabio Finotti has been named to the Editorial Board of the series FILLM Studies in Languages and Literatures published by John Benjamins (Amsterdam and Philadelphia). The Fédération Internationale des Langues et Littératures Modernes (FILLM) is UNESCO’s ceiling organization for scholarship in the field of languages and literatures. The main purpose of the Federation is to foster dialogue among linguists and literary scholars from all over the world. 

20 December 2016

As we close a fruitful year and work to prepare new events and Italian experiences for 2017, we wish everybody happy holidays and a wonderful new year!

5 December 2016

Carla Locatelli spent Thanksgiving Week in Vienna for the National coordinators’ Meeting of ASEA-UNINET (Asian European Academic University Network), an academic network aiming at promoting the internationalization of education and research. ASEA-UNINET was founded in 1994 by universities from Austria, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam, and today it comprises more than 80 universities from 19 different countries.

23 November 2016

COME LE ARMADURE E L'ARMI. Per una storia delle antiche biblioteche della Compagnia di Gesù con il caso di Perugia [Like Arms and Armor. For a History of the ancient Libraries of the Society of Jesus with the case of Perugia] is our vey own Natale Vacalebre's new book (Olschki 2016, http://www.olschki.it/catalogo/autore/4190). Congratulations!