News Archive

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 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

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, Congratulations!

17 November 2016

We congratulate Suzanne Cassidy on her School of Arts and Sciences Recognition Award. The award recognizes SAS staff «who best represent the School's objectives for excellent performance.» 

17 November 2016

The Search Committee met today, November 17, 2016, to review all applications received for the Assistant Professor in Italian position.

14 November 2016

Alain Elkann will receive the 2016 Pannunzio Prize at a ceremony to be held at Palazzo Ceriana Mayneri in Torino, Italy, Friday 2 December. The Pannunzio Prize is awarded to Italian cultural personalities who earn special distinction for their free spirit in journalism or the arts. The Center for Italian Studies congratulates Alain Elkann for this great achievement.

29 August 2016

A dear friend has left us. This is our message to her.

Cara Biancamaria,

ci mancherà' di te qualcosa di prezioso e raro. La grazia con cui ti avvicinavi alle persone. La grazia che ti guidava nel tuo viaggio attraverso il mondo delle cose e delle idee. Chi ti ha conosciuto l'ha avvertita come una verità' impalpabile ma fortissima. La grazia del vivere, dell'apprendere, dell'agire e' l'eredità più preziosa che di te ci resta.

3 June 2016

The first interactive map of the places of Dante's Commedia has been created by Andrea Gazzoni as part of a project funded by the Price Lab for Digital Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania. A set of layers allows users to explore the map according to different parameters, with  pop-up cards describing each mention of a place and quoting Dante’s text. Find more information and visit it at

3 June 2016

Eva Del Soldato’s project "Ancient Masks, Modern Ideas: Plato and Aristotle in the Early Modern Age" has received a Trustees’ Council of Penn Women (TCPW) faculty research fellowship, awarded by the Alice Paul Center. Professor Del Soldato will use this prestigious award to work in European and American libraries and archives and she will present her research at the Alice Paul Center in 2017. 

11 April 2016

Check out the Research page of the Italian Studies website. You will find event podcasts, news on current research in Italian Studies at Penn, and materials that you may find useful for your own research or in your teaching.

4 April 2016

Andrea Gazzoni has received a Penfield Dissertation Research Fellowship for the 2016-2017 academic year. Andrea is writing his dissertation on "Trasformazioni dell'epica in Dante, Boccaccio e Petrarca". Congratulations!

31 March 2016

Graduate student Vanessa Di Maggio has been admitted to the prestigious 2016 Mellon Summer Institute in Italian Paleography at the Newberry Library. Vanessa will receive intensive training in the accurate reading of handwritten medieval and early modern Italian vernacular texts to apply to her studies of Dante and his contemporaries. Congratulations!

29 March 2016

Marco Lepore has been awarded a SAS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for the 2016-2017 academic year. The award recognizes his outstanding academic record and his impressive plan for dissertation research. Marco is working on the writings and editorial work of Italian author Roberto Bazlen (1902–1965). Congratulations!

24 March 2016

Undergraduate Scott Altman is the winner of the Order of the Sons of Italy in America's Columbus Forum 2016 Dr. Marcase Scholarship. He will receive the award at a ceremony March 31st. Congratulations Scott!