News Archive

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:

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 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.