News Archive

21 March 2016

Prof. Fabio Finotti's new book, Italia. L'invenzione della patria (Bompiani 2016), is fresh off the press! The book traces the history of the idea of "homeland" in Italy as an extraordinary "cultural invention" that evolved along the centuries from Virgil's notion of it as something to be built (rather than naturally existing), through different imperial, romantic, and fascist incarnations, to the nostalgia of expats in Little Italies

17 February 2016

Andrea Gazzoni has been named Dean's Scholar 2016. Andrea is a fourth year graduate student and is writing his doctoral dissertation on epic as a genre in Dante, Petrarca, and Boccaccio. Congratulations!

11 January 2016

The preparatory course for the upcoming CILS - Certificate of Italian as Foreign Language exam of June 9, 2016, is in session.

15 September 2015

Last July, Mauro Calcagno, Associate Professor of Music and Italian Studies, led the workshop “La parole chantée de Venise à Paris” at the Centre de musique baroque de Versailles, in collaboration with Guillaume Bernardi (York Univ.), and Barbara Nestola (Versailles). The workshop was part of the ongoing project "The Sung Word between Venice and Paris" which included the international conference on Italian librettos The Power of Affections held in November 2014 at the University of Pennsylvania's Kislak Center.

17 August 2015

Helen McFie is pure gold! Besides being a phenomenal Italian instructor and codirector of the Italian Language Program, Helen McFie is a champion rower reaping gold medals the way she reaps golden student evaluations. Her most recent feat is 5x5 (that's 5 gold for 5 races!) representing Vesper Boat Club at the USRowing Masters National Championship, 13-16 August 2015. Congratulazioni!

24 March 2015

ISSNAF and laFondazioneNY are pleased to announce the 2015 Award for the Humanities. The competition is open to all Italian researchers born after April 1970 and working primarily in the USA and Canada in the field of Cinema Studies and the Performing Arts. Please read on for all information.

18 March 2015

Marco Lepore is the recipient of the 2015-2016 Penfield Fellowship awarded to students in “diplomacy, international affairs, and belles-lettres” whose research requires travel abroad. Marco received the fellowship to complete his dissertation research on Italian writer and critic Roberto Bazlen. Congratulations!

11 March 2015

After a very successful collaboration in Fall 2014 on the wonderful conference The Power of Affections, November 13-14, the Center for Italian Studies and the Penn Music Department continue to work on common projects. Mauro Calcagno, Giuseppe Gerbino of Columbia University, and Laurent Pugin of the Répertoire International des Sources Musicales – Switzerland, presented the Marenzio Project, or MODE (Marenzio Online Digital Edition), February 25. 

9 January 2015

The Center for Italian Studies and the Music Department announce a series of informal lecture/discussions on opera organized by Mauro Calcagno (Associate Professor of Music History and Italian Studies) and Lily Kass (Ph.D. candidate in Music History).

16 December 2014

The Fall 2014 semester is drawing to a close and taking the year with it. As we get ready for 2015, we'd like to invite you to follow us also in the coming spring semester. We keep collaborating with institutions and foundations across the globe and working to grow our network of Italians and Italics so that we may keep promoting Italian culture with great events open to the Penn and to the Philadelphia community at large, and reaching far beyond. You can find a record of our past activities on our Facebook page, Join us! 

24 November 2014

If you think you may be interested in pursuing a career in education, and specifically in teaching English as a foreign language around the globe or teaching Italian in the US. Italian Studies and GSE have a deal for you! Read on.

26 September 2014

Among the many resources that make life at Penn richer and more interesting, the French Italian Graduate Society is a student-run organization that represents graduate students in French and Italian. FIGS plans monthly meetings on topics of shared professional and academic interest, and organizes the annual FIGS Conference. Would you like to join them? Keep informed of their activities? Click here for contacts. And don't miss the upcoming conference, March 21

26 September 2014

Register by April 30!

Get your Diploma CILS (Certificate of Italian as a Foreign Language) at Penn! Put your Italian to practical use! Under an agreement between the University of Pennsylvania and the University for Foreigners in Siena, Italy, the CILS (Certificate of Italian as a Foreign Language) has been activated at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2015 the exams will be held June 11 and December 3. The deadline to register for the upcoming June 11 exam is April 30.

Click here for details.

12 September 2014

The University is currently receiving applications for its three-year Post-Doctoral Fellowships for Academic Diversity. The application deadline is September 30, 2014, with fellowships starting July 1, 2015.

For full details, visit the page of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research,

12 September 2014

The University is currently receiving applications for its three-year Post-Doctoral Fellowships for Academic Diversity. The application deadline is September 30, 2014, with fellowships starting July 1, 2015.

For full details, visit the page of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research,

9 September 2014

In October, the Center for Italian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania will participate in Ciao Philadelphia, a month-long celebration of Italian culture that will include a great variety of events from academic and community institutions as well as from commercial venues, under the auspices of the Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia.

2 July 2014

The School of Arts and Sciences has awarded Peter Lesnik a H.Clifford Fellowship for 2014-2015. Congratulations Peter!

25 June 2014

Andrea Gazzoni has been awarded a William and Imelde Della Valle Langebartel Fellowship for 2013-2014. Congratulations!

25 June 2014

There's a new publication of great interest for Italianists, the international online journal gender/sexuality/italy. The current issue includes an article by Stefania Benini, "Reframing Italy: New Trends in Italian Women's Filmmaking".

16 June 2014

Fabio Finotti has been elected President of the National Italian Committee for the publication of Antonio Fogazzaro's works. The election recognizes him as one of the foremost Italian Fogazzaro scholars. Read about it in Italian in Il gazzettino