News Archive

24 May 2014

The Italian Division and Center for Italian Studies are pleased to announce that Fabio Finotti has been elected to a 2-year term as representative of Faculty Constituency #7 (SAS/ Classical Studies, Germanic Languages and Literatures, Romance Languages, Slavic Languages and Literatures) of the Senate Executive Committee and the University Council.

2 May 2014

Research funds for projects in any field related to Italian Studies are an important resource provided by the Center for Italian Studies to students and faculty at the University of Pennsylvania to support research in Italy.

2 May 2014

We congratulate graduate student Marco Lepore and lecturer Rita Pasqui on their Teaching Awards! Here pictured with Eva Del Soldato, Alessandra Mirra, and Marina Della Putta Johnston.

30 April 2014

Italian graduate student Andrew Korn has been awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Graduate Research Fellowship with the Penn Humanities Forum for the 2014-2015 academic year.  He will participate in the biweekly Mellon Research Seminar on Color, PHF's topic for next year, with his project "Body, Brain, and Color between Antonioni's Red Desert and Zabriskie Point". Congratulations Andrew!

17 April 2014

[photo of Xiomaro]We congratulate Dr. Lillyrose Veneziano Broccia and her family for their special new addition. Little Xiomaro joined big brother Zenoby last Monday, April 14. Ben arrivato!

17 April 2014

[image of Prof. Benini]Prof. Stefania Benini, Undergraduate Chair of Italian, has won Harvard's prestigious Lauro de Bosis Postdoctoral Fellowship aimed at supporting research in any aspect of Italian culture, history, and society.

11 April 2014

In collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia and under Alessandra Mirra's coordination, our graduate students are working very hard and  very successfully to promote the teaching of Italian in k-12 Philadelphia schools. Comments from teachers and students at the schools they visited have been wonderful. Read some of their thank you notes here.

27 March 2014

We are proud to announce that the Italian Program's winning streak goes on. Michael Edwards has been selected from an outstanding group of Teaching Fellows to receive a Critical Writing Teaching Fellowship for 2014-2015. Congratulations, Michael!

27 March 2014

Michael Edwards has been awarded a Critical Writing Graduate Teaching Fellowship for 2014-2015. This honor is a testament to Michael's accomplishments as a teacher and writer. Congratulations Michael!

25 March 2014

"No Man's Land", the Penn French and Italian Graduate Society's interdisciplinary conference held last Saturday, March 22nd, was a great success! Italian graduate student Andrew Korn presented a paper on "Antonioni's No Man's Land: Becoming-Land and Regenerating Thought in Zabriskie Point". Elisa Modolo and Andrea Gazzoni moderated the sessions "Representing, Performing, Transgressing Boundaries" and "Violence and the Body", respectively.

25 March 2014

Elisa Modolo has been awarded a SAS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for the 2014-2015 academic year.  The fellowship attests to her outstanding academic record and impressive plan for dissertation research. Congratulations, Elisa!

25 February 2014

It is with great sadness that the Center for Italian Studies has learned of John Price's passing this past Saturday, February 22.  Mr. Price was the President of the America Italy Society of Philadelphia and a great supporter of the study of Italian language and culture in Philadelphia, both through AIS and through the Center for Italian Studies. 

18 February 2014

April 10 is the deadline to apply for the Amici Prize  and for Salvatori Award funds.  The funds are available to University of Pennsylvania standing faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students to pursue research in all areas of Italian Studies, in Italy. Follow the links above to find all pertinent information.

5 February 2014

The early application deadline for Penn-in-Venice has passed but rolling admissions go on, Do not miss the opportunity to spend 6 glorious weeks studying Italian and acquainting yourself with Italian culture in Venice, one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

29 January 2014

We congratulate Lillyrose Veneziano Broccia, Co-Director of Italian Language Program and Coordinator of Second Year Italian, on the publication of her book, Italia 1988-2012. Lorenzo Jovanotti Cherubini (Edizioni Farinelli 2013). 

22 January 2014

Do you think a Major in Italian Studies has little practical value? Not so. A recent report by the Association of American Colleges and Universities based on the US Census Bureau's American Community Survey (1/15/2014) shows that, over time, Liberal Arts Majors yeld a better return than supposedly more practical professional studies. Read about it in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Study Italian!

21 January 2014

PhD Candidate Alessandra Mirra has been named 2013-2014 Dean's Scholar for the School of Arts and Sciences.  She will be honored at the Levin Family Dean's Forum, 6 February 2014. We congratulate her on her nomination which testifies to her personal excellence and the success of the Italian Program.

13 January 2014

We congratulate Center for Italian Studies' friend and supporter Robert Cargni Mitchell on his recent promotion to Associate Director of Arts of International House Philadelphia! Check out the current IHP Magazine, Winter 2014 at

23 December 2013

The association "Globus et Locus" announces the publication of a new online magazine, "Glocalism. Journal of Politics, Culture, and Innovation", The mission of the journal is to favor n-depth studies of glocalism and the problems it raises.

10 December 2013

The deadline to propose a manuscript in consideration for the ISSNAF – La Fondazione NY Award for the Humanities 2014 has been postponed to April 25. The award acknowledges the research of young Italian scholars in North America whose commitment to their discipline of study is innovative and honors their country of origin.