News Archive

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.

26 November 2013

Two CILS Preparatory Courses at the B2 and C1 level will be offered again in spring 2014 by Rita Pasqui, Lecturer in Italian at the University of Pennsylvania and Cultural Officer at the Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia.  The courses will introduce students to the CILS testing methods and offer them the opportunity to concentrate and improve on those areas of the Italian language they find most difficult in preparation for the June 5, 2014 exam.  Find all information at

25 November 2013

It's time to support ISSNAF, the Italian Scientists and Scholars North American Foundation, with a donation to support The ISSNAF Awards, post-doc fellowships, seminars, mentorship programs, advocacy,

5 November 2013

Fabio Finotti presented the ISSNAF Award for the Humanities to Paola Bonifazio, Assistant professor of Italian at the University of Texas at Austin, for her book manuscript "Sponsored Films: Publicizing Modernization in Cold War Italy (1948-1958)".

4 November 2013

Students in Eva Del Soldato's Italian 203 course, "Survey of Italian Literature", had the opportunity to touch history through volumes in the Rare Book and Manuscript Collection.

31 October 2013

Professor Fabio Finotti has been appointed to the board of the Osservatorio of the Italian Language, an organization that promotes the teaching of the Italian language and culture in the US at all levels and that was instrumental in reinstating the AP Italian Exam. 

18 October 2013

[photo of students in Library]Students in Dr. Marina Della Putta Johnston's Freshman Seminar, "Leonardo da Vinci: Writer, Scientis, Artist", visited the Rare Book & Manuscript Library to view the facsimile edition of Leonardo's Madrid Codices. Students are invited to explore and take advantage of the wonderful Italian collections available at the libraries of the University of Pennsylvania.

11 October 2013

Under the high patronage of the President of the Italian Republic

In celebration of the 13th Italian Language Week, the Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia and the Center for Italian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania are pleased to announce a public competition for Undergraduate students regularly enrolled in an accredited college or university of this Consular Jurisdiction.

Students are invited to present an original multimedia project on the theme

8 October 2013

The Center for Italian Studies and the Italian Division are launching an Undergraduate Lecture Series.  The first event will be the presentation of Paola Tiberii's Dizionario delle collocazioni, Oct. 14, followed by Dave Emmi's lecture on Garibaldi's Forgotten American, Oct. 24, and by Philip Met's "Children of the Night: Childhood in Italian Horror Cinema", Nov. 14.  A final Undergraduate Lecture to be held in December will be announced.

8 October 2013

Three doors - Hypnerotomachia Poliphili


Prof. Eva Del Soldato is among the organizers of the Upcoming conference Language Interactions In Early Modern Europe, which will be held November 21-22 at Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies (Florence, Italy) and at the Monash University  Prato Center (Prato, Italy).  

1 October 2013

Fabio Finotti, Director of the Center for Italian Studies and Graduate Chair, has been nominated to the Board of Trustees of the Italian Scientists and Scholars of North America Foundation (ISSNAF),  This will strengthen the ties between the Center and the largest Italian scholarly organization in north America.

1 October 2013

September 26th, the Center for Italian Studies joined six other American and British institutions in the celebrations for the publication of the integral English translation of Giacomo Leopardi's Zibaldone with a seminar led by the editors of the work, Michael Caesar, University of Birmingham, and Franco D'Intino, Università di Roma "Sapienza".

19 April 2013

Professor Stefania Benini has been selected as a Penn Humanities Forum Mellon Faculty Fellow for the 2013-14 academic year. She will be a member of the Forum's Mellon Research Seminar on "Violence".