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Prof. Del Soldato Interviewed by Forbes Magazine


Assistant Professor of Italian Studies Eva Del Soldato comments in Forbes on the unique, experience-centered approach Starbucks took when opening its first Italian location in Milan. See article here. This semester Prof.

AATI Prize Awarded to Nick Demarie


Undergraduate student Nicholas Demarie, minoring in Italian Studies, has been awarded the first prize in the College Essay Contest of the American Association of Teachers of Italian for his essay "Dio, la materia, l’uomo: L’originalità del pensiero di Giulio Cesare Vanini (1585-1619)," written for the course ITAL540, "Plato and Aristotle in the Renaissance” (Prof. Eva Del Soldato). Bravissimo, Nick! 

Prof. Del Soldato, 2019 Senior Visiting Professor of Philosophy in Milan


Professor Eva Del Soldato has been awarded a Senior Visiting Professorship in the Philosophy Department “Piero Martinetti” at the Università Statale of Milan for the summer of 2019. In Milan, professor Del Soldato will conduct research in the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, one of Europe’s most important repositories of antique books and manuscripts. She will also teach a course on the comparationes between Plato and Aristotle as a philosophical genre in the early modern period.

Tommaso De Robertis Awarded Prize of the Boccaccio Association


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.

Check out the new website of the Center!


The Center for Italian Studies maintains a presence in this website (see here). But it has now developed new sections at:


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Upcoming Events

Talk and Screening: Stefano Tomassini on Ronconi's staging of Orlando Furioso (Williams Hall, 516)

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New York Furioso. Luca Ronconi at Bryant Park

Date: 20 September 2018

Talk: Nick Malgieri on desserts (Van Pelt, class of '55)

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Renown chef and author Nick Malgieri will talk on "Pasticceria: Stories and images of Italian sweets." With degustazione! Please note location. 

Nick Malgieri is the retired founder of baking programs at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City. Author of 12 books about baking and desserts, he is still traveling, teaching, and lecturing on various baking and dessert-related topics. Born to Italian parents, Malgieri has been fascinated by the sweets of Italy since childhood.

Date: 9 October 2018

Colloquium: Inaugural Della Valle Lecture in Dante Studies - Alison Cornish (Van Pelt 627)

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Prof. Alison Cornish, who was recently appointed Professor of Italian Studies at New York University, will inaugurate the annual Imelda Della Valle Lectures in Dante Studies with a talk on "Sonus qui non est vox: Sound and Voice in Dante." The soundscape of the Divine Comedy is both vocal and nonvocal.  Professor Cornish's paper explores how Dante exploits what for his culture was a nontrivial distinction.

Please note the location of the event. 

Date: 18 October 2018

Colloquium: Prof. Naomi André on opera and race (Music Building)

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We are excited to announce that Prof. Naomi André (University of Michigan), a distinguished scholar of Italian opera and of related issues of gender and race, will present a talk entitled

“Black Opera and Verdi: Ulrica, Aida, and Otello”

Date: 25 October 2018

Colloquium: David Lines on Humanism in Bologna (Van Pelt 627)

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David A. Lines (University of Warwick) will present a paper entitled "Renaissance Humanism and Universities: The Case of Bologna", based on his forthcoming book Reshaping Learning in Early Modern Italy: Arts and Medicine in the University of Bologna, c. 1400-c. 1750. Please note location! 

Date: 8 November 2018

Recent Events

Screening and conversation with film director: Nome di donna by M.T. Giordana (Lightbox)

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The Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia and Penn Cinema & Media Studies and Center for Italian Studies present the 2018 edition of NEW ITALIAN CINEMA in USA. The series has been curated by Nicola Gentili in the occasion of the celebration of the Italian National Day. 

The second and final film in this series is Nome di donna by Marco Tullio Giordana (2018). Italian w/ English subtitles. 92 minutes. 

Marco Tullio Giordana will be present at the screening!

Date: 6 June 2018

Screening: film The Place by A. Genovese (Lightbox)

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The Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia and Penn Cinema & Media Studies and Center for Italian Studies present the 2018 edition of NEW ITALIAN CINEMA in USA. The series has been curated by Nicola Gentili in occasion of the celebration of the Italian National Day (June 2). 
The first film is The Place, by Paolo Genovese (2017), Italian w/ English subtitles (105 minutes).

Date: 5 June 2018