Isabella Szpigiel Awarded Amici Prize!


Isabella Szpigiel, candidate for B.A. in Psychology and for the Minors in Theatre Arts and Consumer Psychology (attending this spring ITAL180, Italian Conversation, taught by Lilllyrose Veneziano Broccia), has been awarded the Amici Prize 2019. Isabella will travel to Ravenna to collaborate with the Teatro delle Albe, the theatre company directed by Marco Martinelli and Ermanna Montanari, who visited Penn in February.

Mario Sassi Awarded Newberry Fellowship

Ph.D. student Mario Sassi received a fellowship to attend the 2019 Mellon Summer Institute for Italian Paleography at the Newberry Library in Chicago. He will participate in the three-week institute, which offers intensive training in the reading and transcription of handwritten Italian vernacular texts from the late medieval through the early modern periods.

Luna Sarti, Dean's Scholar!


Congratulations to Luna Sarti, Ph.D. Candidate in Italian Studies, for being selected as a 2019 Penn Arts and Sciences Dean's Scholar. This prestigious award is given to nine SAS graduate students per year "who exhibit exceptional academic performance and intellectual promise." It's a richly deserved honor!

Graduate Students Meet in Reading Group Mil@p

MIL@P is a graduate student-run organization that welcomes all graduate students from any department and background. This semester the group focuses on Niccolò Machiavelli's The Prince. The meetings take place in Van Pelt 625 on Wednesdays from 6 to 7. This semester mil@p meets on: February 6, 20, 27, on March 13 and 27, and on April 3.

Italian Studies Launches New Journal on Dante


Published online with the support of the Penn Libraries, Bibliotheca Dantesca is the result of a collaboration among the students of Penn’s Italian Studies doctoral program, its faculty, and the Center for Italian Studies.

CIS and Department Host Seminar on State of Italian Studies in the U.S.


On Saturday Nov. 10, The Center for Italian Studies and the Italian Studies Department held the seminar "Italian Studies in American Higher Education Today," as part of the celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the Center and as a professionalizing experience for the graduate students in the Ph.D. program.

Dr. Veneziano Broccia Publishes Article on Penn's Italian Language Program


The Director of our Italian Language Program (and Undergraduate Chair of Italian Studies) Lillyrose Veneziano Broccia has published "Intermediate Italian as a Bridge to Many Bridges" (see here pp. 80-107), as a contribution to a special issue of the refereed online publication Teaching Italian Language and Culture Annual (TILCA) entitled "

Prof. Carlo Ginzburg Visits Penn and Italian Studies


On Sept. 28, at the end of a wonderful week featuring his three Rosenbach Lectures in Bibliography at the Kislak Center, distinguished historian Carlo Ginzburg (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa - UCLA) was invited by Prof. Eva Del Soldato to visit the Section and the Center for Italian Studies and to meet with the graduate students in the doctoral program in Italian Studies, with whom he generously shared ideas and experiences.

Luna Sarti Publishes in JHIBlog


Luna Sarti, a fourth-year doctoral student in the Italian Studies program and a Summer Fellow in the Penn Program for Environmental Humanities, has published "Systems of Water: Histories of a Cycle That Never Was" in the blog of the Journal of the History of Ideas.

New Graduate Student Group: “Masterpieces of Italian Literature @ Penn”


The graduate students of the Department of Italian are glad to announce the creation of “Masterpieces of Italian Literature @ Penn”, a graduate-led group that aims to read literary texts that have played a pivotal role in global history.