News

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

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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

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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 "

Luna Sarti Publishes in JHIBlog

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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.

Prof. Carlo Ginzburg Visits Penn and Italian Studies

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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) was invited by Prof. Eva Del Soldato to meet with the graduate students in the doctoral program in Italian Studies, with whom he generously shared ideas and experiences. A memorable event for all involved!

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

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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.

Prof. Del Soldato Interviewed by Forbes Magazine

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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The Center for Italian Studies maintains a presence in this website (see here). But it has now developed new sections at: http://web.sas.upenn.edu/cis/