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Bryan C. Keene - Masters in Miniature

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Masters in Miniature

Future Horizons for Italian Manuscript Studies

Bryan C. Keene, Riverside City College



27 January 2022

Join us in Florence with Penn-in-Florence!

Ponte Vecchio, Florence

The Italian Studies section at the University of Pennsylvania is proud to announce the beginning of Penn-in-Florence, our Summer program!

Our program in Florence allows students to improve their language skills while enjoying an immersive experience in Italian history and culture. Florence offers a wide array of resources for students, including world-renowned libraries and museums, culinary traditions, and fashion hubs. It is also a very livable city, with accommodations and places of interest all in walking distance.

The Applications open on November 15, 2021!

Camilla Hawthorne, Abolition Geographies in the Black Mediterranean

Camilla Hawthorne

We are pleased to welcome Professor Camilla Hawthorne (UC Santa Cruz) for a talk titled "Abolition Geographies in the Black Mediterranean."


When: November 18, 2021 - 5 PM (EST)

Where: On Zoom, see link


Registration required for the Zoom event: click here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Camilla Hawthorne
18 November 2021

MIL@P and Lo cunto de li cunti

Giambattista Basile

The graduate students in Italian Studies are proud to announce the fourth year of “Masterpiece of Italian Literature @ Penn,” a graduate-led group that aims to read literary texts that have played a pivotal role in global literature.

Professor Eva Del Soldato at the University of Bergamo in Summer 2022

Cappella Colleoni in Bergamo

Professor Eva Del Soldato has been awarded a STaRS Programme Visiting Professorship in the Department of Literature, Philosophy, and Communication at the Università degli Studi di Bergamo (Summer 2022). In Bergamo, professor Del Soldato will have the opportunity to work at the historical Biblioteca Mai, collecting material for her current project on lovesickness in Counterreformation Italy.

Italian Studies PhD Students Shine at Penn


Doctoral students Natale Vacalebre and Luna Sarti have recently earned prestigious recognitions for their scholarly projects. Vacalebre has been awarded the first annual Stallybrass Prize in the History of Material Texts for his paper “Divine Markets: Producing, Selling and Reading Dante’s Commedia in the Early Typographic Age." Sarti has been awarded the GAPSA-Provost Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Innovation for her project “Mapping Labor and Water in Medieval Florence: An Experiment in Historical Imagination.” Congratulations Natale and Luna!

Mario Sassi Awarded Grant from Medieval Academy


PhD Candidate in Italian Studies Mario Sassi has been awarded the 2021 Frederic C. Lane Dissertation Grant of The Medieval Academy of America. His dissertation is entitled "Bedeviled Clergy and Demonic Roosters: The Supernatural in Trecento and Quattrocento Exempla." Congratulations!

Samantha Gillen, Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching


PhD Candidate in Italian Studies Samantha Gillen has been selected to receive a School of Arts and Sciences Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching by Graduate Students for the 2020-2021 academic year! These highly competitive awards are presented annually to graduate students in the arts and sciences to recognize their contributions to teaching at the undergraduate level. The awards seek to recognize teaching that is intellectually rigorous, exceptionally coherent, and has had considerable impact on students.

Natale Vacalebre Winner of the Grandgent Award in Dante Studies


Congratulations to Ph.D. student Natale Vacalebre for receiving the 2020 Charles H. Grandgent Award for the best graduate research paper in Dante Studies, sponsored by the Dante Society of America! Dr. Vacalebre's essay is entitled "Paradiso (e Purgatorio) riconquistati. Un incunabolo dantesco in America e ii riscoperto autore delle sue chiose." Bravissimo, Natale! 

Masterpieces of Italian Literature at Penn (MIL@P)


The graduate students of the Department of Italian are proud to announce the third year of “Masterpiece of Italian Literature @ Penn,” a graduate-led group that aims to read literary texts that have played a pivotal role in global literature. This year we will venture into Giacomo Leopardi’s Operette Morali, written between 1824 and 1832. Please see here for more!