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.

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!

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! 

Academic Programs in Italian Studies

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The University of Pennsylvania, strong in its interdisciplinary and international dimensions, supports a flourishing Italian Studies Program. The Program's distinctive configuration reflects our setting on the Penn campus and in the heart of Philadelphia. Students can choose a traditional concentration in language and literature or shape more individualized curriculums that connect to sister programs.

The Center for Italian Studies

As a Research Center of the School of Arts & Sciences of the University of Pennsylvania, the CIS supports faculty and students in developing their research and pedagogy concerning Italian history, language, culture, economy, and society; it also promotes the circulation in Philadelphia, the United States and abroad, of the research on Italian topics developed at Penn; finally, the Center facilitates the communications between Penn and the Italian community in Philadelphia, the institutions representing the Italian Republic in the United States, and the centers and cultural organizations that promote Italian-related issues in the US.