Isabella Szpigiel Awarded Amici Prize!

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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!

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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

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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.

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Italian Studies @ Penn

Italian Studies at Penn embraces research and teaching concerning agents, people and institutions--with related linguistic, intellectual and artistic objects and media--mostly originating from Italian-speaking geographical areas and featuring relationships with the Italian language, its dialects, and the Latinate tradition, from the Medieval period to today.  

Italian Studies considers itself as both autonomous and in relationship with a constellation of other disciplines and scholars located in a variety of Penn departments (esp. within Romance Languages, but also in English, Classical Studies, History, Music, History of Art, and Political Science among others), programs (e.g., Cinema and Media Studies, Comparative Literature, Jewish Studies, Global Medieval and Renaissance Studies), centers (e.g., Gender Sexuality & Women, Africana Studies, Wolf Humanities), schools (e.g., Wharton, Design), and libraries (esp. the Kislak Center). 

Research and teaching areas currently developed by the Italian Studies Unit, in collaboration with the Center for Italian Studies, include the tre corone (Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio), the Renaissance and early modern periods, book and manuscript studies, performance and media studies, and migration issues.

Please find here a description of our graduate program, and here one of our undergraduate degree.