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Spring 2013 Program


JANUARY 29, 2013 - A colloquium with Goeffrey Brock and Jonathan Galassi, "Reading and Translating Contemporary Italian Poetry" - in Italian and English - This is an official event of "2013 Year of Italian Culture in the United States"

FEBRUARY 5, 2013 - Salvatori Lecture by Claudia Consolati, "Fellini's Foolish Pebble: La strada, Gelsomina, and Franciscan Holy Folly" - in English

FEBRUARY 6, 2013 - Lecture by Eva Del Soldato, "The Professor, the Heretic, and Aristotle: Translating Philosophy in Sixteenth Century Italy" - in English

FEBRUARY 7, 2013 - "Ancient Manuscripts" workshop by Eva Del Soldato - Van Pelt Library, Rm. 402 - 5:30-6:30pm

FEBRUARY 19, 2013 - Lecture by Eugenio Refini, "Staging the Soul: Allegorical Drama as Spiritual Practice in Late Renaissance Italy" - in English

FEBRUARY 20, 2013 - "Ancient Manuscripts" workshop by Eugenio Refini - Van Pelt Library, Meyerson Conference Rm, 2nd floor - 5:30-6:30pm

FEBRUARY 21, 2013 - "Ancient Manuscripts" workshop by James Coleman- Van Pelt Library, Meyerson Conference Rm, 2nd floor - 4:00-5:00pm

FEBRUARY 22, 2013 - Lecture by James Coleman, "Volto umano, volto divino: Quattrocento Humanism and the Transformation of Dante" - in English

MARCH 13, 2013 - Salvatori Lecture by Norman Rusin, "Love, Smoke, and Memory: Italo Svevo's Diario per la fidanzata"- in English

MARCH 22-23, 2013 - International conference - in Italian and English

The Monk, the Priest, the Nun


MARCH 26, 2013 - Lecture by Rino Modonutti, "'L'ossa del corpo senza carne': Memory and Ruins of Ancient Rome in Early Renaissance Italy from Petrarch to Raphael" - in English

MARCH 27, 2013 - "Ancient Manuscripts" workshop by Rino Modonutti - Van Pelt Library, Meyerson Conference Rm, 2nd floor - 5:30-6:30pm

APRIL 3-5, 2013 - International conference - in Italian and English - This is an official event of "2013 Year of Italian Culture in the United States"


The Languages of Italy in the United States between Tradition and Innovation



Fall 2012 Program


OCTOBER 4, 2012 - Penn Music Department Colloquium with Mauro Calcagno, "Spectral Poetics: The Wooster Group’s Production of Cavalli’s La Didone" - in English

OCTOBER 11, 2012 - Lecture by Riccardo Viale on his new book, Methodological Cognitivism: Vol 1. Mind, Rationality and Society - in English

OCTOBER 15, 2012 - Lecture by Emilio Gentile, "The March on Rome: How Antifascists Understood the Origins of Totalitarianism (and coined the word)" - in Italian and English

OCTOBER 24, 2012 - XII Settimana della Lingua Italiana nel Mondo, "Italy: its Regions and its Future" - in Italian and English

NOVEMBER 1-2, 2012 - Detective Montalbano - Film screening and conversation with Italian director, Slberto Sironi - in Italian and English

NOVEMBER 5, 2012 - Salvatori Lecture by Kara Gaston, "Translation and Poetry in Prose Boethius Volgarizzamenti" - in English

NOVEMBER 15, 2012 - Salvatori Lecture by Daira Nocera, "Digging in Rome: Excavations at the Villa of Emperor Maxentius" - in English

NOVEMBER 20, 2012 - Lecture by Raffaella Fabiani Giannetto - "Between Nature and Artifice: The Construction of Experience in Early Modern Italian Gardens" - in English

NOVEMBER 28, 2012 - Salvatori Lecture by Chelsea Pomponio - "The Legendary Origins of Florence in Medieval Political Propaganda: Fesula delenda est!" - in English

NOVEMBER 29-DECEMBER 2, 2012 - A free admission Italian Film Festival: New Authors of Italian Cinema - in Italian and English


Spring 2012 Program


JANUARY 24, 2012 - Remembrance Day with Eugenio Calabi, "A Tribute to Italian-Jewish Journalist Tullia Calabi Zevi" - in English

JANUARY 26, 2012 - Lecture by Luca Badini Confalonieri, "I Promessi sposi illustrati tra filologia e critica"- in Italian

FEBRUARY 9, 2012 - Lecture by Chiara Basso, "Italia-America: Misunderstandings and Stereotypes through Media" - in English

FEBRUARY 11, 2012 - Symposium "Architectures of the Text: An Inquiry into the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili" - in English

FEBRUARY 20, 2012 - Undergraduate Competition Award Ceremony, "Food, Culture, and Italian Identity" - with a lecture by Pietro Frassica, Futurist Cookery and Optimism at the Dining Table" - in Italian and English

FEBRUARY 23, 2012 - Lecture by Laura Wittman,
"Personal Mythology, Mass Mourning, and Catholic Modernism during World War One: d’Annunzio, Ungaretti, and Marinetti"- in English

MARCH 1, 2012 - Lecture by Alison Cornish, "Dante and Volgarizzamento" - in English

MARCH 16, 2012 - Screening of "Italy: Love it or Leave it", a documentary by Gustav Hofer and Luca Ragazzi - in Italian and English

MARCH 29, 2012 - A colloquium with Steven Milner and Gur Zak,"Humanist Ethics, Petrarch to Machiavelli"- in English

MARCH 30, 2012 - International conference - in Italian and English

Reading and Translating Leopardi

This event, co-sponsored with the Italian Cultural Institute of New York, will be attended by His Excellency Claudio Bisogniero, Ambassador of Italy in the United States. It will be hosted at the Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia. Please click on title for the full program.

APRIL 5, 2012 - Lecture by Federico Rampini, "Europe Between Market Pressure, German Rigour, and Technocracy" - in English

APRIL 10, 2012 - Lecture by Carlo Vecce, "Leonardo da Vinci and the Comparison of the Arts" - in English

APRIL 12, 2012 - Lecture by Daniela Bini, "Carlo Michelstaedter Today: The Burden of Truth and the Proliferation of Rhetoric" - in English

APRIL 17, 2012 - Vittorini Award Ceremony - in Italian and English

APRIL 19, 2012 - Screening of "The Peasant and the Priest", a new documentary by Esther Podemski, followed by a conversation with the director - in Italian and English


Fall 2011 Program


OCTOBER 3, 2011 - A conversation with Gian Antonio Stella on his new book
"Licenziare i padreterni"- in Italian and English

OCTOBER 4, 2011 - Presentation by Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino
"Taranta"- in Italian and English

OCTOBER 19, 2011 - Lecture by Moreno Bernasconi
"Switzerland: a Safe-Haven for Italian Risorgimento's Founding Fathers"- in English

OCTOBER 20, 2011 - Lecture by Joseph Luzzi
"Political Economy Italian Style: National Identity and an Enlightenment Science"- in English

OCTOBER 24, 2011 - XI Settimana della Lingua Italiana nel Mondo
"Food, Culture and Italian Identity" - in Italian and English

NOVEMBER 2, 2011 - Salvatori lecture: From Rome to Romanic
by Ann Kuttner, "Passing Through the Arch of Constantine", and Jamie Sanecki, "Art and the Commune: Thoughts on Sculpture and Architecture in Lucca, 1100-1300" - in English

NOVEMBER 17, 2011 - Salvatori lecture: Pier Paolo Vergerio e Giovanni Andrea dell'Anguillara: From Education to Translation
by Michele Rossi, "The Education of the Prince at the Carrarese Court: De ingenuis moribus 1400-1402", and Elisa Modolo, "Giovanni Andrea Dell'Anguillara’s unfaithful beauty. Translation and Innovation Bridging Renaissance and Baroque" - in English

DECEMBER 1-4, 2011 - A free admission Italian Film Festival: New Authors of Italian Cinema - Click on individual dates for full program: December 1 - December 2 - December 3 - December 4

DECEMBER 1-9, 2011 - A free admission exhibit of satirical prints: Matite tricolori / Tricolor Pencils. Satire on 150 years of Italian History - Opening reception DECEMBER 1


Spring 2011 Program


JANUARY 24, 2011 - Lecture by Antonio Merlo
"The Ruling Class: Business and Politics in Italy"- in English

FEBRUARY 8, 2011 - Lecture by Emerson Avery
"Important Enough to Ignore: Sicily's Age of Imperial Inattention (1st-7th Cent. CE)"
- in English

FEBRUARY 15, 2011 - Lecture by Anne Lutun
"“…a seguire per ordine i misterij...”:
Galeazzo Alessi’s Reform of the Sacro Monte at Varallo"- in English


FEBRUARY 25, 2011 - International Conference:

The Prince before the Prince


MARCH 1, 2011 - Lecture by Alessandra Mirra
"Giacomo Leopardi between Literature and Politics
"- in English

MARCH 29, 2011 - Lecture by Jane Tylus
"Marvelous Writing:
Textuality and Visual Culture in Late Medieval Siena"- in English

APRIL 12, 2011 - Lecture by Paolo Di Leo
"De Chirico and the Reappearance of the Gods"- in English


APRIL 15-16, 2011 - International Conference:

From the Unity of Italians to the Unity of Italics: the Languages of Italicity Around the World



Fall 2010 Program

OCTOBER 4, 2010 - Lecture by Marco Cereocchi
"Petrarch and Music: Earthly Emotions through Words and Sounds"- in English

OCTOBER 20, 2010 - X Settimana della Lingua Italiana nel Mondo
"Una lingua per amica: l'italiano nostro e degli altri"- in Italian

OCTOBER 26 - NOVEMBER 4, 2010 - A Tribute to Pierpaolo Pasolini :

OCTOBER 26, 2010 - Viewing of Pierpaolo Pasolini's Mamma Roma - in Italian with English subtitles

OCTOBER 27, 2010 - "Poesia in forma di rosa: a Reading of Pasolini's Poetry" - in Italian and English

OCTOBER 28, 2010 - Viewing of Pierpaolo Pasolini's La ricotta - in Italian with English subtitles


OCTOBER 29, 2010 - "Italian Words, American Music: The New Production of International Opera Theater" - a presentation of Decameron, premiering at the Prince Music Theater November 13 - in English

NOVEMBER 2, 2010 - A conversation with Michelangelo Pistoletto and Christine Poggi - in English and Italian


NOVEMBER 3, 2010 - Viewing of Pierpaolo Pasolini's Uccellacci uccellini - in Italian with English subtitles

NOVEMBER 4, 2010 - Viewing of Pierpaolo Pasolini's Decameron - in Italian with English subtitles


NOVEMBER 8, 2010 - Lecture by Larry Scanlon
It Lives!: Boccaccio, Chaucer and the Birth of the Author" - in English

NOVEMBER 18, 2010 - Lecture by Lauren Jennings
Senza vestimenta: The Literary Transmission of Trecento Songs" - in English


Spring 2010 Program

APRIL 26, 2010 - "Vittorini Prize Ceremony"

APRIL 22, 2010 - "Dis/Fare Mondi: Italian Artists at the Venice Biennale" a Colloquium with Christine Poggi and Ruth Erickson - in English

APRIL 21, 2010 - "Italic Lessons/ Lezioni italiche" a discussion with Piero Bassetti, Niccolò D'Aquino, and Maddalena Tirabassi - in English

APRIL 8, 2010 - Lecture by Stefano Tomassini
"Adone, un fiore in rivolta" - in Italian

APRIL 5, 2010 - "Love Lessons: A Reading in Memory of Alda Merini" by Susan Stewart - in English

MARCH 30, 2010 - Lecture by Luciana Fellin
"The Question of Language in the Italian American Experience"
- in English

MARCH 22, 2010 - Dante on Xbox - Plenary Speaker Jay Clayton "Pwning Satan, or, How the Game Industry Came to Love Literature" - in English

MARCH 15, 2010 - Lecture by Lucio Angelo Privitello
"The Voluptuous Immobility of Sicilian Temporality: Il Gattopardo"
- in English

MARCH 1, 2010 - Lecture by Victoria Kirkham
"Blasetti, 1860: A New Master of Nationalist Art"
- in English

FEBRUARY 26, 2010 - Lecture by Marilynn Desmond
"Trojan Itineraries: The Fall of Troy and the Francophone Court of Robert of Anjou, King of Naples"
- in English

FEBRUARY 15, 2010 - Lecture by Seth Bernard
"Lifting and Labor in Republican Rome"
- in English

FEBRUARY 3, 2010 - Screening of Inside Buffalo and conversation with director Fred Kuwornu - in English

JANUARY 27, 2010 - Lecture by Christian Jurlando
"Before Oriental Despotism: Perceptions of Ottoman Power in Early Modern Italian Political Thought" - in English


Fall 2009 Program

OCTOBER 21, 2009 - IX Settimana della Lingua Italiana
"L'italiano tra arte scienza e tecnologia"

OCTOBER 28, 2009 - Lecture by Amanda Reiterman
"Discovering the Pantheon's Lost Original Exterior"

NOVEMBER 2, 2009 - Poetry reading by Davide Rondoni, Taije Silverman, Eleanor Wilner, Gregory Pell (translator), presented by Stefania Benini
"The Reinventing Muse: a Dialogue between Poetry and Translation"

NOVEMBER 9, 2009 - Lecture by Lorenzo Valterza
"Dante and the Love of Courtly Justice"

NOVEMBER 12, 2009 - A conversation with Marco Tullio Giordana

NOVEMBER 17, 2009 - Lecture by Andrew Berns
"'Perché sia chiamata santa:'
Ulisse Aldrovandi and the Hebrew Language"

DECEMBER 3-6, 2009 - XX AISLLI Conference

Languages, Cultures, Identities of Italy in the World

Access to website here


Spring 2009 Program

FEBRUARY 5, 2009 - Film Series @ Gregory House
La Commedia all'Italiana - I soliti ignoti (1958)

FEBRUARY 12, 2009 - Lecture by Gabriella Romani
"Postal Culture: Epistolary Narratives in Post-Unification Italy"

FEBRUARY 17, 2009 - Lecture by Ann Rosalind Jones
"The World in Woodcuts: Cesare Vecellio's Habiti antichi et moderni"

FEBRUARY 19, 2009 - Film Series @ Gregory House
La Commedia all'Italiana - Divorzio all'italiana (1961)

FEBRUARY 24, 2009 - Research Seminar Series: Andrew Berns
"Holy Embryology in Late Renaissance Italy

MARCH 2, 2009 - Research Seminar Series: Juliet Nusbaum
"You Can Never Go Home Again: Myth and Identity Loss in Cesare Pavese's La luna e i falò"

MARCH 5, 2009 - Film Series @ Gregory House
La Commedia all'Italiana - Sedotta e abbandonata (1964)

MARCH 19, 2009 - Film Series @ Gregory House
La Commedia all'Italiana - Amici miei (1975)

MARCH 21, 2009 - Correspondences
Graduate Romanic Association Conference

MARCH 24, 2009 - Lecture by Michele Monserrati
"Positivism and aesthetic streams in the correspondence between Benedetto Croce and Guido Mazzoni"

APRIL 2, 2009 - Film Series @ Gregory House
La Commedia all'Italiana - L'armata Brancaleone (1966)

APRIL 16, 2009 - Film Series @ Gregory House
La Commedia all'Italiana - Mafioso (1962)

APRIL 27, 2009 - Vittorini Awards Ceremony
Houston Hall

APRIL 29, 2009 - Film Series @ International House
Directors in Focus - Franco Piavoli


Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia

Center for Italian Studies, University of Pennsylvania

Casa Italiana, University of Pennsylvania

with the collaboration of the Italian Cultural Institute - Washington

present the

 Fall 2008 Program

SEPTEMBER 18, 2008 - Film Series@Gregory House
Ossessione (1943)

OCTOBER 2, 2008 - Film Series@Gregory House
Senso (1954)

OCTOBER 16, 2008 - Film Series@Gregory House
La Morte a Venezia (1971)

OCTOBER 20, 2008 - L'Italiano in Piazza
Meeting of the Italian Departments for the VIII Settimana della Lingua Italiana nel Mondo - Eighth Annual Week of the Italian Language in the World

OCTOBER 22, 2008 – Presentation by Giovanni Pampiglione
La Maschera e lo specchio

OCTOBER 28, 2008 - Lecture by Patrizio Ceccagnoli
The Winged Victory of Samothrace as a Locomotive: Marinetti and d'Annunzio, the Odd Couple in Fiume

OCTOBER 28, 2008 - Poetry Reading@Robin's Bookstore
Moonstone Poetry Series presents Allison Wittenberg and Lillyrose Veneziano Broccia

OCTOBER 30, 2008 – Jazz Concert
Da Monteverdi al free: liberta e invenzione melodica nel nuovo jazz italiano

OCTOBER 30, 2008 - Film Series@Gregory House
Le Notti Bianche (1957)

NOVEMBER 5, 2008 - Lecture by Sebastiano Maffettone
The Weakness of Italian Political Culture

NOVEMBER 13, 2008 - Research Seminar Series
Gaspara Stampa's Rime: Images in Perspective

NOVEMBER 13, 2008 - Film Series@Gregory House
Gruppo di famiglia in un interno (1974)

NOVEMBER 14, 2008 - A Showcase of Italian Short Films
Serata del Cortometraggio Italiano

NOVEMBER 21-22, 2008 - Coccia Conference
Futurism: Rupture and Tradition

NOVEMBER 27, 2008 - Film Series @ Gregory House
Il Gattopardo (1963)


Primavera Italiana

Before politicians did it, writers and poets crafted the idea of an Italian nation. Literature has consistently held a central place in the history of Italy. But along with literature, other forms of culture have also nurtured and shaped the Italian identity: the arts, music, gastronomy, fashion, treatises on etiquette, the various forms of faith and devotion, industrial design, and cinema.

The 2008 edition of Primavera Italiana seeks to begin the exploration of the multiple facets of the Italian culture. The very word Primavera suggests the beginning of a road destined to go forward, crossing the whole of Italian history in all the richness of its voices and its colors. This vision inspires a program featuring not only lectures, but also book readings, concerts, film screenings, and a day dedicated to the poetry and paintings of women artists who have made Italy the source of their inspiration.

This establishment of the Primavera Italiana is the result of a collaboration between the Consul General of Italy and the Center for Italian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, with the support of: the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington, the Associazione Caterina de' Medici, the Casa Italiana and the Department of Romance Languages at the University of Pennsylvania. All of these institutions are linked by their common enthusiasm for the Culture of Italy, and all of them desire to display it in all of its vitality, in its perennial youth, and in its capacity to recall the past to invent the future.






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