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About the Program


The Program in Italian Studies has two broad aims: to offer students in the various humanistic departments a chance to deepen their knowledge, in their own discipline, of Italian civilization; and to foster interdisciplinary study among students and faculty members who have an interest in ancient, early modern, and modern Italian studies and culture. The Program in Italian Studies sponsors a lecture series, graduate student symposia, fellowships for summer research in Italian archives, libraries, and museums, and a Graduate Certificate in Italian Studies. 

The Program in Italian Studies works in close collaboration with the Department of French and Italian but is a separate entity operated under the auspices of the Council of the Humanities

Wendy Heller, Director of Program in Italian Studies and Professor of Music

Barbara Leavey, Program Manager

Bibiana Gattozzi, Graduate Student Coordinator

John Lansdowne, Graduate Student Coordinator

2015-16 Lectures


LECTURE:  February 17, 2016

Eugenio Refini,
Assistant Professor of Italian Studies, Johns Hopkins University

"Enchanting Songs: the Voice of the Siren in Early Modern Opera"

Location:  106 McCormick Hall
Time: 4:30 p.m.

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LECTURE: March 30, 2016

Alessandro Giammei, Society of Fellows-Department of French and Italian, Princeton University

Christ, Chemistry, Curdled Cheese, and the Caravaggians"
"The interplay of art, gastronomy, politics, and religion in Pasolini's La Ricotta"

Location: 106 McCormick Hall
Time: 4:30 p.m.