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Spring 2013-14

LECTURE - Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Christine Poggi, Professor of the History of Art, University of Pennsylvania
"All: Maurizio Cattelan's Infernal Comedy"

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

In her lecture, Dr. Poggi addresses the various new meanings Cattelan’s pre-existing works take on once they are suspended from the central rotunda of the Guggenheim Museum, the uncanny role played by the various taxidermied and embalmed animals, the artist’s many self-portraits, and his obsession with guilt, failure, and death.

Fall 2013-14

OPENING LECTURE - Monday, September 30, 2013

Anna Harwell Celenza, Thomas E. Caestecker Professor of Music, Georgetown University
"Jazz in Translation: Popular Music in Interwar Italy, 1917-1945"

Location: 102 Woolworth Music Center
Time: 4:30 p.m

Professor Anna Celenza explores an important aspect of global jazz history now largely forgotten: the ubiquitous influence of jazz on the cultural identity of Fascist Italy.  As a review of recently discovered archival sources reveals, under Mussolini's leadership, Italy's government tapped into the burgeoning jazz scene, captivating Northern Italy in the early 1920s and via new technologies (i.e. the radio and gramophone) transformed it into an Italian “national” jazz style distinguishable from music imported from the United States. 

At the conclusion of the lecture, please join us for a short reception to thank our speaker, and to learn more about the Program in Italian Studies as we embark on a new academic year!

LECTURE - Thursday, December 5, 2013

Robin L. Thomas, Assistant Professor of Art History, Pennsylvania State University
"The Bourbon Theater of State and Architecture of Eighteenth-Century Naples"

Location: 127 East Pyne Hall
Time: 4:30 p.m.

Specializing in the architecture of Naples, Robin Thomas’s interests include early-modern urbanism; the social function of buildings, music and space; and the intellectual formation of the architect. His book, Architecture and Statecraft: Charles of Bourbon’s Naples 1734–59 (Penn State Press, 2013), examines the remaking of Naples under King Charles of Bourbon (1734–59), and addresses the political, social, economic, and cultural importance of the royal building program. Current projects include a study of slavery and building practice in Naples, the eighteenth-century redecoration of Santa Chiara in Naples, and a book-length examination of the political dimension of royal palaces in Portici and Caserta.

CONFERENCE - Saturday, January 11, 2014 - Sunday, January 12, 2014

The 6th Annual Conference of the Princeton Graduate Program in Italian Studies

"Venice and Ritual"
McCormick Hall Rooms 101/106
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Spring 2012-13

LECTURE - Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Luca Della Libera, Conservatorio di Musica di Frosinone/Università di Roma Tor Vergata
"New Sources for the Roman Musical Life Between the Seventeenth and Early Eighteenth Century: The Fondo Bolognetti in the Archivio Segreto Vaticano"

010 East Pyne, 4:30 p.m.

LECTURE - Thursday, March 14, 2013

Gareth Williams, Violin Family Professor of Classics, Columbia University
"Pietro Bembo on Mt. Etna: Scaling the Classical Tradition"
161 East Pyne, 4:30 p.m.

CONFERENCE - Sunday, April 28, 2013

The 5th Annual Conference of the Princeton Graduate Program in Italian Studies
In collaboration with the Princeton Departments of Music and East Asian Studies

"Beyond Adriatic Shores: Italy and the East"
McAlpin Hall, Woolworth Center, Princeton University
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Fall 2012-13

No Events

Spring 2011-12

CONFERENCE - Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31, 2012

The 4th Annual Conference of the Princeton Graduate Program in Italian Studies

"Alla scuola delle muse: The Sister Arts in Italian Thought and Culture"
138 Lewis Library
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Fall 2011-12

Monday, September 19, 2011

Open House
209 Scheide Caldwell House, 4:30 p.m.

LECTURE - Monday, October 17, 2011

Albert R. Ascoli, Professor of Italian Studies, University of California, Berkeley
"The Nature of 'Arte': Cavalcanti and Giotto between Dante and Boccaccio"
209 Scheide Caldwell House, 4:30 p.m.

Spring 2010-11

CONFERENCE - Thursday, March 31 and Friday, April 1, 2011

The 3rd Annual Conference of the Princeton Graduate Program in Italian Studies

"Across the Borders of Desire: Italy as a Land of Departure and Destination"
Bobst Hall 105 & Jones Hall 100
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Fall 2010-2011

LECTURE - Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Denis Feeney, Professor of Classics
"Wormholes and Time Machines on the Site of Virgil's Rome"

President’s Lecture Series
Friend Center 101, 4:30 p.m.

Spring 2009-2010

CONFERENCE - Saturday, April 24 and Sunday, April 25, 2010

The 2nd Annual Conference of the Princeton Graduate Program in Italian Studies
In collaboration with the Program in Renaissance Studies

Keynote Speaker: Dale Kent, Professor of History, University of California-Riverside

April 24 - "Concepts of Privacy in the Early Modern Period"
April 25 - "All Roads Lead to Rome"
106 McCormick Hall
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LECTURE - Monday, April 26, 2010

Dale Kent, Professor of History, University of California Riverside
"‘La cara e buona imagine paterna di voi’:  Ideals of Patriarchs and Patrons that shaped Renaissance Florence

Fields of Interest: Early modern European history with an emphasis on the Renaissance period.

Co-sponsored by The Council of the Humanities

Fall 2009-2010

No Events

Spring 2008-2009

Interdisciplinary Conference - Friday, January 9 - Saturday, January 10, 2009

"Performing Homer: From Epic to Opera" and "Opera - Monteverdi, The Return of Ulysses"
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Fall 2008-2009

No Events

Spring 2007-2008

LECTURE - Monday, February 18, 2008

Nora Stoppino, Assistant Professor, Italian Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
"Traveling Amazons: Women Warriors, Giants, and Queens in Italian Epic and Exploration"

CONFERENCE - Saturday, March 29, 2008

The 1st Annual Conference of the Princeton Graduate Program in Italian Studies

Keynote Speaker: Dennis Romano, Professor of History and Fine Arts, Syracuse University  and Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts, National Gallery, Washington D.C

"Art, Politics, and the Venetian Territorial State: The Building Projects of Doge Francesco Foscari, 1423-1457"