Italian News & Announcements Archive


Italian Ecologies: Italo Calvino and the Biosphere of the Anthropocene

“Italian Ecologies: Italo Calvino and the Biosphere of the Anthropocene.” A lecture by Professor Serenella Iovino (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). March 26, Gilman 130G, 5:15 pm. When we imagine life in the Anthropocene, almost inevitably, images of faraway places appear:  dead albatrosses on a Pacific island whose dying bodies are filled […]


What Do Emotions Have To Do With a Will? February 26, Gilman 130G, 5:15 pm

What Do Emotions Have To Do With a Will? The Last Testament of Aurelio Barbieri (Bologna, 1597). A lecture by Professor Monica Calabritto (The Graduate Center, CUNY). February 26, Gilman 130G, 5:15 pm.  In 1588 Paolo Barbieri, a wealthy Bolognese aristocrat, brutally murdered his young wife, Isabella Caccianemici, stabbing her seven times. As she lay […]


Literary Forgery in Early Modern Europe, 1450–1800

Literary Forgery in Early Modern Europe Book Cover

Forgery is an eternal problem. In literature and the writing of history, suspiciously attributed texts can be uniquely revealing when subjected to a nuanced critique. False and spurious writings impinge on social and political realities to a degree rarely confronted by the biographical criticism of yesteryear. They deserve a more critical reading of the sort […]


Translating Italian Ecocinema: A Collaborative Project

In the spring of 2017, I designed a new undergraduate film class as part of my research in environmental humanities:  Ecocinema: Framing Italy’s Environmental Crisis.  I assembled a substantial collection of Italian films dealing with environmental issues from the 1960s to the present, but, as usual, I had to exclude several good films because they […]


Gendered Mobilities on Italian Screens: Nov. 26

Gendered Mobilities on Italian Screens: Nation, Migration, and Biopolitics. A lecture by Professor Aine O’Healy (Loyola Marymount). November 26, 2018 | Gilman 479, 5:15 pm. Since the early 21st century Italian filmmakers have increasingly concerned themselves with narratives of female migration both from the former Eastern bloc and the global South. Investigating cinematic stories of immigration […]


Female Collusion in the Decameron: November 14

Female Collusion in the Decameron: Reflection on Power, Knowledge, and Truth. A lecture by Professor Marilyn Migiel  (Cornell University).  November 14, 2018 | Gilman 479, 5:15pm Giovanni Boccaccio’s Decameron offers four novellas that involve female collusion. In this paper, I focus on the first of these, Dioneo’s story about the wife of Mazzeo della Montagna. Setting the baseline for […]


Noa Steimatsky to lecture on Cinecittà film studios

Noa Steimatsky, professor of film history at Sarah Lawrence College and author of Italian Locations (U Minnesota, 2008) and the award-winning The Face on Film (Oxford, 2017), will present a talk on new research about the troubling history of the Cinecittà film studios during and immediately after World War II. Her research powerfully speaks to the intersections of race and representation, transnational history and cinema theory. This lecture is co-sponsored by The […]


“Digitizing Early Modern Music and Poetry.” March 13, 5:30 pm, Gilman 479

The Italian Program presents: “Digitizing Early Modern Music and Poetry: The Tasso in Music Project,” a lecture by Professor Emiliano Ricciardi. Emiliano Ricciardi is Assistant Professor of Music History at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University, which he completed in 2013 with the support of an ACLS/Mellon fellowship, and […]