University of Notre Dame

Center for Italian Studies


University of Rome

The Italian Studies Program at Notre Dame sponsors an annual seminar in Rome organized in collaboration with the University of Rome "La Sapienza". This interdisciplinary seminar brings together graduate students and junior faculty members from Italy, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the rest of the world. The combination of issues that the inaugural Rome Seminar will examine are of significance to scholars and critics from various disciplines who are addressing some of the most urgent challenges of contemporary processes of globalization, and in particular the way in which these processes are accompanied by the resurgence of localism.

The collaboration began with a Primo Colloquio, held in June at La Sapienza, which was collectively sponsored by the Devers Program, Notre Dames Nanovic Institute for European Studies and La Sapienzas Faculty of Sciences and Humanities. It brought together 16 distinguished scholars from both institutions in the chapel of the La Sapienzas Villa Mirafiori to discuss their work. This was followed by "Why Italy?", a Symposium at the University of Notre Dame, which saw faculty members from La Sapienza travel to South Bend to engage with professors at Notre Dame.