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Wed Aug 22, 2018

"The Conservation of Dante's 1477 Divine Comedy" - Jeff Peachey, Independent Book Conservator

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
102 Hesburgh Library, Rare Books and Special Collections

One of the most important volumes of the Hesburgh Libraries’ renowned Zahm Dante collection, a 1477 edition of Dante’s Divine Comedy printed in Venice by Wendelin of Speyer, has recently undergone a major conservation treatment. This treatment uncovered evidence that the Inferno and Purgatory sections of the text may have circulated separately at one point. Considerations of 15th c. binding practices versus modern techniques will also be discussed, as well as the functional and aesthetic decisions for conservation rebinding.…

Posted In: Arts, Dante Studies, and Lectures

Thu Aug 23, 2018

Research Seminar: "The Scene of the Crime: Tombolo On- and Off-Screen” - Prof. Charles Leavitt (Notre Dame)

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Special Collections

Largely ignored by scholarship and increasingly occluded in historical memory, Tombolo was once so central to Italian culture and politics that even allusive references to the term could conjure the doubt, anxiety, and indignation of the Second World War war and its aftermath. A pine grove located between Pisa and Livorno, Tombolo housed a large American encampment, a key staging site for the Allied invasion and subsequent occupation of Italy. It was also the site of a flourishing black market, rampant prostitution, and racial tensions, which combined to give it an outsized role in the Italian imagination. Indeed, a mix of prurience and prejudice made Tombolo a kind of Italian obsession after the war. It was the subject of lurid tales of white slavery, murder, kidnapping, money laundering, and thefts totaling billions of lire

Posted In: Cinema Studies, Lectures, and Seminars

Mon Sep 10, 2018

Re-reading Dante's Vita nova: Chapters 25-27, teleconference

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
339 O'Shaughnessy Hall

"Re-reading Dante’s Vita nova" is a collaborative research project involving researchers from University College London, the University of Bristol, the University of Cambridge, the University of Leeds, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Oxford, the University of Reading, and the University of Warwick. 

Posted In: Dante Studies, Lectures, Seminars, and Workshops

Wed Sep 12, 2018

Italian Coffee Hour: Picnic e bocce

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Decio Commons

Please join us for an hour of coffee and conversation in Italian where you can meet faculty, students, and staff in Italian Studies and practice your Italian. We meet about once per month and offer activities centered around different aspects of Italian culture.

Fall 2018 Schedule

Wednesday, Sept. 12 -- Picnic e bocce

Posted In: Arts, Language, and Workshops

Thu Sep 20, 2018

Research Seminar: “The Face of Recent Italian Criminal Television: Gomorrah and Beyond” - Prof. Dana Renga (Ohio State)

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Special Collections

Dana Renga is Associate Professor of Italian at the Ohio State University, where she also chairs the Department of French and Italian. Please join the Center for Italian Studies for her lecture on the phenomenon of Italian crime shows.

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Posted In: Cinema Studies, Lectures, and Seminars

Fri Sep 28, 2018

Dante Now!

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Annenberg Audiitorium

Dante Now! A Divine Comedy Celebration

Friday, Sept. 28, from 2-3pm, starting at the Annenberg Auditorium in the Snite Museum of Art and ending at the Grotto.

Join the Center for Italian Studies for it annual Dante Now! event, dedicated to performing and understanding Dante's Divine Comedy. This year Professor Christian Moevs will kick off the event with an illustrated public talk that will be broadcast live to participants at Notre Dame's Global Gateway in Rome.…

Posted In: Arts, Dante Studies, Lectures, and Workshops

Fri Oct 5, 2018

Yoga in Italian

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Studio 1, Smith Center for Recreational Sports

In need of exercising, relaxing and keeping up with your Italian? Class is free, and will be conducted, by Tiziana Serafini, mostly in Italian with some English to illustrate poses.…

Posted In: Language and Workshops

Thu Oct 11, 2018

Italian Coffee Hour: Celebration of Languages

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Decio Commons

Please join us for an hour of coffee and conversation in Italian where you can meet faculty, students, and staff in Italian Studies and practice your Italian. We meet about once per month and offer activities centered around different aspects of Italian culture.

Fall 2018 Schedule

Wednesday, Sept. 12 -- Picnic e bocce

Posted In: Arts, Language, and Workshops

Fri Oct 26, 2018

Yoga in Italian

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Studio 1, Smith Center for Recreational Sports

In need of exercising, relaxing and keeping up with your Italian? Class is free, and will be conducted, by Tiziana Serafini, mostly in Italian with some English to illustrate poses.…

Posted In: Language and Workshops

Wed Nov 7, 2018

Italian Coffee Hour: Pane e Nutella

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Decio Commons

Please join us for an hour of coffee and conversation in Italian where you can meet faculty, students, and staff in Italian Studies and practice your Italian. We meet about once per month and offer activities centered around different aspects of Italian culture.

Fall 2018 Schedule

Wednesday, Sept. 12 -- Picnic e bocce

Posted In: Arts, Language, and Workshops