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2018-19 titles in The Devers Series in Dante and Medieval Italian Literature

Author: Staff

Between February 2018 and June 2019, the Devers Series in Dante and Medieval Italian Literature saw the publication of four new books on topics ranging from the reception of Dante's Beatrice and the early modern impact of Boccaccio's works to a critical edition of an Italian version of the Meditations on the Life of Christ and a in-depth study of how medieval ideas of the body and gender inspired Boccaccio’s vernacular and Latin writings.

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Faculty Research Spotlight: Meredith Chesson

Author: Connor Bran

Dr. Meredith Chesson recording a late 19th/early 20th century aquaduct in the San Pasquale Valley, Calabria, Italy (2015 season) | Photo: Nicholas Ames Meredith Chesson, a Nanovic Institute Faculty Fellow and Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Notre Dame, recently published an article in the latest volume of the Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology…

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Winter School in Latin Paleography and Codicology [Updated application and paymentdeadlines]

Author: Staff

With the kind collaboration of the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (BAV), the University of Notre Dame offers its Winter School in Latin Paleography and Codicology at its Rome Global Gateway. The school will be held 7–17 January 2020 in Rome, Italy / Città del Vaticano. The application deadline is 23 September 2019. All questions may be directed to: Dr. David T. Gura, Curator, Ancient and Medieval Manuscripts, University of Notre Dame (dgura@nd.edu).

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New Library acquisition: Epistole et euangeli et letioni volgari in lingua toscana

Author: Tracy Bergstrom

The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections has recently acquired Epistole et euangeli et letioni volgari in lingua toscana, Florence: Bernardo Giunta, 1546, a vernacular edition of liturgical readings from the epistles and the gospels embellished with 151 woodcuts. With the acquisition of this copy, Rare Books and Special Collections is the only holder in the United States of a copy from the seminal 1546 edition. Only two other copies from this edition are known, now found at the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana and the Biblioteca Casanatense in Rome.

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Now accepting applications for fellowships for short-term research in Italy

Author: Staff

The Center for Italian Studies is now accepting applications for two awards that facilitate research in Italy and at the Rome Global Gateway. The Jay A. and Sara L. Sellick Endowment for Excellence in Italian Studies, in memory of John A. ('53) and Juli Ann Sellick provides support of up to $2,000 for undergraduate, graduate student, and faculty research and travel to Italy and the Rome Global Gateway. Click here to download the application. …

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Year abroad helps Italian major develop language skills, discover senior thesis topic, and strengthen connection to family heritage

Author: Hailey Oppenlander

Gianna Van Heel’s time studying abroad while at Notre Dame was immersive and comprehensive — the nearly yearlong experience included coursework, research, an internship, and embracing the Italian way of life. She knew it was the best way to truly learn another language. Van Heel, who won the College of Arts and Letters’ Robert D. Nuner Award for the language major with the highest GPA, studied Dante during her time abroad and was captivated by his writing. 

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New Library acquisition: Rime di Francesco Petrarca colla interpretazione composta dal conte Giacomo Leopardi

Author: Staff

Special collections has purchased a fine copy of the first 1826 printing of Giacomo Leopardi’s extremely influential commentary on Petrarch's Canzoniere, which was reprinted in twenty variant editions over the next fifty years.

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Rome International Scholars Program

Author: Anne Leone

Italian Studies at Notre Dame is happy to announce their co-sponsorship of the Rome International Scholars Program, applications for which are being accepted until November 1. Launched in the spring of 2016 by Notre Dame International and the Rome Global Gateway, the Program brings select undergraduates recruited from across disciplines and departments to Rome for a semester. Qualified students are invited to apply by Nov. 1, 2017. This special program is specifically designed for self-motivated students who would value the opportunity to undertake independent research during the Spring semester of Junior year that would ideally lead to senior thesis projects during senior year, and/or subsequent development of post-graduate research, including post-graduate fellowships and post-graduate studies. A key feature of the program is the opportunity for experiential learning, which can take the form of either an internship or service engagement to be conducted in Rome. Students admitted to the Rome International Scholars Program are eligible for funding for further language and/or disciplinary study and/or internship in Italy during the summer following their semester in Rome. For further information, please visit the application page on the NDI website, and feel free to view these videos of two senior Italian majors, Andrew Guinan and Joe Strasz, describing their time in Rome.

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New Library acquisition: Manuscript fragment of Jacopo della Lana commentary

Author: Tracy Bergstrom

The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections has recently acquired the following item: Manuscript fragment on vellum of Jacopo della Lana’s commentary to Dante’s Commedia. Four folia, dating to the mid-14th century, of Northern Italian origin. This vellum fragment comes from a dismembered manuscript of the Commento…

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New Library acquisition: Le cose volgari di Messer Francesco Petrarca

Author: Tracy Bergstrom

The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections has recently acquired the following item: Le cose volgari di Messer Francesco Petrarca. Venice: Aldus Manutius, July 1501. In 1501, the printer Aldus Manutius embarked upon a new publishing venture to produce libelli portatiles, or portable copies of classical and contemporary texts...

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Videoconference Seminar Series: Opera del vocabolario italiano

Author: Anne Leone

  Mapping Textual Traditions in the Italian Middle Ages The Italian Studies Program, in partnership with the CNR Institute Opera del Vocabolario Italiano (OVI), will host a series of seminars on the textual traditions of ancient Italy by focusing on specific geographical areas, including Tuscany, Central Italy, Veneto, and Southern Italy. OVI lecturers include Pär Larson, Zeno Verlato, and Marco Maggiore. Lino Leonardi (OVI Director) will close the series with a presentation on methodological approaches to the study of the editorial history of early Italian texts.…

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