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Dante scholar wins Modern Language Association of America award for book on 14th-century poets

Author: Tom Coyne

David Lummus, assistant director of the Notre Dame Center for Italian Studies and the Devers Family Program in Dante Studies, has won an award from the Modern Language Association of America for his manuscript about the poet’s role as an authority in the political arena in the 14th century. Lummus accepted the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Publication Award for a Manuscript in Italian Literary Studies at the MLA’s annual convention in Seattle last month for The City of Poetry: Imagining the Civic Role of the Poet in Fourteenth-Century Italy.

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Italian Studies Affiliate to Organize Conference on Italian Enlightenment at UCLA's Clark Library

Author: Staff

Professor Sabrina Ferri (Romance Languages and Literatures–Italian), faculty affiliate of the Center for Italian Studies, is co-organizing a conference with Professor Clorinda Donato (California State University, Long Beach) on the Italian Enlightenment journal "Il Caffè" as a part of the annual core program of the UCLA Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library on 5-6 November 2021

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Three Italian Studies Affiliates to Begin Collaborative Work on Contemporary Calabria

Author: Staff

Professors W. Martin Bloomer (Classics), Meredith Chesson (Anthropology), and Charles Leavitt IV (Romance Languages and Literatures–Italian), faculty affiliates of the Center for Italian Studies, have received a grant from the Nanovic Institute for European Studies to pursue a project entitled "Place, Memory, Story in Contemporary Calabria: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Recuperation of Heritage."

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Q&A with Marie Curie Fellow Matteo Favaretto

Author: David Lummus

Matteo Favaretto joined the Center for Italian Studies and Department of Romance Languages and Literatures in Fall 2019 as the recipient of a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship from the European Commission. We recently sat down with Matteo to learn a little more about him and the work he will be doing at Notre Dame.

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New Library acquisition: Satire fate in occasione de sede vacante...

Author: Tracy Bergstrom

The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections has recently acquired the following item: [Satire fate in occasione de sede vacante per la morte di Papa Clemente XIII Carlo Rezzonico l’anno 1769.] Bound manuscript preserving 61 poems. A sede vacante– the period between a pope’s death and the election of his successor– was historically a period of disorder and transgression within the city of Rome, during which the deceased pope and other figures of authority were lampooned in songs and poetry. Chief amongst these compositions were pasquinades, or satirical poems that were pasted onto the fragmentary statue of Pasquino near the Piazza Navona. Once posted on Pasquino or one of the city’s other statue parlanti…

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Experiencing Rome through Community-Based Learning

Author: Costanza Montanari

Community-based learning (CBL) is a form of experiential education that integrates community engagement with instruction and reflection, deepening and enhancing the learning that takes place both in and outside the classroom. When in Rome students have the opportunity to engage with timely topics such as Migrants and refugees crisis in Rome…

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New Publication: Dante e la cultura fiorentina / Dante and Florentine Culture

Author: David Lummus

The Devers Family Program in Dante Studies announces the publication of Dante e la cultura fiorentina. Bono Giamboni, Brunetto Latini e la formazione intellettuale dei laici, edited by Luca Lombardo, Zygmunt G. Barański, and Theodore J. Cachey, Jr. (Rome: Salerno editrice, 2019).

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The Rome Global Gateway announces consortium with Stanford University and Princeton University

Author: Costanza Montanari

The Rome Global Gateway announces a consortium with Stanford University and Princeton University’s Humanities Council to support the Rome Seminar, a one-month funded summer course for graduate students held in the city. The Seminar introduces students to working with primary sources in Rome. Taught on-site in archives and libraries, graduate students from diverse disciplines learn hands-on how to find primary sources. …

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The Rome Gateway opens summer internship opportunities for year 2020

Author: Costanza Montanari

The Rome Global Gateway is pleased to announce the opening of the Summer Internship Program 2020 for rising sophomores, juniors and seniors. Students are encouraged to submit their applications if interested in coming to Rome to conduct an internship from late May through early July 2020.…

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CFP: Laureatus in Urbe IV (Rome, 27-29 May 2020)

Author: Staff

The D.S.U. of the University of Roma Tre, in collaboration with the Notre Dame Rome Global Gateway and Center for Italian Studies and the Centro Pio Rajna, is delighted to renew its annual seminar dedicated to Francesco Petrarca. Paper proposals, accompanied by a title, an abstract (max 750 characters) and a short bio-bibliographical profile (max 500 characters), should be sent to paolo.rigo@uniroma3.it by January 31, 2020. Materials should be sent together in a single pdf file, entitled “Surname_Title”; please send emails with the subject heading: “CFP Laureatus in Urbe.”

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Art historian researches the significance of long-lost Italian murals during yearlong fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study

Author: Brian Wallheimer

Much medieval Italian art from the 13th century is focused on Christianity — paintings and sculptures depicting Jesus, the Virgin Mary, saints, or other Biblical scenes. But murals that were hidden for hundreds of years under layers of whitewash at the Santi Quattro Coronati monastery in Rome are different — in addition to religious iconography, they also depict secular knowledge. Notre Dame art historian Marius Hauknes is fascinated by the significant shift implied by the newly discovered paintings, and he’s spending this year writing a book on the subject after winning a fellowship from the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.

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A Future for the Past: Notre Dame researchers help Italian church communities address seismic risks

Author: Brandi Wampler

Given Italy is prone to seismic activity, determining how to prioritize the protection of buildings can be complicated. Notre Dame researchers are helping Italian dioceses tackle this problem by completing a seismic risk assessment of 72 churches, some of which are thousand of years old, throughout the country.

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Call for papers: “Set to music: Music and Performance as a Pedagogical Tool in the Foreign Language and Culture Classroom”

Author: Staff

Since 2016, with the introduction of the Italian spring music concert, the Italian Studies program at Notre Dame has explored the power of music and performance as pedagogical tools in the foreign language classroom. This year’s concert, “Mediterranean Sì. Italianità in Italy and the World,” will take place in the Leighton Concert Hall on Friday, April 24th in conjunction with the conference. All conference presenters and attendees will be invited as special guests to this evening of Italian music and performance. We welcome proposals for 20-minute individual or group presentations, round table discussions or panel proposals. The deadline for submissions is 10 December 2019. Please send a 200-word abstract and a short bio to the following email address: kboyle6@nd.edu. Notifications regarding accepted proposals will be communicated by 31 December 2019. Questions may also be directed to Katie Boyle (kboyle6@nd.edu).

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Applications Open for Rome Seminar 2020

Author: Costanza Montanari

The Rome Global Gateway is glad to announce the opening of the application process for the Rome Seminar 2020 which will take place from June 10 to July 5th, 2020. Participants at the Vatican Library Every summer since 2011, the Rome gateway has hosted this unique research opportunity for graduate students. This year the seminar was made possible by generous support from  Stanford University…

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The Rome Gateway and the Center for Italian Studies to Collaborate on Enriching the Rome Library Italian Literature Collection

Author: Costanza Montanari

The Rome Global Gateway and the Center for Italian Studies have started a collaboration to enrich the Rome library collection during the academic year 2018-2019. Due to last year’s success, the collaboration was extended to the current academic year 2019-2020. The first project in this collaboration will involve the acquisition of a collection of Italian literature from its origins in the XIII…

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Notre Dame offers several opportunities to study abroad in Italy

Author: Staff

The University of Notre Dame's Study Abroad Office, a part of Notre Dame International, administers several different programs in Italy. David Younger, Associate Director of Study Abroad, manages the University's Italian study abroad programs, including four semester-length programs and one summer program in Rome and one in Bologna, offered both for the academic year and in the Fall and Spring semesters. Find out more!

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