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Italian Studies Director Serves on Vatican Dante Centenary Committee

Author: David Lummus

Ravarino Family Director of the Center for Italian Studies and Devers Family Program in Dante Studies, Professor Theodore Cachey, has been invited to sit on the scientific committee for the 2021 Dante centenary organized by the Pontifical Council for Culture.

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Translation . .or a hundred years of ulyssitude

Author: Enrico Terrinoni

Enrico Terrinoni, Full Professor Chair of English Literature at Università Per Stranieri di Perugia and a Visiting Fellow at the Keough-Naughton Institute in Fall 2019, writes about completing his new translation of James Joyce's Ulysses while in quarantine. The translation is a task he is undertaking in a country suffering greatly during the COVID-19 pandemic and in a city rendered eerily quiet by it.

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How the Rome Global Gateway responded to the COVID-19 crisis

Author: Carli Williams

Three weeks before Italy went on lockdown to combat the spread of COVID-19, the Rome Global Gateway (RGG) was preemptively taking drastic measures to protect its study abroad students, faculty, staff, and surrounding community. The RGG was the first study abroad program at the University of Notre Dame to witness and respond to what has since evolved into a global pandemic.…

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Center for Italian Studies Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Author: David Lummus

Due to the new University policies and guidelines that have emerged in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Center for Italian Studies is cancelling all public events between now and April 13, as well as several others which involve scholars from the US, Italy, and across Europe who have been affected by the current global health crisis.

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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 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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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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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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OVI Summer Internships

Author: Anne Leone

Italian Studies at Notre Dame is happy to announce a new research opportunity for graduate students. For the summer of 2014, the OVI Project at Notre Dame will be offering internships to one or two promising italianists who will have the opportunity to spend from one to two weeks in Florence at the Opera del Vocabolario Italiano Institute…

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Cambridge Vertical Readings in Dante's Comedy

Author: Anne Leone

Italian Studies at Notre Dame is participating in a four year long workshop and lecture program, Cambridge Vertical Readings in Dante's Comedy, organized by the Department of Italian at the University of Cambridge. A team of scholars from the UK and abroad deliver public lectures that explore "vertical" connections between cantos of the same number in Inferno…

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Announcing a "Giornata di studi": Italian Identities: Dialects, Minorities, Literatures

Author: Charles Leavitt

Italian Studies at Notre Dame announces the “giornata di studi” Italian Identities: Dialects, Minorities, Literatures. This one-day conference will investigate the connections between the modern anthropological and sociological context of Italy and the use of dialects. The conference will focus in particular on how literature has responded to both the ever-present issue of the uneven economic development and the crisis of the so-called Italian identity in the last thirty years.  In order to achieve its goals, our one-day symposium will be divided in three main panels, each one dedicated to exploring the topic from a specific – linguistic, socio-anthropological and more purely literary – perspective.…

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Revealing the earliest origins of Italian language

Author: Paul Murphy

It’s a timeless project—and a priceless opportunity: Advanced students at the University of Notre Dame are currently working with some of Italy’s top linguistics experts to assemble the most complete historical dictionary of the Italian language prior to 1375. Notre Dame is currently the only university outside of Italy invited to contribute research to the Tesoro della Lingua Italiana delle Origini (TLIO) project, an initiative of the prestigious Accademia della crusca’s Opera del vocabolario italiano (OVI) branch.

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Notre Dame Announces Italian Studies Research Seminars

Author: Charles Leavitt

Italian Studies Research Seminars 2011-12 Fall Semester 15 September: Theodore J. Cachey (Notre Dame), “Cartographic Petrarch” 6 October: Francesco Ciabattoni (Georgetown), “Dante's Musical Journey: from Unholy Racket to Heavenly Polyphony” 17 November: Graduate seminar: (i) Beatrice Priest (Cambridge/Notre Dame): “Mary on Mount Purgatory: Young Mother or Virtuous Exemplar” & (ii) Emily Gandolfi (Notre Dame), “Rolandino of Padua’s Chronicle of the Trevisian March”…

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Ph.D. Student Examines Animal Imagery in Literature

Author: Kate Cohorst

Damiano Benvegnù, a student in Notre Dame’s Ph.D. in Literature Program, can point to the moment when he changed his academic focus from astronomy to literature. “Reading William Blake’s ‘Tyger’ in a literature class in my liceo scientifico (high school) was an epiphany. The poem was an amazing feat for Blake in the late 18th century—and then a revelation for me, as a reader, more than 200 years later.”

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Thomas Noble to lead American Catholic Historical Association

Author: Julie Hail Flory

Thomas F.X. Noble, chair of the Department of History at the University of Notre Dame, has been elected vice president of the American Catholic Historical Association (ACHA) in 2011 and will become its president in 2012. Noble is a professor of history and former director of the Medieval Institute in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters. He has been a member of the ACHA for 35 years and is a past member of its executive council. “I was surprised and delighted to be elected president of the American Catholic Historical Association, not least because I am the sixth historian from Notre Dame to be accorded this honor,” Noble says.

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Leading Dante expert comes to Notre Dame

Author: Charles Leavitt

  One of the world’s leading Dante scholars, Zygmunt G. Baranski, is slated to join the University of Notre Dame faculty next fall as the University’s first Notre Dame Professor of Dante and Italian Studies. Baranski comes to Notre Dame from the University of Cambridge, where, since 2002, he has been the Serena Professor of Italian and, between 2002 and 2006, head of the Department of Italian in the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages. “I feel that Notre Dame is exactly the right place for me to be going at this point in my career,” Baranski says.

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