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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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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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Announcement: Postdoctoral opportunity in Rome

Author: Anne Leone

Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Dante’s Florentine vernacular culture The Notre Dame Devers Dante Program, which is part of the Italian section of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Notre Dame, invites applications for one Postdoctoral Research Fellowship to be held from September 2015 for up to 36 months (as permitted by Italian Labour Law) in setting up and doing preparatory research for a major research project on Dante's Florentine vernacular culture (Italian, Old French, and Occitan), 1280-1300, under the leadership of Professor Zyg Barański and of Professor Ted Cachey. The successful candidate will be primarily based at the University of Notre Dame Gateway in Rome, of which Professor Cachey is the inaugural Director. The deadline for applications is 29 March 2015. Further information is available at: http://jobs.nd.edu/postings/1357

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Research Opportunities at Notre Dame's Rome Global Gateway

Author: Anne Leone

Two new fellowship opportunities to conduct research at Notre Dame's Rome Global Gateway will be offered by Notre Dame International, the Office of the Vice-President of Research, the College of Arts and Letters, and Italian Studies at Notre Dame.  Short-Term Graduate Research Fellowship at Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway…

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“Dante’s Other Works” 2015: A Celebration of the 750th Anniversary of Dante’s Birth

Author: Anne Leone

“Dante’s Other Works” 2015: A Celebration of the 750th Anniversary of Dante’s Birth In 2015, the 750th anniversary of Dante’s birth, and the 20th anniversary of the founding of the William & Katherine Devers Program in Dante Studies, the William & Katherine Devers Program in Dante Studies and Italian Studies at Notre Dame will host a celebration of the poet’s so-called “minor works” with a lecture series and a publication.…

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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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Italian Studies at Notre Dame Announces The Primo Levi Collection

Author: Charles Leavitt

This collection includes virtually all first editions of Levi’s works published within his lifetime as well as first editions of notable translations of Levi's writings that document his importance outside of Italy. Also present are first editions of Levi’s own efforts as a translator of both literary and non-literary works.

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All Roads Lead to Rome: New acquisitions relating to the Eternal City

Author: Charles Leavitt

All Roads Lead to Rome: New acquisitions relating to the Eternal City The proverb "All roads lead to Rome" derives from medieval Latin. It was first recorded in writing in 1175 by Alain de Lille, a French theologian and poet, whose Liber Parabolarum…

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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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Notre Dame team completes 3D Documentation of the Roman Forum

Author: Charles Leavitt

In July, a team of School of Architecture faculty and students led by Professor Krupali Uplekar Krusche traveled to the Roman Forum---the center of political, religious, commercial, and judicial life in Rome---to measure, document, and draw large areas of the historic site. The team used conventional and innovative methods, including a Leica 3-D laser scanner, for measuring and understanding this World Heritage Site.

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In Italy’s ruined Abruzzo, architects envision a traditional future

Author: Charles Leavitt

A group of students at Notre Dame’s School of Architecture  spent the past autumn semester drafting plans for rebuilding San Gregorio, a town of roughly 700 where 95 percent of the buildings were damaged, most of them beyond repair. The class visited San Gregorio with Professor Samir Younés in August 2009, four-and-a-half months after the quake. Returning to Bond Hall last August, the students — all in their fifth and final year — began work on plans for rebuilding San Gregorio. They spent the first half of the semester collectively drafting a master plan to rebuild the town, incorporating buildings they deemed salvageable along with new construction in the traditional local style. The rest of semester they worked individually on particular buildings.

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Choice Magazine selects Dante volume as outstanding academic title

Author: Charles Leavitt

The most recent volume in the University of Notre Dame’s Devers series in Dante studies has been placed on Choice Magazine’s highly regarded list of Outstanding Academic Titles for 2008.This is the third time the series has been honored by Choice. “The Ancient Flame: Dante and the Poets,”the ninth volume in the series, was authored by Winthrop Wetherbee of Cornell University, and edited by Christian Moevs, associate professor of Romance languages and literatures and fellow of Notre Dame’s Medieval Institute, and Theodore Cachey, professor of Romance languages and literatures.

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New book explores ethics of buying/selling antiquities

Author: Charles Leavitt

A new book edited by University of Notre Dame art historian Robin Rhodes examines the ethical, legal and political implications of acquiring and owning antiquities. Published by Notre Dame Press, The Acquisition and Exhibition of Classical Antiquities is a collection of essays by eminent museum directors and curators, legal scholars, archaeologists, and historians and practitioners of art and architecture that addresses some of the questions surrounding buying and selling antiquities.

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Three historians receive fellowships from American Council of Learned Societies

Author: Charles Leavitt

Margaret Meserve was among the 60 winners selected from a pool of 878 applicants. Meserve, assistant professor of history specializing in early modern Europe and Renaissance, will continue her study titled A Renaissance of News: The Italian Market in Printed Political Information, 1470-1527. Examining a large sampling of Renaissance news, Meserve explores the literary strategies Renaissance authors used to interpret the news of their time, and traces the connections among authors, printers, readers and states seeking to control the flow of information.

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Undergraduate research expands boundaries of learning

Author: Charles Leavitt

One of this year's research projects explored the art and artifact on tombstones of poets inRomeandNaples- both Italian and those of expatriates.Having been impressed by the beauty of Italian cemeteries while studying abroad, recent PLS graduate Mary Elizabeth Steffan embarked on a project titledA Poetic Pilgrimage: Investigating the Great BooksTombstones,in which she examined the tombstones of Dante, Virgil, Keats and Shelley and others to find out how they were buried and if their physical memorials defined their identities, their works and their memory.

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Three ND Press titles edited by faculty win national awards

Author: Charles Leavitt

Accounting for Dante: Urban Readers and Writers in Late Medieval Italy received the Moder n Language Association of Americas Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Publication Award for a Manuscript in Italian Literary Studies, and Understanding Dante received an Outstanding Academic Title award from Choice Magazine. Theodore J. Cachey, professor of Romance languages and literatures and the Albert J. Ravarino Family Director of the Devers Program in Dante Studies, and Christian Moevs, associate professor of Romance languages and literatures, co-edited both volumes.

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Architecture professor honored in Scaglione Prize competition

Author: Charles Leavitt

A book by Ingrid D. Rowland, a visiting professor in the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture’s Rome Studies program, has received the only honorable mention in the 2005 competition for the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Italian Studies. Titled The Scarith of Scornello: A Tale of Renaissance Forgery, the book was published last year by theUniversity of Chicago Press.

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Architecture professor examines Roman temples in new book

Author: Charles Leavitt

John Stamper, associate professor of architecture at the University of Notre Dame, analyzes the evolution and development of Roman temples in his new book, The Architecture of Roman Temples: The Republic to the Middle Empire, published recently by Cambridge University Press.

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