Ravarino Lecture

Each year, thanks to the Albert J. and Helen M. Ravarino Family Endowment for Excellence, the Center for Italian Studies sponsors a public lecture by a distinguished scholar of Italian Studies. In 2025, the eighth annual lecture will be delivered by Heather Webb who is Professor of Medieval Italian Literature and Culture at the University of Cambridge. The lecture will be held on March 27, 2025 and more details will be posted as the date approaches.

Past lectures have been:

1. Lino Pertile, Harvard College Professor and Carl A. Pescosolido Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, Emeritus, Harvard University, on "Uses and Abuses of Intelligence from Dante to Machiavelli" (2017);
2. Abigail Brundin, Reader in Early Modern Literature and Culture and Fellow of St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge, on "Hidden Spaces, Private Lives: Getting Inside the Italian Renaissance Home" (2018);
3. Lucia Re, Professor of Italian and Gender Studies, UCLA, on "Ulysses or Penelope? Women Writers Rethink the Mediterranean" (2019).
4. In 2020, the Ravarino lecture was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
5. Peter S. Hawkins, Professor of Religion and Literature, Yale Divinity School, Yale University, on "'Nel mezzo del cammin': Finding a 'Spiritual' Dante in American Religious Culture" (2021);
6. William Caferro, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of History and Professor of Classical and Mediterranean Studies, Vanderbilt University, on "Pandemic and Wages in Boccaccio’s Florence" (2023).

7. Giorgio Bertellini, Professor of Film, Television, and Media at the University of Michigan, on "Enzo Biagi and the Indulgent Memory of Fascism in Postwar Italy" (2024).