Italian Studies

Events & Activities

Events & Activities
The Italian Studies program organizes several activites: here you can check out our events calendar and catch a glimpse of the life of the department. Italian film nights, visiting authors and filmmakers, lectures and schedule for language table can all be found here.

Contact Us

Franco Baldasso
Office Hours: Tues. 2:30 - 4:30 and by appt.

Current and Upcoming Events

Italian Table

Wednesdays, September 4 – December 18, 2019

Please join us weekly. Stay for as long as you like.

Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Kline, College Room

Italian Events Archive by Year



Thursday, April 11, 2019

Poet & Translator:
A Bilingual Reading from Midnight in Spoleto 

by Paolo Valesio, with Translator Todd Portnowitz
Olin, Room 102  5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Italian poet and scholar Paolo Valesio and his translator Todd Portnowitz read from their recent publication, Midnight in Spoleto (Fomite, 2018), and discuss the intricacies of the translation process.

PAOLO VALESIO is the author, among several other works, of twenty books of poetry and is the Giuseppe Ungaretti Professor Emeritus in Italian Literature at Columbia University. He was the founder, and coordinator for ten years, of the “Yale Poetry Group” at Yale University, and the founder and director of the journal Yale Italian Poetry (YIP), whose successor is the Italian Poetry Review (IPR) a “plurilingual journal of creativity and criticism” based in New York and in Florence, Italy—of which Valesio is the editor in chief; he is also the President of the “Centro Studi Sara Valesio” in Bologna.

TODD PORTNOWITZ is the translator of Midnight in Spoleto by Paolo Valesio (Fomite, 2018) and of Long Live Latin by Nicola Gardini, forthcoming in October from Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and is a recipient of the Raiziss/de Palchi Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets. An assistant editor with Alfred A. Knopf, he is a co-founder of the Italian poetry journal Formavera and of the Brooklyn-based reading series for writer-translators, Us&Them.    
Sponsored by: Italian Studies Program; Literature Program; Translation and Translatability Initiative
Contact: Joseph Luzzi  845-758-7150
Monday, March 25, 2019

If Only I Were That Warrior 

Film screening and roundtable discussion
Campus Center, Weis Cinema  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
If Only I Were That Warrior (2015) is a feature documentary film focusing on the Italian occupation of Ethiopia in 1935. Following the recent construction of a monument dedicated to Fascist general Rodolfo Graziani, the film addresses the unpunished war crimes he and others committed in the name of Mussolini's imperial ambitions. The stories of three characters, filmed in present-day Ethiopia, Italy, and the United States, take the audience on a journey through the living memories and the tangible remains of the Italian occupation of Ethiopia—a journey that crosses generations and continents to today, where this often overlooked legacy still ties the fates of two nations and their people. 

The film screening will be followed by a discussion with the filmmakers, Valerio Ciriaci and Isaak Liptzin, and Bard faculty member Dinaw Mengestu.
Sponsored by: Africana Studies Program; American Studies Program; Italian Studies Program; Literature Program
Contact: Karen Raizen  845-758-6822

Ongoing Events

  Jan 28, 2019 – May 21, 2019
Every Wednesday

Italian Table

Please join us weekly. Stay for as long as you would like.
Kline Commons  6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Sponsored by: Division of Languages and Literature; Italian Studies Program
  Jan 28, 2019 – May 13, 2019
Every Monday

Italian Film Series

Olin, Room 102  7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Sponsored by: Division of Languages and Literature; Italian Studies Program