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

Tuesdays, January 31 – May 22, 2018

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

Time: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Kline Commons

Translation Symposium

Friday, April 27, 2018

A conference on the theory and practice of translation, organised by Bard's Center for Translation and Translatability

Time: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Location: Bard College Campus
Contact: Olga Voronina
Phone: 845-758-7472

Italian Events Archive by Year



Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Witness's Two Bodies: Primo Levi, Anne Frank, Jorge Semprún

a lecture by
Prof. Anna Maria Mariani (University of Chicago)

Prof. Francine Prose (Bard College)

Olin, Room 102  5:00 pm
This talk asks what became of Primo Levi’s testimonial function after his death. The first part investigates the literary objects (novels and comic books) produced in the wake of Levi’s death, when fictionalized representations of him multiplied through different media. As a means of comparison, the question will be explored by taking into account a series of fictional works that feature another quintessential emblem of the Shoah: Anne Frank. The second part will instead examine Literature or Life by Buchenwald survivor Jorge Semprún, who rewrote and rearticulated Levi’s words on the very day of the latter’s suicide. Can testimonial function migrate between mortal bodies, like the royal dignitas, thus preserving itself beyond the ephemeral lives of individuals? 
Sponsored by: Hannah Arendt Center; Italian Studies Program; Jewish Studies Program; Literature Program
Contact: Franco Baldasso  845-758-7377

Ongoing Events

  Jan 31, 2018 – May 22, 2018
Every Tuesday

Italian Table

Please join us weekly. Stay for as long as you would like.
Kline Commons  6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Sponsored by: Division of Languages and Literature; Italian Studies Program