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.

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

Current and Upcoming Events

There are no current or upcoming events scheduled.

Italian Events Archive by Year



Thursday, October 17, 2013

Former Economist Editor Bill Emmott Presents His New Documentary, Girlfriend in a Coma

Jim Ottaway Jr. Film Center  6:00 pm
In this film Bill Emmott teams with Filmmaker Annalisa Piras to explore Italy’s political, economic and social decline over the past 20 years, the product of a moral collapse unmatched anywhere else in the West. Emmott’s quest to understand both “Mala Italia” and “Buona Italia” includes Interviews with Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, philosopher and novelist Umberto Eco, film director Nanni Moretti, women’s rights activist Lorella Zanardo, FIAT’s outspoken Canadian-Italian CEO Sergio Marchionne, the author of Gomorrah Roberto Saviano and many others.

Bill Emmott is an international journalist and consultant, having been editor-in-chief of The Economist from 1993-2006. The author of a dozen books, most of them about Japan and Asia, his latest book was Good Italy, Bad Italy: Why Italy must Conquer its Demons to Face the Future (Yale University Press 2012). His documentary Girlfriend in a Coma has been seen by more than two million people. Bill is also chairman of the trustees of the London Library, a trustee of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and a member of the Swiss Re Chairman’s Advisory Panel. With Annalisa Piras, he is now working on a new documentary about the threats to the European Dream, and has co-founded The Wake Up Foundation, dedicated to research and communication about the decline of the West.
Sponsored by: Division of Languages and Literature; Film and Electronic Arts Program; Historical Studies Program; Italian Studies Program
Contact: Joe Luzzi  845-758-7150

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  Thursday, September 26, 2013

NYU Study Abroad Tabling in Campus Center

Campus Center, Lobby  11:00 am – 2:00 pm
A rep from NYU'study abroad is on campus today with information about their programs worldwide. Drop by to see if one of their programs might be for you!

Thinking about Study Abroad but don't know how it works at Bard? It's never too early to start planning where/when/how. Contact Study Abroad Adviser Trish Fleming at 845-758-7080 or to make an appointment. 
Sponsored by: Institute for International Liberal Education
Contact: Trish Fleming  845-758-7080
  Thursday, May 2, 2013

Wrestling With Two Angels

Communism and Christianity in the Work of Ignazio Silone
RKC 103  5:00 pm

Stanislao Pugliese

Silone (1900-1978) was a founding member of the Italian Communist Party and a major figure in the international movement until his expulsion in 1931. Ironically, his participation in radical politics was inspired by his deep affinity with a radical, peasant Christianity. The tragedy of his life and work was that he could find redemption in neither orthodox Marxism nor the Catholic Church. Join us for an informal discussion based on "Bitter Spring: A Life of Ignazio Silone", nominated for a National Book Award and awarded the Marraro Prize by the American Historical Association and the Premio Flaiano in Italy.
Stanislao Pugliese is Professor of History and the Queensboro Unico Distinguished Professor of Italian and Italian American Studies at Hofstra University. He is the author, editor or translator of a dozen books and is currently working on project tentatively titled "Dancing On a Volcano: A Cultural History of Naples"  

Please join us and invite your students!
Sponsored by: Italian Studies Program
Contact: Joe Luzzi  845-758-7150
  Thursday, February 28, 2013

Eating in Sicily

Reflections on History and Identity by Mary Taylor Simeti

5:00 pm
Identities are not inscribed in the genes of people and populations but they are built in the daily dyamics of the relations among people, experiences and different cultures. Historian Mary Taylor Simeti is author of several books including On Persephone’s Island, and Pomp and Sustenance: Twenty-five Centuries of Sicilian Food.

Sponsored by: Italian Studies Program
Contact: Anna Cafaro  845-758-7377

Ongoing Events

  Mar 19, 2013 – May 07, 2013
Every Tuesday

Italian Table

Kline Commons  1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Look for the Italian flag in Kline Commons and join us. We share our lunch or a coffee and chat in Italian language.
Sponsored by: Italian Studies Program
Contact: Anna Cafaro  845-758-7377
  Apr 01, 2013 – Apr 22, 2013
Every Monday

Italian Film Festival

Every Monday, April 1 – April 22

Olin 102  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Sponsored by: Italian Studies Program
Contact: Anna Cafaro  845-758-7377