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.

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Italian Events Archive by Year



  Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Time and Space Died Yesterday!

An Introduction to the Feverish Sleeplessness of Italian Futurist Art, Literature, Life, 1909-1944
Preston Theater  5:30 pm
Did the Futurists get the future right?In 1909, the Futurists declared, "Time and Space died yesterday. We are already living in the absolute, since we have already created eternal, omnipresent speed."   More than a 100 years later, is it true, as Valentine de Saint-Point wrote about the Futurist woman, "Women are Furies, Amazons, Semiramis, Joans of Arc, Cleopatras, and Messalinas: combative women who fight more ferociously than males"?   Were they right we they demanded, "Let's abolish pasta!"On the occasion of the impressive exhibition "Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe" at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, Judith Meighan will present an illustrated introduction to startling ideas, art, music, writings, fashion, and cuisine promoted by the always provocative Italian Futurists.Professor Judith Meighan teaches art history of the last 200 years at SyracuseUniversity and has spent way too much time, and found some sleeplessness, researching and studying the Italian Futurist movement.

Sponsored by: Italian Studies Program
Contact: Anna Cafaro
Monday, April 7, 2014

Rebecca Mead Reading

A Reading and Discussion of Her Book My Life In Middlemarch
RKC 103  4:45 pm – 5:45 pm
"A stylish meditation," My Life In Middlemarch, is "a personal reflection on Eliot's masterpiece and the meanings it's had for Rebecca Mead, a British journalist living in New York City. . . . Mead is determined to make the novel that Virginia Woolf famously described as "one of the few English novels written for grown-up people" accessible again, to a culture whose definition of maturity has altered over the 150 years since Middlemarch was published. Eliot subtitled her book "A Study of Provincial Life", and its interest in ordinary lives is paralleled by Mead's interest in ordinary readers, the novel's wide perspective that, Mead contends, "makes Middlemarchers of us all". —The GuardianRebecca Mead was educated at Oxford and NYU, and is a staff writer at the New Yorker. She is the author of My Life in Middlemarch (Crown, 2014). She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.
Sponsored by: Italian Studies Program; Literature Program
Contact: Joseph Luzzi  845-758-7150
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Meet the Filmmakers! The Guernica Variations and City of Signs

On Art, War, and the Avatars of Filmmaking
Campus Center, Weis Cinema  5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Screening followed by Q&A with the filmmakers.Both films are in Spanish with English subtitles.   The Guernica Variations (Guillermo Peydró, 2012, 26 min): Picasso’s Guernica is the image of a disproportionate attack on unarmed civilians to demoralize and subjugate a whole population, it encapsulates a turning point that ushered in today’s use of terror against civilians.This film received the 2013 Best Documentary Award from Uruguay’s International Short Film Festival, among other awards, and has been widely screened at museums, including the Reina Sofia National Museum.    City of Signs (Samuel Alarcón, 2009, 62 min): When César Alarcón travels to Pompeii to collect ‘psychophonies’ - electronic voice phenomena - from Vesuvius’s great eruption, he finds that none contain sounds from the year 79 AD. Eloquent voices from the recent past will nonetheless lead him to the exploration of Roberto Rossellini’s mysterious life and film production. This film received the 2011 Román Gubern Essay-Film Award, among other awards. 

Sponsored by: Art History Program; Division of Languages and Literature; Hannah Arendt Center; Human Rights Program; Italian Studies Program; LAIS Program; Middle Eastern Studies Program; Spanish Studies
Contact: Patricia Lopez-Gay  845-758-6050