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
Tel:
845-758-7377
Email: baldasso@bard.edu
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

                      

2016

Monday, November 14, 2016

When Hollywood Fell in Love with Italian Modernism

Raffaele Bedarida, Cooper Union, MoMA
Olin, Room 204  5:30 pm
As Italy moved from the decade of Reconstruction (1945-1955) to the Economic Miracle (1958-1963), an image of a “new Italy” emerged in the United States. Gone was the redemptive rhetoric of a destroyed and impoverished country resurfacing from the war’s rubble; what prevailed now was a modern, glamorous, and pleasing facade. Modern Italian art played a key role in reshaping Americans’ perception of Italy, and during the second half of the 1950s it enjoyed unprecedented success in this country. Nearly a dozen exhibitions of contemporary art from Italy toured the country during these years. Beyond the art world, Italian artists such as Marino Marini, Massimo Campigli, Alberto Burri, and Afro Basaldella conquered Hollywood and the fashion world, and they seduced millions of Americans through mainstream TV programs, movies, and illustrated magazines.

A sepcial thanks to the Humanities and Social Sciences faculty at Cooper Union.

 
Sponsored by: Art History Program; Italian Studies Program
Contact: Franco Baldasso  845-758-7377  baldasso@bard.edu
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Jennifer Scappettone
 

Reading her new poems from EXIT 43: Outtakes and Scores from an Archaeology and Pop-Up Opera of the Corporate Dump and her translations from Locomotrix: Selected Poetry and Prose of Amelia Rosselli
Olin 202  6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Jennifer Scappettone is Associate Professor of English, Creative Writing, and Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago. Killing the Moonlight: Modernism in Venice, her study of the outmoded city of lagoons as a crucible for experiments across literature, politics, urbanism, and the visual arts, was published by Columbia University Press in 2014. Her translations from the polyglot poet and musicologist Amelia Rosselli were collected in Locomotrix: Selected Poetry and Prose of Amelia Rosselli. She is now at work on translations of the futurist F.T. Marinetti and feminist Carla Lonzi. She founded, and now curates, PennSound Italiana, a new sector of the audiovisual archive based at the University of Pennsylvania devoted to experimental Italian poetry. Her poetry collections include From Dame Quickly (Litmus Press in 2009) and EXIT 43: Outtakes and Scores from an Archaeology and Pop-Up Opera of the Corporate Dump (Atelos Press 2016).

Installation pieces were exhibited most recently at Una Vetrina Gallery in Rome and WUHO Gallery in Los Angeles, and she has collaborated on multidisciplinary performance works with a wide range of musicians, architects, and dancers. She is currently sharing a Mellon Fellowship for Arts and Scholarship with the code artist Judd Morrissey and cross-media artist Caroline Bergvall at the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry to work on a project exploring the poetics and politics of air called The Data That We Breathe.    
Sponsored by: Division of Languages and Literature; Italian Studies Program; Written Arts Program
Contact: Franco Baldasso  845-758-7337  baldasso@bard.edu
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Venice by Electric Moonlight

Jennifer Scappettone, University of Chicago
RKC 103  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Jennifer Scappettone is Associate Professor of English, Creative Writing, and Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago. Killing the Moonlight: Modernism in Venice, her study of the outmoded city of lagoons as a crucible for experiments across literature, politics, urbanism, and the visual arts, was published by Columbia University Press in 2014. Her translations from the polyglot poet and musicologist Amelia Rosselli were collected in Locomotrix: Selected Poetry and Prose of Amelia Rosselli. She is now at work on translations of the futurist F.T. Marinetti and feminist Carla Lonzi. She founded, and now curates, PennSound Italiana, a new sector of the audiovisual archive based at the University of Pennsylvania devoted to experimental Italian poetry. Her poetry collections include From Dame Quickly (Litmus Press in 2009) and EXIT 43: Outtakes and Scores from an Archaeology and Pop-Up Opera of the Corporate Dump (Atelos Press 2016).

Installation pieces were exhibited most recently at Una Vetrina Gallery in Rome and WUHO Gallery in Los Angeles, and she has collaborated on multidisciplinary performance works with a wide range of musicians, architects, and dancers. She is currently sharing a Mellon Fellowship for Arts and Scholarship with the code artist Judd Morrissey and cross-media artist Caroline Bergvall at the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry to work on a project exploring the poetics and politics of air called The Data That We Breathe.    
Sponsored by: Division of Languages and Literature; Italian Studies Program; Written Arts Program
Contact: Franco Baldasso  845-758-7337  baldasso@bard.edu
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Nicola Gardini

Lost Words, New Directions, 2015
Olin, Room 203  6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
In conversation with Prof. Joe Luzzi
 
Introduction by Prof. Franco Baldasso
 
 
Nicola Gardini is Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature at Keble College, University of Oxford, and the author of numerous scholarly and creative works, including the recent Lacuna (Einaudi, 2014). He will speak about his novel Lost Words (New Directions, 2015), a translation by Michael Moore of Le parole perdute di Amelia Lynd (Feltrinelli, 2012), winner of both the Viareggio Prize and Zerilli Marimò/City of Rome Prize.  
 
Sponsored by: Division of Languages and Literature; Italian Studies Program; Written Arts Program
Contact: Franco Baldasso  baldasso@bard.edu
Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Celebrating the Complete Works of Primo Levi

A conversation with award-winning translators Ann Goldstein (New Yorker) Michael F. Moore (PEN/Heim Translation Fund)
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Moderated by Prof. Franco Baldasso
Introduction by Prof. Cecile Kuznitz
 
Toni Morrison described Primo Levi’s writing as a “triumph of human identity and worth over the pathology of human destruction.” Levi is the distinguished author of decisive books such as If This Is a Man, and The Periodic Table. For the first time the entire oeuvre of the most acclaimed Holocaust survivor is available in English, after a seven-year collective endeavor led by Ann Goldstein, New Yorker editor and celebrated translator of Elena Ferrante and Jhumpa Lahiri. Together with Goldstein, the event will feature Michael F. Moore, a most accomplished translator from Italian and UN interpreter.

For more information on Goldstein and the Complete Works of Primo Levi, view interview: HERE
Sponsored by: Hannah Arendt Center; Italian Studies Program; Jewish Studies Program; Written Arts Program
Contact: Franco Baldasso  baldasso@bard.edu

Ongoing Events

  Feb 08, 2016 – May 20, 2016
Every Wednesday

Italian Language Table

Please join us each Wednesday.  Stay for as long as you would like.
Kline, back corner by President's Room  6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Look for the table with the Italian flag.
Sponsored by: Italian Studies Program
Contact: Franco Baldasso  845-758-7377  baldasso@bard.edu
  Feb 08, 2016 – May 01, 2016
Every Monday

Italian Film Festival

Preston Theater, 110  7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Every semester the Italian Department is pleased to invite you to an Italian Film Series.
All movies are free, in Italian language with English subtitles
Sponsored by: Italian Studies
Contact: Daniele  biffanti@bard.edu