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



  Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Histories of Violence: Killing, Communication and Memory in United Italy

Professor David Forgacs, New York University
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium  6:30 pm
Episodes of public violence have recurred at several key moments in the formation and consolidation of the modern Italian state: wars of unification, colonial wars, labor protests and social unrest repressed by police or the military, civil conflicts during the rise and subsequent fall of fascism, terrorism, stragismo, mafia violence. The lecture examines the long history of violence in contemporary Italy, from 1848 to 2015, and suggests that several of these instances of public violence are linked to problems of legitimation of political authority. The lecture looks also at the communication and transmission of memory in connecting or separating different moments of violence, as well as at the near-total erasure of certain episodes of mass violence from the historical record.
Sponsored by: Division of Languages and Literature; Human Rights Program; Italian Studies Program; Literature Program
Contact: Franco Baldasso  845-758-7337
Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Shelleen Greene, ‘96
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

​“After the Revolution: Reading the Italian-Libyan Political Constellation through the Afrosurrealist Imaginary”
Olin, Room 203  6:30 pm
A lecture on Kevin Jerome Everson’s Rhinoceros (2013), an imagined staging of the last speech of the first Duke of Florence, Alessandro de’ Medici (1510-1537), also known as the first black European head of state due to his mixed Italian and African ancestry.

This event is co-sponsored by Africana Studies, Art History, Film Studies, and the Office of Alumni/ae Affairs
Sponsored by: Italian Studies Program
Contact: Sara Marzioli  845-758-7201
Monday, February 27, 2017

The Italians ... and the challenges of
writing about them

John Hooper, Italy correspondent of The Economist magazine and the author of The Italians (Viking, 2015 & 2016)
RKC 103  5:00 pm
How did a nation that spawned the Renaissance also produce the Mafia? What exactly is bella figura? And why do Romans eat their gnocchi on Thursdays? Having spent more than 15 years reporting on Italy, John Hooper set out to write a book that answers these and many of the other puzzles that confront outsiders in a society that can be as baffling as it is alluring.  The result is The Italians, published by Viking, which has featured in the bestseller lists of The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times. In his talk, Hooper will discuss the challenges and rewards of trying to explain a society in which paradox is the norm and in which much is hidden, or coded or left unsaid.
Sponsored by: Division of Social Studies; Hannah Arendt Center; Historical Studies Program; Italian Studies Program; Literature Program
Contact: Joseph Luzzi  845-758-7150

Ongoing Events

  Sep 06, 2017 – Dec 20, 2017
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