VILLANOVA, Pa. – His legendary collection of short stories, Decameron, profoundly influenced the works of Geoffrey Chaucer and William Shakespeare. He is considered the father of Italian prose. This fall, Villanova University’s Department of Romance Languages and Literatures in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences presents its annual lecture series that will explore medieval writer Giovanni Boccaccio’s influence on literature, philosophy and art through discussions led by distinguished scholars of Humanities, Romance Studies, Italian Language and Film and Media Studies.
“Boccaccio and Beauty: Text, Painting, Film," launches Thursday, Oct. 20 with "Boccaccio’s Decameron and the Search for Meaning” featuring Stanford University's David Lummus, PhD. The series will run through February 2017. Each event of the series starts at 5 p.m. in the Idea Accelerator in Falvey Memorial Library.
The complete schedule is as follows:
- Oct. 20, 2016, “Boccaccio’s Decameron and the Search for Meaning”
David Lummus, PhD, Stanford University
- Nov. 2, 2016, “(Im)material Girls: Paradiso 15, Commentaries and Giovanni Villani”
Kristina Olson, PhD, George Mason University
- Jan. 30, 2017, “Defending Poetry in Difficult Times: How Boccaccio Can Save the Humanities”
Martin Eisner, PhD, Duke University
- Feb. 20, 2017, “The Boccaccio ‘Brand’ in the Cinema: Fellini, De Laurentiis, Pasolini and Woody Allen”
Millicent Marcus, PhD, Yale University
The series is sponsored by the Richard and Mary Anne Francisco Endowed Fund, which will support an Italian Studies lecture series annually. It is co-sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures; the Department of Art History; the Augustine and Culture Seminar Program; the Department of English; the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies; the Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship Institute; the Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia and Ciao Philadelphia.
About Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Since its founding in 1842, Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has cultivated knowledge, understanding and intellectual courage for a purposeful life in a challenged and changing world. With 39 majors across the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, it is the oldest and largest of Villanova’s colleges, serving more than 4,500 undergraduate and graduate students each year. The College is committed to a teacher-scholar model, offering outstanding undergraduate and graduate research opportunities and a rigorous core curriculum that prepares students to become critical thinkers, strong communicators and ethical leaders with a truly global perspective.