Villanova Italian Studies Presents Fourth Annual Lecture Series

From the grandeur of the Colosseum, to Michelangelo’s iconic statue of David, to the picturesque beachfronts of Positano, Italy achieves beauty across architecture, art and landscapes. While some of Italy’s most treasured artifacts are hundreds of years old, their influence on design has shaped industrial modernity, modern thought and new visual languages, worldwide.

The Villanova University Italian Studies program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences presents its fourth annual Italian lecture series. This year’s series, “Italy and the Design of Modern Beauty,” invites students and scholars to explore the lasting effects Italian beauty has had on modern design.

The series spans the full academic year, and the remaining schedule is as follows:

  • Oct. 24, 2017, “Designing an Italian Style at Universal Expositions”
    Cristina Della Coletta, PhD, University of California San Diego
    4 – 5 p.m., Idea Accelerator

  • Nov. 13, 2017, “Italy and the Design of Modern Thought”
    Giovanni Maddalena, PhD Università del Molise, Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris
    4:30 – 5:30 p.m., Driscoll Auditorium

  • Feb. 6, 2018, “The Modern Beauty of Italian Design”
    Grace Lees-Maffei, PhD University of Hertfordshire
    4:30 – 5:30 p.m., Nydick Family Commons, Bartley Hall

  • April 5, 2018, “Italian Futurism and the Design of the Modern Object”
    Ara Merjian, PhD New York University
    4 – 5 p.m., Idea Accelerator

The series is sponsored by the Richard and Mary Anne Francisco Endowed Fund, which supports the Italian Studies lecture series annually. It is co-sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures; the Department of History;; the Department of Humanities; the Department of Philosophy; and the Villanova School of Business. All lectures are free and open to the public. 

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 more than 40 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.

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