Italian Lecture Series

2018-2019 Italian Fashion and the Pursuit of Beauty Lecture Series 

* Italian Fashion and the Pursuit of Beauty - Calendar of Events.pdf
2018-2019 Italian Fashion and the Pursuit of Beauty Lecture Series

2017-2018 Italy and the Design of Modern Beauty Lecture Series 

Italy and the Design of Modern Beauty Intro Video

View the video above for insight into the upcoming 2017-2018 Italian Studies lecture series Italy and the Design of Modern Beauty. We hope you will join us at the launch of this wonderful series on October 24, 2017! 

* Italy and the Design of Modern Beauty - Calendar of Events.pdf
2017-2018 Italian Lecture Series: Italy and the Design of Modern Beauty


Italy and the Design of Modern Beauty Lecture Videos and Podcasts

Designing an Italian Style at Universal Expositions

Cristina Della Coletta, PhD, University of California San Diego, presents “Designing an Italian Style at Universal Expositions” as part of the Italy and the Design of Modern Beauty Lecture Series on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 4-5pm in the Idea Accelerator in Falvey Library.

Listen to the “Designing an Italian Style at Universal Expositions” podcast for a pre-lecture interview with Cristina Della Coletta, PhD here!

The Modern Beauty of Italian Design

Grace Lees-Maffei (University of Hertfordshire) presents "The Modern Beauty of Italian Design," the third lecture of the Series "Italy and the Design of Modern Beauty" on February 6, 2018 in the Nydick Family Commons of Bartley Hall.

Listen to the “The Modern Beauty of Italian Design” podcast for a pre-lecture interview with Grace Lees-Maffei here!

Italy and the Design of Modern Thought

Giovanni Maddalena (Università del Molise; École Normale Supérieure Paris) presents "Italy and the Design of Modern Thought," the second lecture of the Series "Italy and the Design of Modern Beauty" on Monday, November 13, 2017 in Driscoll Hall.

Listen to the “Italy and the Design of Modern Thought” podcast for a pre-lecture interview with Dr. Giovanni Maddalena here!

Italian Futurism and the Design of the Modern Object

Ara Merjian (New York University) presents "Italian Futurism and the Design of the Modern Object," the fourth and final lecture of the series "Italy and the Design of Modern Beauty" on April 26, 2018 in Falvey Library's Idea Accelerator.

Listen to the “Italian Futurism and the Design of the Modern Object” podcast for a pre-lecture interview with Ara Merjian here!

April 2017 The New Italians in the US:

The New Italians in the U.S.

Dr. Teresa Fiore presents a lecture titled "The New Italians in the U.S." in Falvey Library's Idea Accelerator April 2017.

2016-2017 Boccaccio Lecture Series:

Boccaccio Lecture Series Poster

“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

Fall 2015 The Difference Italy Makes Lecture Series:

The Difference Italy Makes Lecture Series Poster

The Difference Italy Makes presents success stories related to the Italian industry and trade, and investigates the cultural model of business made in Italy in the context of an academic debate.  Italian entrepreneurs, CEOs, and managers in the fields of fashion, food, pharmaceutical, and finance, will debate about the difference Italy makes in the global market, the peculiarity of the Italian model, and the culture generated by Italian products.

The Difference Italy Makes Lecture Series Videos:

A Century of Pasta. De Cecco and The Italian Culture of Food

2014-2015 Dante Lecture Series:

Dante Lecture Series Poster

Who is Dante for us moderns? What is Dante’s impact on our culture? Is his vision still relevant today? On the occasion of the celebrations for the 750th anniversary of his birth, the Villanova Italian Program proudly presented a series of lectures dedicated to the great Florentine poet. 

The conference series, which ran from October 2014 to March 2015, aimed at rediscovering Dante in light of our present, and, at the same time, at reading our world through his work.

The four talks touched upon such themes as the relationship between Dante and Saint Augustine (in honor of Villanova’s Augustinian tradition), Dante’s presence in Italian and American cinema (since Mélies’ Inferno of 1911, first using special effects), the relevance of Dante in shaping an idea of Europe (in light of the debate on its Christian roots), and the link between Columbus’ diaries (filled with Dantean imagery) and the New World Project.

Our distinguished speakers were Simone Marchesi (Princeton University), John Welle (University of Notre Dame), Giuseppe Mazzotta (Yale University), and Mary Watt (University of Florida).

The series inaugurated the Villanova Italian Symposium, which was conceived as a laboratory of open dialogue on broad issues related to Italian culture, and as a fruitful occasion to bridge Italian studies not only with other disciplines on campus, but also with other programs in the greater Philadelphia area.

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Dante Lecture Series Poster

Dante Lecture Series Videos:

Dante and Augustine? Three Case Studies by Simone Marchesi (Princeton University)

Dante's Europe by Giuseppe Mazzotta (Yale University)

Dante and the Birth of Cinema by John Welle (University of Notre Dame)

Dante and the New World Project by Mary Watt (University of Florida)

Italian Studies Coordinator

Coordinator:
Dr. Luca Cottini
St. Augustine Center 339
610-519-3763
Dr. Cottini's Webpage

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