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Film Screening and Q&A with Director and Producer

Thursday, February 22

Poster for Film Showing and Q&A

Lecture by Dr. Céline Dauverd

Tuesday, February 27 at 1pm
The slave market in Algiers

Céline Dauverd, PhD, Associate Professor of History, University of Colorado Boulder and 2023-24 Fellow of The Italian Academy, Columbia University

Date: Tuesday, February 27

Time: 1:00 – 2:30 PM

Location: Center for Italian Studies, E-4340, Frank Melville Library, Stony Brook University

Title: "Paolino Bianchi and Diego Diáz: Narrative of Christian Slaves in Seventeenth-Century Tunis and Algiers”


April 24 at 7 pm

Poster advertising the new Anthony DiFranco play Woman through the Window

Tickets are free. Please call (631) 632-7444 or email to reserve your spot!


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MAka to be screened at Princeton with Dr. Simone Brioni

Wednesday, Feb. 21

Maka will be screened on February 21, 2024 at 5:30 pm in the Rocky-Mathey Theater, Princeton University, followed by a conversation with the film's director Elia Moutamid and writer Simone Brioni. For event details, visit

MAKA poster for Princeton University screening February 21, 2024

D'amato Chair to speak at Yale Symposium

Friday, March 1, 2024

On March 1, 2024, Dr. Loredana Polezzi, Alfonse D'Amato Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies, will speak at Yale University for the First Annual Rossini Symposium, "Italians in New Haven and Beyond." Her paper is entitled "Affect and the Diasporic Memory: Narrating the Italian American Experience." The event, organized by Yale's Department of Italian Studies, is free and open to the public. For further information, please visit:

Rossini Symposium Poster with program details

Caffè Italiano: Spring Meet and Greet

Espresso machine, saucer and cup at the Center for Italian Studies

Drop by the Center for Italian Studies on Thursday, February 8, between 1:00 and 3:00PM, for a cup of our famous espresso and a selection of Italian cookies. Learn about our Spring event series, fellowship opportunities for graduate students, and meet the new Assistant to the Director Christine Griffiths, as well as Interim Director Dr. Andrea Fedi and long-time volunteer Josephine Fusco. Open to students, faculty, and staff.

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The Tenth Quadrennial Italian Renaissance Sculpture Conference, known colloquially as “Provo-Athens,” will convene at Stony Brook University, NY on 1-3 May 2025. This conference is co-organized by Karen Lloyd (Art History) and Fernando Loffredo (Hispanic Languages & Literature) and sponsored by The Center for Italian Studies.

The conference will provide a forum for the presentation of new research on Italian sculpture during the Renaissance, broadly defined. In this 10th anniversary iteration, together with the traditional subjects of the conference, we are interested in chronological and geographic continuities, and also welcome proposals that explore the topic from peninsular, Mediterranean, Hispanic, and global perspectives through the early modern period. The conference offers opportunities for the convivial exchange of ideas in more informal settings and contexts. Keynote lectures by Denise Allen, Kelley Helmstutler di Dio, and Andrea Bacchi will speak to the chronological and methodological range of the conference.

How to apply
We invite proposals for 20-minute papers and encourage scholars at all ranks to apply. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 1 September 2024; notifications about acceptance of proposals will be sent no later than 1 October 2024.

Prospective speakers should send an abstract (no more than 250 words) as well as a brief (1 page) CV to:

Registration and fees
The conference is free and open to the public. No fees are requested, but registration will be required. Further details will become available once the panelists are confirmed.

Although participants will cover their own travel and lodging expenses, we are working to secure travel grants for pre- and early post-doctoral participants.


February 7 - May 19, 2024
Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Remaking the Renaissance poster

Remaking the Renaissance offers a fresh take on this iconic period of textile and fashion history, transforming the way we think about and see the cloth and clothing of the early modern period. Looking at key textile innovations in the era c.1400-1700, Remaking the Renaissance suggests that objects and their histories can be restored and recreated through conservation and research. 

For further information, please visit:

online Conference

"Exploring Rome through Drawing in the 16th Century"

From March 6-8, the Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max-Planck-Institute for Art History, in Rome presents "Gernsheim Study Days: Exploring Rome through Drawing in the 16th Century." There is no registration required and panels will be live streamed at For further inforation and a program of talks, visit: Gernsheim Study Days Program Description.

Scholarship Opportunity

The National Organization of Italian American Women (NOIAW) scholarship program is open to female-identifying undergraduate or graduate students, currently enrolled at an accredited US college or university.

For additional eligibility requirements and application details, please visit:

Deadline: March 18, 2024

English Language Assistantship in Italy

3 month English language assistantship available at a school in northern Italy (near Brescia), for the period March 1 – May 31, 2024.

Duties: Teaching English mainly to children ages 9-14 (Scuola elementare or Scuola media, in the morning), and to adults (on some afternoons), for a total 240 hours over approximately three months, with an average of 22 hours per week.

Pay: Euros 800 per month

Additional benefits: Full board accommodation with a local family

Candidates MUST be between 21 and 27 years of age, native English speakers with some competence in linguistics. Preference will be given to applicants who have a teaching certification.

Send your application to prof. Gianfranco Serioli ( , and include a personal statement in English or Italian, describing your interest and motivation, your qualifications and willingness to comply with the requirements, as well as evidence of expertise and experience in teaching.

Deadline: February 10, 2024