The Center for Italian Studies was created in 1978 and was the first such center in the United States.

The Center’s mission is

  • to support Penn’s faculty and students in their research and pedagogy, while engaging the latest trends in Italian Studies, including topics of literature, music, theatre, art, film, history, politics, economy, and society;
  • to broaden the impact of Penn-based Italian Studies beyond Penn’s campus;
  • to foster relationships between Penn and the following constituencies: Philadelphia’s Italian-American community, governmental entities representing Italy in the U.S., research centers and cultural organizations promoting Italian issues in the U.S.

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Please see here for a calendar of upcoming events, and here for the current governance.

Thank you.

Mauro Calcagno (Director)

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