Saturday - November 23,2013
The Boccaccio AfterLife Award. A multimedia event celebrating the great Italian poet Giovanni Boccaccio's 700th birthday and Brown's Decameron Web.
2-6pm, Martinos Auditorium, Granoff Center for the Arts (directions).
Two Stories from Boccaccio's Decameron, performed by Elitropia Theatre of Certaldo, Italy.
Award Ceremony and round-table discussion with R. Martinez (Brown U.), E. Menetti (U. Modena and Reggio Emilia), M. Papio (U. Mass, Amherst), M. Riva (Brown U.)
Made possible by the Elana Horwich Italian Arts and Culture Fund and
November 15, 2013
Presentation by hair archeologist Janet Stephens.
5:30pm Barus and Holley 190, Giancarlo Auditorium.
Boccaccio at 700: A multimedia event celebrating the great Italian poet Giovanni Boccaccio and Brown's Decameron Web.
2-6pm, Martinos Auditorium, Granoff Center for the Arts.
October 10, 2013
Modern Jazz Concert with Andrea Marcelli andDana Gooley
Grant Recital Hall
Sponsored by the Department of Italian Studies, the Italian Club at Brown and the Department of Music. Click here for more information
October 8, 2013
"Verdi on Verdi"
Panel Discussion and Concert
7:00 - 9:00pm
- Granoff Center/Martinos
154 Angell St.
Panel Discussion 7-8pm
Panelists: Dana Gooley, Department of Music; William Keach, Department of English; Gianluca Scandola, Cameristi della Scala; Michael P. Steinberg, Cogut Center for the Humanities; Suzanne Stewart-Steinberg, Comparative Literature/Italian Studies, chair.
Verdi racconta Verdi
Performance by the Cameristi della Scala
Selections from Il Trovatore, La Traviata, Don Carlo, Aida, and Falstaff in orchestral transcriptions by Camillo Sivori, Antonio Bazzini, Luigi Mancinelli and Giovanni Avolio.
Made possible by Lottomatica/GTech, ENI, the Tabak Fund for Italian Studies, the Department of Music, Cogut Center for the Humanities, and the Italian Consulate General in Boston.
October 29-30, 2013
Conference: The State of Italy
Watson Institute for International Studies
Oct. 29 at 5pm - Keynote Address: Romano Prodi (Professor at Large, Brown University, former two-time Prime Minister of Italy, former President of the European Commission.)
Oct. 30 starting at 9am - Panelists: Lucio Bacaro (University of Geneva), John A. Davis (University of Connecticut), David I. Kertzer (Brown University), Richard Locke (Brown University), Julia Lynch (University of Pennsylvania), Dante Roscini (Harvard University), David Thorne (former U.S. Embassador to Italy), Carlo Trigilia (Minister of Territorial Cohesion).
18 Ius Soli
(the law of blood)
2012 Award winning grassroots Italian documentary about the issue of the citizenship for 1.000.000 children born in Italy.
This documentary examines the law that denies citizenship to young people born in Italy of immigrant parents, because they have “no Italian blood”.
18 Ius Soli follows 18 stories of girls and boys born and raised in Italy and whose parents are originally from African, Asian, and South American countries who moved to and have long-lived in different areas of Italy.
Discussion and pizza with Italian director and producer Fred Kuwornu.
November 8, 2012 – Smith Buonanno 106 – 6:30PM
Free an open to the public. Sponsored by the Elana Horwich Italian Arts and Culture Fund.
Italian_Studies@brown.edu or (401) 863-1561.
Paolo Rosa accompanied by Luigi Di Corato,
General Director of the Siena Museums Foundation.
Acclaimed Italian visual artist Paolo Rosa, founder of the art collective Studio Azzurro of Milan, will be at Brown University as Fitt-Artist-in-Residence, October 15-26, 2012. His visit is co-sponsored by the Creative Arts Council, the John Nicholas Brown Center for the Public Humanities, and the Elana Horwich Italian Arts and Culture Fund. Among Studio Azzurro’s recent realizations is the exhibit: “Fare gli Italiani/ Making Italians (1861-2011),” held in Turin on the occasion of the 150th-anniversary of Italy’s unification. During his residency at Brown, Paolo Rosa will lecture about Studio Azzurro's 30 years of activity (1982-2012) and will offer a series of workshops, open to faculty, students and the Providence arts community. He will be accompanied by Luigi Di Corato, General Director of the Siena Museums Foundation, which supervises a unique museum network of 43 different institutions devoted to art and archaeology, anthropology and ethnography, science and nature, in Southern Tuscany.
October 15, 2012 @ 5:30PM - List Art Building Auditorium, 62-64 College St., Providence, R.I.
Paolo Rosa, Artist Talk: “Living Images/Immagini Vive: 30 Years of Studio Azzurro (1982-2012)” - followed by a screening of Studio Azzurro's work.
October 16, 23 and 25, 2012 @ 4-6PM - Khoo Tech Puat Multimedia Lab, Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, 154 Angell St., Providence, R.I. Sign up for work shops by e-mailing Italian_Studies@Brown.edu
Paolo Rosa, Workshops: "Bearers of Stories: Sensitive Environments, Narrative Habitats"
October 18, 2012 @ 5:30-7PM- Brown-Nightingale House, 1st floor Library, Brown Center for Public Humanities, 357 Benefit Street, Providence, R.I. (use rear entrance off Williams Street)
Luigi Di Corato and Paolo Rosa, Workshop:
"Museums as Narration: Interactive Experiences and Multimedia Frescoes"
October 22, 2012 @ 5:30PM - List Art Building Auditorium, 62-64 College St., Providence, R.I.
Luigi Di Corato, Lecture: "Proactive Museums and Local Heritage: the Italian Case"
October 24, 2012 @ 5:30-7PM- Brown-Nightingale House, 1st floor Library, Brown Center for Public Humanities, 357 Benefit Street, Providence, R.I. (use rear entrance off Williams Street)
Round Table Discussion: “The Future of Museums and the Public Humanities: Perspectives from Italy,” with Paolo Rosa, Fitt Artist-in-Residence, Brown Creative Arts Council; Luigi Di Corato, General Director of the Siena Museums Foundation; John W. Smith, Director of the Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art; Ian Alden Russell, Curator of the Bell Gallery at Brown University; Steven Lubar, Director of the Brown Center for the Public Humanities. Moderator: Massimo Riva, Chair, Department of Italian Studies, Brown University.
For more information, please contact: Italian_Studies@brown.edu; (401) 863.1561.
Thursday - Saturday, September 27-29, 2012
Italian Studies present international Conference and Concert Series:
Music Between Nation and Form:
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and the Boundaries of Italianità
305 Pembroke Hall
Keynote Speaker: Leon Botstein
President of Bard College
Deborah Amberson, Alessandra Campana, Diana Castelnuovo-Tedesco, John Champagne, Salvatore Champagne, Mila DeSantis, Giuseppe Ficara, Matthew Franke, Axel Körner, Dorothy Lamb Crawford, Assaf Shelleg, Antonella Sisto, James Westby
Thursday September 27 – 8pm – Grant Recital Hall
Friday September 28 – 8pm – Sayles Hall
Made possible by the Tabak Fund for Italian Studies. Sponsored by: the Lynn Gunzberg fund, the Woods Lectureship, the Cogut Center for the Humanities, the Pembroke Center, the Departments of Comparative Literature, English, French Studies, German Studies, Judaic Studies, Modern Culture and Media, Music, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, Theater Arts and Performance Studie
Italian Studies Colloquium
Prof. at Large Brown University
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Prof. Istituto Orientale di Napoli, Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane di Firenze e di Napoli, Italy
Wednesday,November 2, 2011@5:30pm
Presentation and Book Signing
MAMMA MIA! Berlusconi's Italy Explained for Posterity and Friends Abroad
With a gimlet-eyed look at Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi’s life that will make American politicos shake their heads in bewilderment and ask, “How does he get away with it?” In MAMMA MIA! Berlusconi's Italy Explained for Posterity and Friends Abroad, Beppe Severgnini eloquently weaves together Italian culture, rich in history and long-held beliefs, with reasons why Italians tolerate Berlusconi’s machismo ways, sensational sexcapades, and power politics. Berlusconi’s reign in Italy is worthy of the most dramatic of operas, which is why, at 75, his entertainment value is at an all time high, and this alone keeps Italians going back to the ballot box.
Sponsored by Italian Studies Tabak Fund and Brown University Bookstore.
“Mediating the Risorgimento/Risorgimento Mediato”
April 14-16, 2011, Cogut Center for the Humanities
Pembroke Hall, Brown University
Providence, R.I. (USA)
2011 marks the 150th anniversary of Italian unification. This International Symposium will explore the role of old and new media (so defined within the framework of their time) in the production and dissemination of an “imagined Italian community” and the articulation of a national discourse, against the backdrop of 19th-century Europe: how different media (illustrated news, opera and theatre, painting and photography, panoramas and film) contributed to shaping the social and political relationships and strategies that resulted in the Italian unification, gave voice and expression to national narratives and iconographies, provided a bridge between elite and popular culture, and influenced post-unitarian debates.
The Symposium is connected to the Garibaldi & the Risorgimento project (dl.lib.brown.edu/garibaldi). Proceedings of the Symposium will be published on the project’s web site and a selection will be published in a special issue of the Journal of Modern Italian Studies edited by John Davis and Massimo Riva, and published by Routledge/Taylor & Francis.
Thursday, April 14. Room 305 Pembroke Hall
2PM David Kertzer, Brown University Provost and Giuseppe Pastorelli, Consul General of Italy – Boston - Welcoming Remarks
2:15 - Panel 1: Risorgimento in Print
Chair: John Davis (University of Connecticut)
Maurizio Isabella (Queen Mary, University of London): “Freedom of the Press, Public Opinion and Liberalism in the Risorgimento”
Gian Luca Fruci (Università di Pisa): “I due volti di Daniele Manin. Icona repubblicana in Francia e celebrità monarchica in Italia”
Alessio Petrizzo (Università di Padova): "Mascolinità, violenza, sacrificio. Francesco Ferrucci e la costruzione dell'eroe nel Risorgimento".
Discussant: Adrian Lyttelton (Johns Hopkins)
4:15 - Panel 2, Visualizing the Risorgimento
Chair: Emily Braun (Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY)
Roberta J. M. Olson (Curator of Drawings, The New-York Historical Society): “Art for a New Audience in the Risorgimento: Past and Present Create Future Perfect?”
Anna Ottani Cavina (Fondazione Federico Zeri, Università di Bologna): "Il paesaggio dei Macchiaioli. Una strada italiana verso il Moderno."
Maria Antonella Pelizzari (Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY): “Conflicting Narratives in Risorgimento Photography”
Discussant: Giovanna Ginex (Independent Scholar and Curator, Milan)
6:00 General discussion
6:30 Reception at the Annmary Brown Memorial. Visit to the exhibit of the Garibaldi Panorama and prints from the Ann S. K. Brown Military Collection. Introduction by Peter Harrington, Curator, John Hay Library, Brown University. Presentation of the Garibaldi Panorama on a multitouch interactive screen (LADS), Andres van Dam and his team.
Friday, April 15. Room 305 Pembroke Hall
10:00AM - Panel 3, Performing the Risorgimento
Chair: Suzanne Stewart-Steinberg (Brown University)
Alessandra Campana (Tufts University): “Public Scenes”
Axel Korner (Univ. College London): "Masked faces. Verdi, Uncle Tom and the Unification of Italy"
Mary Ann Smart (University of California at Berkeley): "Of Censorship, Plagiarism, and Backshadowing; or how political were Verdi’s operas?"
Discussant: Michael Steinberg (Cogut Center, Brown University)
2:30PM - Panel 4, The Risorgimento and the Moving Image
Chair: Massimo Riva (Brown University)
Marcella Sutcliffe (University of Newcastle): “Marketing Garibaldi panoramas and other visual spectacles to the British audiences: contrasting fortunes of seasoned and less seasoned impresarios”
Benedetta Gennaro (Fraunhofer Institute, Darmstadt): “The Garibaldi Panorama: A Tool and Source for Historical Research in the Digital Age”
Giovanni Lasi (Università di Bologna): “La presa di Roma e Il piccolo garibaldino: Risorgimento e identità nazionale nel cinema italiano delle origini”
4:30 - Round table discussion: Mediating the Risorgimento: Past and Present,
Chair: David Kertzer (Brown University)
Adrian Lyttelton, John Davis, Emily Braun, David Ward (Wellesley), Axel Korner,
Suzanne Stewart-Steinberg, Massimo Riva.
5:30 General Discussion/Closing Remarks (J. Davis and M.Riva)
6:00 Dinner reception (Pembroke Hall)
7:30 Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Martinos Auditorium: “Mazzinian Concert,” Maestro Giuseppe Maria Ficara, - Music by Mauro Giuliani, Luigi Legnani, Niccolò Paganini, Ferdinando Carulli.
SATURDAY, APRIL 16
8:00PM Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Martinos Auditorium
La Presa di Roma (The Capture of Rome)
Rare footage from a 1905 film by Filoteo Alberini
Ma che storia…[What A History]…
A documentary about the Risorgimento directed by Gianfranco Pannone, based on footage from the Istituto Luce Film archives.
The Elana Horwich Italian Arts and Culture Fund, The Culver Lectureship Fund, the Department Italian Studies, the Brown University Library, the Department of History, the Cogut Center for the Humanities, the Annmary Brown Memorial
Italian history in silent films
Saturday, April 16, 2011 - 8:00PM
Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Martinos Auditorium, 154 Angell Street
La presa di Roma
by Filoteo Alberini, 1905
Il piccolo garibaldino
…ma che Storia…
(what a History...)
A documentary directed by Gianfranco Pannone, based on footage from the
Istituto Luce Film archives (2010)
Free and open to the public.
Made possible by the Elana Horwich Italian Arts and Culture Fund
April 15 - 7:30PM – Granoff Center for the Creative Arts -
Martinos Auditorium, 154 Angell Street – Free and open to the public
Classical Guitar Concert with Maestro Giuseppe Maria Ficara, National Conservatory of Pesaro, Italy.
Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643):
Aria con Variazioni detta “La Frescobalda”; Mauro Giuliani (1781-1829): Grande Ouverture op. 61.
Luigi Legnani (1790-1877):
from 36 Capricci op. 20:
n. 9: Largo
n. 28: largo
n. 7: Prestissimo
Ferdinando Carulli (Naples 1770 – Paris 1841)
Introduction and Variations on Marseillaise op. 330
Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840):
Grande Sonata per Chitarra sola M.S. 3:
Allegro risoluto, Romanza, Andantino variato (Scherzando, Variation I, II, III, IV, V, VI)
Adriano Cirillo (Bari 1951): Variations on a theme by Paganini
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (Firenze 1895-Beverly Hills 1968):
Variazioni (attraverso i secoli...) op. 71: Chaconne, Preludio (dolce e triste), Walzer I e II, Foxtrot;
Free and open to the public.
Made possible by the Elana Horwich Italian Arts and Culture Fund
A Seminar on the Legacy of Norberto Bobbio, Italy's leading legal and political philosopher of the post-WWII era, Brown University, Providence, R.I., 25 February, 2011.
The Italian Studies Department at Brown University, in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute of New York and the Comitato per il Centenario Bobbio of Turin, Italy presents: "Norberto Bobbio (1909-2004): Ethics and Democracy. A Seminar."Speakers: Massimo L. Salvadori (Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Turin), "Norberto Bobbio’s Liberalism Between Ethics and Politics"; Nadia Urbinati (Kyriakos Tsakopoulos Professor of Political Theory and Hellenic Studies at Columbia University), “Against Cold War Ideology: Bobbio’s Dialogue With the Communists.” Discussants: Charles Larmore, W. Duncan MacMillan Family Professor in the Humanities at Brown University; Steven Lukes, Professor of Sociology at New York University. Moderators: Massimo Riva (Professor of Italian Studies at Brown University) and Suzanne Stewart-Steinberg(Associate Professor of Italian Studies and Comparative Literature, Brown University).
Friday, February 25, 2011, 4-6:30pm, Seminar Room 202, Pembroke Hall, Brown University, 172 Meeting Street, Providence, RI. For additional information, please contact the Italian Studies department at Brown University:Italian_Studies@brown.edu; (401) 863.1561.
The Garibaldi Panorama on the Microsoft Surface featured at the British Library in London
The Garibaldi Panorama is the focus of a pilot project with The Surface, a collaborative endeavor between the Department of Italian Studies, Brown's Computer Science Department and the Brown University Library, co-sponsored by Microsoft Research. The project is featured in an exhibit at the British Library of London: Growing Knowledge. The Evolution of Research. The Surface allows the authoring and performance of sophisticated interactive multi-media digital projects that blend hypertext, static and dynamic imagery and even 3D models that can be interactively manipulated. This pilot project investigates how tactile computing can facilitate discovery and exploration of archival materials, and give insight into the teaching and research potential of Surface technology.
Colloquium December 8, 2010
Wednesday, 8 December, 2010 – David Ward (Wellesley College): “Piero Gobetti, Reader of Vittorio Alfieri” – 5:30PM in 190 Hope Street, Room 102.
Colloquium December 1, 2010
1 December, 2010 - Ernesto Galli della Loggia, "What we should have known about Italian history but were afraid to say". 5:30PMin Barus and Holley, Room 190. Sponsored by Graduate International Colloquia Grant.
Colloquium October 27, 2010
27 October, 2010 - Stephen Marth:
"When il nulla was tutto. Palazzeschi’s Man of Smoke and the Ethereal Aesthetics of Modernity" (Doctoral candidate, Brown U.)
Colloquium October 19, 2010
Tuesday, 19 October, 2010 – “The Future of (Italian) Democracy” – A Conversation with Romano Prodi, (Professor at Large, Brown U.) The Joukowsky Forum – Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street @5:30PM.
Colloquium October 6, 2010
Wednesday, 6 October, 2010 – Wendy Roworth and Catherine M. Sama, (Univ. Rhode Island):
presentation of Italy’s Eighteenth Century: Gender and Culture in the Age of the Grand Tour, Stanford 2009. -ANNMARY BROWN MEMORIAL, 5:30PM, 21 Brown Street
Colloquium September 22, 2010
The Department of Italian Studies and
the Program in renaissance & early Modern studies
present a talk by
(author of The Montefeltro Conspiracy: A Renaissance Mystery Decoded)
“Renaissance Assassins: Blood, Lies and Videogames”
Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at 5:30 pm
at the AnnMary Brown Memorial
21 Brown Street
Saturday, May 29, 2010
A Commencement tradition celebrating its 40th year, the Commencement Forums
offer insight, expertise, and discussion on topics across a variety of
fields. More than a dozen sessions are scheduled for Saturday, May 29, 2010
Garibaldi on the Surface: Collaborative Work in Advancing Digital
Scholarship Through the Use of Touch-Enabled Technologies,
Massimo Riva, professor of Italian studies; Andries van Dam, professor of
computer science; Harriette Hemmasi, University librarian (CIT, Room 368)
Renaissance Italian Works in Performance
Annmary Brown Memorial - 21 Brown Street
Coffee and pastriss: 10:00AM
Session I: 10:30AM – 1:00PM
Welcome and introduction: Reading and Performing Narrative in the Renaissance
Reading: Orlando innamorato 1.1-8 e furioso 1.1-8 (in English and Italian)
Baldo, 1.1-16 (in English and macaronic)
Readers: Stefano Selenu, Massimo Riva, Diego Pirillo
From Ariosto, Orlando Furioso, translated and read by David Slavitt
Questions and comment
Reading: Orlando’s Madness, Orlando furioso 23-24
Ann Mullaney, translator of Teofilo Folengo’s Baldo:
“Translation: Vivisection and Resurrection.”
Questions and comment
Reading: Baldo, 6.451-526; Orlando furioso 20.1-3. Reader: Teresa Ciaccio
Session II: 2:00-4:00PM
Reading: Ariosto Orlando furioso 4.1-28 (Dennis Looney)
Dennis Looney, translator of Ariosto’s Erbolato:
“‘My Muse will have a story to paint’: Ariosto’s Prose between Fact and Fiction”
Questions and comment
Reading: Orlando furioso 19.16-31. Reader: Per Janson
Round table: participants and guests: Translating and performing Italian and macaronic narrative texts
Readings: Orlando furioso 34.80-87, 35.1-2; Baldo, 25.600-658.
Dramatized scene from Baldo, 7.167-351
Brown University actors Ned Riseley ’12 and Liz Rothman ’11.
Three Sonatas, D Major, K. 440-442 by Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)
Paul Cienniwa, harpsichord
“Amor, io parto” and “Amarilli” by Giulio Caccini (1604)
Alcina’s aria from Francesca Caccini, La Liberazione di Ruggero dall’Isola d’Alcina (1625)
Mary Therese Royal de Martinez, soprano
Sponsored by Italian Studies, the Elana Horwich Italian Arts and Culture Fund, Literary Arts, Hispanic Studies, French Studies, Comparative Literature, Classics, Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, English, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies Program and the Cogut Center for the Humanities
Click HERE for event photos.