News and Events

Spring 2018

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The Cinema Ritrovato on Tour is back at Brown, March 15-18! Gelato Ritrovato on Tour is also back! The 2018 program includes a recently restored 1960s cult film by Michelangelo Antonioni, a compelling drama of migration by Mauritanian director Med Hondo, a long-​lost silent blockbuster from 1918, with live music, and a classic Italian comedy by director Dino Risi. It also includes a documentary about the making of Antonioni’s Blow Up, all accompanied by original flavors from the ​mythical Gelatauro in​ Bologna. 

Soleil Ô, In an unnamed French colony in West Africa, black men line up before a white priest for baptism and renaming—the first step in a process that simultaneously deracinates and subjugates them....

L’onestà del peccato
 (with live music!) stages a story set within the rarefied atmosphere of high society and based around violent conflicts. Actress Maria Jacobini plays the role of a daughter, wife, lover and mother, a woman courageous enough to become an instrument of death...

Blow-Up. A countercultural masterpiece about the act of seeing and the art of image making, 
Blow-Up takes the form of a psychological mystery, starring David Hemmings as a fashion photographer who unknowingly captures a death on film after following two lovers in a park...

Blow-up of Blow-Up. Michelangelo Antonioni’s masterpiece is fifty-years-old. This documentary reconstructs, through interviews, the director’s journey in swinging London during the making of his film in 1966...

The Easy Life. The ultimate Italian road comedy, 
Il sorpasso stars the unlikely pair of Vittorio Gassman and Jean-Louis Trintignant as, respectively, a waggish, freewheeling womanizer and the straitlaced law student he takes on a madcap trip from Rome to Tuscany. An unpredictable journey that careers from slapstick to tragedy...



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MAY 11-13, 2017 at Brown University

Italian Opera in Transnational Context:
Adaptation, Transcription, Mediation

Italian Opera in Transnational Context: Adaptation, Transcription, MediationItalian Opera in Transnational Context: Adaptation, Transcription, Mediation


April20, 2017 - INVINCIBLE!

17th-Century Italian Nuns Sing of Virgins and Martyrs performed byCapella ArtemisiaCapella Artemisia

Cappella Artemisia

Thursday April 20, 2017 - 7:30 p.m. in the Lady Chapel of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church,114 George Street, Providence, Rhode Island. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

Including motets by nuns Sulpitia Cesis (Modena), Isabella Leonarda and Maria Xaveria Perucona (Novara), Chiara Margarita Cozzolani and Claudia Francesca Rusca (Milan), and Raphaella Aleotti (Ferrara).
Cappella Artemisia, founded and directed by Candace Smith, is an ensemble of female singers and instrumentalists based in Bologna, Italy, dedicated to performing 16th and 17th music from Italian convents.

Cappella Artemisia will also participate in a Nunology Conference: Living in the Choir: Silence, Music, and Play in Early Modern Italian Convents, Thursday April 20, 2017 -  12:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Great Hall of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 114 George Street, Providence.
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The Cappella Artemisia Concert and Nunology Conference are jointly sponsored by:

Brown Italian Studies, Brown Creative Arts Council, Marshall Woods Fine Arts Lectureship, Providence College Department of Music, Brown Department of History, The Pembroke Center, Brown Department of Music, Brown Department of History of Art and Architecture, Brown Dept. of Religious Studies, and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. Free and open to the public.

For more info. about Cappella Artemisia:

April 4th - 6pm free pizza - screening @ 6:30pm - this event is co-sponsored by Comparative Literature and MCM




Fred "Kudjo" Kuwornu, an activist-producer-writer-director, was born and raised in Italy and based in Brooklyn. His mother is an Italian Jew, and his father a Ghanaian surgeon who lived in Italy since the early 60's. Fred Kuwornu holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Mass Media from the University of Bologna. As a teenager, he started his career as a DJ and Producer. Later, he moved to Rome where he began working as a TV show writer for RAI public television.
After working with the production crew of Spike Lee's "Miracle at St. Anna", Fred decided to research the unknown story of the 92nd Infantry "Buffalo Soldiers" Division. He discovered and documented the journey taken by the real 92nd Infantry veterans and the entire African American segregated combat unit which fought in Europe during WW II.
Fred thus produced and directed this Award-winning documentary "Inside Buffalo"(awarded Best Documentary at the Black Berlin International Cinema Festival). Inside Buffalo had viewings at the Pentagon, the Library of Congress and received a letter of congratulations by President Barack Obama. In 2012, he released "18 IUS SOLI "which examines multiculturalism in Italy but also specifically looks at questions of citizenship for the one million children of immigrants born and raised in Italy but are not Italian citizens.
He is the founder of the Association Diversity Italia promoting the importance of racial and ethnic diversity in Italy and Europe and he uses film and other art forms as tools for building a more inclusive society. His current projects, with the new production company Do The Right Films Entertainment are: "Afropolti@n", a documentary about a contemporary concept of Pan Africanism, and "Blaxploitalian" a documentary about 100 Years of Blackness in the italian cinema. Fred Kuwornu had the privilege of being a guest lecturer and keynote speaker at conferences such as "Ethnicity, National Identity in Contemporary Italy" and "Documentary for Social Change" at top universities like Yale, Berkeley, UCLA, NYU, Brown, Columbia, University of Toronto, Oxford University (in the UK) and others. 


Cinema Ritrovato, March 8-11, 2017

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Fall 2016 Events

Oct. 25 --If Venice Dies - Lecture and book signing with Salvatore Settis

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Venice's increasingly imperiled fate has become emblematic of the future of historic cities everywhere as it capitulates to tourists and those who profit from them. Art historian Salvatore Settis argues that "hit and run" tourists are turning landmark urban setting into malls and theme parks and warns that Western civilization's prime achievements face ruin from mass tourism and global cultural homogenization.  Free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by Joukowsky Institute for Arceology and the Ancient World and  the Department of History of Art and Architecture. 7- 8:30 pm in RI Hall 108



Spring 2016

April 22 -23 -- Dante Society of America Annual Meeting and Conference - "Dante and the Protocols of Performance: Theatricality, Ritual, Feasts"  

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April 8-9, 2016 CHIASMI - Pembroke 305
This year’s title is “Adaptation: Transforming Representation – Re-presenting Transformation” and the selected papers will explore the multifaceted theme of adaptation across a wide range of disciplines and methodological approaches.Furthermore, we decided to innovate Chiasmi’s format by also selecting three young artists who will present their work during the conference. In addition to our wonderful keynote speaker - Professor Millicent Marcus from Yale – we invited Federico Favot, a young screenwriter and transmedia storyteller who will offer an insight into the Italian entertainment industry.















April 21, 2016,  6-8:30pm.  New Important Documentary Film on GRAMSCI. MacMIllan 117 - Pizza at 6pm, screenings 6:30pm, followed by Q& A with producer, screen writers and director.















April 22-23, 2016: Dante Society of America Annual Meeting 

March 9, 2016,  6-8:30pm.  Documentary Short Films by Adrioano Sforzi. Pizza at 6pm, screenings 6:30pm, followed by Q& A with A. Sforzi.  Smith-Buonanno 106.

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March 15-18, 2016:  The Return of Cinema Ritrovato on Tour, yes Gelato Ritrovato too!
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Fall 2015: 

Screening on Wednesday,

Oct. 28 / Smitty-B Room 106 / 6:30 - 7 pm

The screening will be followed by a special Q/A with the director Gabriele del Grande.

Pizza will be served at 6pm.  

Find out more about the documentary at

Film Description

An urgent documentary and a political act that sheds light on the experience of asylum seeking in Europe. On the Bride's Side tells and enacts the story of a Palestinian poet and an Italian journalist who meet five Palestinians and Syrians after they fled Syria and entered Europe via the Italian island of Lampedusa, and complete their journey to Sweden by faking a wedding in order to bypass the restrictions of European asylum laws. This emotionally charged journey not only brings out the stories and hopes and dreams of the five Palestinians and Syrians and their rather special traffickers, but also reveals an unknown side of Europe – a transnational, supportive and irreverent Europe that ridicules the idea of Fortress Europe in a kind of masquerade which is no other than the direct filming of something that really took place on the road from Milan to Stockholm from the 14th to the 18th of November 2013

Lecture by Barbara Spackman




 "Accidental Orientalists: The Ethnomasquerade of Leda Rafanelli

October 20, 2015@ 5:30PM

Location: Smith-Buonanno 106

Barbara Spackman is a Cecchetti Professor of Italian Studies and Professor of Comparative Literature
Chair in Italian Studies at University of California, Berkeley.



Pasolini's Mediterranean/African Crossroads.

 A two-day symposium designed to foster interdisciplinary dialogue around the legacy of Italian poet and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini, on the fortieth anniversary of his violent death (he was murdered in Rome, on November 2, 1975).

Pasolini_SymposiumPasolini_Symposium The literary and cinematic work of Pier Paolo Pasolini continues to provide important sources of inspiration for contemporary critical thinkers and artists in relation to notions of race, racism, resistance, gender, the body, myth and contemporary mythologies, mass media, capitalism and the urgency of alternative worldviews. Within this body of work, the symposium will focus in particular on Pasolini's vision of the Mediterranean and African worlds and its resonance across the fields of film studies and critical theory.

"A new problem breaks out in the world. It's calle­­­d color. The new extension of the world is called color. One has to accept the idea of thousands of black and brown children, black-eyed infants with curly hair. One has to accept endless multitudes of real lives that, with innocent ferocity, want to enter our reality. Other voices. Other glances. Other dances. Everything will become familiar and expand the earth!" - Pier Paolo Pasolini, Rage (1963)


Thursday, October 22, 5pm-9pm and Friday, October 23, 9:30am -9:30 pm

Location: all events held in Pembroke Hall 305



Unveiling the Fall 2015 Colloquium Series

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All sessions will be held at 190 Hope Street, Room 102 from Noon - 1:30 pm.  Find out more on the Colloquiums page!


Presenting the Class of 2015! 



David I. Kertzer's The Pope and Mussolini wins Pulitzer Prize for Biography!

"Awarded to "The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe," by David I. Kertzer (Random House), an engrossing dual biography that uses recently opened Vatican archives to shed light on two men who exercised nearly absolute power over their realms."


CHIASMI 2015 - April 24-25, (at Harvard University)

Graduate Student Conference in Italian Studies – Harvard University and Brown University. "Time to Translate/ Translation in Time."


Scholarly Networks, April 16-18, 2015

The Virtual Humanities Lab in the Department of Italian Studies, hosted an international colloquium entitled Scholarly Networks and the Emerging Platforms for Humanities Research & Publication in the Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab at the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library from Thursday, April 16 through Saturday, April 18, 2015. The three-day colloquium, organized in collaboration with the Center for Digital Scholarship in the Brown University Library, and DARIAH-Italy (Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and the Humanities),  explored the new types of scholarly output produced when scholars use digital methods to collaborate on, annotate and visualize traditional materials. Full program.


Cinema Ritrovato on Tour 

On March 16-20 The Italian Studies Department and the Malcolm S. Forbes for Culture and Media Studies, in collaboration with the Cineteca of Bologna presented the tour's second edition.

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Screening followed by panel discussion with Oscar nominated director Oren Jacoby '77. Free PIZZA.


Commencement 2014: congratulations to our graduates!

Commencement 2014: Mauro Resmini, Ph.D.Commencement 2014: Mauro Resmini, Ph.D.
Elena Daniele and Mauro Resmini were awarded their Ph.D. degrees in Italian and Integrative Studies at Brown Sesquicentennial Commencement, on May 25. Three concentrators, Arianna Geneson, Erica Leon and Brian Moore, were awarded their Bachelor of Arts degrees in Italian Studies.



Prof. Riva honored

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In a ceremony hosted by the Dean of the Faculty and held at the John Carter Brown Library on May 22, the Consul General of Italy in Boston, Giuseppe Pastorelli, presented Prof. Massimo Riva with the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic in the rank of Ufficiale, bestowed by the President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano. 


Extra Extra Large Art: Conservation


Treatment of the Garibaldi Panorama.

Large objects are not usually a challenge for the Northeast Document Conservation Center’s conservation lab. The Center’s facility is equipped with specialized sinks and work tables that accommodate even very large objects, such as wall maps, posters, wallpaper, architectural drawings, works of art on paper, and other oversize materials. NEDCC’s paper conservators recently worked on a project that could be classified as EXTRA EXTRA large. The Garibaldi Panorama is among the longest paintings in the world, measuring 260 feet long and 4½ feet high. From the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection at the John Hay Library of Brown University, the two-sided work of art on paper depicts the life story of Italian patriot Giuseppe Garibaldi, who played a major role in the unification of Italy...[read more]


Spring 2014 Events


Nine-year-old Giorgio De Chirico and seven-year-old Alberto Savinio (De Chirico)Nine-year-old Giorgio De Chirico and seven-year-old Alberto Savinio (De Chirico)

Lecture by Gilles Pécout (École Normale Supérieure, Paris) - in collaboration with the Modern Greek Studies Program:

"The Last Romantics in the Mediterranean: Italian Volunteers in Greece During the War of 1897

Tuesday, April 22, 5:30PM, Rhode Island Hall 108 -



Feb. 26, "The Pope and Mussolini," presentation of David Kertzer's new book, at the Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street - Joukowsky Forum, 5PM

March 7-8Chiasmi, Brown-Harvard Graduate Students Conference: "Memories: Tradition and Revision, Amnesia and Retrieval" 


Past Events (selected)

Boccaccio AfterLife Award, 23 November, 2013Boccaccio AfterLife Award, 23 November, 2013 Conference on the State of Italy, 29-30 October, 2013Conference on the State of Italy, 29-30 October, 2013
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Jazz with Andrea Marcelli, 10 October, 2013Jazz with Andrea Marcelli, 10 October, 2013 Verdi on Verdi, 8 October, 2013Verdi on Verdi, 8 October, 2013
Jazz Concert Verdi on Verdi
Paolo Rosa and Studio Azzurro, Living Images, October 2012Paolo Rosa and Studio Azzurro, Living Images, October 2012 Music Between Nation and Form: Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and the Boundaries of Italianità, September 2012Music Between Nation and Form: Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and the Boundaries of Italianità, September 2012
Paolo Rosa and Studio Azzurro Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Music Between Nation and Form