Department of Languages, Literatures
314 Herter Hall
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003
Phone: (413) 545-2314
Fax: (413) 545-4778
Tuesday, Mar. 12 at 5:30pm
"Mediterranean Interrupted Human Rights, Love, Rebellion, Testimony and Filmmaking"
Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 5:00pm
Università degli Studi Roma 3
"The Atlas of Italian Literature"
Monday, Nov. 19 at 3:30pm
"What It Takes to Win:
Italian Fairy-Tale Heroes from Basile to Calvino"
Tuesday, Mar. 13 at 5:45pm
Università di Verona
"Portrait of the Artist as a Wise Man:
Painters as Narrative Characters in Medieval
and Renaissance Italian Literature"
Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 4:00pm
Visiting Lecturer at UMass Amherst
"From Fragment to Fame:
How Dante's Convivio Became a Cultural Icon"
Friday, Nov. 4 at 4:00pm
Erri De Luca
Bestselling novelist and poet
"Writing Affect, Memory & Resistance"
with a screening of De Luca's short film Beyond the Glass
Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 4:00pm
Università di Milano
"Writing and Translating Poetry: A Reading in Italian and English"
Giovedì, 29 settembre, ore 16.30:
Università degli Studi di Camerino
"I corrispondenti americani e il totalitarismo fascista"
Wednesday, 28 September, 4:00pm:
Campus Center, Amherst Room (10th floor)
Join us in celebrating
Italy's 150th Anniversary
Featuring a panel of esteemed speakers, including the Consul General of Italy
Academic Year 2010-11
Thursday, 23 September, 5:00pm:
of the Università di Siena
"The Global Impact of the Financial Crisis"
Academic Year 2009-10
Thursday, 19 November, 11:00am:
Author of The Other Side
and Cutter's Island
"Growing up Italian in America"
Thursday, 12 November, 5:00pm:
"Journeys [in] Italy:
Modernist Strategies in Italian Cinema of the Early 1960s"
Academic Year 2008-09
Monday, 4 May, 5:00pm:
Professore di Letteratura italiana contemporanea
Università della Calabria
"Italian Political Corruption in I Vicerè
by Federico De Roberto.
An introduction through a comparison with Tomasi di Lampedusa's Il Gattopardo"
Thursday, 23 Apr., 4:30pm:
Dir. dell'Ufficio Scuola
Consolato Generale d'Italia a Boston
"L'Italia negli anni Sessanta"
Friday, 21 Nov., 1:00pm:
Prof. Paolo Pucci
U of Vermont
"From Rags to Riches ...
and (Maybe) Back:
The Renaissance Courtesan's
Struggle for Life"
Tuesday, 16 Sept., 4:30pm:
Prof. Antonella Castelnuovo
Un modello per
Italian Studies at UMass is part of the French and Italian unit of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Students who pursue their studies in our program learn not only about the language, literature and cinema of Italy but also about the way in which the nation and its people have for centuries been involved in the most important aspects of artistic and intellectual innovation in the Western World.
The UMass Amherst Italian Studies Program gains international visibility on the Italian national TV network. Watch Professor Ludovico's interview on the theme of Solaria, literature and power, which debuted in September 2012. You can find the entire broadcast of Scrittori per un anno on the theme of "Literature and Power" on the RAI website.
Among the UMass Italian faculty's areas of expertise are medieval and Renaissance studies, the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, women's studies, cinema, linguistics, gastronomy and anthropology. Italian majors consequently receive instruction in a wide range of topics in addition to excellent language instruction. They are, moreover, encouraged to participate in a variety of related extracurricular activities at the College such as those sponsored by the Italian club and Gamma Kappa Alpha, the national Italian Honor Society. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the initiatives of the Thatcher House and to study in Italy as participants in one of our several study abroad programs where they may attend courses at the Università per Stranieri in Siena, the prestigious Università degli Studi di Bologna in Forlì or the GustoLab Institute in Rome. Such exceptional opportunities allow them to perfect their linguistic skills, to achieve a fuller understanding of Italian culture and to gain practical experience that will be extremely useful in finding a satisfying job related to their interests.