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Italian Graduate Cat Freddo Awarded Two Fellowships

Cat Freddo in black and white

Catherine Freddo holds a B.A. in Italian language and literature from Smith College and a M.A. in History of the Italian language from Middlebury College. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate working on a dissertation tentatively titled “Vox Populi: Vernacular Politics in Early Modern Italy” which explores the intersections of civic and vernacular humanism from […]

Italian Graduate Victoria Fanti Awarded Alexander Grass Fellowship

Victoria Fanti

Doctoral candidate in Italian Victoria Fanti was awarded the “Alexander Glass Humanity Institute Graduate Research Fellowship” for spring 2020, for her dissertation project The New Killer Queens of Italian Renaissance Tragedy. Victoria’s dissertation studies how tragedians of the classical genre’s revival deployed new renderings of homicidal women during the Italian Renaissance. It argues that ‘new killer queens’ express genealogical […]

Where are they now? News from our grads


Please join us in congratulating our alumnus Francesco Brenna, who received his PhD in spring 2019 and joined the Department of French and Italian at Indiana University Bloomington this fall as Visiting Lecturer in Italian. Ad maiora Francesco!

Affective Colonialism in 1930s Libya – Gilman 108, 5.15 PM- Nov. 19th

black and white photo go Libyan military and people in traditional clothes

Italo Balbo is globally known as an aviation pioneer, but he was also the governor of Libya from 1934 to 1940. Graziella Parati is interested in analyzing a particular document that he wrote in which Balbo employed the language of affect in order to list the Italian “achievements” in its fourth shore, Libya. Once he […]

Welcome to the Italian Section and GRLL

We are happy to welcome two new graduate students in our section. We hope GRLL will be a wonderful home to you for the next five years! Silvia Raimondi comes from the most beautiful, magnificent city in the world, Rome. She earned a laurea (2015) and a Master degree (2016) with honors, in Italian language […]

paris/algiers 1969: declarations of freedom by the black american avant-garde

At the close of the 1960s leading black American musicians associated with the “free jazz” scenes of New York and Chicago left for Paris. Weary of a poisoned U.S. political climate and eager to work, they would spend months or even years in the French capital seeking new opportunities to perform and record, often alongside […]

Calvino and the Catacoustic – Nov. 5th – Gilman 479 – 5.15 PM

Calvino and the Catacoustic: An ‘Echo-logical’ Reading Let us consider Calvino’s Invisible Cities as a sound  that has produced a vast number of echoes in the over 50 years since its publication, from studiopluz’s architectural installations of lit glass (above) to Chris Cerrone’s Pulitzer-nominated opera of the novel. Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe referred to the way that thinkers […]

Aesthetic Theories in Yiddish Conference, Nov 11. – Nov. 12

Aesthetic Theories in Yiddish

The Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Jewish Studies Program presents the 15th Lavy Colloquium: Aesthetic Theories in Yiddish Nov 11. – Nov. 12. All sessions will take place at the Smokler Center for Jewish Life at Johns Hopkins University, 3109 N. Charles St., Baltimore. The conference is free and open to the public For more […]

Objectif travail: les cinéastes documentaires français dans la tourmente

Documentary filmmakers have long endeavored to make visible and to give voice to the aspirations and struggles of workers and working communities. Featuring the work of prominent filmmaker/journalist Marcel Trillat, this symposium highlights the ways in which French documentary films takes stock of changes in the workplace from the factory to the school classroom, to […]