Symposium Primo Levi



Tavola Italiana

Wednesdays 12-1pm Erdman Dining Hall
Why: To chat informally in Italian and get to know people in the Department

For more information, contact Chiara Benetollo


Film Screening of 'Autumn Beat'

followed by a conversation with the director, Antonio Dikele Distefano

Thursday, February 23, 2023, @ 6:00 pm
African American Museum of Philadelphia

Cosponsored by the Africana Studies Program.









Epic Afterlives: a Student Symposium and Exhibition

December 13, 2022
3:00 pm
Canaday Library 205

Please join the Department of Transnational Italian Studies for “Epic Afterlives”, a student symposium and exhibition on the college’s special collections. Students from Prof. Luca Zipoli’s course entitled “Love, Magic, and Women Warriors: Renaissance Italian Epic” (ITALB_209) will present the collaborative research activities that they have conducted upon some rare illustrated printed editions of Italian epic and chivalric poems which are preserved within TriCo Special Collections. Refreshments with Italian cookies and Xmas treats will follow. For more information on the symposium please contact Luca Zipoli (



The Academy of Vocal Arts presents Verdi's La traviata

Nov. 29, 2022 at 7:30 pm
The Haverford School's Centennial Hall

The Department of Transnational Italian Studies is pleased to offer students tickets to attend the performance by Philadelphia's Academy of Vocal Arts, which will take place on Tuesday, November 29, 2022, at 7:30 pm at The Haverford School’s Centennial Hall (450 Lancaster Avenue). If you are interested in attending, please add your name here or contact by Sunday, November 20. 

"La Traviata" is a famous, fascinating, and thought-provoking Italian opera composed by Giuseppe Verdi in 1853: it revolves around Violetta, an independent, free-thinking woman who struggles to live her love story against the prejudices of upper-class society. 

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AGAINST DOGMAS: Feminist Artists and Religion between Italy and East Europe
A talk by Benedetta Carpi De Resmini

Benedetta Carpi De Resmini is interested in the contamination between artists and in the role of the creative action as a social process. She is involved in gender studies and curatorial practices, and in this regard she conceived Magic Carpets, a trans-national project co-financed by Creative Europe Large Scale, which was designed to boost visibility  for neglected and emerging feminist artists throughout Europe. 






Primo Levi, the Writer

  • International symposium on April 22, 2022 on writer Primo Levi, one of the most widely-read post-World War II Italian writers, thinkers, and cultural influencers.  The event was held in memory of Professor Emeritus Nicholas Patruno (1941-2020), a distinguished scholar of Primo Levi's work, with presentations from distinguished scholars about Primo Levi’s literary works — Roberta Ricci and Alessandro Giammei, whose presentation is titled "Come lavorava Nicholas Patruno: Methods, Practices and Perspectives," Millicent Marcus of Yale University, Julian Bourg, of Boston College, and Gaetana Marrone, from Princeton University. Students of the course ITAL 313: Primo Levi, The Writer, taught by Ricci, presented their posters as the culminating project of the seminar.



Contact Us

Transnational Italian Studies Department

Old Library 103
Bryn Mawr College
101 N. Merion Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899
Phone: 610-526-5198
Fax: 610-526-7479

Roberta Ricci, Chair
Phone: 610-526-5048

Oliva Cardona, Program Assistant
Phone: 610-526-5198