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Celebrations for the 300th anniversary of Giuiseppe Baretti's birth will officially open with an international conference on May 3-4, 2019 in Seravezza (Lucca), Italy. The Sirio Giannini International Center for European Studies has organized the events, with the support of the Municipality of Seravezza and the recognition of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage, which decreed the establishment of a special national committee. Prof. Francesca Savoia is a member of the committee and will launch the conference proceedings.

Prof. James Coleman (Italian) has been awarded a year-long residential fellowship at the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies at Villa I Tatti, Florence, for next academic year. During his time in residence at I Tatti Prof. Coleman will pursue research related to his second book project, "Reading Archipelagos: Italian Humanism and Renaissance Books of Islands," which examines textual representations of islands and archipelagos in the Italian Renaissance, placing the Renaissance Books of Islands (isolari) into the larger contexts of Mediterranean geopolitics and transcultural exchange. 

This upcoming fall, Zac will enroll in an MA program in fundamental and applied language research at the University of Cergy-Pontoise in Cergy, France, with the Fulbright US Student Program. In the first portion of the Master’s program, students engage with several disciplines of linguistics and different approaches to academic research, including lexicography, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, and computational research. In the second year, students formulate and pursue their dissertation project, which often serves as a precursor to doctoral studies in language research. Zac hopes to work with faculty in the Institute for the Digital Humanities on campus and to continue to employ the methodological tools he’s learned while at Pitt.

Enjoy the local premieres of seven recent, critically acclaimed Italian films at the 2019 Italian Film Festival USA of Pittsburgh. All films are free and open to the public; and shown in Italian with English subtitles on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Sponsored by Volpi Foods and the Italian Cultural Institute of New York, in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh and our generous local sponsors! Visit the festival website at www.italianfilmfests.org/pittsburgh.html for detailed information on films, schedules, and venues.