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February 21, 2024

Support Students of Italian on this year’s Pitt Day of Giving!

Once again this year the Italian Program is excited to participate in the Pitt Day of Giving. The funds we collect will go to stipends for undergraduate students participating in faculty-mentored research and professional opportunities like our exciting summer internship in Italy with the University of Macerata, the Macerata Opera Festival, and InclusivOpera. 

February 12, 2024

Dance, Pandemics, and Kinesthetic Disobedience: From St. Vitus to TikTok

March 6, 2024 -

5:00pm to 6:00pm

Lucille Toth, PhD
Assistant Professor of French
The Ohio State University

Abstract: This talk will address the long history of “infectious dances” from St Vitus epidemics of dancing mania to HIV+ dancers, and dance videos going viral on social media today. Thinking about pandemics through dance allows us to analyze the types of production, as well as spaces of disobedience, that are created in times of health crisis.


January 2, 2024

Congratulations to Prof. Jim Coleman for being awarded the First Book Prize from the American Association of Teachers of Italian (AATI)

"We would like to congratulate Prof. Jim Coleman being awarded the First Book Prize from the American Association of Teachers of Italian (AATI). The AATI prize committee wrote that A Sudden Frenzy “is a superbly written account about the theory and practice of the fundamental yet elusive tradition of improvised poetry recitation in Renaissance Italy."



October 9, 2023

French Nationality Room celebrates 80th anniversary

FRIT joins the Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the French Nationality Room with a lecture by Dr. Anna Rosensweig

August 8, 2023

Congrats to Prof. Reeser: Associate Dean Appointment

Professor Todd Reeser has been appointed Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. He will work with a slate of new associate deans and new Dean Adam Leibovich. Congrats!

June 30, 2023

Italian Laboratorio Teatrale wins Giuseppe Velli Prize awarded by the American Bocaccio Association

The Italian Program is excited to announce that the students of the Spring 2023 Laboratorio Teatrale (Allie DeRubeis, Chris Mathews, Briana McMahon, Dallas Mercurio, Rafael Romero Lauro, Daniel Turillo) have been awarded the Giuseppe Velli Prize by the American Boccaccio Association for Best Creative Work inspired by Boccaccio with their original play "Aspettando Chichibio," directed by Professors Alberto Iozzia and Chiara Montera. Congratulazioni!

June 13, 2023

Congrats to our PhDs

We are proud to congratulate our recent PhDs on their academic positions:

Maxime Bey-Rozet, PhD in French/Film, will be beginning a job as assistant professor at the University of California Irvine. 

Don Joseph will be beginning a post-doc at the University of Missouri, Columbia. 

Caitlin Dahl will be beginning a position as a visiting lecturer in French at Pitt. 


June 6, 2023

Congrats to Prof. Coleman: Honorable Mention

Congratulations to Prof.

April 6, 2023

Recipients of FLAS Fellowships for 2023-2024 through the European Studies Center (UCIS)

Congratulations to Italian majors Chris Matthews and Dallas Mercurio, and Italian minor Megan Debski, recipients of FLAS Fellowships for 2023-2024 through the European Studies Center (UCIS). These awards will help Chris, Dallas, and Megan continue their language studies in Italian, as well as additional languages such as Arabic. Brav* tutt*!

March 26, 2023

NEW FALL COURSES: Feminist Africa, Italian Souths

Fr1067: Feminist Africa: Theory, Text, and Praxis, TTH 9:30-10:45

Prof. Astou Fall Gueye

“We should all be feminists,” claimed Nigerian writer and feminist activist Chimamanda Adichie.

March 22, 2023

Statement in support of trans, non-binary, and gender diverse students, faculty, and staff

We stand in love and solidarity with our trans, non-binary and gender diverse students, staff and faculty, who are a vital part of our department and of the University. We condemn anti-trans hate mongering and bigotry. We are shamed and angered that Pitt will be the venue for upcoming anti-trans events and we call on the University of Pittsburgh to oppose this amplification of anti-trans hate speech and to assure a safe, non-hostile and harassment-free work and learning environment for us all.