Category Archives: Community

Ferrucci Fellow Dr. Marco Panza Honored with New Endowed Chair

During a recent conference to celebrate Chapman’s new Doctor of Science in Mathematics, Philosophy and Physics (MPP), Chapman University Dr. Marco Panza, the program’s founding director, was awarded the new Kennedy Chair in Philosophy. When asked about how growing up and being educated in Italy … Continue reading

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The Ferrucci Institute Highlighted in 2024 State of the University Address

The Ferrucci Institute for Italian Experience and Research was highlighted several times during the recent State of the University Address as an example of academic excellence. Toward the beginning of the presentation, when providing examples of germinal initiatives that are … Continue reading

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Memories from Paul’s Pasta Piazza Party

The recent revival of Paul’s Pasta Piazza Party at Chapman University was a heartwarming scene, symbolizing the joyous return of a traditional and cherished celebration. Amid the gentle embrace of autumn weather, the event unfolded in an atmosphere brimming with … Continue reading

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A Semester of La Serata: Italian Gestures, Dance, and Games

Embarking on a cultural journey, our La Serata events transcend the boundaries of traditional language learning. This semester, we started by delving into the unspoken language of Italian hand gestures. Participants discovered the fascinating world where conversations flourish without uttering … Continue reading

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Alumni Letters – Ayuj Consul: Chapman, Italy, India

It was a joy hearing from  Italian Studies/Dodge alum Ayuj Consul! Ayuj has always been a dedicated learner of Italian. Now, he continues this interest post-graduation in his hometown, New Delhi, in connection to his artistic pursuits.  “After graduating from … Continue reading

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The Larger Chapman Italian Studies Community Celebrates the Start of the Academic Year at Festa d’Autunno

A couple of weeks ago, the Chapman Italian Studies Community gathered at the beautiful home of Vicky and Michael Carabini in Corona del Mar to celebrate Festa d’Autunno. Long tables adorned with fall colors were set up in the yard … Continue reading

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Food Science and Italian Studies: An Exploration of Food, Culture, and Language in Italy

For the second year in a row, Food Science and Italian Studies at Chapman University collaborated on a travel course based in the beautiful city of Perugia, located in the heart of the Italian peninsula. The course, FSN 309/509: Topics … Continue reading

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The First Gamma Kappa Alpha Induction Ceremony at Chapman!

The Italian Studies program proudly houses a chapter of the National Italian Honor Society, Gamma Kappa Alpha which recently held its inaugural induction ceremony. On May 10th, seven undergraduate students were formally inducted into the prestigious honor society, recognizing their … Continue reading

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Razzano Family Legacy Gift Strengthens the Future of Italian Studies at Chapman University

Mr. Razzano is a third-generation Italian American with ancestral roots in Campania, Italy. In 2018, he met Dr. Federico Pacchioni, the founding director of the Ferrucci Institute for Italian Experience and Research, while attending the Italian Perspectives series. Impressed by … Continue reading

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The Ferrucci Institute for Italian Experience and Research

Chapman University is pleased to announce the creation of the Ferrucci Institute for Italian Experience and Research, thanks to a $1.5 million donation from the Ferrucci family. The gift was announced March 11 during the annual Italian Perspectives event at … Continue reading

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Successful Italian Studies Alum Visits Chapman

It was a joy hosting Italian Studies/Theater alumna Melissa Marino this week and having her give career advice to our current students! Melissa is one of our successful alum, she lives and works in Italy in her sector of choice, … Continue reading

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Dr. Pacchioni’s Work Illuminates and Promotes the Universal Language of Italian Puppets

Palgrave Macmillan recently published an English translation of Dr. Pacchioni’s study The Image of the Puppet in Italian Theater, Literature, and Film. During the past two weeks, Dr. Pacchioni was invited to speak about the popular Italian puppet theater and … Continue reading

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Join us for the 7th Annual Italian Perspective!

Join us for Theater and Culture: An Italian Perspective in the Musco Center for the Arts of Chapman University, Orange, California, on Saturday, March 11, 2023, at 10am. This year’s edition is a unique opportunity to learn about the influence … Continue reading

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Dr. Sara Mattavelli, a Gifted Educator, Joins Chapman Italian Studies

Chapman University’s Italian Studies Program is pleased to announce that Dr. Sara Mattavelli will join the faculty as instructional assistant professor of Italian starting this fall. With her expertise in language acquisition and pedagogy and her extensive and award-winning teaching experience, … Continue reading

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Journey to Salento: Immersion in Lecce

This summer, the Italian Studies Program of Chapman University was able to resume its signature language immersion travel course. The course offers students the unique opportunity to connect deeply with a specific area of Italy, one defined by unique geographic … Continue reading

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