Category Archives: Events

Windows to Italy: Year One

The 2023-24 academic year brought with it a new Chapman Italian Studies series presented by the Ferrucci Institute for Italian Experience and Research. The series took place in the beautiful Dee Henley Reading Room of the Leatherby Libraries of Chapman … Continue reading

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Song and Culture: An Italian Perspective – Saturday, April 6

Join us for the eighth annual Italian Perspective event in the Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University! This year’s edition of the Italian Perspective series is a unique opportunity to learn about the influence of Italian song culture … Continue reading

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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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Dr. Pacchioni Speaks at Italy in Transit

Dr. Federico Pacchioni was invited to speak in the plenary session of the 8th annual international symposium Italy in Transit at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton about Italy’s popular puppet theater. The title of his talk was “Italian Puppetry … 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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Ferrucci Institute’s Windows to Italy Talk Series is Launched!

This September saw the start of a new talk series dedicated to exploring new ways of thinking about Italy. The series, organized in partnership with the Leatherby Libraries, consists of four annual talks alternating renowned scholars from outside Chapman and … 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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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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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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An Evening with Dacia Maraini: Italian students meet Chapman’s latest honorary degree recipient

This fall, Chapman University awarded an Honorary Degree to Dacia Maraini, one of the most important and prolific writers in contemporary Italy. During her visit to campus, Italian Studies students had the privilege of meeting Maraini and hearing her read … Continue reading

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