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Apr 18: Workshop
The Antiquarians: Who Were They? Elizabeth A.R. Brown (CUNY, emerita), David Freedberg (Columbia), Anthony Grafton (Princeton), Peter Miller (Bard Graduate Center), Irina Oryshkevich (Columbia), Nancy Siraisi (Hunter College and the Graduate Center CUNY, emerita), Will Stenhouse (Yeshiva), Ginette Vagenheim (U. de Rouen) and Carolyn Yerkes (Columbia). Organizers: Anthony Grafton and Ginette Vagenheim

Apr 10: Holocaust Remembrance Symposium
Gender and Anti-Semitism: Women's Rights Yesterday and Today
Victoria de Grazia (Columbia), Yasmine Ergas (Columbia), Elissa Bemporad (Queens College CUNY)
Poster | Press Release

Mar 11-12: Film Series
Selected Works by Aryan Kaganof
Italian opera in South Africa; Harlem's "Last Poets"; labor strikes; and musical satire: these topics and more in films by the South African independent filmmaker; with an appearance by Mr. Kaganof. Co-sponsored by Columbia University's Heyman Center for the Humanities, Institute for African Studies, Department of Art History and Archaeology, and School of the Arts M.A. in Film Studies Program
The Films | Press Release | Website

Mar 6: Lecture
Lorenzo Da Ponte in America
Edmund White (Italian Academy Fellow) in conversation with Academy Director David Freedberg

Mar 5: Concert
Giacinto Scelsi and others Frances-Marie Uitti, cello
Book presentation: Music as Dream: Essays on Giacinto Scelsi: Franco Sciannameo and Alessandra Carlotta Pellegrini, editors

Feb 26: Roundtable Discussion
Futurism, 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe at The Guggenheim. The Columbia University Seminar in Modern Italian Studies hosts a discussion on the exhibit and Futurism more broadly. With Giovanna Ginex, Independent Art Historian; Romy Golan, Italian Academy Fellow and Professor of Art History, Lehman College and the CUNY Graduate Center; Vivien Greene, Chief Curator for Futurism, 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe, Guggenheim Museum; Marianne Lamonaca, Associate Gallery Director and Chief Curator, Bard Graduate Center; Adrian Lyttelton, Professor of European Studies, The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University; Christine Poggi, Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art and Criticism, University of Pennsylvania; Lucia Re, Professor of Italian, University of California, Los Angeles. Moderated by Ernest Ialongo, Chair, Seminar in Modern Italian Studies.
Press Reviews: Domus | La Voce NY

Feb 6-7: Symposium
The Default Mode Network and its role in aesthetics and creativity Randy Buckner (Harvard), Felicity Callard (Durham U.), Maurizio Corbetta (Washington U. School of Medicine), Rex Jung (U. of New Mexico), Bill Kelley (Dartmouth), Daniel Margulies (Max Planck Institute, Leipzig), Marcus Raichle (Washington U. School of Medicine), Yvette Sheline (UPenn), Nathan Spreng (Cornell), and Edward A. Vessel (NYU). Keynote speech at NYU on Feb 6; day-long conference at the Italian Academy on Feb 7. Organizers: David Freedberg (Italian Academy), G. Gabrielle Starr andEdward A. Vessel (NYU). Co-sponsor: NYU's College of Arts and Science
Website | Video

Dec 6-7: Conference
Liberty and Conflict: Machiavelli on Politics and Power
Organized by David Johnston and Nadia Urbinati, Dept. of Political Science, Columbia. Participants: , Jérémie Barthas (Queen Mary, U. of London), Michele Battini (U. di Pisa), Erica Benner (Yale), Thomas Berns (U. Libre de Bruxelles), Philip C. Bobbit (Columbia), Jo Ann Cavallo (Columbia), Benedetto Fontana (Baruch College, CUNY), Marie Gaille (Paris - CNRS), Marco Geuna (U di Milano), Giovanni Giorgini (U. di Bologna), Carlo Invernizzi Accetti (Italian Academy Fellow) , Turkuler Isiksel (Columbia), Andreas Kalyvas (The New School for Social Research), Filippo Del Lucchese (Brunel U.), Bernard Manin (NYU), Harvey Mansfield (Harvard), John P. McCormick (U. of Chicago), Thierry Ménissier (U. de Grenoble), Michael Mosher (U. of Tulsa), Gloria Origgi (Italian Academy Fellow), Pasquale Pasquino (NYU), Paul Rahe (Hillsdale College), Quentin Skinner (Queen Mary, U. of London), Camila Vergara (Columbia) Sponsors: Department of Political Science, Columbia; The Embassy of Italy, Washington D.C.; Columbia Seminar on Studies in Political and Social Thought; The Heyman Center for Humanities, Columbia

Nov 13: Concert
Night Scenes from the Ospedale
By Robert Honstein. With the Sebastian Chamber Players. A suite interleaved
with Vivaldi's L'Estro Armonico (1711)
With a reading by poet Sarah Arvio
Poster | Interview

Oct 30: Concert
Konstantin Soukhovetski, piano
Performing his own arrangements of Capriccio by Richard Strauss and
La Traviataby Giuseppe Verdi (premiere).
Poster | Interview

Oct 15, 22, 29: Film Series
Early Epics, Silent Divas: Italian Cinema 1909–1925
October 15: Inferno (F. Bertolini, G. de Liguoro, A. Padovan); The Crippled Devil (L. Maggi);
October 22: Diva Dolorosa (P. Delpeut); Lea and the Ball of Wool; Miracle Waters (E. Rodolfi);
October 29: Maciste (L. R. Borgnetto, V. Denizot); Maciste all'Inferno (G. Brignone).
Each screening preceded by a brief talk on silent film.
Poster | Press Release

Oct 16: Concert
Cygnus Ensemble
New music by Peyman Farzinpour, Georg Friedrich Haas,
Giacomo Manzoni, and Daniele Venturi

Oct. 2-3: Conference
Nanotechnology and Sustainability: New Research in Italy and the United States
James Yardley (Columbia); Alberto Morgante (CNR-IOM and Univ. of Trieste); Tony Heinz (Columbia); Vittorio Pelligrini (CNR-Nano and Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa)
Co-sponsors: The Columbia Energy Frontier Research Center; The Office of the Executive Vice President for Research, Columbia University; The Embassy of Italy; Melchionna & Gondolfo, LLP
Press Comments l Website

Sept. 26: Prime Minister's Visit
Presidente del Consiglio Enrico Letta of Italy at Columbia's World Leaders Forum, introduced by Prof. David Freedberg; and then at a news conference in the Italian Academy
Press Coverage: Associated Press

Sept. 25: Reading
Giacomo Leopardi's "Zibaldone"
Celebrating the publication of the book's first complete translation into English With Susan Bernofsky, Michael Caesar, Franco D'Intino, Lee Froehlich, Jonathan Galassi, Nicola Gardini, Ann Goldstein, Adam Kirsch, Dorothea Lasky, Joseph Luzzi, Paul Muldoon, and Paolo Valesio
Press Release l Poster


Jun 17–19: Workshop
XENON1T Collaboration Meeting on Dark Matter
Organizer: Elena Aprile
Co-sponsors: Dept. of Physics and Nevis Lab, Columbia; National Science Foundation

May 8: Concert
Oscar Bianchi, Marco Stroppa, Salvatore Sciarrino, Giuseppe Tartini
and a world premiere by Jason Eckardt
Miranda Cuckson, violin, with Blair McMillen, piano

May 1: Concert
The E.R. Lorch Memorial Recital
Emanuele Torquati, piano
Music of Beethoven, Busoni, Fedele, Filidei, Maestri and Scarlatti

Apr. 26: Workshop
The Renaissance and the History of the World
On the often conflicting Renaissance narratives of the
origin and history of the world;
William Connell (Seton Hall), David Freedberg (Columbia),
Anthony Grafton (Princeton), Pamela Smith (Columbia)
Organizer: Ivano Dal Prete (Academy Fellow)

Apr. 24: Lecture
The 2013 James Beck Memorial Lecture
"Morality and Movement in Renaissance Art"
David Freedberg, Pierre Matisse Professor of the History of Art, Columbia, and Director of the Italian Academy
Co-Sponsor: ArtWatch International

Apr. 10: Lecture
Rethinking Macroeconomics: What Went Wrong and How to Fix It
Joseph Stiglitz (Columbia University). A part of the conference "Bounded Rationality Updated," organized by the Italian Cultural Institute of New York and The International Herbert A. Simon Society

Apr 8: Exhibition
Cambodia, The Memory Workshop: Artworks by Vann Nath, Séra, and Emerging Cambodian Artists. Part of the "Season of Cambodia" Festival. Organizers: Pierre Bayard and Soko Phay-Vakalis (of University of Paris 8).
Co-sponsors: Maison Française, Columbia; University of Paris 8; The School of the Arts, Columbia.
Poster | Press Release | Video

Apr 4: Workshop
Gianmario Borio, the second Compagnia di San Paolo /
Italian Academy Distinguished Visiting Professor
Historiography and Ethnography: Two Perspectives on Musical Facts
With Joseph Auner (Tufts), Stephen Blum (CUNY), and Martin Scherzinger (NYU)
Press Release

Mar 26: Exhibition
Francesco Arena and Anna Franceschini
Winners of the Premio New York, the scholarship program for emerging Italian artists
Co-sponsors: The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Italian Cultural Institute of NY
Poster | Press Release

Mar 12: Discussion
Shaping the Brain: How genes, emotions, and the arts shape perception
Frances Champagne, David Freedberg, Kevin Ochsner; moderated by Michael Shadlen (all of Columbia)
Co-sponsor; the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, Columbia
Poster |