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The Making of Inspector Montalbano

Along with the Film Studies department, the Italian Department held a Fall Tea for all students on Thursday, November 1. Many students showed interest in the department with their thoughtful questions and comments about upcoming courses and activities.

As well, Alberto Sironi, director of the popular series Detective Montalbano, gave a lecture and follow-up discussion on November 6 that was open to the public called “The Making of Inspector Montalbano.”

Our Italian club will have an annual Christmas dinner during the holiday season and is open to suggestions for upcoming events!

Settimana della lingua italiana

Every year, in October, the Italian Language Week (Settimana della lingua italiana) takes place. As in the past two years, also this time Bryn Mawr and Haverford students participated to the event with a multimedia presentation.

This year’s themes were “Italy of the territories” and “Italy of the future”.

Students of ITAL201 (Italian Culture and Society), taught by Dr. Giuliana Perco, collaborated to prepare a very interesting and multi-faceted group presentation on music and dialects. More specifically, Camila, Ruby, Adriana, Sarah, Grace, Amanda, Jadil and Vanessa focused their work on contemporary songs dedicated to emigration and immigration and written in several different Italian dialects.  The course is taught by Prof. Giuliana Perco.

The event was organized by the Consulate General of Italy at Philadelphia and hosted at UPenn; it included also presentations from students from Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania.

Brave ragazze!

Complimenti Mairin!


Mairin O'Connor

Bryn Mawr senior Mairin O’Connor won a prestigious nation-wide college essay contest organized by the AATI (American Association of Teachers of Italian) among undergraduate students of Italian in North America.

Mairin’s comparative essay “The Role of the Failed Detective in Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s The Pledge and Leonardo Sciascia’s To Each His Own,” written for the course “Italian popular fiction: Il giallo” (ITAL310/COML310), taught by Dr. Giuliana Perco, won the award for best college essay written in English on an Italian topic.

The award ceremony will take place at the AATI annual conference, held this year in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Convention Centre (November 16-18).

The AATI awards commitee included Prof. Lorenzo Borgotallo (Clemson University), Prof. Sarah Carey (Stanford University), and Prof. Ernesto Livorni (University of Wisconsin-Madison).

Mairin O’Connor, an Italian Major and International Studies Minor, is a student representative for the Department of Italian at Bryn Mawr College. Last April, Mairin was awarded the Hester Ann Corner Prize for Distinction in Literature-Foreign Language.

Congratulations, Mairin!

Bravissima Cindy!


We are all very proud!

Last August 20th, Bryn Mawr student Cindy Columbus, a junior, was awarded the second place for the poetry prize “Premio di poesia Antonella Sparpagli” organized by the Università per stranieri di Siena.

Cindy, an Italian and Linguistics double-major, has been  studying in Siena this summer thanks to a scholarship that she won last February.  Cindy will spend the Fall 2012 semester studying at the Università di Bologna.

Bravissima Cindy!!

You can all read here her poem “Non passa un giorno d’estate” .


New Courses for Fall 2012!!!

Two new courses will be offered in Fall 2012 by the Departmen of Italian:

ITAL 201, Italian Culture and Society, two half-semester courses dedicated to music and to icons of Italian culture (food, design, fashion, etc.)   For more information, contact Dr. Giuliana Perco (gperco AT

ITAL 380, Modernity and Psychoanalysis, an in-depth interdisciplinary exploration of Italy’s intellectual life during the 20th century.   For more information, contact Prof. Roberta Ricci (rricci AT

Congratulazioni ad Allegra e Minerva

The Italian Department at Bryn Mawr celebrated the graduation of Allegra Fletcher, an Italian major, and Minerva Pinto,  an Italian minor and History major,  last April 27th.

Allegra had just successfully discussed her Senior Thesis entitled Le complessità fra l’identità e la storia immaginata nella scrittura di Igiaba Scego.



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The Department also celebrated Andrea Guzzetti, who recently received a Ph.D. in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology at Bryn Mawr College.


Bravissime, ragazze!

This Summer, Cynthia Columbus, a Bryn Mawr sophomore pursuing a minor in Italian and a major in Linguistics,  will attend an intensive course of Italian language and culture at the Università per Stranieri in Siena, Italy, thanks to a scholarship that she was awarded for her multimedia project on food, culture, and  Italian identity.

Brava, Cindy: way to go!

Cindy first elaborated her multimedia presentation as the final project for Dr. Giuliana Perco’s  Intensive Intermediate Italian course last Fall, and then expanded, perfected and submitted it to the annual competition organized by the Centre for Italian Studies at UPenn and the Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia and open to college students enrolled in Italian courses.

Two scholarships were awarded this year, one to the Università per Stranieri in Perugia, and one to the Università per Stranieri in Siena, and many submissions were received by the judging committee, from colleges as far away as Virginia and Maryland.

Jadil Rodriguez, a Bryn Mawr sophomore  majoring in pre-med and Italian, also placed among the best participants of the contest this year with her own project, involving a series of interviews to Italian native speakers.

Last year, another Bryn Mawr student, Gillian Diffenderfer, a major in Romance Languages with a focus on Italian and Spanish, won the Summer scholarship in Perugia (at the time it was the only scholarship awarded) for her very elaborate multimedia presentation on Italian national identity.

Bryn Mawr students have been participating to this contest only for the past two years, but both times, for two years in a row, they won!

Davvero bravissime, ragazze!!

A smiling Cindy (left) with Rita Pasqui, Cultural Officer of the Consulate General of Italy  in Philadelphia at the Award Ceremony at UPenn last  February 20th, 2012