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The House of the Rising Sun – Part II

In our February 2017 newsletter we reported on the ISI Florence-Kanazawa international conference that was held at Palazzo Rucellai on December 13-14, 2016. We are now pleased to announce that our Institute and this prestigious Japanese university have signed a partnership and that the conference proceedings have been published. Titled “Italia e Giappone a Confronto:


Teaching Italian to foreigners

ISI Florence professors Serena Baldini and David Marini joined the DITALS (Docente di Italiano per Stranieri/Teaching Italian to Foreigners) Expert Group at the Università per Stranieri di Siena. Led by Prof. Pierangela Diadori and Dr. Elena Monami, this group of Italian language teachers and linguists is responsible (among other things) for choosing exam materials on


Medieval charm

The proceedings of the international conference “Medieval Charm: Illuminated Manuscripts for Royal, Aristocratic, and Ecclesiastical Patronage”, held at ISI Florence in 2015, have been collected in a newly published volume edited by professors Florence Brazès-Moly and Francesca Marini. The book broadens approaches to understanding the making and function of illuminated manuscripts during the Medieval and


Michelangelo’s Laurentian Library

This summer ISI Florence professor Silvia Catitti published an essay on the patronage and construction history of Michelangelo’s Laurentian Library in Florence. Michelangelo is the most famous, best documented, and most widely studied artist of the modern era. In 1519 the Medici Pope Clement VII commissioned the Laurentian Library inside the canonry of the San


“Il contrario delle lucertole” Book Release

ISI Florence professor Erika Bianchi’s latest novel “Il contrario delle lucertole” (Giunti Editore, 2017) is an intensely poetic book evolving throughout the course of four generations. It takes the reader inside the lives of its characters to find unpredictable destinies of mismatched couples and abandoned children, unconditional love, dreams handed down like treasures, and stories of bicycles


“A tavola non s’invecchia”

Marissa DiBella, University of Connecticut ISI Florence Summer 2017 ISI Florence Mediterranean Diet – Faculty Led Summer Program  Prof. Jane Kerstetter, Ph.D., UConn Professor Emeritus, Allied Health Sciences and Nutritional Sciences     On the first day of the Summer Program, Professor Jane Kerstetter came to class, put her flash drive into the computer, opened

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