Remembering JoAnne Ruvoli

Published: March 28, 2018

by Professor Lucia Re JoAnne Ruvoli, former fellow of the “Cultures in Transnational Perspectives” Mellon Postdoctoral Program in the Humanities at UCLA, passed away unexpectedly on March 15, 2018. Diagnosed in December with a severe strain of leukemia, JoAnne was completing a second round of chemo, reportedly feeling tired but hopeful about full recovery. JoAnne…

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Study Abroad with UCLA Summer Travel Study: Italian Language & Culture in Rimini, Italy June 24-July 21, 2018

Published: January 22, 2018

Enjoy the idyllic summer on the Adriatic coast of Italy while studying language and culture in the capital of Italian seaside tourism. Directed by Professor Elissa Tognozzi, Dept. of Italian, UCLA   Required Courses (Taught in English):  IT 191: A Tale of Three Cities (Florence, Rome, Venice) IT 8A: Italian Conversation, Elementary IT 42C*: Food…

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UCLA Celebrates World Languages Day 2017

Published: September 29, 2017

On September 29, 2017, UCLA celebrated World Languages Day by introducing students to a variety of opportunities for language study and cultural activities available to them on campus. With help from student organizations and foreign language departments, students explored more than 20 world languages offered at UCLA including Basque, Catalan, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese,…

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Professor Agnew Elected Fellow of the British Academy

Published: June 21, 2017

Congratulations to John Agnew, Distinguished Professor of Geography and Italian, who was elected as a Fellow of the British Academy on June 21, 2017. Professor Agnew’s research focuses on political geography; place and politics, territory, politics and governance, critical geopolitics; geopolitics of the world economy. Fellows of the British Academy represent the very best of…

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Humanities Dialogues provides casual space to discuss meaning of words

Published: June 4, 2017

  Students, staff and faculty have been discussing what words like “democracy,” “humanity” and “heroism” mean in meetings over the course of the year. Humanities Dialogues consists of biweekly meetings, in which participants discuss a word and the different meanings associated with it. The program was created by various UCLA departments in languages and humanities…

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UCLA Italian Course Ranks Among Top 5 in the Daily Bruin

Published: May 15, 2017

May 8, 2017– The Daily Bruin recently published an article listing the top 25 classes offered at UCLA, and the Department of Italian’s Thomas Harrison‘s course “ITALIAN 46: Italian Cinema & Culture in English” has ranked among the top 5 with an average rating of 4.89 according to Bruinwalk data. To read the full article, visit:

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RAI News 24 features UCLA/IIC’s Burri Prometheia (January 9-10, 2017)

Published: March 9, 2017

  Event Debriefing “The best place to hide anything is in plain view.” –Edgar Allan Poe, The Purloined Letter (1844). BURRI PROMETHEIA highlighted an artwork of monumental dimensions (15 x 5 meters) whose architectural function as a wall (between Sculpture Garden and Melnitz Hall) almost underplays its presence: the Grande Nero Cretto (Large Black Crack), the…

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15 Signs You Studied Abroad in Italy

Published: November 28, 2016

Because you studied abroad in Italy, you know the best deals on leather goods are found at the open air markets in Florence, you know the fastest route from the Vatican to the Colosseum is through little side streets, and eating gelato counts as breakfast, lunch or dinner. Here are the signs that confirm you…

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UCLA Undergraduate Recognized in Two Prestigious Essay Contests

Published: June 25, 2015

Kelly Leow’s essay, “‘Come l’uom s’etterna‘: Poetry, Pride and Textile in the Divine Comedy,” was recently selected as the winner of the 2013 Dante Prize for the best essay submitted by an undergraduate enrolled at a college or university in the United States or Canada. The recognition comes on the heels of another recent award….

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Melinda Wilson Selected for 2015 Dante Prize

Published: June 1, 2015

For the second time in three years, a UCLA student mentored by Professor Andrea Moudarres has won the Dante Prize. Melinda Wilson (Italian Studies minor, class of 2015) was recently announced as one of this year’s winners. The Dante Prize of $500 is offered for the best essay submitted by an undergraduate enrolled in any…

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