Three lecture/discussions by scholars in Italian Studies will be hosted by New York University’s Casa Italiana Zerill-Marimò, located at 24 W. 12th Street, during February. All events are free and open to the public. For further information call 212.998.8739 or visit

On Thursday, February 10, at 6 p.m., Cornell University Professor D. Medina Lasansky will discuss her new book The Renaissance Perfected (Penn State University Press). Anyone acquainted with the beauties of Tuscany will be surprised to learn that architects, planners, and administrators, working within Fascist programs, fabricated much of what today’s tourists admire as authenticated. Lasansky makes us question long-standing assumptions about the Renaissance as she explains the parameters of what constitutes Fascist culture.

On Wednesday, February 16, at 6 p.m., an evening of bilingual readings and a panel discussion celebrate a special issue of Leggendaria, an Italian literary journal. Editor Anna Maria Crispino will be present along with contributors to the journal. The discussion will be moderated by Joseph Sciorra.

On Thursday, February 24, at 6 p.m., NYU Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Italian Studies Virginia Cox will discuss “The Other Voice? Women Writers in Renaissance Italy.” The lecture focuses on the emergence of women during the Renaissance in Italy as creative artists — in literature, music, and the visual arts. This event is held in cooperation with The National Organization of Italian American Women.

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