Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò at New York University, located at 24 W. 12th Street, will continue its series of lecture/discussions by scholars in Italian Studies in March. All events are free and open to the public. For further information call 212.998.8739 or visit

On Tuesday, March 1, at 6 p.m., a conversation between Keala Jewell, author of The Art of Enigma: The de Chirico Brothers & The Politics of Modernism, and Michael Taylor from the Philadelphia Museum of Art will take place. This book is the first to consider the de Chirico brothers together and to address the Metaphysical art that the brothers developed.

On Thursday, March 3, at 6 p.m., NYU Professor of Italian Jane Tylus will discuss “Marvelous Words and Holy Women in Late Medieval Italy,” with a particular focus on female saints in Tuscany and Umbria, such as Catherine of Siena and Margaret of Cortona. This event is held in cooperation with The National Organization of Italian American Women.

On Friday, March 4, at 6 p.m., Nicola Gardini from the University of Palermo will speak on “Building One’s Life: Dante’s Vita Nuova and 20th-Century Italian Poetry.” In this lecture Gardini argues that it only against the background of the early work of Dante that one can fully understand the complexities of 20th-century Italian poetry.

On Monday, March 7, at 6 p.m., the recent book Resurrecting Lombroso: The New Translation of Criminal Women will be discussed by a panel whose members include: Mary Gibson, John Jay College and the Graduate Center, CUNY; Nicole Hahn Rafter, College of Criminal Justice, Northeastern University; Jane Schneider, Graduate Center, CUNY; David Greenberg, NYU; Ellen Nerenberg, Wesleyan University; and Jeanne Flavin, Fordham University. Gibson and Rafter present their new translation of Cesare Lombroso’s Criminal Woman, the Prostitute, and the Normal Woman (1893), which constituted the founding text in the criminology of women.

On March 23, at 6 p.m., a conversation with Luca Somigli and Mario Moroni, editors of the book Italian Modernism takes place. Columbia University’s Paolo Valesio will also participate. The book discusses topics in Italian culture and literature between 1880 and 1914 within the broader context of international modernism.

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