Cesare Barbieri Endowment for Italian Culture Spring Lecture Series Begins March 6

Scholars from Around the World Share Their Work on Wide Range of Topics

​Hartford, Connecticut, March 3, 2017 – The Cesare Barbieri Endowment for Italian Culture at Trinity College is sponsoring a series of events during the spring 2017 semester. Scholars and professors from around the world will share their work on a variety of subjects relating to Italian studies. All lectures are free and open to the public.

The series will begin on Monday, March 6, when Michele K. Spike of the College of William & Mary will present the lecture, “Matilda of Canossa 1046-1115.” Matilda is also the subject of Spike’s renowned biography, The Tuscan Countess: The Life and Extraordinary Times of Matilda of Canossa. Spike’s lecture will be held in McCook Auditorium at 4:15 p.m.

The next lecture will be held on Thursday, March 23, in collaboration with the Department of Language and Culture Studies. Joan-Elies Adell I Pitarch, professor of philology at the Open University of Catalonia in Barcelona, will be giving the lecture, “Alghero: A Treasure of Catalan Language and Culture in Italy.” The talk will be held at 4:15 p.m. in Mather Hall’s Rittenberg Lounge.

“Cinema and the Mediterranean” will be presented on Monday, March 27, by Fulvio Orsitto. Orsitto is the administrative director of Georgetown University’s Florence Campus, Villa Le Balze, and has published numerous essays and book chapters on Italian and Italian-American cinema. The lecture will be held at 4:15 p.m. in McCook Auditorium.

On Monday, April 3, Anna Harwell Celenza of Georgetown University will present a lecture titled “Jazz Italian Style: From New Orleans to Fascist Italy and Sinatra,” co-sponsored by the Cesare Barbieri Endowment for Italian Culture and the Sebastiano Ambrogio Charitable Foundation. Celenza recently published a book called Jazz Italian Style with Cambridge University Press. The lecture will be held at 4:15 p.m. in McCook Auditorium and will be followed by a reception.

The series will conclude with a symposium in honor of Andrew G. De Rocco, a distinguished academic leader, on Monday, May 15. De Rocco served as dean of the faculty and professor of natural sciences at Trinity College, president at Denison University, and commissioner of higher education for the State of Connecticut. He was awarded the William Rainey Harper Medal for distinguished contributions to higher education and is also a scholar of the history of music.  He recently received the 2017 National Marconi Science Award & Medal from UNICO. The symposium, “Science, Academic Leadership, and Music,” will feature talks by several Trinity faculty colleagues: Howard DeLong, Brownell Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, “Science and the Philosophy of the American Revolution;” Borden W. Painter, Jr. ’58, H’95, Professor of History, Emeritus, and former President of the College, “Academic Leadership;” principal lecturer in the Shelby Cullom Davis Endowment John Alcorn, “College: The (More Than) $64,000 (Times 4) Question;” Professor of Music John Platoff, “Psychedelic Experience in Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band;” and Andrew G. De Rocco, “Reminiscences and Reflections.” The symposium will begin at 10 a.m. in Seabury N-217 and continue until noon.

For more information about the Cesare Barbieri Endowment for Italian Culture or its lecture series, please visit www.cbendowment.org.