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Circolo ItalianoCircolo Italiano at Bowdoin College

Circolo Italiano gives students a chance to experience and enjoy Italian culture. We host cooking lessons, dinners, movie nights, gelato outings, and more! For students who are learning the language or just want a chance to explore Italian culture, Circolo Italiano is open to all.

Leaders for 2012-2013:
Sam Burnim '14
Allie Piscina '14

Previous Events

Freedom Readers: The African American Reception of Dante Alighieri and the Divine Comedy.Freedom Readers: The African American Reception of Dante Alighieri and the Divine Comedy 
Lecture by Dennis Looney
April 27, 2011 
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom
9 PM 

Dennis Looney, Professor of Italian at the University of Pittsburgh, will lecture on Dante and African American culture, drawn from his soon to be published book "Freedom Readers: The African American Reception of Dante Alighieri and the Divine Comedy" (University of Notre Dame Press, Devers Series in Dante Studies, forthcoming 2011).

Sponsored by the Departments of Romance Languages, Government and Legal Studies, History, the Africana Studies program, and Lectures and Concerts.

dante 2011Poetry, Politics and Philosophy in Dante's Purgatorio

Thursday, February 10, 2011  
4:30 p.m. - Main Lounge, Moulton Union

Paul Stern, Professor of Politics at Ursinus College, has written extensively on Plato's political philosophy, including two books:Socratic Rationalism and Political Philosophy (SUNY Press, 1993) and Knowledge and Politics in Plato's Theaetetus (Cambridge University Press, 2008).  He is currently working on Dante's political philosophy.

Sponsored by the Department of Government's John C. Donovan Lecture Fund and the Department of Romance Languages.

Niccolo' Machiavelli, "La Mandragola" (1518)
Bowdoin College, May 6-7, 2010
Renaissance Italian Theater (Ital. 314)
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Niccolo' Machiavelli,     Niccolo' Machiavelli,      Niccolo' Machiavelli,

Playbill for Machiavelli Performance

Common Hour- Arielle Saiber, Karofsky Encore LectureCommon Hour- Arielle Saiber, Karofsky Encore Lecture
1/29/2010   12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

"The Cryptographer's Flying Eyeball: A Case Study in Interdisciplinarity"

Arielle Saiber has published on Dante, Renaissance Florence, Renaissance mathematics and philosophy, early modern typography, Literature & Science Studies, genre theory, and electronic music. She is currently writing a book on the notable intellectual commerce between mathematics and literature in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Italy. She is also co-editing a special issue of Dante Studies on "Dante and Longfellow," and beginning work on a critical edition of Giordano Bruno's philosophical dialogue, On the Infinite Universe and Worlds. She has been a fellow at the Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici (Naples, Italy), the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and Villa I Tatti: Harvard's Center for Renaissance Studies (Florence, Italy). Inspired by her students in the course "Dante's Divine Comedy," she built a website called "Dante Today," which catalogs references to Dante and his works in contemporary culture.

Each semester the Karofsky Faculty Encore Lecture features a Bowdoin faculty member chosen by members of the senior class honoring him or her as a teacher and role model.

Italy's Young Talent
Two Nights of Italian Short Films 

ITALY’S YOUNG TALENT Two Nights of Italian Short Films

COLBY COLLEGE Wednesday, April 1, 2009
7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. Lovejoy 100

  • Bab al Samah (Door of Forgiveness,‘08), Francesco Sperandeo 
  • La lampara (The Fishing Light, ‘07), Giovanni Sinopoli
  • Lo spaventapasseri (The Scarecrow, ‘05), Cesare Fragnelli 
  • Action (‘08), Giorgio Caputo
  • Tana libera tutti (Everyone Saved, ‘06), Vito Palmieri 
  • Dora (‘07), Sergio Basso
  • Moto Eterno (‘06), Alessandro Rubinetti

Thursday, April 2, 2009
7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.Beam Classroom, Visual Arts Center

  • La ritirata (The Retreating, ‘08) Elisabetta Bernardini 
  • Ieri (Yesterday, ‘06), Luca Scivoletto
  • Il lavoro (The Job, ‘07), Lorenzo De Nicola
  • I ragazzi che si amano (Children Who Love, ‘08),Tommaso Valente
  • Sotto il mio giardino (Under My Garden, ‘07),Andrea Lodovichetti
  • L’oro rosso (The Red Gold, ‘07), Cesare Fragnelli
  • Il prigioniero (The Prisoner, ‘07), Davide Del Degan

Open to the public free of charge. All films have subtitles in English.
Sponsors from Colby College include the Department of French and Italian,and the Corey Family (Dick, Joan, and Joanne ‘08).Sponsors from Bowdoin College include the departments of Romance Languages and Film Studies, the Office of the Dean for Academic Affairs, and the Circolo Italiano. Italy’s Young Talent—curated by Edward Bowen. 

Renaissance Banquet in Moulton Union

March 2008
Renaissance Banquet in Moulton Union 

In connection with Arielle Saiber's course, “How to Do It: Manuals to Good Living in the Renaissance,” author and food critic Nancy Harmon-Jenkins gave a lecture to the class on food in the Renaissance, and collaborated with Dining Services to create a Renaissance Banquet in Moulton Union.

September 2007
Sandow Birk’s visit to Bowdoin for an all-campus screening of his film Dante’s Inferno (2007), followed by a Q&A with Birk. 

Sandow Birk 2007

Acclaimed artist Sandow Birk, whose contemporary feature-length film noir Dante's Inferno has been garnering extensive praise across the 2007 film festival circuit, will host a screening of the film on the Bowdoin College campus at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 20, 2007, in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center. The screening is open to the public and admission is free. (The film is unrated, but contains some explicit material, language, and images.)

In collaboration with puppeteer and political satirist Paul Zaloom, writer/director Sean Meredith, and artist Elyse Pignolet, Sandow Birk has updated Dante Alighieri's 14th-century epic poem Inferno using exquisitely hand-drawn paper puppets, brought to life using no computer-generated special effects.

Long considered one of the most important works in world literature, Dante'sThe Divine Comedy traces the poet's imaginary journey through different levels of the afterlife. In the first book, Inferno, Dante descends into the underworld, where he is guided through the nine circles of hell by the spirit of the Roman poet Virgil. Throughout their journey, Dante and Virgil meet historical and mythological figures, witness the punishments and lessons of the underworld, and discuss themes of sin and Divine Retribution.

Dario Fo, "Non tutti i ladri vengono per nuocere" (1958)
Bowdoin College, May 12-13, 2006
Italian Theater (Ital. 314)

Dario Fo,     Dario Fo,

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November 2004
Common Hour talk by author Matthew Pearl, “The Dante Club: A Tour.”Common Hour talk by author Matthew Pearl, “The Dante Club: A Tour.”
Matthew Pearl graduated from Harvard University summa cum laude in English and American Literature in 1997. In 1998, he won the prestigious Dante Prize from the Dante society of America for his scholarly work. His first novel, The Dante Club, a New York Times bestseller, is being translated into over a dozen languages around the world. He wrote the first draft while attending Yale Law School, where he received his J.D. in 2000. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution groups Pearl with Jonathan Franzen, Manil Suri, Jonathan Foer and Richard Powers as having added to "the growing genre of novel being written nowadays - the learned, challenging kind that does not condescend." The Library Journal says "Pearl has given himself a master." Details magazine names Pearl as one of 2003's "Next Big Things" and Boston Magazine places him on their annual "Hot List." He grew up in Fort Lauderdale and currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, serving as a Teaching Fellow for Harvard literature courses and a tutor for students interested in creative writing. He is now working on another 19th century thriller with its roots in an exciting moment of literary history. 

April 2001
Suspiria Movie - 2001All-campus lecture by film critic Giorgio Bertellini, “Women of Horror: Dario Argento’s Murder Mysteries.”