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Tuesday, October 29

Lecture by Maria Tatar
John L. Loeb Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures and chairs the Program in Folklore and Mythology at Harvard University.
She is the author of The Annotated Brothers Grimm and Norton's Classic Fairy Tales, among many other volumes.


Thursday, October 31

Digital French and Italian Conference inaugurates the new DanteLab website and present other innovative digital projects in the Humanities.




Introductory remarks by President Philip Hanlon, Professor Adrian Randolph, Associate Dean for the Humanities and Leon E. Williams Professor of Art History, and Daniel Rockmore, Director of the Neukom Institute and William H. Neukom 1964 Distinguished Professor of Computational Science.
10:00 Presentation of the DanteLab website.
Sponsored by the Neukom Institute, Daniel Rockmore, Director
Digital French and Italian Program





Sunday, November 3

New England Contemporary Italian Film Festival
Free and open to the public!

La Masseria Delle Allodole

Sunday, November 3, 2013

6:30 PM

Moore Filene Auditorium




Monday, November 4




Wednesday, November 6



Carmine Abate is an Italian author. He has written numerous short stories, novels and essays, mainly focusing on issues of migration and the encounters between disparate cultures.







New England Contemporary Italian Film Festival 

 Free and open to the public!

Sunday, October 13, 2013
6:30 PM
Moore Filene Auditorium
An unexpected pregnancy and premature birth become a burden that Maria is unprepared for. Lacking control over events for the first time in her life, she retreats into an emotional space where she is alone, until the day arrives when she must learn to live again for her vulnerable child.
 SCONTRO di civilta per un ascensore a Piazza Vittorio
Sunday, October 20, 2013
6:30 PM
Moore Filene Auditorium

Part satire, part thriller, this film, based on the novel by Amara Lakhous, presents a panoply of characters from different cultures that populate an apartment building in Rome. After the death of a shady character named the "Gladiator", the tenants negotiate cultural boundaries and personal differences as they deal with the aftermath of this crime.

La Masseria Delle Allodole
Sunday, November 3, 2013
6:30 PM
Moore Filene Auditorium

e story, drawn from La masseria delle allodole, the best-selling novel by Atonia Arsian, tells about the Avakian clan, an Armenian family living in Turkey. The Avakians ignore to the rising tide of Turkish hostility until they are surprised by the arrival of a Turkish military regiment that annihilates every male member of the family and forces the ladies to trek off into the Syrian desert. Meanwhile, a handsome Turkish officer falls in love with a female Avakian and makes an aggressive attempt to deliver her from certain death, even as the circumstances surrounding him attest to the astounding difficulty of doing so.

 Sponsored by the Italian Consulate of Boston and the Department of French and Italian









Past Events


Monday, October 15, 2012


Moore Hall, Filene Auditorium

Grazia, played by Valeria Golino, is a free-spirited mother of three, married to a shy fisherman, and living on the idyllic but isolated island of Lampedusa in the Mediterranean Sea.  She shows signs of manic-depressive behavior - one moment she's laughing wildly and swimming half-naked in the sea, while the next she's curled in a ball on her bed.  Out of her earshot, the adult members of her extended family vaguely discuss sending her to a facility of some sort in northern Italy.


Heidi Byrnes
George M. Roth Distinguished Professor of German at Georgetown University

Heidi Byrnes

"Linking Literary - Cultural Content and Second Language Learning: Opportunities and Imperative for College Programs"
Collegiate foreign language programs are being challenged to assure that learners acquire sophisticated literary-cultural knowledge for a global world; they are being asked as well to assure that learners acquire diverse non-native languages to professional levels of ability.  In this talk Heidi Byrnes will consider approaches to designing genre-based integrated and articulated curricula in order to attain those goals.

May 10, 2012
Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL)

Please click on the link below to enjoy the video from Professor Byrnes' lecture.


Francesca Southerden
Assistant Professor of Italian, Wellesley College


Dictates of Love and Death: Towards a Theory of Poetic Language in Dante's Vita Nuova and Commedia

Monday - May 7, 2012
212 Dartmouth Hall

Pierpaolo Antonello - University of Cambridge

"Out of Touch"  F.T. Marinetti's Il Tattilismo and the Futurist Critique of Separation

Thursday, April 19th
217 Dartmouth Hall

This talk will reconstruct the historical, cultural and ideological background of F.T. Marinetti's Il tattilismo: Manifesto futurista (1921) as one of the key texts that inaugurated the second-wave of Futurism after the demise of the movement during WWI. In particular, it will map out the scientific and philosophical references that subtend Marinetti's text and will also place the Manifesto within the wider context of the, mostly French, anti-ocular discourse as reconstructed by Martin Jay in his Downcast Eyes. Marinetti's text will be then analyzed in the light of the general "critique of separation" espoused by many European Avant-Garde movements

Heather Webb - University of Cambridge

"Dante and Pope Benedict XVI on the Personhood of the Fetus"

Monday, April 16th
217 Dartmouth Hall

This talk will examine ways in which Dante's thought can productively redefine the terms of the current debate on the beginning and end of life regarding two issues in particular: first, the interplay between mediated and unmediated processes of creation, and second, personal presence or personhood as distinct from biological identity. It will analyze Pope Benedict XVI's use of the concepts of personal presence and the "immediacy" of the soul by comparing them to medieval definitions in Dante and Aquinas, a source for both Dante and the pope.

Francofolie at Dartmouth   (French Club Events)  Spring 2012

Join the French Club on Wednesdays or Thursdays in the Spring Term!!

April, 4th:  European Night at 8 in One Wheelock

April, 12th:  Crêpes Party at 6.30 in Hitchcock Hall

April, 19th:  Film: 1st film of the cycle French Women Filmmakers (Thornton 105)

April, 25nd:  French-Italian Art Exhibition at the Hood Museum

May, 3rd:  Board Games Night at 6.30 in Hitchcock Hall

May, 10th:  2nd Film of our cycle (Thornton 105)

May, 16th:  3rd Film of our cycle (Thornton 105)

May, 17th:  Coffee time get-together in Dartmouth Hall: meeting the professors

May, 14th:  Music Party in Hitchcock Hall

N'hésitez pas à rejoindre la page Facebook du club pour tout savoir de nos activités: Francofolie @ Dartmouth !

Please blitz if you have any question!


Wed., April 4th | 8-11pm | One Wheelock

Wed., April 11th | 7pm | TBA
MOVIE "Quando sei nato non puoi piu' nasconderti"

Wed., April 18th | 7pm | Hitchcock Lounge

Wed., April 25th (tentative) | 7pm | HOOD MUSEUM

Wed., May 2nd | 7pm | TBA
MOVIE "Lezioni di cioccolata"

Sun., May 6th | 4pm | Brace Commons

Wed., May 16th | 7pm | TBA
MOVIE "C'era una volta in America"

Wed., May 23rd | 7pm | Brace Commons
COOKING NIGHT: I piatti dell'estate!


Free Screening of BREATHLESS, starring Richard Gere
After the screening a conversation with the Director, Jim McBride

Monday, February 13, 2012
Moore Hall B03

Come see the movie Quentin Tarantino cited as one of the "coolest" movies, commenting: "Here's a movie that indulges completely all my obsessions - comic books, rockabilly music and movies."


"Vita, Gomorrah, Vita nuova: Life in Translation" A lecture by Virginia Jewiss

Monday, February 13, 2012
206 Dartmouth Hall

Virginia Jewiss is Lecturer in the Humanities at Yale University and Director of the Yale Humanities in Rome program.  Her translations from Italian to English include Melania Mazzucco's novel Vita, Robert Saviano's Gomorrah, and the screenplay for Paolo Sorrentino's This Must Be the Place.


French Movie Night!

subtitles in English

All are welcome

Wednesday nights, 7:30 pm, Thornton 105

Schedule, Fall 2011

October 5: Ridicule (Patrice Leconte, 1996)

An impoverished provincial lord must learn to navigate the social codes and games of wit in Louis XVI's court at Versailles in order to get financial backing for an irrigation system that would save his struggling province. Opposing Enlightenment ideals against social injustice, this film critiques the decadence and corruption of aristocrats in eighteenth-century France.

October 12: Le Nom des gens (Michel Leclerc, 2010)

A young, extroverted left-wing activist who sleeps with her political opponents to convert them to her cause is successful until she meets her match. (synopsis by IMDb)

October 19: La Reine Margot (Patrice Chéreau, 1994)

Young Queen Margot finds herself trapped in an arranged marriage amidst a religious war between Catholics and Protestants. She hopes to escape with a new lover, but finds herself imprisoned by her powerful and ruthless family. (IDMb)

Based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas père.

October 26: Eden à l'ouest (Costa-Gavras, 2009)

One man's dogged search for freedom and a better life leads him on a picaresque journey in this comedy-drama from celebrated filmmaker Costa-Gavras. Elias (Ricardo Scamarcio) is a young man from a nameless country in the Mediterranean who has tossed away his passport and paid a smuggler a handsome fee to be hidden inside a ship making its way to Europe. When immigration authorities stage a surprise inspection, Elias jumps ship along with a number of other unauthorized passengers, and hours later he washes up on the clothes-optional beach of a luxury resort on the Southern coast of France. (Rotten Tomatoes)

November 2: Inch'Allah dimanche (Yamina Benguigui, 2001)

The story of an immigrant woman struggling against old world traditions. Zouina leaves her homeland with her three children to join her husband in France, where he's been living for the past ten years. In a land and culture foreign to her, Zouina struggles against her mother-in-law's tyrannical hand and her husband's distrustful bitterness in an attempt to adjust to her life in exile. (IDMb)

Questions? Contact Prof. Aimee Kilbane


Karen Pinkus

Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature
Cornell University

" The Geopolitics of Oil in Italy, Images and Ideas from Fascism to the Libyan 'Rebellion' "

Pinkus image 

Thursday, April 14, 2011
4:00 PM
Carson Hall L01

The Italian subsoil contains limited fossil fuels so Italy has a complicated history of importing oil and marketing it as "national" (particularly under the Fascist Regime).  This talk will consider cultural images surrounding oil in Italy, from the fascist ventennio through the current Libyan conflict.


Spring 2011-La Table française

Upstairs in the new “Dining Commons” formerly known  as Thayer

Tuesday, April 12th 12-1

Wednesday, April 20th  from 12:30-1:30
Tuesday, April 26th  from 12-1

Wednesday, May 4th  from 12:30-1:30
Tuesday, May 10th  from 12-1

Wednesday, May 18th from 12:30-1:30

Tuesday, May 24th  from 12-1

Wednesday, June 1st  from 12:30-1:30


Italian Club Events Spring '11


Thursday, April 7th

Le fate ignoranti

Reed 104


April 14-15th

The Italian club @ Dimension: come to welcome the admitted '15s and their parents and show what the Italians do here at Dartmouth.   April 14th Leede Arena 6:30.
As a special event we will offer an “Italian merenda” with tiramisu’ cooking lesson: McCulloch 1st Floor Lounge: April 15th  from 3:30. 


Thursday, April 21st

La notte di San Lorenzo

Dartmouth 105


Sunday, May 8th

Cooking Night: PIZZA!!

Brace Commons, 1st floor


Thursday, May 12th

Skit Night

Brace Commons, 1st floor


Thursday, May 26th

Saturno contro

Dartmouth 217


Thursday, June 2nd

Notte prima degli esami

Hitchock Lounge



Last Updated: 10/30/13