Thursday, September 25, 2014

Dante Conference Series

Who is Dante for us moderns? What is Dante’s impact on our culture? Is his vision still relevant today? On the occasion of the celebrations for the 750th anniversary of his birth, the Villanova Italian Program proudly presents a series of lectures dedicated to the great Florentine poet. 

The conference series, which will run from October 2014 to March 2015 (the detailed schedule of the events is included in the poster), aims at rediscovering Dante in light of our present, and, at the same time, at reading our world through his work. 

The four talks will touch upon such themes as the relationship between Dante and Saint Augustine (in honor of Villanova’s Augustinian tradition), Dante’s presence in Italian and American cinema (since Mélies’ Inferno of 1911, first using special effects), the relevance of Dante in shaping an idea of Europe (in light of the debate on its Christian roots), and the link between Columbus’ diaries (filled with Dantean imagery) and the New World Project. 

Our distinguished speakers will be Simone Marchesi (Princeton University), John Welle (University of Notre Dame), Giuseppe Mazzotta (Yale University), and Mary Watt (University of Florida). 

The series will inaugurate the Villanova Italian Symposium, which is conceived as a laboratory of open dialogue on broad issues related to Italian culture, and as a fruitful occasion to bridge Italian studies not only with other disciplines on campus, but also with other programs in the greater Philadelphia area.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Reminder: Dr. Mercedes Juliá's lecture on El Exilio Interior de Juan Ramon is tomorrow (9/18/14)!

To commemorate the Centenary of the publication of Platero y yo by Juan Ramón Jiménez, Falvey Memorial Library and the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures unite to celebrate this anniversary with a lecture by Dr. Mercedes Juliá, a well-known specialist of Juan Ramón Jiménez and professor at Villanova University.

Thursday, September 18th, 2014
3:00 pm – Speakers Corner of Falvey Library

Following Dr. Juliá’s talk, a bilingual reading of passages of Platero y yo will be presented by Graduate Students from the Department.  We hope to see you all there!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Reminder for Upcoming Events: Hispanic Cultural Heritage Month and Dante Lecture Series


The Hispanic Cultural Heritage Month will begin Thursday, September 18th and will run until until Monday, October 27th. Please see the poster below for more details:

The Dante Lecture Series will begin on Monday, October 27th and continue until March 16, 2015. Please see the poster below for more information:

We hope to see you all there!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Information Session for Cádiz, Spain Semester Program

All students are invited to come to a presentation on the Semester Program at the University of Cádiz, Spain.

Please come to hear other students who already went through this wonderful experience.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Campus Visit from a Southern Teachers Agency (STA) Recruitment Coordinator

Southern Teachers Agency (of Charlottesville, Virginia) will be sending a recruitment coordinator to Villanova's Fall Career Fair on September 10th. 

Every year, STA recruits and places candidates from colleges like Villanova to work in independent K-12 schools around the South. STA would love to meet with our graduating students who have strong communication and leadership skills; a desire to contribute their talents in athletics, theater, music (and many other areas); and who truly enjoy working with children.

It’s important to understand that independent schools often hire teachers who do not have a degree in education and who have not done student teaching.  They seek smart, energetic servant-leaders from a variety of academic disciplines, including foreign languages. For years, STA has helped great teachers find great jobs, and could potentially do the same for you.

For those interested, a STA representative will be coming to campus:  

Villanova University Fall Career Fair
The Pavilion
Wednesday, September 10
2-6 PM

For more information about Southern Teachers Agency, visit their website at