Explore the world through the lens of Italy

Few cultures can match the historic, artistic, and religious significance of Italy. For centuries, it was the veritable centerpiece of European civilization. Its language, cuisine, architecture and music have inspired thousands of cultures around the world.

Aside from gaining language expertise, the Franklin & Marshall Italian minor immerses students in Italian art, literature, cuisine, theatre, history and culture through their course work and activities, including the student-run Italian Club.

Students have several opportunities to travel to Italy for study abroad, internships, or other applied language opportunities. Coordinated study programs are available in locations throughout Italy.  The department offers its own faculty-led intensive language summer program in Tuscany.

Recent student activities abroad have included studying the lifestyle of local fishermen in a picturesque coastal town and examining the influence of patron saints on the personalities of Italian towns and villages.

We feature small classes with a friendly, interactive atmosphere. Each semester there are many opportunities for socializing and gathering outside of class, including lectures, informal conversation hours, dinners, receptions, picnics and films.

 

Study Abroad

 

F&M in Italy

F&M's Italian Summer Program in Vicchio del Mugello, Tuscany, offers six weeks of  full-immersion, intensive language-learning experience.   (Not offered in 2018).

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Study Abroad in Italy

We encourage students to study abroad and to experience Italian culture and language first hand.  The point of departure should always be a conversation with an Italian professor about the program that best fits a student's interests.

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Summer Travel Award

Each year, the Department of Italian grants one Summer Travel Award to a sophomore who has declared an Italian minor and wants to pursue research or other learning opportunities in Italy.  

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Outside the classroom 

Italian Club 

The student-run Italian Club organizes cultural activities in association with the Italian Department. Traditional activities include film screenings, Sunday dinners, a Bocce tournament and International Women's Day.  Join the Italian Club on Facebook.

 

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GKA National Italian Honor Society

Franklin & Marshall hosts a chapter of Gamma Kappa Alpha, the National Italian Honor Society.  

The purpose of GKA is to acknowledge superior academic performance in the field of Italian language, literature and culture.

Each year, outstanding students of Italian are invited to become member of the Society during an induction ceremony held on campus.  Criteria for membership conform to the standards of the national organization.

For more information, contact Professor Giovanna Faleschini Lerner.

 

News and Events

 

October 22
event 10/22/2017

Cinematic Journeys in the Mediterranean: Mediterranea (2015)

Bonchek College House 101 Great Room

Mediterranea, Italy 2015, dir. Jonas Carpignano, 107 min. Two men leave Burkina Faso and travel...

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October 26
event 10/26/2017

Italian Coffee Hour

Writers House Reading Room

Join us at the Writers House for snacks, fun games, and informal conversation in Italian.

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November 02
event 11/2/2017

Ware College House Great Room

Gabriella Romani, "The Moncalvos: Translating a Novel of fin-de-siècle Italian Jewish Life"...

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November 12
event 11/12/2017

Cinematic Journeys in the Mediterranean: Lo sono Li (Shun Li...

Bonchek College House 101 Great Room

Io sono Li, Italy 2011, dir. Andrea Segre, 98 min. A poetic story about the friendship between...

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November 30
event 11/30/2017

Italian Coffee Hour

Writers House Reading Room

Join us at the Writers House for snacks, fun games, and informal conversation in Italian.

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December 05
event 12/5/2017

Cinematic Journeys in the Mediterranean: Fuocoammare (Fire...

Ware College House Great Room

Fuocoammare, Italy 2016, dir. Gianfranco Rosi, 114 min. This documentary explores life on the...

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January 25
event 1/25/2018

Cinematic Journeys in the Mediterranean: Nuovomondo (Golden...

Stager 102 Stahr Auditorium

Nuovomondo (Golden Door), Italy 2006, dir. Emanuele Crialese, 118 min. The story of a rural...

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January 30
event 1/30/2018

Pre-occupied Spaces: Remapping Italian Transnational...

Life Science 142 Bonchek Lecture Hall

Adapted from Fiore’s recent book Pre-occupied Spaces, this lecture poses Italy as a unique...

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Story 10/6/2017

Mapping Italian Narratives

Professor Arianna Fognani brings her scholarship into the classroom by involving students in digital mapping and research. In Spring 2017, Professor Fognani developed a new interdisciplinary course...

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Story 3/2/2017

Freedom Without Borders and Other Events from Africa...

Abdellah Taïa, perhaps one of the only openly gay Moroccan writers and filmmakers, visits F&M this spring as  part of Africa Worldwide, a series of lectures, films, exhibits and student-led...

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Story 10/21/2016

Documentarian Looks at a Century of Italian Films Featuring...

“Salambô,” an Italian film made in 1914, starred Domenic Gaido, the first Italian black actor whose story director Fred Kudjo Kuwornu tells in his new documentary, “Blaxploitalian,” which screens Oct...

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Story 9/22/2016

Travel Award Takes Student to Italian Renaissance City

A departmental Summer Travel Award allows Preman Koshar '18, a Joint Major, to travel to Urbino, Italy for an immersion language program.  Here are his reflections on his experience.

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Story 9/20/2016

Lin Jaldati: Art is My Weapon

Jewlia Eisenberg and David Shneer               In 1934, at 22 years of age and one year after Hitler came to power in Nazi Germany, Lin Jaldati, the stage name for Rebekka Brilleslijper, gave her...

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Story 8/31/2016

Africana Studies Examines the Continent's Influence on the...

From an exhibit on North African women writers to a lecture on American Muslims to a film on "Blaxploitation" in Italian cinema, F&M's Africana Studies Program has organized a series of events for...

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Story 5/4/2016

Three Fulbright Awards Among 12 Fellowships Earned by F&M...

Franklin & Marshall College, named a "top producer" of Fulbright scholars in 2014, produced three more this spring, as well as nine other scholarly fellows.

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Story 5/4/2016

Alumna heads to Italy to gain teaching experience

Emily Meneghin '15 is heading to Italy to work as an English  Teaching Assistant in an Italian high school.  Here's what she writes about this opportunity and her experience studying Italian at F&M:...

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Story 3/29/2016

Author to Share his Thoughts on 'Writing, Humor and...

Algerian-born Amara Lakhous, author of five novels including "A Dispute over an Very Italian Piglet," will visit Franklin & Marshall College April 1 for a public reading of his works and a lecture on...

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