Department News

Spring 2021:

The Italian Department is launching a NEW Accelerated B.A./M.A. program in Italian Studies! Click here for more information about the program!

Congratulations to our Italian Major Peter Luca DiGiovanni who has won a coveted Fulbright Scholarship to study in Switzerland starting in the Fall of this year. Peter’s research project will be based in Geneva where he will investigate the functional recovery of patients who undergo total hip replacement surgery. He hopes to revolutionize future surgical decision making which could help mitigate health care costs not only in Switzerland but across the medical community.
Peter, we are very proud of you!

Click here to watch Professor Nicoletta Pireddu’s interview with Georgetown University President John DeGioia about her work as the Inaugural Director of the Georgetown Humanities Initiative.

Congratulations to MSFS graduate student and Department of Italian alumna Ishanee Chanda!

Ishanee published the article titled “Kamala Harris, The First but Not the Last: ora anche io, americana nata in India, posso pensare che i miei studi mi portino dove voglio” in the prestigious Italian newspaper Il Corriere della sera. Ishanee is co-founder of MAMALAS WOMEN AT WORK, a platform dedicated to storytelling and women’s empowerment that promotes stories by and about women. Ishanee also focuses on refugee issues and humanitarian aid in her degree at Georgetown, including their impact on Italy and the Southern Mediterranean. Read the article here.

Photo by Angela Maggi.

Spring 2020: Congratulations to our wonderful colleague Professor Gianni Cicali for being recognized by the College Academic Honors Council as one of the professors who shaped students’ experience at Georgetown in a meaningful way!

In anticipation of the day of remembrance of the victims of the Holocaust, on January 17th, the duo Heartstrings – Tiziana Risolo, actress and Felicia Toscano, guitarist – will perform a touching monologue “Ci hanno divisi” (We have been separated) in Italian with English surtitles. Written by Marcello Galati, music by Maurizio Colonna.  The theatrical performance is preceded by brief video interviews and testimonials presented by journalist Antonella Ciancio.

The event is organized in collaboration with Georgetown University – Department of Italian and the US-Italy Global Affairs Forum.

Information and tickets purchase at http://www. (new window)


Prof Nicoletta Pireddu was invited to give a talk at the International Conference “Physiognomien des Lebens: Anthropologie, Medizin, Kultur,” organized by the Institut für Romanistik of the Heinrich-Heine-Universität in Düsseldorf, Germany, September 12-14, 2018. She discussed the relationship between physiognomy, normalization of behavior, and emotional excess in late nineteenth-century Europe, with particular attention to Paolo Mantegazza and Scipio Sighele.


Congratulations to Caroline Cosovich and Oluseyi Osobamiro who won paid internships that will take them to Italy!

They participated in a student-centered workshop on Innovative Solutions to Business Challenges organized by Georgetown University Italian Research Institute, in partnership with the Italia Innovation Program, and the Embassy of Italy. Caroline and Oluseyi and their group presented a project that won a paid internship with Zordan, an upscale Italian interior design company. They will spend two weeks in Italy, near Venice, to visit Zordan headquarters and a week in Zeeland (MI) to visit the first Zordan shop in the US.