Congratulations, Professor Fuller!

Mia Fuller has been appointed as Gladyce Arata Terrill Distinguished Professor effective July 1, 2020. We add our warm congratulations to the Berkeley chancellor’s on this well-deserved honor, reserved for distinguished faculty members.

Annamaria Bellezza’s article published

Congratulations to Annamaria Bellezza on the publication of her article “Developing Performative Competence and Teacher Artistry: A Pedagogical Imperative in the Multicultural Classroom” in the L2 Journal, Volume 12, Issue 3 (November 2020). Please click here to read the article.

2020-2021 Barra Foundation Fellow at the American Philosophical Society: Diego Pirillo

We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Diego Pirillo has received a Barra Foundation Fellowship at the American Philosophical Society’s Library & Museum. These funding opportunities provide 1- to 3- months of support for researchers in residence and are open to scholars in all fields who show a demonstrated need to use the Library & Museum’s collections for their project.

Please click here for more information about the Fellowship and this year’s cohort.

2020 Prytanean Faculty Award: Henrike Lange

Please join us in congratulating Assistant Professor Henrike C. Lange on receiving the 2020 Prytanean Faculty Award!

Since 1986, The Prytanean Honor Society Alumnae Association awards annually a financial grant to an outstanding woman junior faculty member on the Berkeley campus. Through a competitive process, the winner is chosen for her record as a distinguished teacher, her demonstrated scholarly achievement, and her success as a role model for students at the University of California, Berkeley.

Please click here for more information about the Prytanean Honor Society.

MLA’s Scaglione Prize for Italian Studies: Diego Pirillo

Please join us in congratulating Professor Diego Pirillo!

The Modern Language Association of America today announced it is awarding its tenth Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Italian Studies to Diego Pirillo, of the University of California, Berkeley, for The Refugee-Diplomat: Venice, England, and the Reformation, published by Cornell University Press.

Please click here to download a PDF of the full press release.

Charles Hall Grandgent Award: Mariagrazia De Luca

Mariagrazia De Luca, Ph.D. Student in Italian Studies, has been awarded the Charles Hall Grandgent Award from the Dante Society of America for her essay “From Forced Readers to Freedom Writers: Responding to Dante in Postcolonial Somalia.”  The prize is offered for “the best essay submitted by a student enrolled in any graduate program in the US, US territories, or Canada.” Congratulations, Mariagrazia!


Professor Barbara Spackman‘s book Accidental Orientalists: Modern Italian Travelers in Ottoman Lands, published by Liverpool University Press in July 2017, has recently won two prizes:

The 2017 American Association for Italian Studies Prize for the Best Book in the category of Renaissance, 18th and 19th Centuries, and

The 2017 Modern Language Association Howard R. Marraro Prize Honorable Mention (pictured, photo credit Edward Savaria, Jr.).

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