Giulia Calvi @ Berkeley

Le donne Medici nel sistema europeo delle Corti (Polistampa, 2008) edited by Giulia Calvi and Riccardo Spinelli
Le donne Medici nel sistema europeo delle corti XVI-XVIII secolo: atti del Convegno internazionale, Firenze, San Domenico di Fiesole, 6-8 ottobre 2005 / a cura di Giulia Calvi e Riccardo Spinelli. Firenze: Polistampa, c2008.

Giulia Calvi, professor at The European University Institute, has been invited to become the 58th holder of the Chair of Italian Culture at the University of California, Berkeley for the fall semester of 2012 for her work on early modern Italian cultural and social history from the perspective of gender.

Chair of Italian Culture in the Department of Italian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley was established in 1928. It annually calls one of the ablest and most eminent citizens of Italy in order to lecture and teach in illustration and interpretation of Italian culture, as well as for the periodic presentation of international symposia. Past holders of this prestigious Chair have included literary critic Gianfranco Contini, historian Gaetano Salvemini, literary critic Ezio Raimondi, art historian Leo Steinberg, novelist Giorgio Bassani, philosopher Giorgio Agamben, historian Luisa Passerini, political philosopher Adriana Cavarero, paleographers Armando Petrucci and Franca Nardelli and, in fall 2008 historian Paul Ginsborg and essayist and novelist Tim Parks.

Calvi will give a public lecture titled “Across Three Empires (Venetian; Ottoman; Hapsburg): Clothing the Balkans in XVI Century Europe” on Tuesday, November 27 at 6pm in 370 Dwinelle Hall. The invitational flyer can be downloaded from the Department of Italian Studies events calendar.

↑↔↓ This post is reposted in part from The European University Institute’s web site. (7/12/12)

Franck André Jamme at BAM/PFA

Tantra Song by Franck André Jamme

Franck André Jamme, who is one of France’s leading contemporary poets and the author of more than a dozen books, will read from his latest publication Tantra Song which combines rare abstract paintings from Rajasthan with prose poetry and contemplative essays at the Berkeley Art Museum on Friday, November 2 at 5:30. A specialist in art brut or outsider art, Jamme was described by Henri Michaux as “a writer of rare quality.” He has collaborated with a number of artists including Phillippe Favier, Suzan Frecon, Acharya Vyakul, and Hans Schimansky. For event details see The Reading Room.

Pierre Alferi, 2009 Regents’ Lecturer


French novelist, poet, and essayist Pierre Alferi visits UC Berkeley as Regents’ Lecturer from January 22-30, 2009. A complete list of readings, lectures, film screenings, and a short bio-bibliography is available on the French Department’s web site. The Doe Library has many of his works in French and in translation, and the DVD of Cinépoèmes" & "Films parlants" was recently added to the Media Resources Center’s collection in Moffitt Library (in case you miss the screening in Dwinelle on 1/22).

Ross Chambers @ Berkeley


Ross Chambers, the 2008-2009 Pajus Distinguished Visitor in French Studies, will lead a 6-week seminar series in spring, 2009 beginning on February 4. More information including a short book list is available on the department’s web site. Story and Situation: Narrative Seduction and the Power of Fiction (1984) is available electronically via the Library’s new subscription to ebrary. His other works can be located in print via Pathfinder.