UWA Italian Studies Lecture Series
- General Public, Faculty/Staff, Students, Alumni
Celebrating the 90th Anniversary of Italian Studies at UWA
2019 marks the 90th anniversary of the teaching of Italian language and culture at The University of Western Australia.
In 1929, Francesco Vanzetti, an idiosyncratic and popular Venetian, offered the first courses in Italian. This was the first appointment of a lecturer in Italian in any Australian university.
This lecture series, supported by the Institute of Advanced Studies and by Italian Studies in the UWA School of Humanities, celebrates aspects of Italian language and culture, past and present.
Public Lectures - Semester Two
23 OctoberTaking the pulse of Italy today: a creative presence in Europe and in Australia
A public lecture by H.E. Francesca Tardioli, Ambassador of Italy in Australia
Venue: Murdoch Lecture Theatre, UWA Arts Building | 6pm-7pm
31 OctoberLeonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519): enigma and genius
Speaker: Costantino D’Orazio, Art historian and writer, Rome
Venue: Social Sciences Lecture Theatre, UWA | 6pm-7pm
Artistic Diaspora: An exploration of the Italian cultural legacy in WA
Speakers: historian Dr Robyn Taylor and artists Galliano Fardin, Patrizia Tonello and Caterina Franz, with UWA Chief Cultural Officer Professor Ted Snell.
Venue: Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, UWA | 6pm-7pm
Listen to some of the excellent talks already held in this series.
- Italians in 19th century Western Australia, and, how a Venetian industrial chemist came from Kalgoorlie to teach Italian at The University of Western Australia
Speaker: Associate Professor John Kinder, Italian Studies, UWA
(a recording is not available for this talk)
- Shaping the Invisible: images reflected in music
Speaker: Mr Robert Hollingworth, Reader in Music, University of York and Director, I Fagiolini
- Venice and the Ottomans: a visual artistic journey between the Serenissima and Istanbul
Speaker: Dr Stefano Carboni, Director, Art Gallery of Western Australia
- Missing Magnificence: tracing Catherine de Medici’s hidden cultural legacy
Speaker: Susan Broomhall, Professor of History, University of Western Australia
- Italy and the Invention of Luxury
A public lecture by Dr Catherine Kovesi, History, University of Melbourne.
- Staying in touch across distance: 100 years of Italian-Australian migration
Speaker: Professor Loretta Baldassar, Anthropology and Sociology, UWA