About the Department




The Department of Italian at UCLA offers a unique combination of literary, linguistic and cultural experience at both the undergraduate and graduate level, making it one of the most prestigious programs for Italian Studies in North America. Besides covering the full range of Italian language and literature, the Department also provides scholars the possibility of approaching Italian culture through film; through linguistic history and dialectology; through interdisciplinary ties to many other UCLA departments; and through close relationships with the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, the Center for Jewish Studies, and the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles. 

NIAF Gift to Lorenzo Da Ponte Italian Library series

niafUCLA’s Division of Humanities and the Department of Italian are delighted to announce a recent gift to the Lorenzo Da Ponte Italian Library series: a three-year grant from the esteemed National Italian American Foundation (NIAF), a nonprofit educational foundation dedicated to preserving Italian American culture and heritage. NIAF is the first sponsor outside of Italy and is now in the distinguished company of Fondazione Cassamarca of Treviso, Italy, the Italian Cultural Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Italian Ministry of Arts and Culture.

California Interdisciplinary Consortium of Italian Studies

The California Interdisciplinary Consortium of Italian Studies (CICIS) was established in 2001 to bring together faculty, students, and independent scholars from around the state interested in Italy. CICIS' mission is to foster interdisciplinary and transnational research related to Italian studies in California, and to convene conferences where this research can be promoted, undertaken, presented, and discussed. The organization is open to UC faculty and graduate students as well as scholars and researchers from other California research institutions, and independent scholars residing in California. CICIS maintains a list-serve and holds meetings to discuss shared concerns and to organize annual conferences.


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Events & Announcements

Former UCLA Student is granted Peggy Guggenheim Internship in Venice

Natalia Cuba, UCLA Italian and Special Fields in Art History major who spent the 2012-2013 academic year on the UCEAP program in Bologna has just been granted a Peggy Guggenheim Internship at the museum in Venice for Fall 2014.

The Peggy Guggenheim internship program is designed for Italian and international students in the fields of art, art history or related disciplines who are interested in gaining first-hand experience with museum management. Interns gain practical experience in museum operations, as well as familiarity with the Peggy Guggenheim’s outstanding collection of modern art while enjoying the cultural life of the city of Venice. Internship activities include managing the museum’s galleries, assisting visitors, supporting the museum office staff and participating in educational activities such as presentations to the public, guided tours and workshops for children. The internship program also includes seminars, conferences, educational trips and guided tours.

Natalia is not new to internships. While at the Università di Bologna she completed an internship at Galleria Forni under the direction of Paola Forni, owner and manager of the gallery and prior to this she completed an internship at the Fowler Museum in Los Angeles and a summer internship at the Cultural Center in Tijuana, Mexico. 

Natalia’s studies in Art History at the Università di Bologna included courses in Museum and Collection Management, Renaissance and Baroque Art, and Neoclassical art and European Art 1800-1850 taught by Professor Andrea Bacchi, recipient of the 2013 UCEAP Bologna award for Excellence in Teaching.

At UCLA, Natalia completed her senior capstone research thesis entitled "Peggy Guggenheim: A True Modernist and Founder of the New Experience of Viewing Art," directed by Prof Lucia Re.

Congratulazioni Natalia!


UCLA Undergraduate recognized in two prestigious essay contests

Kelly Leow's essay, "'Come l'uom s'etterna': Poetry, Pride and Textile in the Divine Comedy," was recently selected as the winner of the 2013 Dante Prize for the best essay submitted by an undergraduate enrolled at a college or university in the United States or Canada.

The recognition comes on the heels of another recent award. Earlier this year, Kelly was awarded $500 for her work on Dante as recipient of first prize of the 2013 AATI College Essay Contest.

The UCLA Department of Italian extends congratulations to Kelly Leow and her mentor, Professor Andrea Moudarres, for this accomplishment.