Center for Italian Studies

Buongiorno from Notre Dame’s Center for Italian Studies (CIS)!

We are delighted to introduce you to the CIS, and to invite you to join us on our “Viaggio in

Our mission is to organize and support research, education and community outreach activities
focused on the study of Italy. We work with partners across the colleges, departments and
schools engaged in Italian studies at Notre Dame, in Rome, in collaboration with Notre Dame’s
Rome Global Gateway, and around the world. Over the last 25 years Notre Dame has become
recognized as a premier center in the world for Italian studies.

The CIS, with more than 70 faculty affiliates from across the University and over 50 external
faculty affiliates from universities and cultural institutions worldwide, supports the study of the
languages, cultures, and peoples of Italy’s past, present, and future from a broad array of
disciplinary perspectives. The CIS provides an interdisciplinary hub for faculty and students
engaged in an undergraduate program in Italian language and culture in the Department of
Romance Languages and Literatures that enrolls around 400 students each semester, as well as in
MA and PhD programs in Italian studies. In addition, the CIS fosters advanced research in
Italian studies with an annual lecture series, generous grants and scholarships, and the
development of unique collections and international collaborations

The CIS is also home to the Devers Family Program in Dante Studies, which since 1995 has
acquired rare books for the John A. Zahm, C.S.C. Dante collection in the Department of Special
Collections of the Hesburgh Libraries; sponsored an award-winning book series with the UND
Press; and led research and education initiatives on Dante across the campus and internationally,
making Notre Dame a world leader in Dante studies.

The CIS and its research, educational and outreach programs—its gift of the journey to Italy—,
have been made possible by the generous support of the Devers, Fabiano and Ravarino families,
among others, to whom we should like to express our sincere gratitude.

We are excited to share our work with ThinkND and encourage you to explore our mini library of free lectures, podcasts, webinars, and more!

Buon Viaggio in Italia!

Ted Cachey
Professor of Italian
Fabiano Collegiate Chair in Italian Studies
Ravarino Director of the Center for Italian Studies
Director, Devers Family Program in Dante
University of Notre Dame

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