A Rich Night of Poetry with Acclaimed Authors

New York University will be holding a poetry reading in English with specials guests Ishion Hutchinson, Valzhyna Mort, and Pulitzer Prize winner Yusef Komunyakaa at Villa La Pietra on October 9, 2017 (7 pm) as part of their series, “In Dialogue with Writers.” The poets will be reading their works and detailing the meaning behind their creations. The audience will be able to earn a deeper understanding and appreciate the significance of these [...]

A Night of Poetry & Purpose with Patricia Smith

Award-winning American poet Patricia Smith has partnered with New York University in Florence for a poetry reading on September 18, 2017 (7:30 pm) at the Villa La Pietra, via Bolognese 120. The night promises to be one of inspiration and calls for action with the esteemed poet reading from her newly published collection, Incendiary Art. The poems chosen will discuss injustices to the black male body and the intense grief of mothers everywhere, [...]

Talk in English on Food Systems

On Tuesday April 4 at 6 pm, CEA Study Center (Piazza della Repubblica 6) invites the public to the third installment of their Spring 17 Lecture Series, Why We Must Change the Way We Think About Food with Peter Fischer, Ph.D. Fischer is the director of a new interdisciplinary program on “Sustainable Food Systems.” He is a well-known food historian and professor in food studies who teaches primarily at US study abroad programs [...]

Ecelectic Lectures on Gender Studies & Art History

This week brings two new talks to Florence by La Pietra Dialogues at NYU Florence as a part of their Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion lecture series for Spring 2017, as well as an incisive look at Michelangelo’s David by an esteemed art historian at another school.  All three are in English. On March 14 at 6 pm, Villa La Pietra at NYU on Via Bolognese welcomes Deborah Willis, Chair of Photography and Imaging [...]

Talks in English by Renowned Architects

This week brings two architecture lectures to Florence that will be held at local American universities and open to the public. On March 7 at Palazzo Vettori (via Cavour 26, 7 pm) Kent State University welcomes David Trottin, founding partner at renowned multidisciplinary French architecture firm PÉRIPHÉRIQUES MARIN + TROTTIN ARCHITECTES, to discuss the innovative work he and Emmanuelle Marin, the firm’s other founding partner, have brought to the world of architecture. Their [...]

‘Architecture in Florence’ Talk by Toraldo di Francia

The public is invited to the lecture in English “Architecture in Florence 1973 – 2000: 1, 2, 3” by Cristiano Toraldo di Francia at the Florence campus of California State University (CSU), via Leopardi 12 (piazza Beccaria) on Wednesday, February 22 beginning at 11 am. Cristiano Toraldo di Francia, who taught at CSU Florence between 1973 and 2007, is an internationally renowned architect, whose works have been exhibited in the major museums in [...]

Architecture Lecture at Kent State

Tuesday, February 7:  English Lecture Series in Florence. Kent State University, Palazzo Vettori, via Cavour 26. 7 pm. This speaker is Dan Dorell is one of the three founding partners of DORELL.GHOTMEH.TANE in Paris. Dan Dorell, Lina Ghotmeh and Tsuyoshi Tane opened their office in 20016 after winning the international competition for the Estonian National Museum, a 355-meter-long sloping glass building, recently opened to the public, which rises from the runway of a [...]

Tuscan Landscapes as Works of Art at NYU

May 19: Within the Frame: Villa La Pietra and the Tuscan Landscape Interpreted as a Work of Art.  3:30 – 5:30 pm. Free admission. To mark the International Day of Museums ICOM 2016, New York University at Villa La Pietra is organizing an educational tour with workshops on the grounds on the theme Museums and Cultural Landscapes. The event is an opportunity to experience the evolution of the NYU grounds from a farm to [...]

The Florence School of Banking & Finance

A new institution sponsored by the European University Institute and Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze (a bank foundation) was recently launched in the city of Medici bankers and Renaissance intellectual thought. EUI president Joseph Weiler and CRF president Umberto Tombari recently signed an agreement inaugurating a program aimed at training future professionals in banking and finance. The new school aspires to become a leading European platform bringing together practitioners and academics to [...]

Kent State Contemporary Architecture Lecture

Tuesday, April 5:  KSU Spring Lecture Series in English. Palazzo Vettori, via Cavour 26. 7 pm. Kent State University launches its 2016 Spring Lecture series on April 5. Giuseppe Farris, the proprietor of Studio Farris Architects in Belgium is will talk about his projects and the importance of integrated thinking in architecture. Farris’ objective is to find harmony in architectural projects incorporating functionality, sustainability and innovation as well as the client’s wishes.  In [...]