Italy at Columbia

From Da Ponte to the Casa Italiana

Italy at Columbia is a digital exhibition that explores the history of Italian studies at Columbia University: the earliest teachers of the language and culture, the students who campaigned for a cultural center, and the neo-Renaissance palazzo that arose on Amsterdam Avenue across from campus—a living monument to the robust Italian presence at Columbia across the centuries. 

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Cover and interior pages of the companion book about the history of Italian studies at Columbia University
Photograph: Abigail Asher
Companion Book from Columbia University Press

From Da Ponte to the Casa Italiana: A Brief History of Italian Studies at Columbia University by Barbara Faedda (2017) explores the range of people who brought Italian culture to Columbia. 

Gallery of the exhibition held in the Casa Italiana's main gallery
Photograph: Bruce Gilbert
Companion Exhibition in the Building

For the 90th anniversary, photos, paintings, rare books, and original documents were on display in the lobby galleries of the Casa Italiana. That exhibition closed in 2018—but it lives on in this digital exhibition.