The Acton Lectures, formerly known as Graduate Studies Seminar, is a series of public lectures and discussions that takes place bimonthly in the beautiful Salone at Villa La Pietra, on Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. during the academic year. The series, which has been running since 2006, is co-organized by Professors Virginia Cox (Professor of Italian Studies, NYU, and Academic Director, NYU Florence) and Bruce L. Edelstein (Coordinator for Graduate Programs and Advanced Research, NYU Florence).

The Acton Lectures feature both established and younger scholars and focus thematically on Italian history and culture, understood in the broadest sense. Recent topics include Fascism (Joshua Arthurs-Kate Ferris, Toward the History of Everyday Life in Fascist Italy), Dante (Stefano Carrai, Dante come Orfeo cristiano), Renaissance art history (Jennifer Sliwka, Exhibiting Francesco Botticini at the National Gallery), and linguistics (Adam Ledgeway, Testing Linguistic Theory and Variation to Their Limits. The Case of Italo-Romance). The languages of the series are Italian and English.

From 2016-17, in addition to lectures, the series will incorporate associated events such as workshops, round tables, book presentations, and conferences. This will consolidate its existing valuable contribution to academic and cultural life in Florence.

Full Calendar of Lectures
Acton Lectures Spring 2017
Acton Lectures Fall 2016

Seminars From Past Years

Graduate Studies Seminars 2015-2016


Video recordings of Acton Lectures and past Graduate Studies Seminars can be found on the NYU Florence YouTube channel and on individual event pages.