Past Events

Workshop: Ambrose: Bishop, Homilist, Hymnist, Exegete

Friday March 7, 2014
Hesburgh Library Special Collections

Paola Moretti, Visiting Associate Professor, Classics, “Ambrose’ letters: sermones absentium?”

Hildegund Müller, Associate Professor, Classics, “An Augustinian view of Ambrosian Exegesis”

Brian Dunkle, S.J., Theology History of Christianity (HC), “Hallowed by the Roman Faith”: Ambrosian Hymns for Roman Martyrs

 Monsignor Francesco Braschi, Biblioteca Ambrosian, “Ambrose as a bishop: guidelines of his pastoral and Church governance action”

Monsignor Francesco Braschi is a doctor of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, director of the Faculty of Slavic Studies and an IT professional for the Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan. His scholarly interests include patristics and the liturgy as well as Slavic Studies. His projects include the electronic catalogue of the museums works, including the digitization of the Codex Atlanticus, a twelve-volume bound set of drawings and writing by Leonardo da Vinci.

Monsignor Braschi is extending access to the library’s documents across TV and the Internet. He uses a full complement of social media, including LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, in several different languages. In 1609, the Ambrosiana offered every visitor a pen, ink, and a stool, he says, and he sees today’s provision of new technologies as a continuation of that.


March 23, 2014
McKenna Hall
Coordinated by Damiano Benvegnu (Ph.D. in lit. Prog.’s candidate)

“Italian Identities: Dialects, Minorities, Literatures”
Sponsored by th Nanovic Institute for European Studies, the Italian Studies at Notre Dame, and the Ph.D in Literature Program, the “giornata di studi” Italian Identities: Dialects, Minorities, Literatures will investigate the connections between the modern anthropological and sociological context of Italy and the use of dialects. The conference will focus in particular on how literature has responded to both the ever-present issue of the uneven economic development and the crisis of the so-called Italian identity in the last thirty years.  In order to achieve its goals, our one-day symposium will be divided in three main panels, each one dedicated to exploring the topic from a specific – linguistic, socio-anthropological and more purely literary – perspective.