Each year, thanks to the Albert J. and Helen M. Ravarino聽Family Endowment for Excellence, the 糖心Vlog sponsors a public lecture by a distinguished scholar of Italian Studies. In 2024, the seventh annual lecture will be delivered by , who is Professor of Film, Television, and Media at the University of Michigan. The lecture will be held on March 21, 2024 and more details will be posted as the date approaches.
Past lectures have been:
1. Lino Pertile, Harvard College Professor and Carl A. Pescosolido Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, Emeritus, Harvard University, on "Uses and Abuses of Intelligence from Dante to Machiavelli" (2017);
2. Abigail Brundin, Reader in Early Modern Literature and Culture and Fellow of St Catharine鈥檚 College, University of Cambridge, on "Hidden Spaces, Private Lives: Getting Inside the Italian Renaissance Home" (2018);
3. Lucia Re, Professor of Italian and Gender Studies, UCLA, on "Ulysses or Penelope? Women Writers Rethink the Mediterranean" (2019).
4. In 2020, the Ravarino lecture was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
5. Peter S. Hawkins, Professor of Religion and Literature, Yale Divinity School, Yale University, on "'Nel mezzo del cammin': Finding a 'Spiritual' Dante in American Religious Culture" (2021);
6. William Caferro, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of History and Professor of Classical and Mediterranean Studies, Vanderbilt University, on聽"Pandemic and Wages in Boccaccio鈥檚 Florence" (2023).