Weekly Briefing (Wk. IV – WQ ’15): Professor Talk

It’s week sixOur second professor talk of the quarter will be with Prof. Andrea Moudarres. Join PAT in welcoming Prof. Moudarres as he shares his current research interests in the field of Italian studies!

Andrea Moudarres is currently Assistant Professor of Italian at the University of California, Los Angeles.

He joined the UCLA faculty in 2012 as a Visiting Assistant Professor under the auspices of the ACLS New Faculty Fellows Program (2012-2014). Professor Moudarres studied at the University of Rome, “La Sapienza,” where he received his “Laurea” in Comparative Literature with a thesis on the presence of the classical myth of Daphne in Italian and English literatures. After arriving in the United States in 2003, he completed a Master of Arts in Italian Studies at the University of Notre Dame where he wrote a thesis on Petrarch’s Canzoniere. He received his Ph.D. in Italian from Yale University in May 2011. His dissertation, which he is currently revising into a book manuscript titled The Mirror of the Enemy: Boundaries of Power in the Italian Renaissance, examines the question of violence with regard to both internal and external forms of hostility. Through the investigation of the poetic works of Dante, Pulci, Ariosto, and Tasso, he argues that literature unveils the limits of political power, showing that enmity is the fundamental threat of a political community and not its precondition.

Before joining the UCLA faculty, he taught at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. His interests include Renaissance epic, Dante, Humanism, Machiavelli and political philosophy, and the presence of classical literature in late medieval and early modern culture. He is co-editor of the volume New Worlds and the Italian Renaissance: Contribution to the History of European Intellectual Culture (Leiden: Brill, 2012) and has published articles on Dante, Islam in Quattrocento Humanism, Machiavelli, Tasso, and Vico.

In Spring 2014, Professor Moudarres was invited to deliver the keynote address at the Induction and Awards Ceremony of the Alpha Lambda Delta & Phi Eta Sigma Honor Societies at UCLA.


  • We’re meeting at 5:30 PM on Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 in the History Reading Room. In the event of a deviation from this schedule, all changes will be broadcasted via our Facebook Group and Page, and via our Twitter.
  • There will be refreshments!


  • Last week’s meeting was another trivia night, no minutes were recorded.



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