Our Program Calendar

Public and Academic Programs

Public programs

Centro Primo Levi’s programs explore the diversity of the Italian Jewish experience and take inspiration from Primo Levi’s humanism and his quest to explore the past and understand different aspects of the world we inhabit.

Italian Jewish Studies Seminars

A collaborative initiative of Centro Primo Levi with the NYU departments of Italian, History and Judaic Studies and Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò to develop a context for the study of Italian Jewish history, generally absent from curricula of Italian studies and only marginally featured in Jewish Studies programs.

Italian Jews, the oldest minority in Europe, have lived in the peninsula since Roman times, producing a unique cultural milieu, and often acting as liaisons to neighboring societies.

Primo Levi Forum

Readings, roundtables and presentation periodically connect scholars and practitioners from the many fields of the humanities and sciences that defined Levi’s intellectual horizon. Year after year, contributions from all over the world demonstrate

the inspirational capacity of Levi’s work and the creative power of his journeys across disciplines. Translated in over 40 languages, Levi’s work transcends cultural boundaries and comes to plays often unexpected roles in different cultures.


Studies and research on the history of the anti-Jewish persecution in Italy, fascism and the post-war construction of memory. A collaborative effort of the Consulate General of Italy, Centro Primo Levi, the Italian Cultural Institute, NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò,

the Italian Academy at Columbia University, CUNY’s John Calandra Italian American Institute and Scuola d’Italia Guglielmo Marconi and the Bronx High School of Science. Selected programs are held under the auspices of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

CPL Editions & Printed Matter

Andrew Viterbi’s Memoir

February 17, 2017

Reflections of An Educator, Researcher And Entrepreneur, Andrew Viterbi’s memoir reconstructs the course of his academic career at a time in which technology played a major role in a radical reshaping of the world’s economy and ...

Paper Lives

February 17, 2017

“My humble request to Your Excellency”. Brief accounts of  life and death in Italy. Based on archival documentation on “foreign Jews” interned by the Fascist Regime....

Yesterday and Today

February 17, 2017

The way our societies confront the plight of the millions of refugees from various areas of the world escaping famine, ethnic, religious and political persecution, hopelessness and war, will be the litmus test of the kind of world we will...

E le acque si calmarono

October 28, 2016

An exquisite exhibition at the National Library of Florence celebrates the return of some of the books from the Florence synagogue that were damaged in the 1966 flood....

On Reading If This Is a Man

October 20, 2016

Alberto Cavaglion’s  preface to Levi’s memoir’s annotated version offers new insights, context and a wealth of detailed information to capture aspects of his work that often elude the international readership....

Gather What You Can and Flee

October 19, 2016

The exile of Jewish professors and professionals caused serious and long lasting damage to Italian culture and Italian scientific development. Emilio Segrè, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1959, who came to the United States in ...

Research & Learning

Primo Levi

March 9, 2016

Primo Levi’s life and work through archives and research institutions, a short film and an anthology of essays....


March 16, 2016

A literary and historical journey through the Jewish treasures of the Italian regions Read More...


March 17, 2016

Created in memory of Erna Finci Viterbi z”l, this resource aims at sharing with users across the world the Italian Jewish liturgy and cantorial traditions Coming Soon...

The Shoah in Italy

March 17, 2016

A brief guide to the study of the persecution of the Jews in Italy based on material provided by the Center for Contemporary Jewish Documentation in Milan....


March 17, 2016

Documenting the lives of Italian Jewish exiles in America, their struggles and achievements, through research, oral history and family albums....


March 17, 2016

Representing Jews in Italian film and documentary. Italian Jewish history in film....

Italian Jewish Press

March 17, 2016

Guided portal to the Italian Jewish press of 19th and 20th centuries. Created in collaboration with the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa. Coming Soon...

From & For the Press

Giorno della Memoria 2017

January 25, 2017

Holocaust Remembrance Day 2017 inspires reflections on the crisis of the European Union and the plight of refuges    New York, NY, January 13, 2017 –  The 2017 commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day, coordinated by Centro ...

Washington Post: Celebrating Primo Levi

September 20, 2016

Noon-1 Primo Levi, the preeminent writer on the Holocaust who died in 1987, is celebrated in a panel discussion featuring Ann Goldstein, translator of Primo Levi’s work and editor of “The Complete Works of Primo Levi,” and her ...

Wall Street Journal. The Tragedy of Survival

December 23, 2015

Edward Rothstein. The Lager’s inmates struggle with each other, snitch on each other, fight over rations, cheat the innocent. It is a ‘war of all against all.’ Does great suffering bring great wisdom? Does it lead to sophisticated ...

Editors’ picks from our partners and elsewhere

The Primo Levi Archive in Turin

October 12, 2016

The International Primo Levi Studies Center offers scholars and students access to Primo Levi’s work and to research on different aspects of his writing. The archive collects the editions of his works, translations, critical ...

CDEC Digital Library

October 12, 2016

  CDEC Digital Library a web portal dedicated to the history, culture and traditions of the Jews in Italy from the emancipation era the present as well as to the largest collection, library and research body on the history of...

Archivio Ebraico Terracini

October 12, 2016

The Archive of the Jewish traditions and customs Benvenuto and Alessandro Terracini collects and preserves objects, documents and books from the Jewish tradition of Piemonte. Established almost forty years ago in Turin by a bequest of ...

Jewish Museum of Rome

October 12, 2016

Discover the Jewish Museum of Rome’s mappoth collection. Traditionally used to cover the sacred text between readings of different portions, these beautifully embroidered textiles are testimony to centuries of Jewish life in Rome. ...

Fondazione Fossoli

October 22, 2016

The Fossoli Foundation is dedicated to the preservation of the history of the concentration camp of Fossoli (Carpi, Modena) in its various phases (POW camp, national concentration/transit camp for Jews, DP camp and orphanage). The ...

Franco Antonicelli Archive

October 22, 2016

Writer, public intellectual and publisher Franco Antonicelli was among the early opposers of Fascism, an activist of Giustizia e Libertà and later in the Comitato di Liberazione. He was responsible fo the first publication of Primo ...

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