Public and Academic Programs

Public programs

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

Italian Jewish Studies Seminars

A semiannual seminar on topics of Italian Jewish interest held in collaboration with the NYU Departments of Italian, History and Jewish Studies and Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò. Through visiting scholar and publications promotes an     

interdisciplinary approach to the study of the history of Italian Jewry within the larger context of Italian and European studies.

The history of Italian Jews is generally absent from the curricula of Italian studies in the US and is only marginally featured in the Jewish Studies programs. Italian Jews, the oldest minority in Europe, have lived in the peninsula since Roman times. A full appreciation of their impact both locally and as liaisons to other cultures is linked to that of Italian history and requires access to primary and secondary sources often unavailable in English.

Italian departments and their collaboration with Judaic studies programs can therefore provide an indispensable context for teaching Italian Jewish history and culture. Seminars in Italian Jewish History are also available at UCLA – Center for Judaic Studies through the Viterbi Family Program in Mediterranean Jewish Studies at UCLA –

Primo Levi Forum

Readings, roundtables and presentation periodically connecting 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 extraordinary inspirational capacity of Levi’s work and the creative power of his journeys across disciplines. On the occasion of new translations, a day devoted to “Primo Levi in Translation” explores the way in which Levi’s transcends cultural boundaries and comes to plays often unexpected roles in different cultures.


Studies, research and teaching tools on the history of the anti-Jewish persecution in Italy and the territories controlled by Italians, fascism and the post-war construction of memory.   

Giorno della Memoria in New York is a collaborative initiative 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. Programs are held under the auspices of the Simon Wiesenthal Center-Museum of Tolerance.



Roger Cohen on Primo Levi

When action, resistance, may result in death, the averted gaze is the easier course. But indifference is the midwife to iniquity.



Giorgio Bassani

“By writing I want to understand myself, to heal myself, perhaps”. A collection of the author’s American essays and interviews.



CPL Editions

Classics, yet unknown texts, and new research in Italian Jewish studies. Available as ebooks and paperback.



Printed Matter

Centro Primo Levi’s online magazine featuring essays, interviews, news and personal profiles.




Libraries, archives and research for Italian Jewish studies


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

The Chazanut Roundtable

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

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....


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


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

Italian Jewish Press

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