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Maristella De Panizza Lorch

educator , writer

Maristella De Panizza Lorch, Italian writer, educator.


Lorch, Maristella De Panizza was born on December 8, 1919 in Bolzano, Italy. Came to United States, 1947, naturalized, 1951. Daughter of Gino and Giuseppina (Cristoforetti) de Panizza Inama von Brunnenwald.


Student, Liceo Classico, Merano, 1937. Dott. in Lettere e Filosofia, University Rome, 1942. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Lehman College, City University of New York, 1993.


Professor Latin and Greek Liceo Virgilio, Rome, 1941-1944. Associate professor Italian and German College St. Elizabeth, Convent Station, New Jersey, 1947-1951. Faculty Barnard College and Columbia University, 1951-1990.

Professor Barnard College, since 1967, chairman department, 1951-1990, co-founder, chairman medieval and renaissance program, 1972-1990. Vice chairman emeritus professor Columbia University, since 2005, vice president emerita, since 2005. Founder, director Center International Scholarly Exchange, Barnard College, 1980-1990.

Director Casa Italiana, Columbia University, 1969-1976, chairman executive committee Italian studies, 1980-1990, founding director Italian Academy Advanced Studies in American, 1991-1996, founding director emerita and director external relations, since 1996.


book Folly and Insanity in Renaissance Literature (Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies) book Italy and canadian culture. Nationalisms in the new millennium book The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work (Vintage International)


Chairman American Ariosto Centennial Celebration, 1974. Trustee Lyceé Française New York, 1986—2004, member advisory board, since 2004. Advisory board Marconi Foundation, 1998.

Chairman board trustees La Scuola New York, 1986—1992. Member Medieval Academy American, Renaissance Society of America, American Association Teachers Italian, American Association Italian Studies (honorary president 1990-1991), International Association for Study of Italian Literature (American representative, associate president 8th Congress 1973), Academy Political Science (life), Pirandello Society (president 1972-1978), Arcadia Academy (Asteria Aretusa 1976), Emeriti of Columbia (vice president since 2005).


Married Claude Bové, February 10, 1944 (divorced 1955). 1 child, Claudia; Married Edgar R. Lorch, March 25, 1956. Children: Lavinia Edgarda, Donatella Livia.