Chapman University announced Saturday, March 11 that a $1.5 million gift from the Ferrucci family will create the Ferrucci Institute for Italian Experience and Research within Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Science. The cross-disciplinary program will support Italy-based research and coursework for faculty and students.

Federico Pacchioni, who holds the Sebastian P. (Paul) and Marybelle Musco Chair in Italian Studies at Chapman, helped announce the gift as a surprise at the department’s 7th annual Italian Perspectives Event.

“This program enables us to create such a strong connection with another country and to leverage their intellectual and cultural treasures to advance knowledge and research,” said Pacchioni. “The institute will serve as a bridge between Chapman and Italy.”

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