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Would you like to keep in touch with fellow Monash Prato alumni and find out what's new at the Monash Prato Centre? Join us at an event in Melbourne, Australia, or in Prato, Italy.

Monash Alumni and Friends Prato Tour 2018

Tuscany, 23-29 September 2018

Join us off the beaten tourist track for:

  • Rich itinerary of day trips including Florence and Pienza
  • Exclusive access to museums and private collections
  • Etruscan archaeological sites
  • Music and aperitivo in the Paul Bangay designed Palazzo Vaj Garden
  • Bespoke tour of the Capezzana winery in the undiscovered Carmignano region
  • Roof-top reception and Filippo Lippi’s Renaissance masterpieces at the Palazzo Pretorio Museum
  • Accommodation in the heart of Prato

Booking information

Go to our tour webpage for full details and booking information.

Monash Prato Alumni Lavazza Italian Film Festival Event

Monash Prato Alumni* are invited to a private screening of the comedy 'Put nonna in the freezer’(Metti la nonna in freezer). The film will be screened in Italian with English subtitles.

Come for an aperitivo before the film screening to find out what other Monash Prato Alumni* are doing today and what’s new at the Monash Prato Centre.

This is an exclusive event for Monash Prato Alumni*. The event is free for Monash Prato Alumni* and Monash Prato teaching and alumni staff. You may bring up to one guest for $21.

*You must have studied in Prato and have already graduated from Monash to be eligible for this event.


Date: Friday 14 September 2018

Time: 6-9pm (film starts at 7pm)


Palace Cinema Como
The Como Centre, Level 1, Corner Toorak Rd and Chapel St, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia

Registration details

An email invitation to this event was sent to all Victoria-based Monash Prato Alumni on 30 August. Make sure your contact details are up-to-date to receive invitations to the 2019 event.

Bill Kent Memorial Lecture Series

Professor Nicholas Terpstra, University of Toronto

Melbourne, Thursday 4 October 2018

Melbourne, Australia

Coping with Plague: Public Health and Epidemics in Renaissance Italy

Professor John Henderson

Each age faces the challenge of a new epidemic, whether it is cholera, tuberculosis, AIDS, SARS, Bird Flu or Ebola. Plague, however, has remained a paradigm against which reactions to other epidemics have been judged. Focusing mainly on 17th century Tuscany, John Henderson will argue that it is time to re-assess early modern Italian policies dealing with plague within a wider context of measures adopted by other European cities and states.

John Henderson is one of the leading social historians of renaissance and early modern Italy. He is Professor of Italian Renaissance History in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London; Research Professor at Monash University, Melbourne; and Fellow of Wolfson College, University of Cambridge. John has published a wide range of books and articles on the social, religious and medical history of medieval and renaissance Tuscany. He is at present completing a book on plague in early modern Florence for Yale University Press.

Register online by 24 September 2018.

Melbourne, Australia

Uses and Abuses of Intelligence from Dante to Machiavelli

Professor Lino Pertile, Carl A. Pescosolido Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University, and former Paul E. Geier Director of Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies

This event was hosted by the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Monash Arts, and included the launch of the publication Studies on Florence and the Italian Renaissance in Honour of F.W. Kent, edited by Associate Professor Peter Howard and Dr Cecilia Hewlett, and published by Brepols in October 2016.

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