The resounding success of the team-lead graduate course Changing the Subject: Literature and Nation in Turn-of-the-Century Italy and Spain prompted professors Nicolás Fernández-Medina and Maria Truglio to seek a more permanent structure for this kind of cross-disciplinary and collaborative endeavor. In the fall of 2008, we offered a team-lead graduate seminar on Spanish and Italian modernisms. The seminar was awarded funding from an Institute of Arts and Humanities team-teaching grant, as well as from the Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese (SIP) Activities Committee and from the Institute of Art and Humanities Moments of Change initiative. A key component of the seminar was the addition of evening salons. Four evening salons were integrated into the organization of the seminar and included guest speakers from Penn State and other institutions as well as musical performances. The salons were popular and well-attended events, and represented one of the scholarly/performative centerpieces to the university-wide Moments of Change initiative titled “Astonish Me! The Turn of the 20th Century (1889-1914).” Each salon reached attendance capacity and filled the Nittany Lion Inn Alumni Lounge.