Spring 2016

For Fall 2015 Events click here

For Spring 2016, the Inserra Chair has planned a rich calendar of FREE engaging and informative events that promote Italian and Italian American culture and its impact on American life. For details, see calendar.

Round tables will address such topics as Italian media in the U.S., recent representations of Italians in U.S. documentaries, and the innovative early-childhood education approach known as Reggio Emilia. Speakers include John Maggio, director of the acclaimed PBS documentary The Italian Americans, and Lella Gandini, iconic advocate of the Reggio approach in the U.S. 

The calendar also features an award-winning photo exhibit about recent immigrants from Italy, and two student contests inspired by UNESCO World Heritage sites in Italy and by Pulitzer-Prize-Winner Jumpa Lahiri's book In Other Words about studying Italian. Prizes include a return flight ticket to Italy.

Finally, the surtitling project started in 2015 in collaboration with Prescott Studio will move to such prestigious venues as Maggio Fiorentino and Opera di Roma. 

Join us for an exciting series of educational initiatives and cultural programs and open to the public!

Upcoming Event:
Italians in America: Recent Documentaries and Photographs (Feb. 8, 6:45 - 8:45pm)

Speakers include John Maggio, director of the acclaimed PBS documentary The Italian Americans. A photo exhibit on the topic of contemporary immigration from Italy will be presented on this occasion.

This event is free and open to the public.

RSVP required here by Thur. Feb. 4, 2016


Fall 2015 Events Recap

The Inserra Chair presented several hugely successful events during the Fall 2015 semester, addressing a wide range of topics such as new forms of scholaly data sharing throught the shared free platform Authorea; the process of learning Italian from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri's prospective; the mission of UNESCO in connection to Italy's cultural herigate and the challegnes and opportunities it offers; and a program presenting the results of an international collaboration, "Titling Voices Across Continents," that provided English surtitles to a calendar of performances presented at the Piccolo Teatro in Milan during Expo 2015.
Watch the VIDEOS below for more insights on the Fall 2015 events.

Jhumpa Lahiri on the Italian Language and Culture as a Place of Creative Freedom

UNESCO Heritage Sites in Italy

Montclair Translates for Milan via Florence at EXPO 2015