Upcoming Events Calendar


Center for Italian Studies Fall 2014 Preliminary Calendar

(Updated August 20, 2014)

Events and activities are free and open to the public. All are invited.




September 9, Tuesday, 2:30 p.m.

Presentation by Massimo Tommasoli, Permanent Observer for International IDEA to the UN, Topic to be announced. Location: Stony Brook University's Harriman Hall, Room 137.

September 22, Monday, 5:00 p.m.

Book Presentation:Tweeting Da Vinci: An exploration of how Italy's volcanic geology has affected its history, art, religion, medicine and culture. With author Ann Pizzorusso, Geologist and Renaissance Scholar. Location: Stony Brook University's Center for Italian Studies in the Frank Melville Memorial Library, Room E4340. Books will be available for sale and autographing by the author at a reception following the presentation.


September 28, Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Robert D. Cess Concorso d'Eleganza IX
Annual Celebration of Italian Vehicle Excellence and Beauty

A display of "art forms on wheels" as a means of illustrating one form of Italian culture. Display vehicles will rally at Stony Brook University campus on the lawn adjacent to the Graduate Physics Building and directly across from the Sports Complex off John S. Toll Drive. Participation and viewing are free and open to the public. Owners of Italian vehicles interested in participating in this display, please contact the Center for Italian Studies, (631) 632-7444 or josephine.fusco@stonybrook.edu.



October 7, Tuesday, 2:30 p.m.
Presentation by Fred Kudjo Kuwornu, Italian-Ghanian filmmaker. Lecture with screenings from documentaries on the theme: Ethnicity, National Identity and Multiculturalism in Contemporary Italy. Location: Stony Brook University's Harriman Hall, Room 137.

October 9, Thursday, 4:00 p.m.
Book presentation: Born in Sicily: Famous in the World with author Felicia La Bara. The event will be in Italian. Location: Stony Brook University's Center for Italian Studies in the Frank Melville Memorial Library, Room E4340.

October 17, Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Conference: Celebrating the 450th Anniversary of Galileo Galelei's Birth, offered in collaboration with Stony Brook's Simons Center for Geometry and Physics and the Office of International Academic Programs. Location: Simons Center for Geometry and Physics. Program as it is currently formulated may be viewed in our semester Newsletter, and updates will be posted on our website. All sessions are open to the public and free except for the optional mid-day luncheon activity at the Simons Cafe which require advance reservations (631-632-7444) and payment at the register for menu selections.

October 23, Thursday, 4:00 p.m.
Award Ceremony: Gradiva-New York Poetry Prize, 2014. Recipient, Maurizio Cucchi for his book, Malaspina, bilingual poetry readings by Maurizio Cucchi and Michael Palma. Musical intermezzo and reception following ceremonies. Location: Stony Brook University's Center for Italian Studies in the Frank Melville Memorial Library, Room E4340. Co-hosted by the Gradiva International Poetry Society, Inc.


October 25 & 26, Saturday & Sunday, 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Eleventh Annual Center for Italian Studies Italian Film Festival at Stony Brook University.

Screening with English subtitles of some recently produced Italian films along with some favorites from the past. Remarks and Q & A sessions conducted by Stony Brook Director. Location: Stony Brook University's Wang Center Theatre. Additional information to be posted as it is available.

October 29, Wednesday, 3:00 p.m.

Presentation: Stefano Vaccara, Journalist, Author & Director of LA VOCE: will talk about "The Creation of LA VOCE" which he describes as:


"An independent daily online newspaper that caters to all the readers who in the Italian language and culture have found the passion for life. Without any ideological or partisan connotation, the VOICE New York is the agora to the debate and the free expression of ideas, without exceptions or censorship. With employees around the world it covers topics that go well beyond the U.S. and Italy and aims to become the Italian voice in the world."

Location: Stony Brook University's Center for Italian Studies, Frank Melville Memorial Library, E-4340. This event is offered in collaboration with Stony Brook University's School of Journalism.


November 2, Sunday, 2:00 p.m.
Book Presentation: Shifting and Shaping a National Identity: Transnational Writers and Pluriculturalism in Italy Today with author/editors Grace Russo Bullaro (Professor of English, CUNY/Lehman College) and Elena Benelli (Lecturer in Italian Studies, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada). Location: Stony Brook University's Center for Italian Studies in the Frank Melville Library, Room E4340. A reception will follow the presentation when books will be available for purchase and autographing by the authors.

November 8, Saturday, 2:00 p.m.

Film presentation: Perlasca: The Courage of a Just Man (Un eroe italiano). The incredible story of an ordinary and humble man who did his best so save the lives of thousands of Jews during the last months of World War II in Budapest. Offered with the collaboration of the OSIA, Commission of Social Justice with commentary provided by CSJ representative Vincent Marmorale. Film is in Italian with English subtitles. Location: Stony Brook University's Center for Italian Studies in the Frank Melville Library, Room E4340.

November 13, Thursday, 2:30 p.m.
Lecture by Amara Lakhous, Algerian-born writer who has been living in Rome since 1995 and fueled by his passion for Italian culture, has written novels, all set in Italy in a language described as "Arabicized Italian and Italianized Arabic." He is the recipient of the prestigious Premio Flaiano in 2006, as well as Algeria's Prix des libraires in 2008. Topic to be announced. Location: Stony Brook University's Harriman Hall, Room 137.

November 20, Thursday, 4:00 p.m.

Presentation by poet-author Francesco Paolo Tanzj, from Molise Italy, of his publication: "From Italy: Poems and Beauty from the Heart of Italy" with bilingual readings and multimedia (music and video). An event offered in collaboration with the Gradiva International Poetry Society. Location: Stony Brook University's Center for Italian Studies in the Frank Melville Library, Room E4340.



Stony Brook University and the Florence University of the Arts are very pleased to announce the 6th Annual Conference that will take place in Florence on 7th and 8th November 2014.


The international conference is entitled:






How does a great city enrich the lives of those who live there? How does the environment ignite the spark of innovation? To grasp the dialectical exchange between individual intellectual endeavor and the socio-cultural environment, this conference explores the relationship between Galileo Galilei and Florence in all its dimensions.






The conference goal is to examine Florence as a city capable of inspiring its citizens with the desire to inquire, discover, create and innovate. The conference will focus on the relationship between the cultural, social and historical environment of Florence so as to identify the elements providing the city's intellectual dynamism and creativity. At the same time the conference aims to discuss more generally the kinds of influence political and religious powers and institutions might still exercise in support or in opposition to the inception of new ideas. In the conference we would like to give particular prominence to the figure of Galileo Galilei. His research and publications have not only redefined the cosmology of his time but have laid the foundations of modern science. Furthermore Galilei’s intellectual endeavors embraced the appreciation of poetry and literature, grasping in the symmetries of language the same elegance observed in his experimental inquiries. In the 450th anniversary of his birth the conference would like to explore the many meanings and dimensions attached to the philosophy of his scientific inquiry.


Suggested topics include but are not limited to:




  • Modern science and scientific inquiry in Florence's social and cultural landscape

  • Creative processes, inspiration and realization in arts and communication

  • Galileo as a symbol of the scientific method and discovery through direct experience

  • The relationship between literature and science and their mutual influences

  • The importance of the senses and physical perception applied to arts and taste

  • Florence's capability to innovate and redefine practices and established beliefs






To apply, please send a one-page abstract of not more than 300 words in English and a CV to tbrownlees@fua.it The deadline for applications is June 30, 2013. Paper presentations, may be given only in English, and should be no longer than 20 minutes. Both abstracts and submitted papers will be examined by the Conference Scientific Committee. Selected papers will be published in an online volume of the conference proceedings.






Palazzo Doni, Via Magliabechi 1, Florence, Italy






Thomas Brownlees, Academic Coordinator tbrownlees@fua.it


Massimo Coppetti, Logistics Coordinator mcoppetti@apicius.it



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