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Events - Fall 2021

September 17

Friday, 2:00 pm

Center for Italian Studies 

Crafting Her Persona: A Closer Look at Bronzino’s Iconic Portrait of Eleonora di Toledo and Her Son Giovanni.

Bruce Edelstein (NYU, Florence) will speak on the portrait of Eleonora di Toledo by Bronzino exhibited at the Uffizi Gallery.

Offered in collaboration with the Department of Hispanic Languages & Literatures.

September 20

Monday,  5:30 pm

Center for Italian Studies

Italian Cine Club - Hollywood Dreams Italy 

Roman Holiday (W. Wayler, 1953)

Presents: Prof. G. Gazzola

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September 26

Sunday, 10am - 1pm

Stony Brook University

Robert D. Cess Concorso d’Eleganza XV Annual Celebration of Italian Vehicle Excellence and Beauty

A display of “art on wheels” as a means of illustrating one form of Italian culture. Display vehicles will rally at Stony Brook University campus.

Participation and viewing are free and open to the public.

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September 28

Tuesday, 4:00 p.m.

Zoom Presentation

DANTE SERIES 1321-2021

The Gems of Dante's Divine Comedy

Zoom Presentation by Ann Pizzorusso, geologist and Italian Renaissance scholar, on Gems of the Divine Comedy: An analysis of the epoch poem from a gemological standpoint. Using passages from the Divine Comedy, the author will show how Dante used the attributes of gems to describe the characteristics of humans, souls and saints.

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October 4

Monday,  5:30 pm

Center for Italian Studies

Italian Cine Club - Hollywood Dreams Italy 

It Started in Naples (S. Shavelson, 1960)

Presents: Prof. G. Gazzola

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October 7

Thursday, 4:00 p.m.

Center for Italian Studies

The Joseph Tromba Series Events: 

The Cradle Was Green, by William Franza,

father of local resident, August Franza. The story of a family’s emigration from Italy to New York City in 1900 that provides a personal picture of a time which must be recalled and remembered, especially with questions of immigration very much on everyone's mind these days.

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October 4

Monday,  5:30 pm

Center for Italian Studies

Italian Cine Club - Hollywood Dreams Italy 

Godfather (F.F. Coppola, 1973)

Presents: Prof. L. Polezzi

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October 21

4:00 p.m.

Center for Italian Studeis

Raccontare la poesia (1970-2020) Saggi ricordi testimonianze critiche.

Presentation by Professor Luigi Fontanella (Stony Brook University) of his book:

Welcoming remarks by Center’s Director, Giuseppe Gazzola. Introduction and commentary by Anthony Julian Tamburri (CUNY/Queens College). 

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October 26

4:00 p.m. 

Center for Italian Studies

DANTE SERIES 1321-2021

Poetics of Judgment: Dante and the Foundations of Humanism.

Presentation by Professor Peter Carravetta, (Stony Brook University)

An analysis of how Dante’s notion of free will (libero arbitrio) is the basis for his conception of a just society made up of empowered subjects. 

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November 1

Monday,  5:30 pm

Center for Italian Studies

Italian Cine Club - Hollywood Dreams Italy 

Enchanted April (M. Newel, 1991)

Presents: Josephine Fusco

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November 9

Thursday, 3pm

Zoom Event 

The Joseph Tromba Series: 

Bitter Chicory to Sweet Espresso, Survival and Deliverance from WW II in the Naples, Italy Area, 1940-49

with Author/Professor Emeritus, Carmine Vittoria (Northeastern University). Abstract: As per critics, this book is one of the few that exemplifies Italian heritage and culture in World War II.

Offered in collaboration with the Long Island State Veterans Home.

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November 11

8:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Zoom Event

International Conference:

Citizenship and Nationality: A Diachronic Perspective.

Organized by the Center for Italian Studies, Dr. Ludovica Rossi Purini, and Prof. Loredana Polezzi, D’Amato Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies.

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November 15

Monday,  5:30 pm

Center for Italian Studies

Italian Cine Club - Hollywood Dreams Italy 

I Am Love (L. Guadagnino, 2009)

Presents: Prof. G. Gazzola

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November 17

Maaza Mengiste

An Evening Conversation on History, Memory and Fiction - In Conversation with Dr. Simone Brioni & Prof. Loredana Polezzi. 

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November 20

Richard Nasti Lecture Series Event

Valentina Giannella, Italian Journalist and Author of We are All Greta: A worldwide best selling book that aims to explain climate change and the relevant scientific facts to children that also help parents answer their children’s questions about the challenges we’re all facing to save our planet. In the author’s own words: “ The title of the book was inspired by a young Chinese girl who was holding a sign during the Global Climate Strike in Hong Kong that read: My name is Greta. I realized that Greta Thunberg has not only the power to raise awareness on such a vital matter, but also to create a sense of identity amongst young people all over the world.”

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November 29

Monday,  5:30 pm

Center for Italian Studies

Italian Cine Club - Hollywood Dreams Italy 

Call Me by Your Name (L. Guadagnino, 2017)

Presents: Prof. G. Gazzola

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