News & Events

NEWS: Researchers examine how early-life language exposure affects the brain

Date 12.13.2015

Researchers examining cognitive language development say exposure to a language early in life can shape how the brain interprets language later, even if the person has forgotten the first language or no longer speaks it. The recently published study examined the brain function of children who were exposed to Chinese at a young age before being adopted into French-speaking families.

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EVENT: Fondazione Italia’s Student Holiday Performance – Dec. 12

Date 12.11.2015

You are invited to our Lake Forest (Orange County) student holiday performance and holiday party on Saturday, December 12 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.


ART: SCULPTURE SYMPOSIA 1965/2015 – Dec. 10

Date 12.07.2015

SCULPTURE SYMPOSIA 1965/2015 at the Italian Culture Institute in Los Angeles presents work by Italian artist, Giò Pomodoro on Thursday, December 10 at 6:30 pm.
Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Los Angeles
1023 Hilgard Avenue

On the occasion of the FAR-SITED Sculpture Symposia 1965/2015 exhibition and initiative at the University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach, the IIC hosts a special evening dedicated to one of the two sculptures that can be found in its Patio Mariotti, Folla by Gio Pomodoro. This work and the artist who created have a very important place in the story of International Sculpture Symposium.

In collaboration with: The University Art Museum and The George L. Graziadio Center for Italian Studies, CSULB

LANGUAGE: La Serata at Chapman University – Dec. 7

Date 11.30.2016

“La Serata” is an evening of Italian conversation open to all who want to improve their language skills, learn about the Italian culture, share their talents, speak with native speakers, and socialize with members of the local community and other students!

WEDNESDAY, December 7 @ 7:00 pm

Chapman University
Beckman Hall, 4th Floor Patio

Free Event
Parking is available after 4:00pm in the Fred L. Barrera Parking Structure (BA) on Sycamore and the Lastinger Parking (LA) Structure on Walnut Avenue. The cost is $2 for 2 hours and $3 for 4 hours. Parking without a permit or on city streets is restricted and may result in a parking citation.
For any information contact Dr. Pacchioni.

FILM: San Juan Capistrano Italian Movie Night – Dec. 3

Date 12.03.2015

Italian Movie Night at the San Juan Capistrano Regency Theater will be screening,”Il Peggior Natale Della Mia Vita (The Worst Christmas of my Life)” directed by Alessandro Genovesi on Thursday, December 3. Happy hour at Rick’s Cafe starts at 6:00 pm with screening at 7:00 pm.

Regency Theater
26762 Verdugo Street, San Juan Capistrano

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EVENT: IACCW Annual Holiday Gala – Dec. 6

Date 12.01.2015

Italy-American Chamber of Commerce 2015 Annual Holiday Gala will be held at Ago Restaurant on Sunday, December 6. Program includes, a silent auction benefiting the Italy-America Youth Internship Program, members recognition and awards that will honor its board member and Fondazione Italia president, Paolo Miliozzi, and a special performance by professional singer Elisabetta Russo

5:00 pm Cocktails & Silent Auction
6:00 pm Dinner

Ago Restaurant
8478 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood

6-Course Menu!

IACCW Member: $135
Non-Member: $145
Fondazione Italia Friend: $140

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RSVP by Tuesday, December 1

FILM: “Un Altro Mondo” at Bowers Museum – Nov. 15

Date 11.13.2015

CINEMA ITALIANO! offered by the Italian Cultural Arts Council presents, UN ALTRO MONDO (Another World), directed by Thomas Torelli on Sunday, November 15 at Bowers Museum in Santa Ana. “Another World” is a feature documentary about the journey of mankind to discover who we truly are, challenging the modern view of the world and reconsidering the world view and value systems of ancient societies such as the indigenous Americans. (Italian with English subtitles)

SUNDAY, November 15
Register & Refreshments: 1:30 pm

Showtime: 2:00 pm

Bowers Museum
2002 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706
Flour Family Gallery (upstairs main gallery)
Admission fee of $10 Payable at Entrance
$5 for Students (no need to RSVP)
Admission Free with Museum Membership Card

Parking Notice! The north and south lots cost $6. Disabled parking is free. There is free parking in a public lot on Main Street (a short walk across from North Lot with easy access back to museum by traffic signal) Street parking is free.

Proposed Charter School to offer K-8 Italian Dual-Immersion Program

Date 11.10.2015

A proposed Charter School petition for the International Studies Language Academy (ISLA) has been submitted for consideration to the Glendale Unified District’s Board of Education. The parent group that submitted the petition are enthusiastic, dedicated parents who have been working in partnership with highly experienced educators and consultants. They have embarked on creating a new elementary and middle-school in Glendale that focuses on language acquisition and high academic standards. The proposed school will be a free, public, charter school, set to open in Fall 2016.

The ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (K-5) will offer immersion (90/10 model) in French, German, Italian and Spanish. All grades K-5 will be open to all students, regardless of language skills – no prior knowledge of the target language is required.

The MIDDLE SCHOOL will have two tracks. A CONTINUED IMMERSION track will be open to students already fluent in their target language (25/75 model). An ACQUISITION track will be open to students with no prior knowledge of the target language (25/75 model), giving them an opportunity to become fluent in their target language by high-school.

Read the petition

Fill-out GUSD survey

If you would like to voice your opinion on this initiative in person there will be a board meeting discussion on the charter at 223 N. Jackson Street in Glendale on Tuesday, November 17 at 6:30pm that is open to public comment

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Date 11.09.2015

Italian Rock band Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) perform during HitWeek on Thursday, November 13 at 8 pm at the Whisky a Go Go. Hitweek 2015, is an annual traveling festival devoted to Italian music and lifestyle. PFM were the first Italian group to have success abroad, entering both the British and American charts. Between 1973 and 1977 they released five albums with English lyrics. PFM is an international progressive rock band that introduced new sounds, such as the synthesizer, to the Italian musical world. They were also among the first to combine symphonic classical and traditional Italian musical influences in a rock music context.

FILM: Cinema Italian Style – Nov. 13 -18

Date 11.09.2015

Italy comes to LA with Cinema Italian Style 2015, a special week dedicated to Italian documentaries! The 2015 edition of Cinema Italian Style – the Los Angeles glamorous showcase for Italian contemporary cinema produced by Luce Cinecittà and the American Cinematheque – takes place this year with the support of the Italian Ministry of Culture, under the Auspices of the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles. CIS 2015 will present a selection of  films, shorts and documentaries of Italy’s best and most recent productions compiled by the artistic curator Laura Delli Colli, including “Don’t be Bad” by Claudio Caligari, the Italian Entry – Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards®. A rich and talented cast of actors, directors and producers will be in town to introduce the movies and meet with the audience in occasion of the screenings.

The Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles will support Cinema Italian Style, giving home to a rich selection of documentaries and short films, CIS DOCS & SHORTS. CIS 2015 is also proud to start a new partnership with Roma Creative Contest, the International Short Film Festival organized in Rome by the Arts Association Images Hunters: a selection of the best short films of the past years will be screened every day before the film program at the Aero Theatre and at the Italian Cultural Institute.

Screening Schedule & Information