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Learn about the history and significance of the Sicilian puppet theater – April 15

Date 04.15.2019

Join the Chapman University Italian Studies Department tonight for a presentation by Italian Studies alumnus Marco Saglimbeni that will explore the traditional form of Sicilian Puppetry known as pupi theater.

Monday, April 15
7:00-8:30 pm
Chapman University – Center for American War Letters of the Leatherby Libraries.

Today is Italian Research Day 2019

Date 04.15.2019

Italian Research Day is an initiative launched by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) to promote the important work of Italian scientists and researchers around the world.

On the occasion of this year’s #ItalianResearchDay, please check out these fascinating interviews of two Italian researchers in the US, Veronica Bindi from NASA and the University of Hawaii, and Barbara Marchetti from the Catholic University of America and Universita’ e-Campus. Video 👉🏼

Il Consolato si informa…Info for retired Italians living abroad

Date 04.08.2019

Do you receive an Italian pension and reside abroad?  Have you already received the “yellow envelope” for your pension? Watch this helpful video to be informed on the procedure that needs to be followed for your existence of life certification.

Ricevi la pensione italiana e risiedi all’estero? Hai gia’ ricevuto la “busta gialla” per la pensione? Per avere informazioni sulla procedura da seguire e le scadenze per l’accertamento dell’esistenza in vita segui le istruzioni di questo video

Patrons of Italian Culture offer Scholarship Opportunity for High School Seniors Studying Italian

Date 04.05.2019

Full Time High School Seniors from anywhere in the U.S. who are currently enrolled in Italian language classes and who have been accepted to an accredited College or University are eligible for consideration for this scholarship offered by the Patrons of Italian Culture. A commitment to a major or minor in Italian Language or Italian Studies is strongly recommended, however, consideration will be given to the applicant’s final course of study. You do not have to have Italian heritage to apply.
Scholarships will be awarded in various amounts. Funding of all scholarships will be deposited to the account of the student at the academic institution he or she will be attending.
Deadline to apply is April 30, 2019

Newport Beach Film Festival: Italian Spotlight – April 30

Date 04.03.2019

On Tuesday, April 30th, 2019, the 20th annual Newport Beach Film Festival presented by Pacific Sales will present its Italian Spotlight, an evening celebration of Italian cinema and culture. The event will screen the US Premiere of the Italian feature film “Let Me Introduce You to Sofia” (Ti Presento Sofia), followed by a festive post-screening celebration.

“Let Me Introduce You to Sofia” follows an ex-rocker Gabriele, who is the cur-rent owner of a music store and divorced dad of 10-year-old Sofia. One day, an old friend Mara, a successful photographer, who dislikes children, reemerges into Gabriele’s life. Overwhelmed by his passion and desire for Mara, he attempts to hide their existence from one another. “Let Me Introduce You to Sofia” is directed by Guido Chiesa and stars Fabio de Luigi, Micaela Ramazzotti, and Caterina Sbaraglia.

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 at 8:30 p.m.
The Triangle (1870 Harbor Boulevard, Costa Mesa, CA 92627)

The post-screening celebration will take place at 10:00 p.m. at Time Nightclub (1875 Newport Blvd B245 Costa Mesa, CA 92627)

Admission to the Italian Spotlight film and the post-screening party is $45.00.
Post-screening Party only is $30.00/ Film Screening only is $20.00.
For ticket information and updates visit

The event will be hosted by Time Nightclub and will include select tastings from top Orange County restaurants, traditional entertainment as well as multiple DJs. Hosted bar by Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Peroni Nastro Azzurro.

The Newport Beach Film Festival Italian Spotlight is supported by Italian Heritage Culture Foundation, Catalino Law, Istituto Italiano di Cultura – Los Angeles, IL’Italo-Americano Newspaper, Italian Film Commission, Italian American Museum Los Angeles, Peroni Nastro Azzurro and La Famiglia DelGrosso.

Eduitalia Scholarships for Students who take the Italian AP® Exam in 2019

Date 03.29.2019

Eduitalia, an association of 78 qualified schools and Universities that offer courses for foreign students in Italy, is proud to support the Embassy of Italy in Washington D.C., in their important initiative to promote Italian language and culture within the United States.

Only students who take the AP® Italian Language and Culture exam in May 2019 are eligible.

The scholarships will allow winners to have an unforgettable study abroad language experience in Italy. The winners will be chosen through a random drawing that will take place at the School Office of the Italian Embassy in Washington, D.C..

The 21 scholarships will cover the costs of enrollment, classes, accommodation, teaching material and extracurricular activities (airfare is not included).

The application deadline is May 11, 2019.

For more information on each of the 21 scholarships visit Eduitalia.

Scholarship Website
Requirements & Instructions

B1 CILS Certification Offered at Italian Cultural Institute in LA on May 30

Date 03.29.2019

B1 CILS certification from Università per Stranieri di Siena for adults is being offered at Istituto Italiano Di Cultura Los Angeles on May 30. Passage of the B1 is now necessary to receive Italian citizenship.

For more information and to enroll visit…/language_certificationiicl…

Il Consolato si Informa…Important Announcement about passport appointments!

Date 03.15.2019

Do you need to renew your passport and can’t find an immediate appointment date? Il Consolato si informa that starting today there will be new slots open on a weekly basis for urgent appointments! You can Book now at

Devi rinnovare il passaporto? Cerchi un appuntamento e non riesci a trovarlo in data ravvicinata? #IlConsolatoInformaLA che da oggi sono disponibili nuovi appuntamenti settimanali per il rilascio del passaporto! Prenota il tuo appuntamento 👉

Reading of Leo Politi’s, “A Boat for Peppe” at IAMLA – Mar. 30

Date 03.15.2019

The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles invites you to a reading of Leo Politi’s A Boat for Peppe. Italian American artist and award-winning author Leo Politi wrote and illustrated over twenty children’s books as well as other works intended for adults. Published in 1950, A Boat for Peppe explores the adventures of a Sicilian American boy in California who is the son of a fisherman. With Peppe’s help, readers learn about the cultural tradition of blessing fishing boats at the beginning of the fishing season each year. This free public program is designed for children and their families and is presented in conjunction with the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles’ current temporary exhibition, Leo Politi’s Los Angeles-Works of Love and Protest, which showcases a collection of original art by Politi, who is best known as the “Artist of the City of Angels.” Visitors will be able to view the exhibition during the book reading.

Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 3:00 pm
RSVP by March 28 – or (213) 485-8432
Recommended for children ages 4-12

Chapman Italian Studies Presents Science and Culture: An Italian Perspective – Mar. 30

Date 03.01.2019

Don’t miss the fourth edition of the Italian Perspective series. This year, Science and Culture: An Italian Perspective will include four plenary lectures focusing on different intersections between Italian art and culture and scientific thought and discoveries, including anatomy, mathematics, geometry, and more.Aimed at a general audience and characterized by an interactive quality, the presentations will reveal the interlaced development of the scientific and artistic understanding of the world, and will provide a special celebration of Italian scientific and artistic culture. Join us in this exploration of the beauty and complexity of Italy’s intellectual and aesthetic import, and of the intense humanity behind the pursuit of truth and beauty yesterday and today.Chapman ID: free | Community: $15

Purchase Tickets

A portion of the ticket will go towards supporting Italian Studies. For more information, please contact Dr. Federico Pacchioni at