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Frank and Eileen De Santis Family Endowed Scholarship in Italian Studies at Chapman University

Date 02.15.2018

The Italian Studies program at Chapman University has received a $55,000 gift from the De Santis family. The gift establishes the “Frank and Eileen De Santis Family Endowed Scholarship in Italian Studies.” This gift supports students pursuing a minor in Italian Studies at Chapman University. An initial $2,500 is being awarded in academic year 2017-2018 and another in 2018-2019 from the office of Financial Aid. The scholarship is specifically for undergraduates who have demonstrated a need for financial assistance to attend Chapman University. Current students in the program are automatically considered for the scholarship and therefore do not need to submit an additional application.

Students and faculty are grateful to the members of the De Santis family for being long-time supporters of the study of Italian language and culture at Chapman University. Three members of the De Santis family have graduated from Chapman University: Jeanette M. Poremba (MBA ’94), Christopher F. De Santis (MBA ’96), and Christina L. De Santis (BS ’17). Special gratitude goes out to Commendatore Frank De Santis, who through his devotion and work, has been a central figure in the promotion of Italian culture in Orange County and beyond. This gift ensures the legacy of the De Santis family will continue to support and encourage students for many years to come.

Los Angeles, Italia. Film, Fashion and Art Festival

Date 02.15.2018

The 13th edition of the annual Los Angeles, Italia, Film, Fashion and Art festival will feature world and US premieres of recent Italian movies, as well as retrospectives, tributes and award ceremonies. Festival runs from February 26 to March 2.

Information, Schedule and Tickets

Family Carnevale Party with Fondazione Italia on Sunday Feb. 25!

Date 02.14.2018

Fondazione Italia and Italiani a Los Angeles are hosting a Carnevale 2018 party on Sunday, February 25 at the Garibaldina Society in Los Angeles! Kids costume Contest, “Migliore Dolce di Carnevale” Baking Contest, Arts & Craft, Selfie Photo Booth and more! Everyone is encouraged to come in a costume!

Guitar Duo from Modena Perform on Feb. 7 at the IIC

Date 02.05.2018

Eugenio Polacchini and Matteo Minozzi, the Bruskers Guitar Duo, have been defined “two leading figures in the motley world of guitar” and “a source of inspiration for guitarists”. Molded by the classical (Eugenio) and modern (Matteo) music worlds, they use jazz as a common ground and their repertoire covers traditional jazz standards and soundtracks in addition to original songs.

Based in Modena, Italy, the Bruskers have been invited to international guitar festivals such as Acoustic Franciacorta, South Bay Guitar Society Festival, Plovdiv International Guitar Festival , Sarzana Acoustic Guitar Meeting, Madame Guitar Festival, Un Paese a Sei Corde, Pizzicar de Corda, Arte a 6 Corde, San Benedetto Guitar Festival. They have also performed in theaters, auditoriums, and summer festivals.

Wednesday, February 7 @ 6:30 pm
Italian Cultural Institute

Event is free. Must RSVP to

Win a Trip to Puglia, Italy!

Date 02.05.2018

L’Italo-Americano is giving you a chance to win Roundtrip Aifare for two (2) to Italy + 7 days in a 5 star resort in Puglia, the beautiful region located in Italy’s boot heel known for its delicious food, amazing culture, wonderful people with high sense of hospitality and a crystalline sea with some of the most beautiful beaches in Italy. Have a fabulous time staying in a traditional Trulli, surrounded by olive and fruit trees at the hotel resort “Il Palmento” located only a short distance from lovely settlements including Locorotondo, Alberobello, Cisternino and many others.

Information & Raffle Ticket Purchase


Italian Movie Night at Local Middle School – Feb. 6

Date 01.30.2018

Italian movie night at Roosevelt Middle School in Glendale! Come out and support the Italian Flag students! “La Vita e’ Bella” (Life is Beautiful) will be screened in Italian with English subtitles.
Tuesday, February 6th @ 6:00 pm
222 E Acacia Ave, Glendale, CA 91205
Movie is FREE! Pizza and drinks for sale

CULTURE: È Carnevale! Jan. 27 – Feb. 13

Date 01.25.2018

Carnevale, is Venice’s answer to Mardi Gras and Fasching. For eight days before Lent each winter, tourists flood the city for an orgy of pageants, commedia dell’arte, concerts, balls, and masked self-display until Shrove Tuesday signals an end to the party.

Carnevale isn’t just a Venetian tradition; similar festivities occur throughout much of the Roman Catholic world, including other cities in Italy. The term “carnevale” comes from the Latin for “farewell to meat” and suggests a good-bye party for the steaks and stews that Catholics traditionally gave up during the weeks of fasting before Easter. The masquerade aspect of Carnival is even older: the Romans celebrated winter with a fertility festival where masks were worn by citizens and slaves alike.

In its glory days of the 1700s, the Carnevale di Venezia began on December 26 and lasted until Ash Wednesday, with mask-wearing and other unofficial activities continuing well into the spring. The nonstop partying, gambling, and general irresponsibility reflected the decline of the Venetian Republic, which had begun to lose wealth and power with the rise of Dutch and British trade in the 1600s. After Napoleon Bonaparte conquered Venice in 1797, the Republic was finished and so were the desultory remnants of Carnival.

Carnevale was a mere historical curiosity by the time William Dean Howells, U.S. consul to Venice in Abraham Lincoln’s administration, wrote Venetian Life in 1865. He describes a Shrovetide ceremony dating back to 1162 that “was very popular and continued a long time, though I believe not till the fall of the Republic.” More recent books, such as Time-Life’s The Great Cities: Venice (1976) and Blue Guide: Northern Italy (1978) don’t even mention Carnival.

In 1979, a group of foreign and other non-Venetian organizers attempted to revive Carnevale in the same spirit that provokes American historical societies to organize mock battles on Independence Day or to stage charity balls with Victorian costumes and themes. The modern-day merchants of Venice quickly recognized the economic potential of this Phoenix-like Carnevale, and a new tourist season was born.

Holocaust Remembrance Day: Hope Lives – January 25

Date 01.23.2018

Commemorate International Holocaust Memorial Day at the Museum of Tolerance, located in Los Angeles and in the presence of the Honorable Antonio Verde, Consul General of Italy in Los Angeles where Drew Principe, and the Holocaust survivor Henry Oster, will be honored with the award “Io ricordo…I remember”.
The names of the holocaust victims will be read and then the movie “I Have Never Forgotten You: The Life and Legacy of Simon Weisenthal”, narrated by Nikole Kidman will be screened.
January 25, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
9786 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Free event. Register

NEWS: How Immersion Teaches More Than Just Languages

Date 01.18.2018

When language and culture are taught together, dual-language immersion students can connect more deeply with bilingualism and the language they are learning, writes Angela Palmieri, a California sixth-grade language teacher. In this blog post, she shares ideas for how educators can use cultural practices that draw from the arts, music and traditions to enrich language learning beyond words.
Franklin Elementary School in Glendale offers a K-6 Italian dual-immersion program.

FOOD: Prosciutto, A Staple on the Italian Family Table

Date 01.16.2018

Ah, prosciutto – that lovely, pink hued, paper-thin sliced meat that has delighted Italy’s residents for at least 3,000 years.  Believed to have taken its name from the Latin word proexsuctus, meaning literally to suck out the moisture, the formula for creating prosciutto sounds quite simple: take a ham hock, add salt, wait. But alas, nothing is ever as simple as it seems!

Read the full article from Italo-Americano!



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