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#Raffaello500 Webinar Series – May 27

Date 05.20.2020

Join the Italian Cultural Institutes in North America for a live zoom conference on “Raffaello’s Frescoes” in honor of the 500th Anniversary of the Master’s death. The webinar will focus on Raffaello’s work in the Loggia of Cupid and Psyche at Villa Farnesina in Rome, on the heels of a digital project developed by Antonio Sgamellotti and Virginia Lapenta, in collaboration with the ISTI-CNR Visual Computing Lab. The digital results of the project have been recently made available online, providing an amazingly close look at the frescoes made by Raphael and his workshop on the Loggia domed ceiling.

Wednesday, May 27 @ 12:00 pm

#ItalianDigitalTownHall LA – May 26

Date 05.22.2020

Message from Consul General Silvia Chiave:

Cari tutti, sono lieta di invitarvi a partecipare all’iniziativa digitale #ItalianDigitalTownhall, promossa dal Consolato Generale d’Italia a Los Angeles in collaborazione con l’Ambasciata d’Italia a Washington, dedicata agli Italiani in California del Sud impegnati in prima linea contro il Covid-19.

L’evento (invito allegato), in lingua italiana, si svolgerà martedì 26 maggio, alle ore 18.00 (6 pm PST) sulla piattaforma Zoom, e sarà aperto dall’Ambasciatore d’Italia negli Stati Uniti Armando Varricchio, in collegamento da Washington.

Potrete poi ascoltare quattro esperti della comunità medico-scientifica della California del Sud impegnati in diversi ruoli nell’attuale emergenza, che condivideranno con voi le loro esperienze degli ultimi mesi e risponderanno alle vostre domande:

Alberto Collazzoni (Psicologo, – Renewed Freedom Center, Los Angeles);
Alessandro Sette (Immunologo – La Jolla Institute for Immunology, San Diego);
Emanuela Bonfoco (Medico in Medicina d’Urgenza e Generale – UCLA)
Federica Raia  (Docente di Scienze dell’Apprendimento e Informazione e Medicina – UCLA)

Al dibattito, che sarà moderato dalla giornalista RAI e CEO IbiscusMedia Valentina Martelli, si potrà accedere registrandosi attraverso il seguente link:

Le domande potranno essere inviate attraverso la piattaforma Zoom.

L’evento sarà trasmesso anche in diretta sulla piattaforma social Facebook del Consolato.

Nell’auspicio che assistiate numerosi, vi invio i miei più’ cordiali saluti.

Silvia Chiave
Console Generale

Seminar on Italian Genealogy & Dual Citizenship – May 21

Date 05.19.2020

Join NIAF for “Researching your Italian Roots – How to Begin” virtual event with Genealogy & Dual Citizenship Expert Bianca Ottone from My Italian Family this Thursday, May 21 at 6 p.m. EST!

Get all the tips of how to begin researching your Italian family through this first webinar from NIAF’s virtual three-part Genealogy Series. In the first session, Bianca will answer both Genealogy and Dual Citizenship Questions. Seminar is FREE but must register to attend.

Register Today!

Make Gnocchi at Home! – May 22

Date 05.18.2020

Join Lingua Viva for a Zoom cooking event with Elisabetta Ciardullo, founder of Think Italian! Events and learn how to make some delicious gnocchi home!

Friday, May 22 from 12:00 to 1:30 PST


For more information and to register call or text 310 741-9669

Zoom meeting invitation will be sent upon registration

“Maggio Musicale” in Los Angeles – Video Concerts by Antonio Lysy

Date 05.15.2020

May 18 & 25 – A series of video concerts organized by Antonio Lysy, an Italian cello player and Latin Grammy winner are taking place in May. Antonio is the founder of the Incontri in Terra di Siena Chamber Music Festival in Tuscany, Italy. He has performed as a soloist in major concert halls worldwide, and continues to perform regularly both as a solo, and chamber music artist. He is currently Professor of Cello at the University of California, Los Angeles.

The concerts will be posted on the IIC YouTube Channel


Monday, May 18
Messiaen Louange à l’éternité de Jesus with images of the Sistine Chapel
Antonio Lysy cello, David Kaplan piano, editing by Umberto Belfiore.

Monday, May 25
Vivaldi Duetto with Kaya Ralls
Kaya Ralls cello, Antonio Lysy cello, editing by Umberto Belfiore

Gabriel’s Oboe by Ennio Morricone arranged by Daniel Gledhill played by UCLA cello students


Umberto Belfiore – editing
Marcia Dickstein – harp
Daniel Gledhill – piano and arrangement of Ennio Morricone music
Kaya Ralls – cello
Ettore Causa – editing
Antonio Lysy – cello, artistic direction and production

Art Tour of the Vatican Museums – FREE Online Seminar – May 20

Date 04.30.2020

Grab a glass of prosecco or wine while you explore the “fascino” (allure) of the Vatican Museums with Italian art expert, Ylenia Mino.  Ylenia will guide you on a tour of the Sistine Chapel and teach you about iconic and famous artworks that are a MUST-SEE when you visit Rome and the Vatican. This 1-hour FREE workshop will be presented in English. Space is limited to 20 participants.

Class Date: Wednesday, May 20
Time: 7:00 pm PST


“Raffaello tra Perugia e l’Europa” Lecture Series – May 19 to 28

Date 05.14.2020

The University of Stranieri in Perugia will be streaming a series of lectures on Italian artist Raffaello. The lectures will be in Italian put the presenters will be using simplified phrasing so that Italian students can follow along.

The lectures will be available live via the the Universities’s YouTube channel. The schedule is listed below (please note that the scheduled time that the lectures will be streaming live on Central European time). Each lecture will be recorded and will be made available on their channel after the lecture.

“Birth of Rome” Seminar Video Available

Date 05.12.2020

Thank you to all who participated in Antonella Gleason’s free online seminar on the “Birth of Rome: Between Legend and Reality” this past weekend! If you were not able to attend please view this video of her presentation (please note it starts a couple of minutes into her presentation) and a handout with answers to questions she was asked at the end of the seminar.

Italian is one of the Easiest Languages for English Speakers to Learn

Date 05.04.2020

(CNN) — With so much time on our hands during lockdown, many of us have entertained the idea of expanding our horizons. Learning a foreign language is an obvious option.
It’s one that I would personally endorse: My individual circumstances were such that, by the age of 12, I could speak German, Greek and English, so languages became my passion and my hobby.
My advice is that you should learn a language because you’re also interested in the culture and the country. Along with Dutch and Norwegian, the popular Latin languages — Italian, French, Spanish and Portuguese — require about 600 hours of study to achieve “general professional proficiency” in speaking and reading. Of these, Spanish and Italian are the easiest for native English speakers to learn, followed by Portuguese and finally French.

Read CNN Article

Eduitalia Scholarships for Summer 2021 for students who take the Italian AP on May 19

Date 04.30.2020

The Embassy of Italy in Washington D.C. and Eduitalia, an association of 111 qualified schools, colleges and universities that offer courses for foreign students in Italy, have partnered to offer 23 scholarships aimed to promote Italian language and culture in the U.S. The grants will cover accommodation in Italy for up to 5 weeks at one of Eduitalia associated schools, enrollment, Italian classes, didactic material, and extracurricular activities.

The scholarships will allow winners to live an unforgettable study experience in Italy. All students who will take the AP Italian Language and Culture exam are eligible. Winners will be chosen by the Education Offices of the Consular network from the most deserving students.

Scholarships application deadline is May 15, 2020

For more information please visit:

Requirements and Instructions
Scholarship Application
Eduitalia website