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Important Information about this year’s AP Italian Language and Culture Exam

Date 04.03.2020

Due to the closure of all California schools the AP Italian Language and Culture, students are being offered to take an at-home version of the exam on May 19, 2020. The exam will take 45 minutes and will focus on only oral skills. The exam will be comprised of open response questions based on cultural comparisons and conversation.

Video on the topic that will be covered on the at-home exam.

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Rodari Fairy Tales Read Live on Telephone in Italian or English for children 4 to 10 3/31 and 4/2

Date 03.30.2020

The Italian Cultural Institute in San Francisco has organized Favole Rodari al Telefono (Readings from Rodari’s Fairy Tales) on this Tuesday and Thursday. Simply dial in via WhatsApp to hear live readings!

Favole al telefono: Lettura di fiabe dal libro di Gianni Rodari per i piccini dai 4 ai 10 anni, in italiano o in inglese. Come fare? Semplice: chiama i numeri WhatsApp qui di seguito tra le 18 e le 19 di martedì e giovedì per ascoltare dal vivo la lettura di una fiaba.

Favole al telefono: Readings from Gianni Rodari’s fairy tales for children aged 4-10, in Italian or English. Call the WhatsApp numbers below at 6:00 pm on Tue & Thursday to listen to a live fairy tale reading!

· per la lettura in italiano: Tel. +1 (510) 650-7037
· English reading: Tel. +1 (408) 417-4382

San Diego Film Festival Makes Italian Short Films Available via Social Media

Date 03.28.2020

There is no keeping Italians down and the San Diego Italian Film Festival (SDIFF) is proving it!  While we are at home they are offering ways to enjoy the best of Italian film and culture online.

Mark your calendars for weekly appointments with SDIFF:
• Every Wednesday the SDIFF will release a short film from the roster of its recent Ristretto Awards. The Ristretto of the Week will be available via SDIFF’s social media accounts and e-newsletter. One short film each week offers a tiny, healthy dose of Italian creativity.
• Starting on Monday, March 30, each Monday the SDIFF team will be sharing with viewers their pick of the week: An Italian movie they recommend that is available to stream on Netflix, HBO, Amazon Prime, or Hulu, followed by a live discussion on the following Sunday with the SDIFF staff and/or board, volunteers, and special guests.

“While we cannot be physically together, the strength of our community is now more than ever something we take pride in as Italians and as San Diegans,” says executive director Diana Agostini. “All over the world we are seeing the need to connect with one another, and often the glue for this is the arts community. You all have seen videos of people playing music from balconies all over Italy, museums opening up their doors to allow visitors to still find relief in artistic beauty, musicians having live shows using social media. Even those who have been asymptomatic carriers of the artistic needs are starting to show signs of this fundamental trait that brings us together as human beings. This need for arts, together with all the acts of kindness and selfless service to our communities, is the only type of viral contagion we want to see growth in, and we are here to do our part.”

The first short film to be made available is “Vale la Pena” by  Lorenzo Marinelli, One of the twenty finalists of SDIFF Short Film Competition.

Watch now:

And like Italians say these days: Andrà tutto bene (everything will be all right),” adds artistic director Antonio Iannotta. Fo more information go to:

University of Pennsylvania: Full-Time Lecturer in Italian

Date 03.26.2020

The Department of Romance Languages invites applications for a full-time Lecturer.  This is not a tenure-track position.  The full-time Lecturer will teach all levels of undergraduate Italian language and culture in an undergraduate program committed to dynamic language instruction.  The full-time Lecturer will teach two undergraduate courses of elementary through advanced language and culture courses, and two graduate-level pedagogy courses per year.  The full-time Lecturer will also serve as Undergraduate Chair in Italian and Director of the Italian Language Program.  Native or near-native linguistic ability in Italian, teaching experience at the university level, and excellent teaching credentials are required. Ph.D. required.

Our program values interdisciplinary research, collaboration, and collegiality; is committed to promoting a culturally diverse intellectual community; and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, and under-represented communities.

Candidates should apply online at: Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, and contact information for a minimum of three individuals who have agreed to provide a letter of recommendation.  The University will contact the referees with instructions on how to submit their letters. We also encourage applicants to upload evidence of excellence in teaching, such as a teaching portfolio including, if available: 1) teaching evaluations, 2) sample syllabi, assignments and assessments, etc., and 3) statement of professional development.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  This appointment will start July 2020.

The Department of Romance Languages is strongly committed to Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence and to creating a more diverse faculty (for more information see: The University of Pennsylvania is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities/Women/Individuals with disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.

Discover Italy from Home with IIC – La Cultura Italiana non si Ferma!

Date 03.17.2020

Even though, as a public health precaution, the Italian Cultural Institute (IIC) in Los Angeles is temporary closed, events and programs have been postponed, you can still experience Italian culture in every field virtually. Go to the IIC website to check out Italian cultural initiatives in both Italy and the US, including virtual tours of exhibitions and organizations, concerts and operas in streaming, links to film archives, book and film reviews, interviews with curators, artists, filmmakers, insights into advanced scientific, technological, and academic programs and much more! #laculturaitaliananonsiferma



Eduitalia Scholarships for AP Italian Students Now Available

Date 03.16.2020

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.

Deadline to apply is May 15, 2020

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Fondazione Italia Language Centers Temporarily Closed through March 28

Date 03.13.2020

Dear Students and Friends,

In light of the growing public-health concern about COVID-19, we want to share what Fondazione Italia has temporarily suspended classes at our Burbank, Orange and West LA language centers effective immediately.

While the Primi Passi and Piccoli Amici classes are cancelled, all other classes will be held in virtual classrooms online.

We hope to be back holding classes at our centers in two weeks.

Please, take care!

Fondazione Italia

Irvine Family Festa di Carnevale Cancelled

Date 03.06.2020

Due to inclement weather we have had to make the difficult decision to cancel our Irvine Family Festa di Carnevale that was scheduled for tomorrow, March 7.

The current forecast for cold weather and the possibility for rain, would make this outdoor party not as enjoyable as we would like for it to be.

We look forward to celebrating Carnevale with all of you next year!

LA Harbor International Film Festival – March 12-15

Date 03.04.2020

The 17th annual LA Harbor International Film Festival (LAHIFF) opening night on March 12th will pay homage to the recently designated “Little Italy” in historic downtown San Pedro presenting Gabriele Salvatores’ masterpiece Cinema Paradiso, winner of an Academy Award® for Best Foreign Film in 1999.

March 12-15 Warner Grand Theatre San Pedro, CA


Organized by LAHIFF in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute, Los Angeles 

St. Joseph’s Table Exhibit at IAMLA – Mar. 6 to May 17

Date 02.29.2020

St. Joseph’s Tables; Expressions of Devotion, Charity and Abundance.  Exhibition on view at the Italian American Museum Los Angeles. 

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