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Teaching Black Italy: Professional Development High School & College Teachers

May 14, 2021

July 5 to 9, 2021 – Many Modern Language Departments but also Italian Studies Departments  and High Schools are committed with courage to diversify their courses that critically address race, colonization, post-colonial issues supporting this change. It is no secret that’s the few topics about Black Italy approached by the Italian Studies are limited on discussing racism, and migrant literature, but over the last year they unnoticed cultural production and self-narrative of the new generation (Gen Z and Gen Y), what’s happening to our community on social media, music, fashion, culture, eccetera. For example Italy’s first television show with a majority-Black Italian cast, Zero, debuted internationally on Netflix in April 2021. The show was conceived and written by Antonio Dikele Distefano (see New York Times), whose bestselling novels (500.000 copies sold) have made him one of Italy’s most prominent authors for young audience.

This is why We are introducing “Teaching Black Italy” a one-week professional development online course for professors, lecturers, instructors, graduate students of Italian Studies and teacher of the High Schools, developed from a decade of analysis and observation of hundreds of stories of the Black Italian Community to:

1.Explore the contemporary presence of African diaspora in Italy in details;
2.Give more insight into the origins of Black Italy and the diverse composition, culture, stories of Black Italians in different historical times, frameworks, and topics
3.And help improve your student’s engagement with stories connected to their diverse background.

This course is not designed to provide just information but to offer pedagogical tools to diversify your syllabi and/or to support you in designing syllabi on Black Italy and to help you providing a selected didactic tools and methodology that can also help you save time searching for materials and resources.

If you would like to learn more about this course visit Teaching Black Italy

The AATI EC is happy to announce 5 Teaching Black Italy Teaching Grants. The grant will cover half the cost of registration for a course. AATI members in good standing are eligible to apply. The Association will award one grant per category:

  • K-8 (if possible, if there are no viable applicants, we reserve the right to award two HS awards)
  • High School
  • graduate student
  • contingent university faculty member
  • TT assistant professor

In order to apply, please fill out the Google Form here.

Applicants will be asked to upload the following document:

FOR K-12 APPLICANTS (Post-secondary applicants, see below): Upload a tentative working proposal in which you imagine a didactic unit. Please make sure to specify grade & linguistic level, share at least 3 learning outcomes with your lesson plan. [Applications without a file upload will not be considered for the grant.]

FOR POST-SECONDARY APPLICANTS: Upload a tentative outline for a new course.  Include a minimum of 3 learning outcomes, 2 thematic didactic units, required texts (literature, film/media, etc), and 2 assessment tools. Recipients will be expected to not only expand upon this plan but also present the final product. [Applications without a file upload will not be considered for the grant.]

For more information on the Teaching Black Italy Program (curriculum, instructors, etc.), click here.
If you have questions about the grant, please contact Ryan Calabretta-Sajder (
If you have questions on the Teaching Black Italy Seminar, contact Fred Kuwornu (