Fall 2016

FILM: Thursday, September 29 at 7pm in White Hall 103 "Le Meraviglie" by Alice Rohrwacher
EVENT:  Friday, September 30 from 10am to 1pm at the Cox Hall Bridge  The Sustainable Food Fair
FILM:  Wednesday, November 2 at 7pm in White Hall 103 "They Call Me Jeeg Robot" by Gabriele Mainetti
FILM:  Wednesday, November 30 at 7pm in White Hall 112 "The Tale of Tales" by Matteo Garrone


Fall 2015 Events

FILM: Big Night

September 22nd, 6pm, White Hall 112

A failing Italian restaurant run by two brothers gambles on one important night to save the business.

FILM: Il giovane favoloso

October 22nd, 6pm, White Hall 110

This film is based on the short but productive life of Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi.

FILM: Quando sei nato non puoi più nasconderti

November 18, 6pm, White Hall 110

A coming of age drama set in contemporary Italy.

LECTURE:  Board Chair of Slow Food Atlanta, The Slow Food Movement & The Masters at UniSG Italy

October 5th, 4pm, White Hall 102                         

Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization, founded in Italy in 1989 to prevent the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions, counteract the rise of fast life, preserve biodiversity and combat people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from and how our food choices affect the world around us.  The University of Gastronomic Sciences (UniSG), founded in 2004 by Slow Food in cooperation with the Italian regions of Piedmont and Emilia-Romagna is a recognized, private non-profit institution. Its goal is to create an international research and education center for those working on renewing farming methods, protecting biodiversity, and building an organic relationship between gastronomy and agricultural science. UNISG students, gain dynamic experiences in artisanal and industrial food production, through complementary education in sciences, humanities, sensory training, and hands-on learning during study trips across five continents.


Spring 2015 Events

EVENT: Emergency USA/ Emergency Italia Club Event

January 29th, 7:00pm, Callaway C101

This event will focus on immigration in Italy and the US.  Special guests from the student humanitarian group, Freedom at Emory, will be present to present and discuss their work helping undocumented students receive a fair and just education at Emory and around the country. 

THEATER: Actress Nicole Cimino, A Night with Nannarella-One Act Play

March 3rd, 7:30pm, Rich Building 205

During the casting for a concert in 2015, the star Anna Magnani returns from the afterlife to win a bet against the American play-write, Tennessee Williams.

MUSIC:  Musician Tito Esposito, Pizza & Blues

Wednesday, April 4th, 6:30-8:30pm, Few Hall Multipurpose Room

Live blues with Italian guitar player and vocalist.

PRESENTATION: Dr. Giacomo Negro, Associate Professor of Organization and Management at the Goizueta Business School, Unconventional Winemaking:  The Market Signals of Organic and Biodynamic Wines

Thursday, April 9th, 4:30pm, White Hall 101

Sponsored by the Department of French & Italian, Office of Sustainable Initiatives, Goizueta Business School, andthe Sociology Department at Emory College of Arts and Sciences.


 Fall 2014 Events


Thursday, September 18th, 7-8:30pm, PAIS 290

Emergency USA and the Italian Program present a film screening of Open Heart, an academy award winning documentary by Kief Davidson.  Special guests Kyler Hunter, Cardiac Surgery Perfusionist, and Lara Jacobson, pediatrician and Emergency USA Board President, will conduct a question and answer session before the screening and a discussion afterward.

WORKSHOP: Jeff Domke, Education Program Coordinator, Discovering Puppetry in Other Cultures: An International Puppet Presentation

Monday, November 10, 4:30pm-6:30pm, White Hall 101

Sponsored by the Italian Studies Program, The Department of French and Italian, and the Center for Puppetry Arts.


Spring 2014 Events

FILM: Emory’s History department presents I compagni

Tuesday, Feb. 18th, 7:00pm

An Italian film from 1963 about the struggles of Torino factory workers. Set in the 1890s, this film stars Marcello Mastroianni as a radical professor who organizes workers to strike against 14-hour work days.

FILM and PRESENTATION: Fred Kuwornu, IUS Soli

Wednesday, Feb, 19th, 7:00pm, White Hall 207

18 IUS SOLI is a documentary by Ghanaian-Italian filmmaker Fred Kuwornu. He examines the law that denies young people born in Italy to immigrant parents citizenship because they have no “Italian” blood.

FILM and PRESENTATION: Fred Kuwornu, Inside Buffalo

Thursday, Feb. 20th, 7:00pm, White Hall 207

INSIDE BUFFALO tells the history of the 92nd “Buffalo Soldiers” Infantry Division, the first African-American combat unit to fight in World War II. Inside Buffalo won “Best Documentary” at the Black Berlin International Film Festival.

THEATER: Starving Artist Production, Machiavelli’s La Mandragola

Feb. 20-22, Feb. 27-March 1st, 7:30pm, Burlington Road Building

One of Machiavelli’s finest works, this comedy looks deep into Machiavelli’s Florence through the actions of his shrewd, deceptive, and cunning characters, all driven by their desires

PRESENTATION: Ambassador Miguel Diaz, Through Hispanic Eyes: God, International Relations, and the Common Good

Thursday March 6th, 7:30pm, Claudia Nance Rollins Building

Sponsored by the Aquinas Center and the Candler School of Theology and part of “Major Catholic Speakers.”

FILM: Presented by the History Department at Emory, Mafioso

Tuesday, March 18th, 7:00pm, White Hall 111

 This 1962 black comedy tells the story of Antonio Badalamenti, a factory manager in Milan, who takes his family to his native Sicily to meet his family. He unwillingly experiences the realities of living under the thumb of the mafia.

FILM: Introduced by Christine Ristaino, Io speriamo che me la cavo

Monday, March 24th, 6:00pm, White Hall 111

Lina Wertmuller’s classic biting commentary on education in Southern Italy.

FILM: La prima cosa bella

Thursday, April 17th, 6:00pm, White Hall 111

Directed by Paolo Virzì; a misanthropic professor returns to his hometown to help his dying mother.

LECTURE:  Prof. Elsa Filosa, Boccaccio’s On Famous Women: Humanistic Portraits of the Female Identity

Monday, April 7th, 7:00pm, White Hall 102

A New and Humanistic Portrait of Women.


Fall 2013 Events

LECTURE:  Professor of French and Comparative Literature at Indiana University Eric MacPhail, Ars impia ludi:  Rome as the Theater of Violence

Tuesday November 5, 2013 at 5:00 pm, Carlos Museum Reception Hall

This lecture will address the role of the Roman games in the Essays of Michel de Montaigne and in a painting by Antoine Caron, now in the Louvre, known as the Massacres under the Triumvirate.  In the theater of violence, as portrayed in these works, the spectator is inexorably drawn into the spectacle.

TOUR:  Docent Laura Somenzi from the Art History Department at Emory, A Taste of Rome

October 25th, 2:30pm, Carlos Museum

A tour of the Antichità, Teatro, Magnificenza: Renaissance and Baroque Images of Rome exhibit; sponsored by Emory University’s Res Life, the Carlos Museum, and the Department of French and Italian.

PRESENTATION: Education Program Coordinator from the Center for Puppetry Arts Jeff Domke, Discovering Puppetry in Other Cultures: An International Puppet Presentation

Thursday, October 24th, 6:00-7:30pm, White Hall 102

Sponsored by the Department of French and Italian and the Center for Puppetry Arts.

FILM: Introduced by Angela Porcarelli, Io e te

Tuesday, September 24th, 6:00pm, White Hall 110

Directed by Bertolucci; an introverted teen spends his time alone in a basement after telling his parents he is going on a ski trip.


 Spring 2013 Events

FILM: Introduced by the Italian Club, Ho voglia di te

Tuesday, September 24th, 6:00pm, Callaway S103

A man receives a second chance at love.

CANCELLED  THEATER, Italian Actor Mario Pirovano, Francis, the Holy Jester, A Play by Dario Fo ("Lu Santo Jullare Francesco")

November 29, 2012, 7:00PM, Theater Lab, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts

In partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the Institut Française, and UniFrance. Co-sponsors: The Hightower Fund; the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry; the Departments of African-American Studies, Comparative Literature, English, History, Theater and Dance, Women/Gender/Sexuality Studies; the Program in African Studies, and WABE radio.  Free and Open to the Public.


Spring 2012 Events

FILM: Introduced by Christine Ristaino, Il Postino (1994)

Monday, February 13th, 6:00pm, White Hall 112

Directed by Michael Radford; a simple Italian postman learns to love poetry while delivering mail to Pablo Neruda.

FILM: Introduced by Angela Porcarelli, Il ladro di bambini (1992)

Thursday, March 22nd, 6:00pm, White Hall 112

Directed by Gianni Amelio; a policeman has an order to take two children from Milan to Sicily to an orphanage. 

FILM: Introduced by Simona Muratore, La bellezza del somaro (2010)

Monday, April 9th, 8:00pm, White Hall 111

Directed by Sergio Castellitto; in an extraordinary weekend of madness, the characters of this film try to live a more authentic life.

LECTURE:  Dr. Barbara Zaczek and Dr. Rosetta D’Angelo, Resisting Bodies: Narratives of Italian Partisan Women

April, PAIS 290

Zaczec and D’Angela will discuss their anthology of the writings of Italian partisan women.  The anthology features both fictional and autobiographical works.