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  • Series: “If you are not indifferent…” PART 2
    7:00 PM-9:00 PM
    03/04/2021

    Four Part Series: “If you are not indifferent…
    Thursday, March 4th 7:00-9:00pm

    Part 2. Primo Levi (1919-1987), a Holocaust survivor.How can one find the words to describe the trauma and agony suffered at Auschwitz after one’s humanity has been taken away? For Primo Levi, a Holocaust survivor, the real drama was finding the appropriate language to describe the horrors and unspeakable events he encountered while imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz during World War II.

    Levi wanted to tell a story that embodied the living testimony for millions of people who did not survive to talk about their own experience. He had a burning desire to be the spokesperson for those who were mercilessly exterminated. In this virtual presentation, we will explore Levi’s life; how Italian Jews saw themselves vis-à-vis the rise of fascism; his experience at Auschwitz; and his commitment to keep alive the narrative of the Holocaust, lest we forget.

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  • Virtual Writing Workshop
    10:00 AM-11:30 AM
    03/06/2021

    Laboratorio Virtuale di Scrittura – Virtual Writing Workshop
    “Writing the Italian in Your Memories”
     A creative way to get through these cold months!

    What memories do you have about language? Maybe you had parents/relatives who spoke a different language to each other when they didn’t want you to understand. Maybe you tried speaking “textbook” to relatives who only spoke dialect. Maybe your parents had Italian nicknames for you, or needed you to translate for them. Or maybe you have memories of (trying to) learn a foreign language? Whether funny, tender, frustrating, or embarrassing, join us this Saturday morning, March 6 as author-instructor Maria Giura leads us in reading and writing original pieces where language is either in the background or foreground of our rich, sometimes complicated memories. No experience necessary, just pen, paper, and a sense of curiosity and fun!

    Pour your coffee and join Maria on Saturday morning from 10 to 11:30 am. The fee for each workshop is $27 , or $30 for non-members. There is a member discount for family members.

    About the Instructor:

    Maria Giura is the author of Celibate: A Memoir (Apprentice House) and What My Father Taught Me (Bordighera Press). Her writing has appeared in Prime Number, Presence, (Voices in) Italian Americana, Lips, Tiferet, and Paterson Literary Review. She has won awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Independent Press, and the Center for Women Writers, and was a judge for the Lauria/ Frasca Poetry Award. She has taught at St. John’s University, Montclair State, and Binghamton University where she earned her PhD in English. https://www.mariagiura.com/

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  • Tutti all’ Opera! – Learn about The Barber of Seville
    12:00 PM-2:00 PM
    03/11/2021

    Thursday, March 11 • 12:00 pm
    Tutti all’ Opera! –Learn about The Barber of Seville
    Presented by Ashley Galvani Bell and Anton Armendariz Diaz

    If you cannot attend the virtual matinee, you will receive a link to watch the event within 48 hours, at your convenience. 

    Figaro! Figaro! Figaro! This familiar tune is from one of the world’s most famous operas, The Barber of Seville. Learn about the history, structure, and prominence in modern culture of Rossini’s exciting, innovative and fun operaand find out who is Figaro. 

    Italian opera composer Gioacchino Rossini wrote 39 operas before retiring at the young age of 37. He was groundbreaking for his time in the world of both opera seria and opera buffa (comedic opera), but perhaps his most famous opera is the opera buffaIl BarbierediSiviglia 

    The work is a prequel to Mozart’s Le Nozzedi Figaro, and both works are drawn from a three-part trilogy by the playwright Beaumarchais, who had several of his plays banned for their revolutionary nature and the power afforded to the lower classes.  

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  • Celebrating the history and scenic beauty of Campania
    7:00 PM-9:00 PM
    03/18/2021

    Celebrating the history and scenic beauty of Campania
    Thursday, March 18 at 7 pm
    Featuring Anita Sanseverino and Louis Barrella 

    Campania felix translates to “happy countryside,” which is what the early Romans called this region in southwestern Italy. This area was settled long before the Romans – even before the Greeks! Join Anita Sanseverino and Lou Barella as they celebrate the history and scenic beauty of the Campania region.

    Learn about Magna Graecia, Partenopea, the Kingdom of Naples, the maritime Republic of Amalfi with its beautiful coast … these are just some of the highlights that Anita will describe in her presentation. Enjoy Anita’s photographs, and a video created by Lou Barella to further enhance your appreciation for this beautiful region of Italy.

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