“The great beauty” by Paolo Sorrentino
“Finisce sempre così. Con la morte. Prima, però, c’è stata la vita, nascosta sotto il bla bla bla bla bla. È tutto sedimentato sotto il chiacchiericcio e il rumore. Il silenzio e il sentimento. L’emozione e la paura. Gli sparuti incostanti sprazzi di bellezza. E poi lo squallore disgraziato e l’uomo miserabile. Tutto sepolto dalla coperta dell’imbarazzo dello stare al mondo. Bla. Bla. Bla. Bla. Altrove, c’è l’altrove. Io non mi occupo dell’altrove.”
“This is how it always ends. With death. But first there was life. Hidden beneath the blah, blah, blah. It is all settled beneath the chatter and the noise. Silence and sentiment. Emotion and fear. The haggard, inconstant flashes of beauty. And then the wretched squalor and miserable humanity. All buried under the cover of the embarrassment of being in the world. Blah, blah, blah. Beyond there is what lies beyond. I don’t deal with what lies beyond.”
“Visually stunning Italian drama “The Great Beauty” won the Oscar for best foreign language film on Sunday, capping its successful awards season run in the United States and Europe”, from Reuter
“The Glory of Rome, the Sweetness of Life”, from the NYTimes.
Adesso sono i ragazzi che fanno la pasta!
Una bella tavolata!
Al mercato di Palermo
I mosaici di Piazza Armerina
Il teatro greco di Taormina
Un viaggio come una festa
Ecco alcune foto del viaggio in Sicilia con il professor Pietro Frassica degli studenti del corso ITA 309 – gennaio 2014.
Si ringraziano Natalie Berkman e Daisy Lopez per le splendide fotografie.
Project aims to find particles of dark matter
In a laboratory under a mountain 80 miles east of Rome this fall, a Princeton-led international team switched on a new experiment aimed at finding a mysterious substance that makes up a quarter of the universe but has never been seen. From the Princeton University website
Please click here for more information on the Gran Sasso-Princeton Physics Summer School.
Lecture by Professor Christine Poggi, University of Pennsylvania: “All: Maurizio Cattelan’s Infernal Comedy”
February 5th, 2014, 4:30pm, 105 Chancellor Green
Mark Your Calendars: Federica Caneparo Renaissance & Early Modern Studies Lecture
Feb. 3, 2014, 6:00PM, 209 Scheide Caldwell House
An Interdisciplinary Conference.
January 11-12, 2014
For more information and free registration, please visit: http://www.princeton.edu/italianstudies/venice-and-ritual/
“The old good witch who brings candies and coal to the Italian children. Its origin and multifarious celebrations”. (from www.i-Italy.org)
« La Befana vien di notte
Con le scarpe tutte rotte
Col vestito alla romana
Viva, Viva La Befana »
«The Befana comes by night
With her shoes all tattered and torn
She comes dressed in the Roman way
Long life to the Befana!»
Happy New Year! Buon Anno!
Nabucco (1841), Giuseppe Verdi, “Va’ pensiero sull’ali dorate”
Norma (1831), Vincenzo Bellini, “Casta Diva”
Thursday, December 5, 2013, 4:30pm, 127 East Pyne.
Lecture sponsored by the Program in Italian Studies, Robin L. Thomas, Assistant Professor of Art History, Pennsylvania State University.
What is it? Fluency in a foreign language! Click here to learn why it is always a great investment!
The Empire State Building in NYC is light up in the colors of The Italian Flag in Honor of Italian Heritage Month/Columbus Day!
The Verdi Requiem will be streamed live on October 10, 2013. Tonight! At 8:30 PM ET, Watch Live: Verdi’s Requiem With The Chicago Symphony, Riccardo Muti conductor, please check here
Monday, September 30, 4:30pm in Woolworth Music Center, room 102: Anna Celenza, Professor of Music, Georgetown University.
Nanotechnology and Sustainability: New Research in Italy and the United States Wednesday, October 2, 2013 – 2:00pm – 6:00pm
The Italian Academy 1161 Amsterdam Avenue (between 116th and 118th Streets) New York, NY 10027
Leonardo Da Vinci’s Studies on the Science of Flight come to the Air and Space Museum, DC, September 13th to October 22ns 2013:
Here are some that I found surfing the web:
1. Why do you think Mozart composed most of his operas in Italian rather than in German?
2. According to UNESCO (the cultural and educational agency for the United Nations) the most of the world’s cultural heritage sites are in Italy.
3. Italy is one of the top economies in the world, and many employers are seeking people who speak both Italian and English. An estimated 7,500 American companies do business with Italy and more than 1,000 U.S. firms have offices in Italy, including Chrysler, IBM, General Electric, Motorola, Citibank. Many Italian firms have offices in the U.S.
4. If you like arts, music, design, architecture, opera, food, etc. this is the reference language. Knowing Italian is greatly beneficial in several career fields. Italy is a world leader in the culinary arts, interior design, fashion, graphic design, furniture design, machine tool manufacturing, robotics, electromechanical machinery, shipbuilding, space engineering, construction machinery, and transportation equipment
5. The Italian language is the closest to Latin, the common ancestor of all romance languages.
6. Italian developed from Latin and an estimated 60 percent of the English vocabulary also comes from Latin. Knowing Italian may help improve your scores in English.
7. No need of subtitles to see Fellini’s, Visconti’s and Pasolini’s movies!
8. A recent study showed that enrollment in Italian language classes at U.S. high schools and colleges is growing 15 to 20% faster than enrollment rates for Spanish, German and French.
9. Italian is recognized as one of the most beautiful spoken languages on the planet
10. Italian has the highest number of words for describing food!
Students, what are your reasons?
Allegretto Made in Italy: the soundtrack of the Year of Italian Culture in the USA by Maestro Nicola Piovani and the Orchestra Italiana del Cinema:
Please click here for a list of events for 2013 Year of Italian Culture in the United States