With the support of the
Embassy of the
United States of America in Italy
With the support of the
English Theatre of Rome
Italy Reads is John Cabot University's community-based reading and cultural exchange program that began in 2009 with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for The Big Read Rome.
The Big Read Rome was a great success; students from nearly 20 Italian public and international high schools in Rome read Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, viewed the film at JCU's "Cinema Mockingbird," attended theater productions by The English Theatre of Rome, and actively participated in book discussions with JCU students.
The success of The Big Read Rome led John Cabot University to expand this American cultural exchange program to a wider Italian high school community and create our own program which we called Italy Reads. We now count 40 Italian public and international high schools and over 100 teachers of English and their students among Italy Reads participants.
We are pleased to announce that the book for Italy Reads 2015 is Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye. The official edition of the book is the Vintage Edition (ISBN 9780099759911).
Please see our Calendar of Events for a complete list of Italy Reads activities.
To register as an official Italy Reads 2015 participant, or to receive more information about Italy Reads, please e-mail us at [email protected] or speak with Ms. Gina Marie Spinelli at +39-06-68191223.
Participating teachers, students, libraries and book groups can attend a Keynote Address by an expert on Morrison and her work, watch the film adaptation of The Bluest Eye, attend a production of the stage adaptation of the novel by The English Theatre of Rome, participate in Student Exchanges, and compete in a Student Video Contest . Participating teachers can also attend a day-long Italy Reads training workshop.
ITALY READS ACTIVITIES
• Keynote Address -- Participating teachers and their students will be invited to the Italy Reads Keynote Address delivered by an expert on Morrison and her work. See the Calendar of Events for details.
• Master Class for High School Teachers and Book Group Leaders -- by an expert on Morrison and her work. See the Calendar of Events for details.
• Italy Reads Lectures -- Participating teachers and their students will be invited to John Cabot University to propose a Round-Table Discussion relevant to themes of the novel. See the Calendar of Events for details.
• Film Screenings -- Participating teachers and their students will have the opportunity to schedule a free screening of the film adaptation of The Bluest eye, followed by a discussion session with Italy Reads Volunteers at John Cabot University.
• Play Performances -- Participating teachers and their students will receive discounted tickets to The English Theatre of Rome's production of the stage adaptation of The Bluest Eye. See the Calendar of Events for details.
• Student Video Contest -- Students participating in Italy Reads can enter a video contest to compete for significant cash prizes. See Student Video Contest for details.
• Student Exchanges -- John Cabot University students will be available to visit schools to lead discussions of the novel in a student exchange program. Students of participating Italy Reads teachers will also be invited to participate in discussions of the novel at the John Cabot University campus. Contact Italy Reads at [email protected] or call Ms. Gina Marie Spinelli at +39-06-681-91223 for details.
• Teacher Training -- Participating teachers can take part in a day-long workshop about the novel and the use of the teaching materials gathered by Italy Reads. Contact Italy Reads at [email protected] or call Ms. Gina Marie Spinelli at +39-06-681-91223 for details. The Teacher Training Workshop will be offered on Friday, 11 September 2015 .
• Teaching Materials -- Through the Italy Reads website and the JCU Frohring Library, teachers participating in Italy Reads have access to a wealth of supplemental electronic materials related to the novel. See Resources for details. Contact Italy Reads at [email protected] or call Ms. Gina Marie Spinelli at 06-681-91223 for details.
• Books for Libraries -- Participating libraries can receive a limited number of free copies of The Bluest Eye. Contact Italy Reads at [email protected] or call Ms. Gina Marie Spinelli at 06-681-91223 for details.