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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 2013 is Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake. The official edition of the book is the Harper Perennial edition (ISBN 978-0006551805).

Please see our Calendar of Events for a complete list of Italy Reads activities.

To register as an official Italy Reads 2013 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 Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri, watch the film adaptation of The Namesake, 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 Pulitzer Prize-Winning author Jhumpa Lahiri. See the Calendar of Events for details.

Italy Reads Lectures - Participating teachers and their students will be invited to John Cabot University to hear specific lectures 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 2006 film adaptation of The Namesake, directed by Mira Nair, of 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 Namesake. 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 play 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. Teacher Training Workshops will be offered on Saturday, 25 May, Friday, 31 May and Friday, 13 September. Only one of these three opportunities need be attended as they are replicas of one presentation which are scheduled in order to accommodate the busy schedules of participating high school teachers.

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 Namesake. Contact Italy Reads at [email protected] or call Ms. Gina Marie Spinelli at 06-681-91223 for details.       

Calendar of Events
Teacher and Book Group Leader Training Workshops
14 September, Saturday 2013 (previously 13 September, Friday), 10:00a.m. – 5:00p.m., Teacher Training Session, Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus, John Cabot University, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere). Lunch provided to participants, Secchia Terrace, 1:00-2:00 p.m. NOTE: If you have attended one of the Workshops in May, you do not need to attend this workshop.
31 May, Friday 2013, 10:00a.m. – 5:00p.m., Teacher Training Session, Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus, John Cabot University, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere). Lunch provided to participants, Secchia Terrace, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
25 May, Saturday 2013, 10:00a.m. – 5:00p.m., Teacher Training Session, Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus, John Cabot University, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere). Lunch provided to participants, Secchia Terrace, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Italy Reads Exchange Visits scheduled at JCU
16 September, Monday 2013, 3:00p.m.-4:00p.m., Room Corsini 1,Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere).
22 October, Tuesday 2013, 3:00p.m.-4:00p.m., Boardroom, Guarini Campus,Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere).
Italy Reads 2013 Lectures
7 October, Monday 2013, 6:30p.m. – 8:00p.m., Italy Reads Interactive Lecture with Professor Isabella Clough Marinaro, Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus, John Cabot University, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere).
"Destination Italy: Immigration in a Changing Nation", an interactive lecture on the challenges and opportunities that Italy faces as it becomes increasingly multi-ethnic
This interactive lecture invites students to come armed with pen and paper so that they can brainstorm ideas/perceptions/issues related to immigration at various points during the talk so that we can discuss them together. A Q&A session will follow.
14 October, Monday 2013, 6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m., Italy Reads Lecture, Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus, John Cabot University, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere).

'The Book Was Better: A problem-solving approach to literary adaptation'
JCU Professor Brian Thomson, who is currently teaching a course entitled 'Foundations of Digital Video Production', will be discussing the decisions filmmakers need to make in order to define their approach to the process of adapting literary material for the screen. The lecture will draw on several well-known 'adapted' films ('Blade Runner/Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?', 'O Brother Where Art Thou/The Odyssey', 'Psycho', 'Lord of the Rings', 'The English Patient', etc.) in order to illustrate various methods of adaptation and the problems they present for filmmakers attempting to strike a balance between respect for source material and the need to communicate with audiences through a primarily visual medium.  Following a consideration of some of the particular problems posed by The Namesake, the lecture will conclude with some practical screenwriting tips and recommendations for producing the best possible image with a mobile phone. The lecture will be followed by a Q&A session.
30 October, Wednesday 2013, 6:30p.m. – 8:00p.m., Italy Reads Interactive Lecture with Professor Isabella Clough Marinaro, Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus, John Cabot University, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere).
"Destination Italy: Immigration in a Changing Nation", an interactive lecture on the challenges and opportunities that Italy faces as it becomes increasingly multi-ethnic
This interactive lecture invites students to come armed with pen and paper so that they can brainstorm ideas/perceptions/issues related to immigration at various points during the talk so that we can discuss them together. A Q&A session will follow.
CANCELLED 23 October, Wednesday 2013, 12:45p.m. – 1:30p.m., Italy Reads Lunchtime Lecture, T.G.3, ground floor, Tiber Campus, John Cabot University, Lungotevere Raffeallo Sanzio, 12 (Trastevere).

"An Analysis of  Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake"
JCU Professor Elizabeth Geoghegan will offer lecture on Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake.
Italy Reads Cinema Further dates can be arranged on a group-by-group basis.
Italy Reads participating teachers and their students are asked to reserve their free group screenings of the 2006 film adaptation, directed by Mira Nair, of The Namesake. JCU Italy Reads Volunteers will be invited to participate in post-screening discussions. To arrange for a screening of the film, please contact Ms. Gina Marie Spinelli at [email protected]
9 October 2013, Wednesday, 6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m., Aula Magna, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere).
NO SEATS AVAILABLE 26 October 2013, Saturday, 3:30p.m. – 6:30p.m., Room G.1.1, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere).
6 November 2013, Wednesday, 7:00p.m. – 8:30p.m., Keynote Address by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri, Aula Magna, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere).
There are no longer seats available for this event. You are welcome to write to[email protected] to add your name to the waitlist. You will be contacted in the event that seats become available.
7 November 2013,Thursday, 6:30p.m. – 8:30p.m., Workshop for High School Teachers with Keynote Speaker, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri, Aula Magna, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere).

Biography
Jhumpa Lahiri received the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 for Interpreter of Maladies, her debut story collection that explores issues of love and identity among immigrants and cultural transplants. Her novel The Namesake was published in the fall of 2003 to great acclaim. The Namesake expands on the perplexities of the immigrant experience and the search for identity.

Italy Reads Theatrical Performances
Italy Reads/ The English Theater of Rome
 Italy Reads participating teachers and their students are asked to reserve their group tickets in advance. Seating is limited and is on a first come basis.
RSVP for all events to [email protected] .  Photo ID is required for entry to the JCU campus. For tickets to the English Theatre of Rome's productions please e-mail [email protected]
RESCHEDULED FOR 9 NOVEMBER. 2 November 2013, Saturday, 3:00p.m., The English Theatre of Rome production of Under the Overcoat , an adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake by Alashiya Gordes, directed by Theodora Voutsa, original music by Rashmi Bhatt, Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus, John Cabot University, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere). To reserve seats or for more information, email [email protected] or [email protected]
RESCHEDULED FOR 10 NOVEMBER. 2 November 2013, Saturday, 6:00p.m., The English Theatre of Rome production of Under the Overcoat , an adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake by Alashiya Gordes, directed by Theodora Voutsa, original music by Rashmi Bhatt, Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus, John Cabot University, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere). To reserve seats or for more information, email [email protected] or [email protected]
CANCELLED 3 November 2013, Sunday, 3:00p.m., The English Theatre of Rome production of Under the Overcoat , an adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake by Alashiya Gordes, directed by Theodora Voutsa, original music by Rashmi Bhatt, Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus, John Cabot University, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere). To reserve seats or for more information, email [email protected]  or [email protected]
3 November 2013, Sunday, 6:00p.m., OPENING NIGHT The English Theatre of Rome production of Under the Overcoat, an adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake by Alashiya Gordes, directed by Theodora Voutsa, original music by Rashmi Bhatt, Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus, John Cabot University, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere). To reserve seats or for more information, email [email protected] or [email protected]
SOLD OUT 4 November 2013, Monday, 6:00p.m., The English Theatre of Rome production of Under the Overcoat, an adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake by Alashiya Gordes, directed by Theodora Voutsa, original music by Rashmi Bhatt, Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus, John Cabot University, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere). To reserve seats or for more information, email [email protected]  or [email protected]
4 November 2013, Monday, 8:00p.m., The English Theatre of Rome production of Under the Overcoat, an adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake by Alashiya Gordes, directed by Theodora Voutsa, original music by Rashmi Bhatt, Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus, John Cabot University, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere). To reserve seats or for more information, email [email protected]  or [email protected]
SOLD OUT 9 November 2013, Saturday, 2:00p.m., The English Theatre of Rome production of Under the Overcoat, an adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake by Alashiya Gordes, directed by Theodora Voutsa, original music by Rashmi Bhatt, Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus, John Cabot University, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere). To reserve seats or for more information, email [email protected] or [email protected]
9 November 2013, Saturday, 4:00p.m., The English Theatre of Rome production of Under the Overcoat, an adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake by Alashiya Gordes, directed by Theodora Voutsa, original music by Rashmi Bhatt, Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus, John Cabot University, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere). To reserve seats or for more information, email [email protected] or [email protected]
SOLD OUT 9 November 2013, Saturday, 8:00p.m., The English Theatre of Rome production of Under the Overcoat, an adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake by Alishiya Gordes, directed by Theodora Voutsa, original music by Rashmi Bhatt, Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus, John Cabot University, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere). To reserve seats or for more information, email [email protected] or [email protected]
10 November 2013, Sunday, 2:00p.m., The English Theatre of Rome production of Under the Overcoat, an adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake by Alashiya Gordes, directed by Theodora Voutsa, original music by Rashmi Bhatt, Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus, John Cabot University, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere). To reserve seats or for more information, email [email protected]  or [email protected]
10 November 2013, Sunday, 4:00p.m., The English Theatre of Rome production of Under the Overcoat, an adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake by Alashiya Gordes, directed by Theodora Voutsa, original music by Rashmi Bhatt, Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus, John Cabot University, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere). To reserve seats or for more information, email [email protected]  or [email protected]
10 November 2013, Sunday, 8:00p.m., The English Theatre of Rome production of Under the Overcoat, an adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake by Alashiya Gordes, directed by Theodora Voutsa, original music by Rashmi Bhatt, Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus, John Cabot University, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere). To reserve seats or for more information, email [email protected]  or [email protected] .

Italy Reads 2013 Video Workshop for high school students
Friday, 29 November, 2:30-4:30p.m., Digital Video Production Workshop for high school students, conducted by students of the JCU Film, Media and Communication Society.
Seating is limited and on a first-come basis. Please ask your students to select 2 representatives of their class who can then share their experience with their classmates. Mandatory registration at: [email protected].
Students participating in the workshop must come to the workshop with whatever video-recording equipment they will be using for their video production for the Italy Reads Student Video Contest (e.g. phone, camera, etc...).
TESOL Italy's 38th Annual National Convention "Englishing", 29-30 November 2013
Italy Reads will participate in TESOL Italy's 38th Annual National Convention presenting the Poster Session entitled "Literary Journeys: Best Practices with John Cabot University's 'Italy Reads'".
Convention participants will have the opportunity to see the various aspects and evolution of Italy Reads, 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.
20 January 2014, Monday, 4:00p.m., Deadline for submissions to the Italy Reads Student Video Contest. Submissions of videos to the contest must include a note or message that includes: name of school, name of teacher, list of all students involved in making video (both those appearing in and those involved in other aspects of the production), email address and contact information for person submitting the video. Please see our webpage dedicated to the Student Video Contest for rules and regulations.
19 February 2014, Wednesday, 5:00p.m., Italy Reads Student Video Contest Award Ceremony, Aula Magna Regina, G.G.1 and Secchia Terrace, Guarini Campus, John Cabot University, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere).

Help Support Italy Reads
John Cabot University welcomes monetary contributions in support of Italy Reads. If you would like to contribute to Italy Reads you can find more information by clicking here.

Resources for Teachers
UPDATE: Italy Reads News - February! 

 Italy Reads News – January 

 Italy Reads News - December
Italy Reads News - November  

General Resources
Italy Reads Scholarships for Teachers
Italy Reads 2013 Training Workshop

Wikipedia: Jhumpa Lahiri
Wikipedia entry for Jhumpa Lahiri, with biographical information and the list of her works.
 
Wikipedia: The Namesake  
Wikipedia entry for The Namesake.
 
Jhumpa Lahiri Homepage
Random House website dedicated to Jhumpa Lahiri and her books, with links to biographical information. Interviews with the author, and book reviews.
 
Times Topics: Jhumpa Lahiri
The New York Times topic page about Jhumpa lahiri, with links to archival articles and book reviews.

Jhumpa Lahiri's Biographies

Jhumpa Lahiri
Biographical information about Jhumpa Lahiri and links to related resources published by The South Asian Women's NETwork.
 
Jhumpa Lahiri
Biographical sketch from Postcolonial Studies @ Emory.
 
Voices from the Gap: Jhumpa Lahiri
Lahiri’s biographical page created by University of Minnesota. The page also includes a selected bibliography of works about the author.
 
Jhumpa Lahiri: A Brief Biography
Brief biographical information from The Literature and Culture of the Indian Sub-Continent (South Asia) in the Postcolonial Web.
 
Biography of Jhumpa Lahiri
Biography of Jhumpa Lahiri from GradeSaver study guide.
 
Jhumpa Lahiri: Harman Writer-In-Residence, Fall 2011
Brief biographical information from Baruch College.
 
The 2000 Pulitzer Prize Winners: Jhumpa Lahiri
Blog post offering biographical information about Jhumpa Lahiri.

Interviews
Watch the video interview! 
Jhumpa Lahiri interviewed for The New Yorker
Jhumpa Lahiri 
The author of Interpreter of Maladies and The Namesake talks about her affinity for "plainness," why she avoids book reviews, and her new collection of short stories.
Interview with Jhumpa Lahiri 
Interview by Harriett Gilbert for the BBC World Book Club. Interview with Jhumpa Lahiri
Interview by Arun Aguiar published in Pif Magazine. 

Jhumpa Lahiri's Struggle to Feel American
NPR interviews to Jhumpa Lahiri and resources related to her work.

 Transplanted Author Finds Roots in Writing 
NPR interview to Jhumpa Lahiri.
 
Book: Finding America, Losing Home
NPR discussion with Jhumpa Lahiri.
 
Migration, Assimilation, and Inebriation
Bookforum interview with Jhumpa Lahiri.
 
The Way We Live Now: Questions for Jhumpa Lahiri
Interview by John Glassie in The New York Times.


Articles and Reviews
For Pulitzer winner Lahiri, a novel approach 
Jhumpa Lahiri: The Quiet Laureate 
Article by Lev Grossman published in Time Magazine (May 8, 2008).
 
Writer Jhumpa Lahiri bridges worlds at Butler
Article by Dan Grossman.
 
What's in a name?
Review by C.J. Gillen published on The South Asian Women's NETwork.
 
“The Namesake” by Jhumpa Lahiri
Review by Amy Reiter published in Salon.
 
Out of the Overcoat
Review of The Namesake by Stephen Metcalf in The New York Times.
 
The Confidence Artist
Jhumpa Lahiri’s profile by Boris Kachka.
 
Change and Loss
Article by Christopher Tayler about the intense pressure Lahiri feels “to be loyal to the old world and fluent in the new.”
 
Jhumpa Lahiri: 'Writing makes me so vulnerable'
Article by Rachel Hore in The Independent.
 
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
Commentary of the novel by Kate Flaherty.
 
From Calcutta to Boston to the Borderless Kingdom of Words
Review of The Namesake by Sherri Hallgren.
 
Jhumpa Lahira: The Difficulty of Finding, Creating, Holding to an Identity
Blog post about The Namesake, reviewing the novel and analyzing the structure and some of the themes.
 
From Calcutta to Suburbia: A Family's Perplexing Journey
Working paper by Mahesh Bharatkumar Bhatt about the concept of identity in Lahiri’s novel.
  
Cultural Dislocation and Changing Identities in Jhumpa Lahiri’s Novel “The Namesake”
Article by Abha Singh about the question of identity in Lahiri’s novel.
 
The Nameless: Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake
Blog post about Lahiri’s novel.
 
Individual-Family Interface in Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake"
Article by Himadri Lahiri about family relationships in Lahiri’s novel.
 
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri: Book Review

Study Guides
GradeSaver
Study guide of The Namesake with summaries, analysis, discussion questions and essays.
 
LitLovers
Brief guide of The Namesake (mostly for book clubs) with summary, author bio, and discussion questions.
 
eNotes
Study guide of The Namesake with summary and analysis, themes, character analysis, and biographical information of the author.
 
Shmoop
Study guide of The Namesake with summary, quotes, analysis of themes and characters, and discussion question.
 
Bookrags
Study guide with plot summaries, analysis of themes, characters and style, and topics for discussion.
 
Reading Group Guide
Summary and discussion questions for The Namesake.
 
Study Guide: The Namesake
Reading group toolbox for The Namesake and Interpreter of Maladies.
 
Book Browse


Lesson Plans and Activities
The Namesake Lesson Plans for Teachers
Sample activities to use in class to teach The Namesake.

Digital Materials
Short video clips with interviews to Jhumpa Lahiri.
 
The Namesake: A Conversation Between Mira Nair and Jhumpa Lahiri
This YouTube clip shows parts of the movie version of The Namesake and has interviews with Lahiri, as well as the director of the movie, Mira Nair.
 
Writer Jhumpa Lahiri
NPR interview with Jhumpa Lahiri and excerpt of The Namesake.
 
Jonathan Franzen and Jhumpa Lahiri at The New School 
YouTube video featuring Jhumpa Lahiri reading from her book Unaccustomed Earth. 

Resources about the Movie
Article with trivia about the movie The Namesake.
 
The Namesake: Official website
Official website of the movie The Namesake.
 
The Namesake
Imdb record of the movie The Namesake. It includes the trailer and clips.

Additional Resources
My Life’s Sentences
Essay by Jhumpa Lahiri published in The New York Time on March 17, 2012.

One Decade In Brooklyn...
Remarks given by Jhumpa Lahiri in accepting the 2011 Brooklyn Book Festival’s Best of Brooklyn (BoBi) award.

Trading Stories
The New Yorker Reflections by Jhumpa Lahiri.

From Interpreter of Maladies: A Temporary Matter
Excerpt of Interpreter of Maladies, Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Jhumpa Lahiri.
Essay by Jhumpa Lahiri published in The Boston Review.

Gogol
Essay by Jhumpa Lahiri published in The New Yorker. 

NEWS
Italy Reads Student Video Contest receives 21 entries from 11 Italian high schools located in Rome, Pomezia, Anzio and Naples.

Students produced 3-minute videos inspired by their reading and study of Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake. These videos are the culmination of Fall 2013 Italy Reads activities. JCU student Italy Reads Volunteers worked with high school students both at their schools and at JCU.

Among the activities engaging Italy Reads participants were Italy Reads Lectures by Professor Isabella Clough Marinaro and Professor Brian Thomson as well as a Video Workshop conducted by JCU students of the Film, Video and Communications Club. Students also attended a performance of Under the Overcoat, the adaptation of the novel produced by The English Theatre of Rome.

The winners of the Student Video Contest will be announced at the Award Ceremony on Wednesday, 19 February at 5:00 p.m. in the Aula Magna Regina.

Italy Reads is supporting the Arts!
Winners of the Italy Reads 2012 Student Video Contest from the 9th Year and the 12th Year at St. George's British International School used their award (500 Euro total) to finance Dance and Theatre classes.

The Italy Reads 2012 Student Video Contest Award in the English language schools division, was awarded to students of the 9th year, for 'The Great Gatsby', and students of the 12th year, for 'Shadows of a Page', and their teacher Anna Madden at St. George's British International School Rome. Recognition for Best Actress went to Eleonor Carpigo from 'Shadows of a Page'.

Students of participating Italy Reads teachers are encouraged to participate in the Italy Reads Student Video Contest. Students produce 3-minute videos that creatively represent the themes explored in the novel and submit the videos for judging by a panel of experts.

Past winners of this award have used these funds to defray the cost of class instructional visits in Italy and abroad, make a donation to their school library on behalf of the class or to subsidize an end-of-year dinner together.

John Cabot University's Italy Reads Program is proud to play a role in stimulating creativity and enthusiasm in students through the study of language and literature.

Read on to find out more about Italy Reads and the Contest Rules for the Student Video Contest.

Student Video Contest
Students of participating Italy Reads teachers are encouraged to participate in the Italy Reads Student Video Contest. Students produce videos that creatively represent the themes explored in the novel and submit the videos for judging by a panel of experts. The class of the winning video will receive a prize of 500 euro! Second prize: 300 euro! Students are encouraged to produce videos that are inspired by the novel. The themes of the novel include: cultural identity, assimilation, family and relationships, traditions, what it means to be a foreigner, love, etc... These videos can include music videos, a dramatized scene from the novel, a documentary consideration of one of the themes of the novel, or an impressionistic video in response to one of the themes. There can be no violation of copyright in the videos. Students are encouraged to be creative and innovative in their interpretation of one of the themes in their videos. Please read the following Contest Rules.

Contest Rules
All students who appear in a video submitted to compete in the video contest must be from the same class at the same school. Classes are encouraged to submit multiple entries. Video recordings can be taken either using mobile telephones or video cameras. Submissions must be received by the deadline of 4:00p.m. Monday, 20 January 2014.
Video entries must be uploaded to YouTube, Facebook , Vimeo or other social network and the link sent to Italy Reads ([email protected] ) in an email which must include a note or message with: name of school, name of teacher, list of students involved in making video (both those acting and those involved in other aspects of the production), email address and contact information for person submitting the video. Participation in the Student Video Contest constitutes acceptance of the terms authorizing John Cabot University to use the video. Download the disclaimer
Videos have a maximum 3 minute limit and must be submitted directly online by uploading them to YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo or other social network and sending the link to [email protected]  by the stated deadline.
The committee of judges will select the winning video based on the following criteria:
Artistic interpretation of the novel's themes. Acting ability of those appearing in video (if video includes actors)Creativity in direction of the video. Originality of interpretation. Costumes and make-up (if used in the video).Lighting.Quality of video recording. Quality of audio.
Two (2) awards for the amount of 500 Euros and 300 Euros will be given to the classes whose submissions have been determined to best satisfy the above-listed criteria. Honorable Mention will be given to other categories as deemed appropriate by the panel of judges. Award Winners will be announced on Wednesday, 19 February 2014.
Prize money must be spent on a project or activity chosen by the class as a group and approved by the Italy Reads participating teacher. The prize funds must be spent before June 2014 and a report on how the award was spent must be submitted to Italy Reads by the end of June 2014.

Volunteer for Italy Reads

Your international voyage will help others on theirs!

Listen to what some of our Fall 2012 volunteers had to say about their volunteering experience.
Italy Reads welcomes student volunteers from AACUPI programs - The Italy Reads was recently illustrated to representatives from the 150 institutions of the Association of American College and University Programs in Italy. Now, students attending these other study abroad programs throughout Italy have the opportunity to register, be trained and become an Italy Reads Volunteer.

What is Italy Reads?
Italy Reads is John Cabot University's community-based reading and cultural exchange program that began in 2008 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 call Italy Reads.

What does a volunteer do?
Teams of JCU student volunteers visit Italian high schools to participate in discussions of the selected novel in English. During the fall semester, volunteers also assist Italian students in producing a short English-language video on the novel as part of our Italy Reads Video Contest. Students also help in one of the many events such as presentation of the adaptation of the novel for the stage by the  English Theatre of Rome. Exchange visits often continue throughout the spring term as well.
The minimum time commitment expected is about 6 hours during the semester for a high school visit – you are always welcome to do more!
By volunteering, you become more integrated into the Italian community, have the opportunity to consider a significant moment in your own country's history from within an international context, and experience how foreigners interpret American culture. You'll meet Italians and form friendships that we hope will follow you through your life's travels. All volunteers who successfully fulfill the requirements of the program receive a certificate of recognition from John Cabot University to include on their international resumes.

How do I become an Italy Reads volunteer?
First you need to read an American novel! We are pleased to announce that the book for Italy Reads 2013 is Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake. The official edition of the book is the Harper Perennial edition (ISBN 0006551807).

What next? Follow these quick and easy steps:
Step 1: Fill in the registration form and sign up for the online training review.
Step 2: Read the book.
Step 3: Complete the required on-line training review, which lasts less than 3 hours. You can find the link below and you will also receive an email with instructions. Once you have completed the short training review, you're ready to volunteer! The training review is designed to familiarize you with the novel so that you can participate in cultural exchange activities with Italian high school students and their teachers during which you will discuss the novel and its author.

When you arrive in Rome, JCU will host an orientation reception for all of the Italy Read volunteers! JCU Staff will guide you along your volunteer experience and place you with a local Italian high school. At the end of your service, you will receive an official certificate of participation.

Eligibility: Italy Reads volunteers, who should be fluent in English, must be enrolled as John Cabot University students. Study abroad students: You are ideal volunteers as this provides you with international service learning experience!

Become a part of a growing initiative!

February 20, 2014
 Winners of Italy Reads 2013 Student Video Contest Announced!

On the 19th of February, a joyous crowd of Italian high school students and teachers was joined by representatives from the Embassy of the United States of America in Italy to watch the videos of the finalists in this year’s Italy Reads Student Video Contest.

John Cabot University President Franco Pavoncello welcomed everyone to this established annual film event, commending the participants on their great efforts of adapting a novel into a three-minute video, especially in a second language.

The Italy Reads Student Video Contest is the culmination of the many Italy Reads activities sponsored by John Cabot University. This year, John Cabot University’s Italy Reads program received support from the Embassy of the United States of America in acknowledgement of the opportunity for cultural exchange through the study of American literature. John Cabot wishes to thank the American Embassy for their support.

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Vice President and Dean Mary Merva congratulated everyone involved for their enthusiasm and continued support, before announcing the awards of the contest.

Over the past 5 years, more than 200 JCU students have become qualified Italy Reads Volunteers. They engaged high school students in class discussions in English, at Italian and International high schools in Rome and surrounding cities.

Italy Reads has grown from 20 to 130 teachers of English, and from 17 to 46 high schools in Rome and nearby cities. This means that approximately 2000 Italian high school students each year are joining together to read, discuss and share ideas about a selected work of American literature, all in English!    

Italy Reads received 21 entries to the contest this year from 11 different secondary schools, from Rome, Anzio, Pomezia and Naples. These students, led by their teachers and assisted by trained JCU student volunteers, created 3-minute videos inspired by their reading and study of Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake. Awards were presented for First Prize, Second Prize and Honourable mentions.

Italy Reads 2013 Student Video Contest Award winners are:

First Place (500 euro prize): “The Namesake” by students of Class 1 A, Liceo Classico at Liceo Immanuel Kant. Their teacher is Professor Alessandra Tedeschini.

The judges commented favorably on the symbolic shot of the protagonist tearing the page to represent him letting go of the past. The sound transitions, the lighting and the diverse and effective camera shots used with this video were effective.

Second Place (300 euro prize): “Interview with Hyenas” by students of Class 3 H, at Liceo Scientifico Statale “Innocenzo XII” in Anzio. Their teacher is Professor Fortuna Pappalardo.

The judges commented that the actors were having so much fun that their audience does as well. Students attempted to situate the novel’s themes in the context of Italian media.

Honorable Mention: “Let Me Be” by students of Class 3 C at Liceo Immanuel Kant, Rome. Their teacher is Professor Claudia Francesca Cacciò.

Honorable Mention for Best Acting: “One Hand, Five Homes” by students of Class 5E at Chris Cappell College, Anzio. Their teacher is Professor Ida Balzano.
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The selection panel was impressed by the quality and variety of videos that were submitted, as well as the enthusiasm and dedication with which students worked together to reach a common goal.

John Cabot University looks forward to Italy Reads 2014 when we will be reading Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms. For more information please contact Ms. Gina Marie Spinelli, Coordinator of the Italy Reads Program at [email protected].

Learn more about the Department of English Language and Literature at JCU!

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 are pleased to announce that the book for Italy Reads 2012 is F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. The official edition of the book is the Oxford University Press edition (ISBN 978-0199536405).

Please see our Calendar of Events for a complete list of Italy Reads activities.

To register as an official Italy Reads 2012 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 F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Great Gatsby, watch the film adaptation of The Great Gatsby, 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.

Professor Elizabeth Geoghegan is serving as Interim Coordinator for Italy Reads 2012.

ITALY READS ACTIVITIES

Keynote Address - Participating teachers and their students will be invited to the Italy Reads Keynote Address delivered by an expert in F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Great Gatsby. See the Calendar of Events for details.

Film Screenings - Participating teachers and their students will be invited to free screenings of the film adaptation of The Great Gatsby. See the Calendar of Events for details.

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 Great Gatsby. See the Calendar of Events for details.

Student Video Contest - Students participating in Italy Reads 2012 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 play in a student exchange program.  Students of participating Italy Reads 2012 teachers will also be invited to participate in discussions of the novel at the John Cabot University campus. Contact Italy Reads 2012 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 2012. Contact Italy Reads 2012 at [email protected]  or call Ms. Gina Marie Spinelli at +39-06-681-91223 for details.

Teaching Materials - Through the Italy Reads 2012 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 2012 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 The Great Gatsby. Contact Italy Reads at [email protected]  or call Ms. Gina Marie Spinelli at 06-681-91223 for details.        

Calendar of Events
You must RSVP for all events to [email protected]  or telephone 06.681.91.223. Photo ID is required for entry to the JCU campus. 
3 October 2012, Wednesday, 7:00 pm – 8:30pm, Keynote Address by Dr. Sarah Churchwell, Aula Magna, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere).
4 October 2012, Thursday, 3:00 pm – 5:00pm, Keynote Address 'by popular demand, repeat of lecture given on October 3rd) by Dr. Sarah Churchwell, Aula Magna, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere).
4 October 2012, Thursday, 6:30pm – 8:30 pm,Workshop for High School Teachers with Keynote Speaker, Dr. Sarah Churchwell, Aula Magna, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere).

Biography
Sarah Churchwell is Professor of American Literature and Public Understanding of the Humanities. Her research and teaching expertise are in 20th-21st century and contemporary American literature and culture; American film history; gender theory; cultural studies and popular culture; and biography and autobiography. She is the author of The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe (Granta 2004), co-editor of Must Read: Rediscovering the Bestseller (Continuum 2012), and author of various articles, chapters and introductions (see research and publications tabs, above). Her new book, Careless People, about F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Great Gatsby, will be published in early 2013.
Her journalism has appeared in the Guardian, the Independent, the New York Times Book Review, the TLS, the Observer, the Times, the Telegraph, the New Statesman, the Spectator, the Liberal, the Financial Times, Glamour, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Esquire and Psychologies, among others, and she is a contributing writer for New Statesman magazine.
Radio appearances include Any Questions, Front Row, Woman's Hour, the Jeremy Vine show, Radio Five Live, and various regional radio programmes, and a documentary for Radio 4 on the 20th anniversary of When Harry Met Sally.
She is a regular panelist on The Review Show (BBC2); other television appearances include Newsnight, This Week, The Cinema Show, ITV This Morning, BBC News and World News, Sky News, The DVD Collection, The Sharp End with Clive Anderson, The Last Word, Before the Booker, and various film documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, and SkyOne, including Arena's TS Eliot (BBC2), The Rules of Film Noir (BBC4), and Unfinished Masterpieces (BBC2).

 Italy Reads Cinema
Italy Reads participating teachers and their students will be asked to reserve their group screenings of the 1974 film adaptation of the novel in advance. JCU Italy Reads Volunteers will be invited to participate in post-screening discussions. To arrange for a screening of the film, please contact Ms. Gina Marie Spinelli at [email protected] .

Italy Reads 2012 Lectures

The Book Was Better: A problem-solving approach to literary adaptation
JCU Professor Brian Thomson, who is currently teaching a course entitled 'Foundations of Digital Video Production', will be discussing the decisions filmmakers need to make in order to define their approach to the process of adapting literary material for the screen. The lecture will draw on several well-known 'adapted' films ('Blade Runner/Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?', 'O Brother Where Art Thou/The Odyssey', 'Psycho', 'Lord of the Rings', 'The English Patient', etc.) in order to illustrate various methods of adaptation and the problems they present for filmmakers attempting to strike a balance between respect for source material and the need to communicate with audiences through a primarily visual medium.  Following a consideration of some of the particular problems posed by Gatsby the lecture will conclude with some practical screenwriting tips and recommendations for producing the best possible image with a mobile phone. The lecture will be followed by a Q&A session.

Tuesday, October 9th, 5:00-7:00pm,               John Cabot University, Tiber Campus,  
                                                                                  Marc and Peggy Spiegel Student Center,
                                                                                  Lungotevere Sanzio, 12

Thursday, October 18th, 5:00-7:00pm,           John Cabot University, Tiber Campus,
                                                                                  Marc and Peggy Spiegel Student Center,  
                                                                                  Lungotevere Sanzio, 12

Monday, October 22nd, 5:00-7:00pm,              John Cabot University, Tiber Campus,
                                                                                   Marc and Peggy Spiegel Student Center, 
                                                                                   Lungotevere Sanzio, 12 

It's all about style: The Great Gatsby as The Great American Novel
JCU Professor Elizabeth Geoghegan, will offer the following lecture. In 1922, F. Scott Fitzgerald declared his goal to write "something new—something extraordinary and beautiful and simple + intricately patterned" and, as a result, he produced 'The Great Gatsby'. American writers have long had the ambition to write the so-called "Great American Novel," but does one even exist? And if so, how and why does 'The Great Gatsby' qualify? This talk will explore F. Scott Fitzgerald's style, the "intricately patterned" language and lyricism that brought the novel back into literary consciousness from its premature burial in the 1920's, and won the book its status as a marvel of 20th century literature.

Tuesday, October 23rd, 4:30-5:45pm,             John Cabot University, Tiber Campus,
                                                                                   Room T.G.4 (capacity 50 people)
                                                                                   Lungotevere Sanzio, 12

Monday, October 29th, 4:30-5:45pm,               John Cabot University, Tiber Campus,
                                                                                    Room T.1.2 (capacity 25 people)
                                                                                    Lungotevere Sanzio, 12 

The Gatsby Curve
JCU Professor of Economics and Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs, Mary Merva, will be discussing The Great Gatsby from an economist's point of view addressing the question:  Is upward social and economic mobility hindered or helped by income inequality? By exploring what is known as "The Great Gatsby Curve" we may gain some insight into this very intriguing question. 

Wednesday, October 10th, 12:45-3:00pm,       John Cabot University, Guarini Campus,
                                                                                     Room G.K.1.2, (capacity 20 people)
                                                                                     Via della Lungara 233 

Tuesday, October 16th, 11:30-12:45pm,           John Cabot University, Tiber Campus,
                                                                                     Room T.G.2, (capacity 25 people)
                                                                                     Lungotevere Sanzio, 12

Tuesday, October 16th, 5:00-7:00pm,                John Cabot University, Tiber Campus,
                                                                                     Marc and Peggy Spiegel Student Center,
                                                                                     Lungotevere Sanzio, 12

Italy Reads/ The English Theater of Rome
Italy Reads participating teachers and their students will be asked to reserve their group screenings in advance.

RSVP for all events to [email protected]  or telephone 06.681.91.223.  Photo ID is required for entry to the JCU campus. For tickets to the English Theatre of Rome's productions please e-mail [email protected] .

SOLD OUT 26 October 2012, Friday, 8:00pm, Opening Performance,The English Theatre of Rome production of The Great Gatsby, Aula Magna Regina, G.G.1 and Secchia Terrace, Guarini Campus, John Cabot University, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere). To reserve seats or for more information, email [email protected]  or [email protected]

SOLD OUT 27 October 2012, Saturday, 6:00pm, The English Theatre of Rome production of The Great Gatsby, Aula Magna Regina, G.G.1 and Secchia Terrace, Guarini Campus, John Cabot University, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere). To reserve seats or for more information, email [email protected]  or [email protected]

28 October 2012, Sunday, 6:00pm, The English Theatre of Rome production of The Great Gatsby, Aula Magna Regina, G.G.1 and Secchia Terrace, Guarini Campus, John Cabot University, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere). To reserve seats or for more information, email [email protected]  or [email protected]

2 November 2012, Friday, 8:00pm, The English Theatre of Rome production of The Great Gatsby, Aula Magna Regina, G.G.1 and Secchia Terrace, Guarini Campus, John Cabot University, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere). To reserve seats or for more information, email [email protected]  or [email protected].  

3 November 2012, Saturday, 6:00pm, The English Theatre of Rome production of The Great Gatsby, Aula Magna Regina, G.G.1 and Secchia Terrace, Guarini Campus, John Cabot University, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere). To reserve seats or for more information, email [email protected]  or [email protected]

4 November 2012, Sunday, 6:00pm, The English Theatre of Rome production of The Great Gatsby, Aula Magna Regina, G.G.1 and Secchia Terrace, Guarini Campus, John Cabot University, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere). To reserve seats or for more information, email [email protected]  or [email protected]

10 November 2012, Saturday, 6:00pm, The English Theatre of Rome production of The Great Gatsby, Aula Magna Regina, G.G.1 and Secchia Terrace, Guarini Campus, John Cabot University, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere). To reserve seats or for more information, email [email protected]  or [email protected]

11 November 2012, Sunday, 6:00pm, The English Theatre of Rome production of The Great Gatsby, Aula Magna Regina, G.G.1 and Secchia Terrace, Guarini Campus, John Cabot University, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere). To reserve seats or for more information, email [email protected]  or [email protected]

19 November 2012, Monday, 4:00pm, Deadline for submissions to the Italy Reads Student Video Contest . Submissions of videos to the contest must includes a note or message that includes: name of school, name of teacher, list of students involved in making video (both those appearing in and those involved in other aspects of the production), email address and contact information for person submitting the video. Please see our webpage dedicated to the Student Video Contest for rules and regulations.

4 December 2012, Tuesday, 5:00pm, Italy Reads Student Video Contest Award Ceremony, Aula Magna Regina, G.G.1 and Secchia Terrace, Guarini Campus, John Cabot University, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere).

Help Support Italy Reads
John Cabot University welcomes monetary contributions in support of Italy Reads. If you would like to contribute to Italy Reads you can find more information by clicking here.

Resources for Teachers
The Great Gatsby (NEA Big Read)
This section of the NEA Big Read website is dedicated to The Heart Great Gatsby and gives access to a teacher's guide and a reader's guide. 
Wikipedia: F.S.Fitzgerald
Wikipedia entry for Francis Scott Fitzgerald, with biographical information and the list of his works. 
Wikipedia: The Great Gatsby
Wikipedia entry for The Great Gatsby.
F. Scott Fitzgerald Centenary site
This site by The University of South Carolina has many links to follow, including one to a picture of his briefcase, and one to his (sadly all too-often used) flask.
Articles and Reviews
"The Great Gatsby"- Encyclopedia of the Novel
A reflection upon the function of the symbolic narrative structure and the use of the first person narrator in a novel which is both modernist and traditional.
The Great Gatsby resonates with urban adolescents
The author, Sara Rimer, highlights the importance of The Great Gatsby's message for the urban adolescents, especially immigrants, who look at the characters in the novel as an example to follow as if they were celebrities. 
The Demise of 1920s American Dream in The Great Gatsby
Discussion on the various cultural elements reflected in The Great Gatsby which led to the downfall of the 1920s American Dream.
Jordan Baker, Gender Dissent and Homosexual Passing in The Great Gatsby
The article is about the intersections between racial and gender transgression and about the ways patriarchal capitalism constructs gender and sexuality. 
Was Gatsby Black?
New questions about Jay Gatsby's identity. A literary professor, Carlyle V. Thompson has found textual evidence that Gatsby was black. 
Jay Gatsby, Dreamer, Criminal, Jazz Age Rogue, is a Man of our Times
The article makes an analysis of Gatsby's negative characteristics affirming that it is through these flaws that he is a modern man. 
Daisy Buchanan, The Great Gatsby's heroine, is she retarded?
Daisy is seen through her weaknesses. 
Gatsby: the greatest of them all
The author, Jonathan Yardley, after writing about Hemingway's reaction to the novel, asks himself what he would have thought of Gatsby if he had been a reader in 1925 and concludes saying that if he could have only one book, this would be The Great Gatsby.  
Trimalchio an early version of The Great Gatsby
A review of Trimalchio as a distinct work of art and a comparison to The Great Gatsby. 
Lavish Gatsby Loses Book's Spirit
A critical review of J .Clayton's film (1974). According to its author, V. Canby, the film is not faithful to the book's spirit. 
Mimsy Review: The Great Gatsby
The author, J. Stratton, recommends the book because it is easy to read and because it is a story which resembles real life. 
The Sexual Drama of Nick and Gatsby
In this review the author, E. Wasiolek, writes about the main characters in The Great Gatsby in relation to sex and to the psychic disorders common to the dichotomy between the real and the ideal. 
Study Guides
Bookrags
Study guide containing information on the novel and its author. It includes characters description, chapter summaries, and activities. 
Cummings Study Guides
Study guide of The Great Gatsby including plot summary, character and theme analysis, and essay topics. 
Spark notes
This site will help students with an understanding of themes and characters. It includes chapter summaries, character analysis, and study questions.
Francis Scott Fitzgerald's Biographies
The Big Read – About the Author (NEA Big Read)
Fitzgerald's biography available on the NEA Big Read website. 
The Big Read – Historical Context (NEA Big Read)
This NEA web page offers information on the life and times of Scott Fitzgerald.
A Fitzgerald Capsule History
This site, made by Minnesota Public Radio, commemorating Fitzgerald's 100th birthday, provides a chronology of F. Scott Fitzgerald's life. 
A Fitzgerald Chronology
This site provides a chronology of F. Scott Fitzgerald's life.
The Fitzgeralds
This site primarily contains biographical information about F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Fitzgerald.

Lesson Plans and Activities
This is a suggested teaching schedule for a study of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby.
It is based on the Big Read suggested lesson plan, with additions from Professor Carlos Dew's course on The Great Gatsby, held at John Cabot University of Rome in 2012.
Audio Guide CDs are available only for the communities participating in The Big Read.
Non-participating communities can listen to the full audio online.
FOCUS: Biography
Activities : Listen to The Big Read Audio Guide, Track One.
Read Reader's Guide essays Write on D'Invilliers quote, which serves as an epigraph.
Homework : Discuss significant details from Fitzgerald's life that influenced the content and or themes revealed in the Great Gatsby.
FOCUS: Setting the scene
Activities: Listen to The Big Read Audio Guide, Track Two.
Homework: Write about the relationship between the cultural era and the novel
FOCUS: Narrative and Point of View
Activities: Explore Nick's narration. Draw Nick's moral profile in the context of the play.
Identify Nick's reactions to the several narrated or acted examples of "misconduct" in the novel.
Compare them to Nick's self-presentation at the beginning of Chapter I and to his statement that "Gatsby turned out all right in the end".
Homework: Write about Nick as a narrator and as a character.
FOCUS: Characters
Activities: Explore the protagonist and antagonist. Examine minor characters who serve as foils. Write about the antagonist. What different male and female models does the novel feature?
Group work: Describe the different characters with reference to social background, social behavior, attitude, moral profile and ambitions.
FOCUS: Figurative Language
Activities: Review the novel, identifying instances of figurative language.
Homework: Write a personal story using techniques of imagery, simile, and metaphor.
FOCUS: Symbols
Activities: Discuss the symbols in the novel. Also see the section on themes, motifs and symbols in www.sparknotes.com .
Homework: Write an essay on the symbols in the novel.
FOCUS: Character Development
Activities: Explore how characters change within the story. Examine whether the landscape reflects point of view. Read Handout Two.
Write about the novel as a coming-of-age story.
Homework: Chapter 7.
FOCUS: The Plot Unfolds
Activities: Chart a timeline of the story. Develop a plot for the sequel.
Homework: Chapters 8 and 9.
FOCUS: Space in the Great Gatsby
Activities: Analyze different types of space in the novel, external and domestic, and their symbolic often dichotomous character.
Group work: Using pictures from magazines or films students can prepare oral presentations on this topic.
FOCUS: Themes of the Novel
Activities: Have students propose five potential themes to examine more closely. Develop an interpretation based on one of the themes.
Homework: Begin essays. Complete outlines for next class.
FOCUS: What Makes a Book Great?
Activities: Explore the qualities of a great novel and a voice of a generation. Examine the qualities that make Fitzgerald's novel successful. Peer review of paper outlines and drafts.
Homework: Essay due during the next class period. 

Digital Materials
The Great Gatsby - 2000
Shot in Montreal, Quebec, The Great Gatsby, in 2000 by Robert Markowitz – a made-for-TV movie starring Toby Stephens, Paul Rudd and Mira Sorvino.( 16 parts)
The Great Gatsby - 2012
Official trailer of The Great Gatsby, written and directed by Baz Luhrmann and starring Leonardo Di Caprio, Carey Mulligan,  Tobey Maguire. Shot in Sidney, the film is set to be released in cinemas on December 25, 2012 by Warner Bros. Pictures.
The Great Gatsby - ebook
From the on line free library of the University of Adelaide (Au), the ebook is only one of the F.Scott Fitzgerald's section, with all the other finished novels and collection and more than 50 short stories. Supported by most eReader (ePub format)
The Great Gatsby Audio Guide
From the The National Endowment for the Arts' site, here is the guide narrated by Dana Gioia, featuring Matthew J. Bruccoli, Maureen Corrigan, Andrew Sean Greer, Gish Jen, Robert Redford and Sam Waterston.
The Great Gatsby: a summary and Life of Gatsby
Two video summaries by Spark Notes.
Great Gatsby Suite
John Harbison's etudes from the suite ( 1999) commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera Based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Additional Resources
F. Scott Fitzgerald Centenary Home Page
Several resources including general and bibliographic information.
F. Scott Fitzgerald dies of a heart attack in Hollywood seventy years ago today
Blog post dedicated to F. Scott Fitzgerald in the Reader's Almanac: The Official Blog of the Library of America.
An introduction to F. Scott Fitzgerald and links to his works
Introduction to Francis Scott Fitzgerald with updates by the Open Knowledge Foundation site. 
Pictures by Montgomery related to the Fitzgeralds and Zelda's paintings
From the site Southern Literary Trail: celebrating writers of classic southern literature of Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia, the diary of the stay of the Fitzgeralds in Montgomery ( Zelda's home town) in October 1931.
Out of Minnesota: Mythography and Generational Poetics in the Writings of Bob Dylan and F. Scott Fitzgerald by Bloom, James D.
A paper comparing two generational writers, Bob Dylan and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Prohibition
A three-minute documentary about Prohibition in the USA in the 20's.
The Jazz Age
A two-minute silent video that captures the spirit  of the 20's.
Flappers and the roaring twenties
A six-minute video about young girls living in the 20's.
Volunteer for Italy Reads
Your international voyage will help others on theirs!
Click here and listen to what some of our Fall 2012 volunteers had to say about their volunteering experience.

What is Italy Reads?
Italy Reads is John Cabot University's community-based reading and cultural exchange program that began in 2008 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 call Italy Reads.

What does a volunteer do?
Teams of JCU student volunteers visit Italian high schools to participate in discussions of the selected novel in English. During the fall semester, volunteers also assisted Italian students in producing a short English-language video on the novel as part of our Italy Reads Video Contest. Students also helped in one of the many events such as the adaptation of the novel for the stage by the Rome English Theatre.
The minimum time commitment expected is about 4 hours during the semester for a high school visit – you are always welcome to do more!
By volunteering, you become more integrated into the Italian community, have the opportunity to consider a significant moment in your own country's history from within an international context, and experience how foreigners interpret American culture. You'll meet Italians and form friendships that we hope will follow you through your life's travels. All volunteers receive a certificate of recognition from John Cabot University to include on their international resumes.

How do I become an Italy Reads volunteer?
First you need to read an American novel! We are pleased to announce that the book for Italy Reads 2012 is F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. The official edition of the book is the Oxford University Press edition (ISBN 978-0199536405).

What next? Follow these quick and easy steps:
Step 1: Fill in the registration form and sign up for the online training course.
Step 2: Read the book.
Step 3: Complete the required on-line training course, which lasts less than 10 hours, before you arrive in Rome. You can find the link below and you will also receive an email with instructions. Once you have completed the short training course, you're ready to volunteer! The training course is designed to familiarize you with the novel so that you can participate in cultural exchange activities with Italian high school students and their teachers during which you will discuss the novel and its author.

When you arrive in Rome, JCU will host an orientation reception for all of the Italy Read volunteers! JCU Staff will guide you along your volunteer experience and place you with a local Italian high school. At the end of your service, you will receive an official certificate of participation.

Eligibility: Italy Reads volunteers, who should be fluent in English, must be enrolled as John Cabot University students. Study abroad students: You are ideal volunteers as this provides you with international service learning experience!

Student Video Contest

Winners of Italy Reads 2012 Student Video Contest Announced!
A joyous crowd of Italian high school students and teachers were in the Aula Magna Regina on December 4th for the Italy Reads 2012 Student Video Contest Awards Ceremony. JCU Professor of Creative Writing, Elizabeth Geoghegan, who coordinates the Italy Reads, welcomed everyone to this established annual film event. Prof. Geoghegan pointed out the extraordinary enthusiasm, creativity, linguistic capability, acting and technical skills demonstrated by these students. Italy Reads received 20 entries to the contest this year from 13 different secondary schools.

Students from high schools in Rome, Anzio and Naples, led by teachers and assisted by trained JCU student volunteers participating in Italy Reads 2012, created short films of their interpretations of Francis Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby. There were two divisions of the contest: one for English language schools and one for non-English language schools (including Italian, French, and German high schools). Professor Elizabeth Geoghegan and Gina Marie Spinelli, JCU Academic Administrative Assistant and Coordinator of Italy Reads, announced the winners of the contest. Each first prize winner received 500 Euros to be spent on a project or activity chosen by the class as a group and approved by the Italy Reads participating teacher. The prize funds must be spent before June 2013 and a report on how the award was spent must be submitted to Italy Reads 2012 by the end of June 2013. All participating classes received a Certificate of Participation.

 Italy Reads 2012 Student Video Contest Award winners in the following categories were:
For English language schools division, there was a tie between two classes. The 1st prize of 500 Euros will be shared equally by:
'The Great Gatsby' , submitted by students of the 9th year and their teacher Anna Madden at St. George's British International School Rome, and

For Italian Licei division, the 1st prize of 500 Euros was awarded to:
'Two Sides of a Dream' , submitted by students of the V-B and their teacher Fortuna Pappalardo at Liceo Scientifico Statale 'Innocenzo XII'. Judges commented, 'This is hands-down the winner, English institution or no. They adapted the story in order to address a contemporary response to Gatsby and they did it with excellent production values, solid acting (particularly for non-native speakers of English), and editing that was well-paced'.
'It is a more mature story than most.' 
Finalist in this category was awarded to 'The Great Gatsby', submitted by students of the IV-D and their teacher Cinzia Cetraro at Liceo Scientifico Statale 'Isaac Newton'. Judges commented, 'It was clever to look at Gatsby from a point of view of 20 years after'.
Best Cinematography: 'Black and White Dream', submitted by students of the IV-D and their teacher Marialuisa Garruba at Liceo Scientifico Statale 'Marcello Malpighi'.    Best Direction and Best Editing: 'Stay moment, you're beautiful - The Great Gatsby' , submitted by students of the III-D and their teacher Rossella Manni at Liceo Ginnasio Statale'E. Q.Visconti'. One of the judges commented, 'I'm fairly certain that this director will make a million dollars well before I do'.   
Best Screenplay: 'Interview after Gatsby's Death' ,submitted by students of the V-CL and their teacher Claudia Cacciò at Liceo Ginnasio Statale 'Immanuel Kant'. The judges commented: 'This is very amusing and original take on the subject.'
Best Actress:
awarded to two students, one from each of the two divisions of the contest:
Alessia Appignani, from 'Two Sides of a Dream' , Liceo Scientifico Statale 'Innocenzo XII'.
Best Actor:
Nikola Bialkov from 'Two Sides of a Dream'  Liceo Scientifico Statale 'Innocenzo XII'.           
Best Supporting Actresses:
'The Yellow Girls' from 'Interview after Gatsby's Death' , Liceo Ginnasio Statale 'Immanuel Kant'. The judges commented, 'The Yellow Girls delivered very nice comic turns, which is quite a rare talent!'
Best Scenery:
'Interview after Gatsby's Death', Liceo Ginnasio Statale 'Immanuel Kant'.

On behalf of JCU President, Franco Pavoncello, Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs Mary Merva, our distinguished selection panel and JCU Italy Reads Volunteers, we would like to congratulate all participants for your impressive work. 
We received many interesting and noteworthy submissions to the Student Video Contest, and we were impressed with the variety of approaches to the task, the skill in production as well as the enthusiasm and dedication with which you worked together to reach your goal. With the limited time available and current civic activities in many of your schools, you all managed to work together to produce a final product of which you can be proud. Our selection panel found it difficult to choose the winning videos from the many entries. 
Thank you again for your participation, and we look forward to working with you all again with Italy Reads 2013. We will soon announce the novel that will be the focus of Italy Reads 2013!

Sincerely,
Gina Marie Spinelli, A.B.
Academic Administrative Assistant
Coordinator for Italy Reads

Click on the title of each video to enjoy the other entries to the Italy Reads 2012 Student Video Contest.
'The Great Gatsby' submitted by students of the The International School of Naples and their teacher Toni Sepe.
'The Great Gatsby' submitted by students of the II-B at Liceo Ginnasio Statale 'Immanuel Kant' and their teacher Anna Maria Sartori.
'The Great Gatsby' submitted by students of the III-B at Liceo Ginnasio Statale 'Immanuel Kant' and their teacher Anna Maria Sartori.
'The Great Gatsby' submitted by students of the 5-A Liceo at ISIS 'Enrico De Nicola' (Naples) and their teacher Lolita Peduto.
'The Great Gatsby' submitted by students of the 5-B at ISIS 'Enrico De Nicola' (Naples) and their teacher Lolita Peduto.
'The Great Gatsby'  submitted by students of the 10th year class at St. George's British International School Rome and their teacher Anna Madden.
'The Great Gatsby' submitted by students of the IV-DL at Liceo Ginnasio Statale 'Immanuel Kant' and their teacher Alessandra Tedeschini.
'The Great Gatsby' submitted by students of the I-D at Liceo Ginnasio Statale 'Dante Alighieri' and their teacher Carla Mummolo.
'The Great Gatsby' submitted by students of the II-C at Liceo Ginnasio Statale 'Augusto' and their teacher Maria Teresa Ciaffaroni.
'The Great Gatsby' submitted by students at Liceo Ginnasio Statale 'Virgilio' and their teacher Rosamaria Corradi (N.B.: This entry, unfortunately, did not satisfy the contest regulations. However, we were happy to submit it for consideration by the panel of judges outside the competition).

Please visit the Resources page for resources for teachers and groups, study guides, digital materials, articles, lesson plans and activities.

You must RSVP for all events to [email protected]or telephone 06.681.91.223. Photo ID is required for entry to the JCU campus.

Winners of Italy Reads 2011 Student Video Contest Announced!

JCU Professor of English and Director of Italy Reads Carlos Dews welcomed a joyous crowd of high school students in the Aula Magna Regina on December 15th for the Italy Reads 2011 Student Video Contest Awards Ceremony. In his welcome speech, he pointed out the extraordinary creativity, linguistic capability, acting and technical skills demonstrated by these students. Italy Reads received 24 entries to the contest this year.
Students from local area high schools, lead by teachers participating in Italy Reads 2011, created short films of their interpretations of Carson McCullers’s novel The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter. Professor Carlos Dews and Gina Marie Spinelli, JCU Academic Administrative Assistant and coordinator of Italy Reads, announced the winners of the contest.
The winners were:
First Prize: Liceo “Newton,” Class IV-F, Prof. Cinzia Cetraro
Second Prize
: Liceo “Newton,” Class III-D, Prof. Cinzia Cetraro
Special Prize for Exceptional Artistic Merit: Liceo “Innocenzo XII,” Class IV-B, Prof. Fortuna Pappalardo
Finalist: Liceo “Pascal,” Class III-C, Prof. Anne-Marie Peduto
Finalist: Liceo “Keplero,” Class IV-G, Prof. Antonella Nifosi
Click here to watch the winning videos!

Calendar of Events

Past Events
15 December, Thursday, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 2011, Announcement of Winners of Student Video Contest!
30 November 2011, Wednesday, 6:00p.m., Deadline for video entries to be submitted for the Student Video Contest! Videos have a maximum 10 minute limit and must be submitted on a DVD as AVI or MOV formatted files or uploaded to YouTube with the web address or URL submitted via email to Italy Reads ([email protected]). DVDs can be hand delivered to Ms. Gina Spinelli at the Guarini Campus of John Cabot University, Via della Lungara 233, Rome (Trastevere) or mailed to Ms. Gina Spinelli, John Cabot University, Via della Lungara 233, 00165 Rome.
18 November 2011, Friday, 6:30 p.m.,The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter Cinema. Screening of the 1968 film adaptation of the novel, starring Alan Arkin, Sondra Locke, Laurinda Barrett and Stacy Keach. Room G.G.1, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere).
16 November 2011, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.,
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter Cinema. Screening of the 1968 film adaptation of the novel, starring Alan Arkin, Sondra Locke, Laurinda Barrett and Stacy Keach. Room G.G.1, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere).
14 November 2011, Monday, 6:30 p.m.,
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter Cinema. Screening of the 1968 film adaptation of the novel, starring Alan Arkin, Sondra Locke, Laurinda Barrett and Stacy Keach. Room G.G.1, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere).
13 November 2011, Sunday, 6:00 p.m.,
Rome English Theatre production of The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Aula Magna, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere). To reserve seats or for more information, email [email protected] or [email protected].
13 November 2011, Sunday, 3:00 p.m.,
Rome English Theatre production of The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Aula Magna, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere). To reserve seats or for more information, email [email protected] or [email protected].
SOLD OUT - 11 November 2011, Friday, 8:00 p.m.,
Rome English Theatre production of The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Aula Magna, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere). To reserve seats or for more information, email [email protected] or [email protected]
11 November 2011, Friday, 6:30 p.m.,The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter Cinema. Screening of the 1968 film adaptation of the novel, starring Alan Arkin, Sondra Locke, Laurinda Barrett and Stacy Keach. Room G.G.1, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere). 
9 November 2011, Wednesday, 8:00 p.m., Rome English Theatre production of The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Aula Magna, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere). To reserve seats or for more information, email [email protected] or [email protected]
9 November 2011, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter Cinema. Screening of the 1968 film adaptation of the novel, starring Alan Arkin, Sondra Locke, Laurinda Barrett and Stacy Keach. Room G.G.1, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere). 
7 November 2011, Monday, 6:30 p.m.,The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter Cinema. Screening of the 1968 film adaptation of the novel, starring Alan Arkin, Sondra Locke, Laurinda Barrett and Stacy Keach. Room G.G.1, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere). 
6 November 2011, Sunday, 6:00 p.m., Rome English Theatre production of The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Aula Magna, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere). To reserve seats or for more information, email [email protected] or [email protected]
6 November 2011, Sunday, 3:00 p.m., Rome English Theatre production of The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Aula Magna, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere). To reserve seats or for more information, email [email protected] or [email protected].
5 November 2011, Saturday, 6:00 p.m., Rome English Theatre production of The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Aula Magna, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere). To reserve seats or for more information, email [email protected] or [email protected]
5 November 2011, Saturday, 3:00 p.m., Rome English Theatre production of The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Aula Magna, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere). To reserve seats or for more information, email [email protected] or [email protected]
4 November 2011, Friday, 6:30 p.m., The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter Cinema. Screening of the 1968 film adaptation of the novel, starring Alan Arkin, Sondra Locke, Laurinda Barrett and Stacy Keach. Room G.G.1, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere). 
SOLD OUT - 2 November 2011, Wednesday, 8:00 p.m., Rome English Theatre production of The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Aula Magna, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere). To reserve seats or for more information, email [email protected] or [email protected]
2 November 2011, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.,The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter Cinema. Screening of the 1968 film adaptation of the novel, starring Alan Arkin, Sondra Locke, Laurinda Barrett and Stacy Keach. Room G.G.1, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere). 
30 October 2011, Sunday, 5:00 p.m., Opening night (all tickets are 10 Euro),Rome English Theatre production of The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Aula Magna, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere). To reserve seats or for more information, email [email protected] or [email protected]
28 October 2011, Friday, 6:30 p.m., The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter Cinema. Screening of the 1968 film adaptation of the novel, starring Alan Arkin, Sondra Locke, Laurinda Barrett and Stacy Keach. Room G.G.1, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere).
26 October 2011, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.,The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter Cinema. Screening of the 1968 film adaptation of the novel, starring Alan Arkin, Sondra Locke, Laurinda Barrett and Stacy Keach. Room G.G.1, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere). 
24 October 2011, Monday, 6:30 p.m.,The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter Cinema. Screening of the 1968 film adaptation of the novel, starring Alan Arkin, Sondra Locke, Laurinda Barrett and Stacy Keach. Room G.G.1, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere). 
21 October 2011, Friday, 6:30 p.m.,The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter Cinema. Screening of the 1968 film adaptation of the novel, starring Alan Arkin, Sondra Locke, Laurinda Barrett and Stacy Keach. Room G.G.1, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere). 
19 October 2011, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.,The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter Cinema. Screening of the 1968 film adaptation of the novel, starring Alan Arkin, Sondra Locke, Laurinda Barrett and Stacy Keach. Room G.G.1, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere).
17 October 2011, Monday, 6:30 p.m.,The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter Cinema. Screening of the 1968 film adaptation of the novel, starring Alan Arkin, Sondra Locke, Laurinda Barrett and Stacy Keach. Room G.G.1, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere). 
14 October 2011, Friday, 6:30 p.m.,The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter Cinema. Screening of the 1968 film adaptation of the novel, starring Alan Arkin, Sondra Locke, Laurinda Barrett and Stacy Keach. Room G.G.1, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere). 
12 October 2011, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.,The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter Cinema. Screening of the 1968 film adaptation of the novel,starring Alan Arkin, Sondra Locke, Laurinda Barrett and Stacy Keach. Room G.G.1, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere).
10 October 2011, Monday, 6:30 p.m.,The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter Cinema. Screening of the 1968 film adaptation of the novel, starring Alan Arkin, Sondra Locke, Laurinda Barrett and Stacy Keach. Room G.G.1, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere). 
7 October 2011, Friday, 6:30 p.m.,The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter Cinema. Screening of the 1968 film adaptation of the novel, starring Alan Arkin, Sondra Locke, Laurinda Barrett and Stacy Keach. Room G.G.1, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere). Cathy Fussell retired this past summer as Director of Columbus State University’s Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians, a position she has held since 2003. Ms. Fussell also served for twelve years as a member of the faculty of the English Department at CSU, where she taught a variety of courses, including a course on Carson McCullers and the New York Arts Immersion Program, which she created. Prior to joining the CSU faculty, Ms. Fussell taught high school in Columbus for fifteen years. She has lived within 35 miles of Columbus virtually all her life, and she has been involved in the McCullers recognition effort since the mid 1980s. 
6 October 2011, Thursday, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., (formerly 5:00-7:00 p.m.) Workshop for High School Teachers with Cathy Fussell, Aula Magna, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere). 
5 October 2011, Wednesday, 7:00 p.m., Keynote Address, Aula Magna, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere). Keynote Speaker, Cathy Fussell. 
18 September Sunday 2011, 10:00a.m.-5:00p.m., Teacher Training Session, Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus, John Cabot University, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere). Lunch provided to participants, Secchia Terrace, 1:00-2:00p.m. 
18 June Saturday 2011, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Teacher Training Session, Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus, John Cabot University, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere). Lunch provided to participants, Secchia Terrace, 1:00-2:00 p.m. 
17 June Friday 2011, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Teacher Training Session, Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus, John Cabot University, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere). Lunch provided to participants, Secchia Terrace, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
10 June Friday 2011, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Teacher Training Session, Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus, John Cabot University, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere). Lunch provided to participants, Secchia Terrace, 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Resources for Teachers

General Resources

Thornton Wilder Society 
The official Thornton Wilder Society web site includes educational resources, such as a bibliography of books and articles on Wilder and his works and an Our Town study guide for teachers and students. The study guide can be downloaded and used in class to stimulate discussion.

Thornton Wilder Family Website 
Official Thornton Wilder Family web site offers a wealth of information about Thornton Wilder and his works. The sections on Our Town and News & Events are particularly interesting.

The Art of Fiction 
Interview with Thornton Wilder published in The Paris Review in the winter 1956 issue.   

The Bridge of San Luis Rey and Our Town: Introduction (NEA Big Read) 
Introduction to Thornton Wilder’s Big Read website by Tappan Wilder, nephew of Thornton Wilder.

Wikipedia: Our Town 
Wikipedia entry for Our Town, describing its history, background, and plot. 

Articles and Reviews
Thornton Wilder on the South Side of Our Town 
Article by Phil McArdle on The Berkeley Daily Planet in 2008. A portrait of Thornton Wilder is drawn  with a special focus on his Berkeley years and the creation of Our Town.    
Articles about Thornton Wilder 
News about Thornton Wilder, including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times

Study Guides
Our Town: Reading Guide Reading guide of the play with discussion questions on Harper Perennial website.

Cummings Study Guide: Our Town 
Study guide of Our Town including plot summary, character and theme analysis, and essay topics. 

Thornton Wilder's Biographies
The Big Read – About the Author (NEA Big Read) 
Wilder’s biography accompanied by an interview that appeared in The Paris Review in the winter 1956 issue. 

The Big Read – Historical Context (NEA Big Read) 
This web page offers information on the life and times of Thornton Wilder. 
American Memory: Thornton Wilder 
Very short biography of the writer. 

Lesson Plans and Activities
The Big Read Schedule/Lesson Plan (NEA Big Read)
Suggested teaching schedule for the study of Thornton Wilder’s The Bridge of San Luis Rey and Our Town. The following links are handouts and lesson plans for Our Town:

The Big Read Capstone Project Ideas (NEA Big Read)   
The Big Read Essay Topics (NEA Big Read) 
Essay topics #7-8-9 are related to Our Town.   

The Big Read Discussion Questions (NEA Big Read) 
The second section presents questions for Our Town. These questions can be used for class discussions.  
Thornton Wilder’s Our Town: The Reader as Writer 
Lesson plans and activities on writing and reading drama using Our Town.   
From Our Town to Our Time 
Lesson plan based on New York Times content. In this lesson, students read a review of a current production of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town and a portion of the play, then write a scene inspired by the play’s timely and timeless aspects and later perform the scenes as readers’ theater.  

Our Town Imaginary Maps 
In this lesson plan students draw a map of the town from the description given by the Stage Manager in the beginning of Act I.  
Our Town Lesson Plan 
Another lesson plan based on New York Times articles and content. In this lesson plan students "identify hubs of activity in their school and produce documentary films and/or photographs that highlight the sights and sounds of those areas."   
The Village and the Stars 
Lesson plan developed by Bill Coden from Yale-New haven Teachers Institute. “The Village and the Stars,” an overall study of the family in literature, centers on a study of Our Town by Thornton Wilder. (Recommended for English classes, grade 8).  
Exploring Thornton Wilder’s Our Town 
Series of ideas that can be addressed to students to stimulate class discussion. Some ideas can be used as essay topics.  
Teachers Net: Our Town 
Discussion questions divided by act.  
Teachers Net: Remake of Our Town 
Based on Wilder’s Our Town, this lesson plans aims to teach students effective play-writing and stage direction. 
Digital Materials
Movie – Our Town 
Directed by Sam Wood, starring William Holden and Martha Scott. 
Our Town 
Our Town is a 1940 film adaptation of a play of the same name by Thornton Wilder starring William Holden, Martha Scott, Fay Bainter, Beulah Bondi, Thomas Mitchell, Guy Kibbee and Frank Craven.  
Videos for Our Town on Youtube 
Selection of videos of Our Town productions and interviews. 

Additional Resources
The Big Read Wilder’s Bibliography (NEA Big Read) 
Selected bibliography on Thornton Wilder. 
OT: Our Town 
Information page of the documentary OT: Our Town with some reviews and praises published on newspapers and magazines.  
OT: Our Town Discussion Guide 
Discussion questions prepared to work with the documentary OT: Our Town

Teaching Drama Resources
Teaching High School Theatre without a Text Book 
Short guide for teachers that need help in finding helpful tools to teach theatre in high school.

Theatre on a Shoestring 
Comprehensive resource site for theatre productions without a budget.
Virtual Drama Studio 
Set of resources useful to Drama and English teachers working in schools, both experienced teachers who are on the lookout for new schemes of work and ideas, and those who are just starting in Drama teaching and would appreciate some support.   
Creative Teaching through Drama 
Resources for teachers that want to use drama in their classroom.      
Drama for Secondary Schools 
Study guide for drama teachers.    
Drama lesson Plans 
Sample lesson plan to teach drama in high school.

Italy Reads 2010 Resources for Readers / Book Groups
The Big Read Essay Topics (NEA Big Read)

Essay topics #7-8-9 are related to Our Town. These topics can be adapted as discussion topics.   
The Big Read Discussion Questions (NEA Big Read)
These discussion questions were created for The Big Read program for both The Bridge of San Luis Rey and Our Town by Thornton Wilder. The second section presents questions for Our Town  

Additional Resources (NEA Big Read) 
Useful resources for readers selected by NEA’s The Big Read.
Teachers Net: Our Town 
Discussion questions divided by act.   
Our Town: Reading Guide 
Reading guide of the play with discussion questions on Harper Perennial website. 
Reading Group Guide 
Reading guide and discussion questions sponsored by Barnes & Noble. The page includes an excerpt that can be used for discussion.
Italy Reads 2010 Student Drama Contest! Winners of Student Drama Contest Announced 
JCU President Franco Pavoncello welcomed a joyous crowd of high school students in the Aula Magna Regina on March 4th for the Italy Reads Student Drama Contest Awards Ceremony. In his welcome speech he discussed globalization, highlighting the importance of learning a language and the role that a university such as JCU plays in this: “The need for Italians to learn English is a national emergency because this language is the key to understanding the world.” 
Students from local area high schools, lead by teachers participating in Italy Reads 2010 created short films of themselves performing excerpts from Our Town by Thornton Wilder. The contest was divided into two categories: one for International (English language) Schools and one for Italian licei. 
"I thank JCU and Italy Reads for giving me the opportunity to reach out to those students who were convinced they 'didn't like English'. This project helped me to uncover a dormant interest in more than a few students. Since we do not have a formal drama department in our school, this project enabled my students to truly engage in this classic of American literature." –quote from an Italy Reads 2010 teacher 
Carlos Dews, JCU Professor of English, Director of the Creative Writing Institute and Project Director of Italy Reads, and Gina Spinelli, JCU Academic Administrative Assistant, announced the award winners and honorable mentions of the contest. 
And the winners were:

  • Winner of Best Video in Liceo Division:
    Liceo “Manara”, Class III-B, Cristiana Gentili
  • Winner of Best Video in International School Division:
    Lycée Chateaubriand de Rome, 1ère Langue de Complément, Stéphane Ravera
  • Honorable Mention for Originality of Interpretation:
    Liceo “Innocenzo XII”, Class III-B, Tina Fortuna Pappalardo
  • Honorable Mention for Representation of Authorial Intent:
    Liceo “Augusto”, Class V-C, Maria Teresa Ciaffaroni
  • Honorable Mention for Contemporary Contextualization of Play:
    Liceo “Immanuel Kant”, Class II-A, Alessandra Tedeschini

Click here to see the winning videos

Student Drama Contest
Students of participating Italy Reads teachers are encouraged to participate in the Italy Reads Student Drama Contest! Students film themselves performing short excerpts from Our Town and submit the videos for judging by a panel of experts. The class of the winning video will receive a prize of 500 euros! There are two divisions of the contest: one for International (English language) Schools and one for Italian licei. Please read the following Contest Rules and List of Approved Excerpts from Our Town

Contest Rules 
All students who appear in a video submitted to compete in the drama contest must be from the same class at the same school. Classes are encouraged to submit multiple entries.
Videos submitted for the Student Drama Contest must present one of the following sections from the play or an excerpt from the play that has received prior approval from the director of Italy Reads. Email [email protected] to request approval of an excerpt from the play not listed below. 
Video recordings can be taken either using mobile telephones or video cameras. 
Submissions must be received by the deadline of 6:00p.m. Friday, 11 February (formerly 4 February 2011). Submissions of videos to the contest must includes a note or message that includes: name of school, name of teacher, list of students involved in making video (both those acting and those involved in other aspects of the production), email address and contact information for person submitting the video.
Video entries can be uploaded to YouTubeFacebook or other social network and the link sent to Italy Reads. Videos may also be submitted on DVD or as attachments to an email message sent to [email protected]. DVDs can also be hand delivered to Ms. Gina Spinelli at the Guarini Campus of John Cabot University, Via della Lungara 233, Rome (Trastevere) or mailed to Ms. Gina Spinelli, John Cabot University, Via della Lungara 233, 00165 Rome.The committee of judges will select the winning video based on the following criteria:

  • Acting ability of those appearing in video.
  • Creativity in direction of the play reflecting the meaning of the scene.
  • Originality of interpretation.
  • Costumes and make-up.
  • Lighting.
  • Quality of video recording.
  • Quality of audio.

Two (2) awards for the amount of 500 Euros each will be given to the class whose submission has been determined to best satisfy the above-listed criteria. Award Winners will be announced on Friday, 4 March 2011.
Prize money must be spent on a project or activity chosen by the class as a group and approved by the Italy Reads participating teacher. The prize funds must be spent before June 2011 and a report on how the award was spent must be submitted to Italy Reads by the end of June 2011.List of Approved Excerpts from Our Town 
Videos submitted for the Student Drama Contest! must present one of the following sections from the play or an excerpt from the play that has received prior approval from the director of Italy Reads. Email [email protected] to request approval of an excerpt from the play not listed below. The page numbers listed are from the Harper Perennial Modern Classics edition of Our Town (ISBN 978-0-06-051263-7). Submissions of videos to the contest must includes a note or message that includes: name of school, name of teacher, list of students involved in making video (both those acting and those involved in other aspects of the production), email address and contact information for person submitting the video.

ACT I 
Pages 17-21 From Mrs. Gibbs: "Here, chick chick" to Mrs. Gibbs; "O I am sorry I mentioned it . . . . they don’t talk in English and don’t even want to."
Pages 28-32 From George: “Awfully sorry . . .” to Emily: ” . . . you’re no help at all”
Pages 32-33 From Stage Manager: "Thank you! That'll do. . . .” to Stage Manager: “This is the way we were: in our growing up and in our marrying and in our living and in our dying."
Pages 34-36 From George: "Hsst! Emily!" to Emily: "Good night, George."
ACT II 
Pages 56-60 From George: “Good morning everybody.” to Mr. Webb: “. . . personal matters.”
Pages 58-61 From Mr. Webb: "Well, George, how are you?" to Mr. Webb: “. . . and I’m going to put an incubator in the cellar—“ 
Pages 64-72 From George; "Emily, why are you mad at me"? to George: "Wait just a minute and I'll walk you home."
Pages 76 From Mrs. Webb: “I don't know why on earth I should be crying.” to Mrs. Webb: “There they come.”
ACT III 
Pages 98-108 From Emily: “But, Mother Gibbs, . . .” to Stage Manager: “No.”

Calendar of Events
Please note:  The public events for Italy Reads 2010 have now ended. Participating teachers can still request visits from JCU students and a drama workshop with Gaby Ford.
1 December 2010, Wednesday.  Deadline for receipt of Bando di Concorso applications for JCU Scholarship for Italy Reads participating teachers.
11 February (formerly 4 February) 2011, Friday, 6:00p.m., Deadline for video entries to be submitted for the Student Drama Contest! Video entries can be uploaded to YouTube, Facebook or other social network and the link sent to Italy Reads. Videos may also be submitted on DVD or as attachments to an email message sent to [email protected] DVDs can also be hand delivered to Ms. Gina Spinelli at the Guarini Campus of John Cabot University, Via della Lungara 233, Rome (Trastevere) or mailed to Ms. Gina Spinelli, John Cabot University, Via della Lungara 233, 00165 Rome.
4 March 2011, Friday, Announcement of Winners of Student Drama Contest!

Past Events

11 September 2010, Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Teacher and Book Group Leader Training Sessions, The English International School of Padua.
16 September 2010, Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Teacher and Book Group Leader Training Session, Boardroom, Guarini Campus, John Cabot University, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere).  Lunched provided to participants, Secchia Terrace, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
18 September 2010, Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Teacher and Book Group Leader Training Session, Boardroom, Guarini Campus, John Cabot University, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere).  Lunched provided to participants, Secchia Terrace, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
25 September 2010, Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Teacher and Book Group Leader Training Session, Boardroom, Guarini Campus, John Cabot University, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere).  Lunched provided to participants, Secchia Terrace, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
30 September 2010, Thursday, 8:00 p.m., Keynote Address, Aula Magna, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere). Keynote Speaker, Buck Herron, Head of Drama at the American School of London.
1 October 2010, Friday, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Drama Workshop for High School Teachers with Buck Herron, Aula Magna, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere).
1 October 2010, Friday, 7:00 p.m., Our Town Cinema. Screening of the 2003 American Public Broadcasting (PBS) production of the play, starring Paul Newman. Room G.G.1, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere).
2 October 2010, Saturday, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Drama Workshop for High School Teachers with Buck Herron, Aula Magna, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere).
4 October 2010, Monday, 7:00 p.m., SOLD OUT, Our Town Cinema. Screening of the 2003 American Public Broadcasting (PBS) production of the play, starring Paul Newman. Room G.G.1, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere).
6 October 2010, Wednesday, 7:00 p.m., SOLD OUT, Our Town Cinema. Screening of the 2003 American Public Broadcasting (PBS) production of the play, starring Paul Newman. Room G.G.1, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere).
8 October 2010, Friday, 7:00 p.m., SOLD OUT, Our Town Cinema. Screening of the 2003 American Public Broadcasting (PBS) production of the play, starring Paul Newman. Room G.K.G.1, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere).
11 October 2010, Monday, 7:00 p.m., Our Town Cinema. Screening of the 2003 American Public Broadcasting (PBS) production of the play, starring Paul Newman. Room G.G.1, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere).
12 October 2010, Tuesday, 7:00 p.m., Our Town Cinema. Screening of the 2003 American Public Broadcasting (PBS) production of the play, starring Paul Newman. Room G.G.1, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere).  
13 October 2010, Wednesday, 8:00 p.m., Rome English Theatre production of Our Town, Aula Magna, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere).  To reserve seats or for more information, email [email protected] or [email protected]
14 October 2010, Thursday, 7:00 p.m., Our Town Cinema. Screening of the 2003 American Public Broadcasting (PBS) production of the play, starring Paul Newman. Room G.G.1, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere).
15 October 2010, Friday, 8:00 p.m., Rome English Theatre production of Our Town, Aula Magna, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere).  To reserve seats or for more information, email [email protected] or [email protected]
16 October 2010, Saturday, 5:00 p.m., Rome English Theatre production of Our Town, Aula Magna, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere).  To reserve seats or for more information, email [email protected] or [email protected]
18 October 2010, Monday, 7:00 p.m., Our Town Cinema. Screening of the 2003 American Public Broadcasting (PBS) production of the play, starring Paul Newman. Room G.G.1, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere).
19 October 2010, Tuesday, 7:00 p.m., SOLD OUT, Our Town Cinema. Screening of the 2003 American Public Broadcasting (PBS) production of the play, starring Paul Newman. Room G.G.1, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere).
20 October 2010, Wednesday, 8:00 p.m., SOLD OUT, Rome English Theatre production of Our Town, Aula Magna, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere).  To reserve seats or for more information, email [email protected] or [email protected]
21 October 2010, Thursday, 7:00 p.m., SOLD OUT, Our Town Cinema. Screening of the 2003 American Public Broadcasting (PBS) production of the play, starring Paul Newman. Room G.K.G.1, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere).
22 October 2010, Friday, 8:00 p.m., Rome English Theatre production of Our Town, Aula Magna, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere).  To reserve seats or for more information, email [email protected] or [email protected]
23 October 2010, Saturday, 5:00 p.m., SOLD OUT, Rome English Theatre production of Our Town, Aula Magna, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere).  To reserve seats or for more information, email [email protected] or [email protected]
25 October 2010, Monday, 7:00 p.m., SOLD OUT, Our Town Cinema. Screening of the 2003 American Public Broadcasting (PBS) production of the play, starring Paul Newman. Room G.G.1, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere).
26 October 2010, Tuesday, 7:00 p.m., Our Town Cinema. Screening of the 2003 American Public Broadcasting (PBS) production of the play, starring Paul Newman. Room G.G.1, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere).
27 October 2010, Wednesday, 8:00 p.m., SOLD OUT Rome English Theatre production of Our Town, Aula Magna, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere).  To reserve seats or for more information, email [email protected] or [email protected]
28 October 2010, Thursday, 7:00 p.m., Our Town Cinema. Screening of the 2003 American Public Broadcasting (PBS) production of the play, starring Paul Newman. Room G.G.1, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere).
29 October 2010, Friday, 8:00 p.m., Rome English Theatre production of Our Town, Aula Magna, John Cabot University, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere).  To reserve seats or for more information, email [email protected] or [email protected]
RSVP for all events to [email protected] or telephone 06.681.91.223.  For tickets to the Rome English Theatre’s production of Our Town email [email protected]

With the support of the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts, John Cabot University presented The Big Read Rome, a series of events that took place in October 2009 to encourage English language speakers in Rome to read and discuss Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird.

The grant is part of the NEA's effort to increase literacy by encouraging the reading of literature. John Cabot is the first American university abroad to receive such a grant. The Project Director for The Big Read Rome was Carlos Dews, Associate Professor of English and Chairperson of the Department of English Language and Literature.

The University was honored to welcome Charles J. Shields as keynote speaker.