Italy Reads

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.

Please return to this page for updates during the academic year.

NEW ADDITION -  Italy Reads  will now offer opportunities for high school students to acquire valuable experience in the context of Alternanza Scuola Lavoro.  Please contact Gina Marie Spinelli at [email protected] for details.

23 September, Saturday 2017, 9:00a.m. – 4:30p.m. Teacher and Book Group Leader Training Workshop – (replica of Workshop held on 12 May, Friday 2017) Resource Material for use by teachers and students is available on our Resources for Teachers page (http://johncabot.libguides.com/ItalyReads). Participation in the workshop is free of charge. Seating is limited. Registration is required at Eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/john-cabot-university-italy-reads-2017-2018-teacher-training-workshop-tickets-36653004122).
While it is not obligatory to participate in the Teacher Training Workshop, this event does provide teachers with important information and an opportunity to exchange ideas with colleagues. We will also be discussing Alternanza Scuola Lavoro at JCU with Italy Reads.

Program for the Italy Reads Teacher Training Workshop   
 9:00 - 9:30am Participants arrive (advance registration via Eventbrite)  
 9:30 - 9:45 Welcome and Opening of Workshop 

Ms. Gina Marie Spinelli, Executive Coordinator,
Italy Reads and Alternanza Scuola Lavoro (ASL) at JCU

 9:45 - 10:15 Introduction to John Cabot University Prof. Alessandra Grego
10:15 - 11:00 Italy Reads 2017 Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson   Prof. Alessandra Grego
11:00 - 11:15

Break

 
11:15 - 12:15pm  

Panel Discussion – lead by Italy Reads Scholars Topic: strategies for teaching Emily Dickinson's poems in the classroom.

Italian High School Teachers, Italy Reads 2017 Scholars, attendees of the Italy Reads Professional Development Course on Emily Dickinson, Spring 2017

12:15 - 12:30

Break

 
12:30 - 1:00

Panel Discussion - continued

 

1:00 - 1:30

Alternanza Scuola Lavoro (ASL) at JCU with Italy Reads - Brief Summary and outline of opportunities for students 2017-2018

Ms. Gina Marie Spinelli

1:30 - 2:30

Theme Lunch on the Secchia Rooftop Terrace

 
2:30 - 3:30

Panel Discussion – lead by Italy Reads Scholars Topic:
strategies for teaching Emily Dickinson’s poems in the classroom.

Italian High School Teachers, Italy Reads 2017 Scholars,
attendees of the Italy Reads Professional Development
Course on Emily Dickinson, Spring 2017

3:30 - 4:15

Alternanza Scuola Lavoro at JCU – Summary 2016-2017
- Italy Reads
- Italy Pitches
- Project 1 - How to Write an Effective CV and Cover Letter
and How to Prepare for an Interview

Ms. Gina Marie Spinelli

4:15 - 4:30

Conclusion of Workshop

Ms. Gina Marie Spinelli

Wednesday 11, October, 2017, 6:00p.m. – 8:30p.m. Master Class specially for Italy Reads Participating Teachers - lead by Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins, Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus, John Cabot University

Thursday 12, October, 2017, 5:00p.m. – 7:00p.m. Italy Reads Keynote Address by Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins.

Billy Collins is an American phenomenon. No poet since Robert Frost has managed to combine high critical acclaim with such broad popular appeal. His work has appeared in a variety of periodicals including The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The American Scholar, he is a Guggenheim fellow and a New York Public Library “Literary Lion.” His last three collections of poems have broken sales records for poetry. His readings are usually standing room only, and his audience – enhanced tremendously by his appearances on National Public Radio – includes people of all backgrounds and age groups. The poems themselves best explain this phenomenon. The typical Collins poem opens on a clear and hospitable note but soon takes an unexpected turn; poems that begin in irony may end in a moment of lyric surprise. No wonder Collins sees his poetry as “a form of travel writing” and considers humor “a door into the serious.” It is a door that many thousands of readers have opened with amazement and delight. Read more about Billy Collins.

Billy Collins will be joined on the 12th by a special guest. European Astronaut Paolo Nespoli engaged in Mission VITA on the International Space Station (ISS) will greet Collins and Italy Reads participants from the ISS. Nespoli will read a poem by Emily Dickinson that has been selected especially for this occasion by Billy Collins.

 

Past Italy Reads Keynote Speakers

  • Italy Reads 2016, The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams - Sarah Churchwell
  • Italy Reads 2015, The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison - Alessandro Portelli
  • Italy Reads 2014, A Farewell to Arms - Silvia Ammary
  • Italy Reads 2013, The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri- Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Italy Reads 2012, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - Sarah Churchwell
  • Italy Reads 2011, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers - Cathy Fussell
  • Italy Reads 2010, Our Town by Thornton Wilder - Buck Herron
  • The Big Read Rome 2009, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - Charles J. Shields

 

Italy Reads Theatre in collaboration with The English Theatre of RomeThe Belle of Amherst. Weekend afternoon and evening performances. Times to be confirmed.

  • Friday 13, October 2017
  • Saturday 14, October 2017
  • Sunday 15, October 2017
  • Friday 20, October 2017
  • Saturday 21, October 2017
  • Sunday 22 October 2017

Group reservations should be made as early as possible at [email protected]. Individual reservations should be made at [email protected]

Italy Reads Video Production Workshops for high school students
These workshops will be conducted by JCU professors and students and are aimed at providing hands-on experience with all aspects of Video Production. Dates and times to be confirmed:

  • October 2017
  • November 2017
  • December 2017

 

Monday 15, January, 2018, midnight - Deadline for submissions to the Italy Reads Student Video Contest. Please see Student Video Contest for more information on how to participate. Submissions of videos to the contest must be accompanied by

  • a completed form [forthcoming] which will require: Name of school; Name of teacher; Class presenting the submission to the contest; Names of all students involved in making video (both those appearing in and those involved in other aspects of the production. Certification of participation will be based on this list, Email address and contact information for the person submitting the video who will be responsible for any further communication with Italy Reads regarding the video.
  • a Cover Letter, in English, that presents the group and the video (25-word introduction)

Please see our webpage dedicated to the Student Video Contest for rules and regulations.
Students and teachers are strongly encouraged to consider the issues related to copyright and intellectual property rights. We highly recommend that students consult the document Bound By Law ©2006 Keith Aoki, James Boyle, Jennifer Jones.

Thursday 8, March, 2018, 6:00p.m. – 8:30p.m. Italy Reads Student Video Contest Award Ceremony, Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus, John Cabot University, Via della Lungara 233 (Trastevere). Obligatory registration.

 

Italy Reads Exchange Visits with JCU Student Volunteers

JCU students who choose to train to become Italy Reads Volunteers are available to travel to  Italian and international high school classrooms to engage students in discussions of the play as well as other topics of general cultural interest. These visits will be scheduled primarily during the months of October, November, February and March. Teachers are encouraged to contact [email protected] with their request for a scheduled visit as soon as possible.
Additionally, by request and pending availability of classroom space, Italy Reads will schedule exchange visits between JCU student volunteers and individual classes of high school students at the university campus throughout the academic year.
Teachers should contact [email protected] to schedule a visit.

 

Italy Reads Poster Session and Exhibition

Participating high school students are encouraged to present a summary of their experiences with the Italy Reads program. A Call for Participation will be announced in the fall and the Poster Session will take place in April 2018.

Italy Reads Poster Session Participating high school students are encouraged to present a summary of their experiences with the Italy Reads program. A Call for Participation will be announced in the fall and the Poster Session will take place in April 2018.

 

Italy Writes Competition

Sunday 1, April, 2018, midnight, deadline for submissions. Please see Italy Writes for more information on how to participate.
Awards will be presented by the Writer in Residence during the Summer Institute of the Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation in June 2018.