Italy Reads

Italy Reads 2013 Archive

Italy Reads 2013 Archive

Italy Reads at John Cabot University 

With the support of the Embassy of the United States of America in Italy

With the support of the English Theatre of Rome

 

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Italy Reads Activities

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Help Support Italy Reads

Resources for Teachers

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What is Italy Reads?

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Student Video Contest

 

 

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 Eventsfor 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 Eventsfor 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 Eventsfor 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 Eventsfor details.

Student Video Contest -- Students participating in Italy Reads can enter a video contest to compete for significant cash prizes. See Student Video Contestfor 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 Resourcesfor 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 RomeItaly 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

Brief biography of Jhumpa Lahiri.
 
SAWNET: 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

Brief biographical sketch of Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri.
 
Jhumpa Lahiri – A Short Biography of a Writer

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. 
 
An Interview with Jhumpa Lahiri
Interview published in 2011 in The Spectrum.
 
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.
 
'The Namesake'
Jeffrey Brown talks to author Jhumpa Lahiri about her book, The Namesake, on PBS News Hour.

 

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?

The Namesake review by Julie Myerson (The Guardian, January 17, 2004).
 
SAWNET Review: The Namesake

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

Review of the novel by Lidsay Greco from Voices from the gap (University of Minnesota).
 
Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake

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

Book review by Michico Kakutani published in The New York Times.
 
Struggle to Acculturate in the Namesake: A Comment on Jhumpa Lahiri's Work as Diaspora Literature

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

Blog post reviewing Lahiri’s novel.

 

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

Study guide of The Namesake developed by Hostos Community College. The guide includes analysis of the plot and discussion questions.
 
2007 Seattle reads: The Namesake

Reading group toolbox for The Namesake and Interpreter of Maladies.
 
Book Browse

Reading guide with synopsis of the book, reviews and discussion questions.

The Namesake: Discussion Questions

Discussion questions and reading activities.
 
Book Club Buddy

Reading and discussion questions about The Namesake.


Lesson Plans and Activities

The Namesake Lesson Plans for Teachers

Sample activities to use in class to teach The Namesake.

The Namesake : Lesson Plan

17 week lesson plan with objectives, activities, and homework.

A Four Week Unit Plan to Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake

Four week lesson plan designed by Byed Raynis.

 

Digital Materials

Steven Barclay Agency Videos: Jhumpa Lahiri

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

21 Things You Didn’t Know About The Namesake

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.

Narayan Days: Rereading the Master

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!

Italy Reads Volunteers Prepare to Discuss Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake with High School Students. [Learn more]

Click here and 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 formand 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].

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