Italy Reads

Calendar of Events

You must RSVP for all events at the link provided or by writing to [email protected]. Photo ID is required for entry to the JCU campus. Please return to this page for updates during the academic year. Italy Reads offers opportunities for high school students to acquire valuable experience in the context of Alternanza Scuola Lavoro (ASL) / Percorsi per le Competenze Trasversali e per l'Orientamento (PCTO). See Activities for High Schools or Attività per le Scuole and contact [email protected] if you have any questions.

Italy Reads 2020-2021 Rachel Carson's 'Silent Spring'

Antonio López

Keynote Address, by Antonio López, Ph.D. 

With a research focus on bridging ecology with media literacy, Antonio López, Ph.D, is an expert curriculum designer, educator, trainer, theorist, and researcher. He is one of the founding theorists and architects of ecomedia literacy. As an author and blogger he has written numerous academic articles, essays and three books: Mediacology: A Multicultural Approach to Media Literacy in the 21st CenturyThe Media Ecosystem: What Ecology Can Teach Us About Responsible Media Practice; and Greening Media Education: Bridging Media Literacy with Green Cultural Citizenship. His forthcoming book, Ecomedia Literacy, will be published by Routledge in 2021. Currently he is Chair and Associate Professor of Communications and Media Studies at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy. Resources and writing are available on Antonio López's website.

14 October 2021 (online) Keynote Address by Antonio López, Ph.D.
21 October 2021 (online) Master Class for High School Teachers by Keynote Speaker.


JCU students interested in getting involved in the Italy Reads program, speaking in English with Italian high school students about Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, Environmentalism, and much more, are invited to see the Volunteer for Italy Reads page for more information.

Teachers and students are invited to consult the Italy Reads Resources for Teacher and Students. This collection of resources is compiled each year by the JCU librarians and includes the presentations of Sample Lesson Plans on the author and the work prepared by JCU professors and by Italy Reads high school teachers who attended the relevant Professional Development Course last spring.   

Online Teacher Training Workshops 

In preparation for Italy Reads 2020, JCU offered 25 scholarships to attend a Professional Development Course (30 hrs.) on Rachel Carson's Silent Spring. Rachel Louise Carson (1907–1964), American biologist and author is recognized as the founder of environmentalism. Her book Silent Spring was published in 1962. It is considered a milestone in the history of ecological awareness. With Silent Spring she awakened public consciousness and established the global environmentalist tradition.

The emphasis of this course was to prepare teachers to engage their students in the study of this work from literary and interdisciplinary perspectives. Interaction among teachers and an exchange of best practices were encouraged. The course introduced background information on Rachel Carson and the social and literary context in which she wrote.

Professor Andrew Rutt and Professor Elena Buia Rutt will join some of the 23 Italian high school teachers who took part in the Professional Development Course on Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring.  

  • Register on the John Cabot University website 
  • Receive via confirmation email a link to attend the online meeting(s) of your choice. 

Speakers on Friday, September 11, Morning Session (9:30am-12pm)
Prof. Rita Gatti, Liceo Scientifico Tulio Levi Civita – “Rachel Carson: a Romantic Scientist”. 
Prof. Raffaella Antonelli, Liceo Scientifico Statale Farnesina – Silent Spring and the Agenda 2030. 

Speakers on Friday, September 11, Afternoon Session (3:30-6pm) 
Prof. Maria Teresa Ciaffaroni, Liceo Ginnasio Statale ‘Augusto’ – Towards Anthropocene – Silent Spring Chapter 2. 
Prof. Monica Rizzo, Liceo Statale Niccolò Machiavelli – Silent Spring, between reality and a soul place called future.

Prof. Giuliana Lili, Liceo Galilei, Santa Marinella ""A Modern War & Peace".

Workshop dates and times
Friday, 11 September 2020--9:30am-12:00pm
Friday, 11 September 2020--3:30-6:00pm
Saturday, 24 October 2020--9:30am-12:00pm
Saturday, 24 October 2020--3:30-6:00pm
Friday, 20 November 2020--9:30am-12:00pm
Friday, 20 November 2020--3:30-6:00pm 

Register for the Teacher Training Workshops

Teachers and students are invited to consult the Italy Reads Resources for Teacher and Students. This collection of resources is compiled each year by the JCU librarians and includes the presentations of Sample Lesson Plans on the author and the work prepared by JCU professors and by Italy Reads high school teachers who attended the relevant Professional Development Course last spring.

Student Video Contest

Deadline: 21 January 2021. The Award Ceremony will be held in April 2021.
The Italy Reads Student Video Contest is the culmination of a year of activities between high schools and JCU's Italy Reads Program that are all centered around the work and life the selected author. Each year, nearly 200 teachers and their students participate in Italy Reads or one of the other Activities for High Schools offered free of charge by John Cabot University. Many students earn a significant number of hours for Percorsi per le Competenze Trasversali e per l'Orientamento (PCTO) for their participation in Italy Reads.

Video Production Workshop for high school students (online)

Date and time forthcoming 


  • 7 September 2019, 9:00am-5:00pm, Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus, Teacher Training Workshop
  • 3 October, and 19 November 2019, 4:30-7:30pm, Room T.G.3., Tiber Campus, Mini Teacher Training Workshops
  • 14 October, 2019, 6-8pm, Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus, Keynote Address, "Composting Whitman: An Approach to Reading Leaves of Grass" by Ed Folsom, Ph.D.
  • 15 October 2019, 6-8pm, Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus, Master Class for Teachers by Ed Folsom, Ph.D.
  • 29 October to 10 November 2019, Italy Reads Theatre - Italy Reads and The English Theatre of Rome present Donald Steven Olson's award-winning new play, Oscar & Walt. 10 performances were offered.
  • 22, 29 October and 26 November 2019 - Italy Reads Video Production Workshops for high school students.
  • 18 November, 7:00-8:30pm, Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus, Film Screening and discussion with producers of Whitman Alabama.
  • 1 April, 2020, 6:00-7:00pm, Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus, Student Video Contest Award Ceremony (online)

Italy Reads 2018 Flannery O'Connor
Professional Development Course for High School Teachers - Spring 2018 Term, Teacher Training Workshops, 13 April and 28 September (replica) 9:00am-5: 00 pm, Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus, Keynote Address and Master Class for Teachers with Mark Bosco, S.J., Ph.D.

Preview Film Screening of the documentary Flannery, introduced and commented by producer and director Rev. Mark Bosco, S.J., Ph.D., The English Theatre of Rome presented 7 replicas of a choral reading of 'Everything That Rises Must Converge.' 

Video Production Workshops
Italy Reads Special Professional Development Course for High School Teachers entitled 'Information and Misinformation in a Fake News World, taught by visiting Professor Deanna Lee.

TESOL Italy's 43rd National Convention 'Paths of Change'
Professor Lee and some of her students presented the outcome of their course in the workshop entitled 'The Importance of Language in a Fake News World.'

Italy Reads 2018 Student Video Contest

Italy Reads 2019, Walt Whitman - Ed Folsom

Italy Reads 2018, Flannery O'Connor - Fr. Mark Bosco
Italy Reads 2017, Emily Dickinson - Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins, with very special guest ESA Astronaut Paolo Nespoli from ASI Mission VITA on the International Space Station
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