Italy Reads

Calendar of Events

You must RSVP for all events at the link provided or by writing to [email protected] or by telephone 06.681.91.223.

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Italy Reads offers opportunities for high school students to acquire valuable experience in the context of Alternanza Scuola Lavoro. See Italy Reads for ASL and contact [email protected] if you have any questions.

Professional Development Course for High School Teachers - Italy Reads 2019 - Walt Whitman

High School Teachers are invited to apply for the 30-hour Professional Development Course Italy Reads Walt Whitman in preparation for Italy Reads 2019. The course will be taught by Professor Andrew Rutt and Professor Elena Buia Rutt and will take place at John Cabot University, Tuesdays, 16:30-18:00 from 22 January to 28 May 2019.

The official text we will be reading is Walt Whitman: Poetry and Prose, Library of America, ISBN 9780940450028. Read the full description of the course and apply for the scholarship.

Deadline for applications: 8 January 2019.

Italy Reads Volunteers - Introductory Meetings

JCU students interested in getting involved in the Italy Reads program, speaking in English with Italian high school students about Flannery O'Connor, and much more, are invited to attend one of the Introductory Meetings where we will illustrate what the program is about and how you can contribute.

Monday, 28 January, 4:30-5:45pm, Room Corsini 2 (via della Lungara, across the street from the Guarini entrance)

Wednesday, 30 January, 4:30-5:45pm, Room Corsini 2 (via della Lungara, across the street from the Guarini entrance)

Italy Reads Student Video Contest Award Ceremony

13 March 2019, 5pm - Join us for this annual event that celebrates the creativity of Italian high school students. We will view the 3-minute videos of the finalists in this competition in which students express their impressions of the literary work and life of Flannery O'Connor.


Video Production Workshop 

Italy Reads participating teachers were invited to request registration for up to 5 students per school for one of three Video Production Workshops taught be the JCU Digital Media Lab Assistant. Read about the Workshop. Available dates: 19 November, 28 November or 3 December.

Teachers and students are invited to consult the Italy Reads Resources for Teacher and Students. This collection of resources is compiled by the JCU librarians and this year includes the presentations on Flannery O'Connor given at the two Italy Reads Teacher Training Workshops by JCU professors and by Italy Reads high school teachers who attended the relevant Professional Development Course last spring.

Italy Reads Keynote Speaker

Leading expert in the work of Flannery O'Connor, Fr. Mark Bosco, S.J., Ph.D. 

Italy Reads 2018 Keynote Speaker







Italy Reads Theatre, in collaboration with The English Theatre of Rome, presented a choral reading of Flannery O'Connor's Everything That Rises Must Converge. Read a review.


Saturday, 17 November 2018, 3:30-4:15pm, (off-campus) Professor Deanna Lee will present a workshop entitled 'The Importance of Language in a Fake News World' at the TESOL Italy's 43rd National Convention 'Paths of Change' at the Polo Didattico Conference Center, Piazza Oderico da Pordenone, 3 in Rome. This workshop will engage participants in a discussion of how to teach students to understand and use language in a time of fake news and misinformation. Findings will be shared from the work of American and Italian educators on English reading, comprehension, discourse and analysis skills to promote online literacy. The workshop will include an interactive session on digital assessments and tools.

Professor Lee taught a Professional Development Course for High School Teachers entitled 'Information and Misinformation in a Fake News World' at John Cabot University during the Spring 2018 semester.


Past Italy Reads 2018 events

  • Italy Reads 2018 Flannery O'Connor -
  • Professional Development Course for High School Teachers - Spring 2018 Term.
  • Teacher Training Workshop, 13 April and 28 September (replica) 9:00am-5: 00 pm, Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus, High School teachers throughout Italy were invited to participate in one of these free, day-long workshops where educators  learn about approaches to teaching the short stories by Flannery O'Connor to their students. Italy Reads Scholars, who have concluded a Professional Development Course share the Lesson Plans they have developed during this course. See the Workshop Program.
  • Keynote Address by Mark Bosco, S.J., Ph.D., 10 October, Dr. Mark Bosco, S.J., Ph.D.
    Mark Bosco is Vice-President for Mission and Ministry at Georgetown University and teaches in the English department. His research focuses on theological aesthetics and the intersection of religion and art, especially the 20th century Catholic literary tradition. Formerly professor of English and Theology at Loyola University Chicago (2003-2017), he taught at their John Felice Rome Center each summer. He is the author of Graham Greene's Catholic Imagination (Oxford, 2005), Academic Novels as Satire: Critical Studies of an Emerging Genre (Edwin Mellen, 2007), and Revelation and Convergence: Flannery O'Connor and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition (Catholic University of America, 2017). Other publications include essays on Gerard Manley Hopkins, Margaret Atwood, and Shusaku Endo. He is a producer and director of the upcoming documentary feature film, Flannery. This documentary was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
  • Master Class for High School Teachers and Italy Reads Volunteers with Mark Bosco, S.J., Ph.D., 11 October.
  • Preview Film Screening of the documentary Flannery, introduced and commented by producer and director Rev. Mark Bosco, S.J., Ph.D., 11 and 12 October.
  • The English Theatre of Rome presented 7 replicas of a choral reading of Everything That Rises Must Converge.


A glance toward the future: Italy Reads 2019-2020 will be reading Walt Whitman's The Leaves of Grass. Twenty-three scholarships will be offered by John Cabot University to Italian and International High School Teachers  to attend the Professional Development Course on how to teach this classic in American literature to high school students. The course will take place at JCU one evening per week from 21 January through 10 May and will be valid for 30 hours of Professional Development for participants. The Call for Applications will be posted here and the deadline will be 1 December.

Italy Writes Competition

Deadline 1 April 2019, midnight. Awards will be presented by the Writer in Residence during the Summer Institute of the Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation in June 2019. Details about Italy Writes.


Past Italy Reads Keynote Speakers

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