Italy Reads

Calendar of Events

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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 quesitons.

Italy Reads 2018 Flannery O'Connor - Teacher Training Workshop

Friday, 28 September 2018, 9:00am-5: 00 pm, Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233
High School teachers throughout Italy are invited to participate in this free, day-long workshop where educators will 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 will share the Lesson Plans they have developed during this course. Register for the Workshop.

See the Workshop Program.

Register for the Teacher Training Workshop.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018, Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus
Italy Reads Keynote Address by leading expert in the work of Flannery O'Connor, Fr. Mark Bosco and World Premiere screening of the film "Flannery" with Fr. Mark Bosco. Register for the Keynote Address.

Thursday, 11 October 2018, Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus
Master Class especially for Italy Reads Participating Teachers by leading expert in the work of Flannery O'Connor, Fr. Mark Bosco. Register for the Master Class.

26, 27, 28 October and 2, 3, 4 November, Italy Reads Theatre in collaboration with The English Theatre of Rome, weekend afternoon and evening performances Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus. Performance times will be announced here in late September.

Friday, 16 and Saturday, 17 November 2018, (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.


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