Italy Reads

Calendar of Events

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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.

Italy Reads 2018 Flannery O'Connor - Teacher Training Workshop

Friday, 13 April 2018, 9:00am-5:00pm, Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233
High School teachers throughout Italy are invited to register to participate in this day-long workshop, free of charge. During the workshop, educators will learn about approaches to teaching the short stories by Flannery O'Connor to their students. Italy Reads Scholars, who are concluding their Professional Development Course will share the Lesson Plans they have developed during this course.

Italy Reads Poster Session and Exhibition

Deadline for students to complete the Call for Applications: 16 April 2018. Further details  and the Application Form: here. Participating high school students are encouraged to present a summary of their experiences with the Italy Reads program. The Poster Session will take place on 7 May 2018 in the Marc and Peggy Spiegel Student Center, Tiber Campus, Lungotevere Sanzio 12. Five presentations will be selected and students will be invited to present their experience with the Italy Reads program responding to the questions of invited guests.

Italy Writes Competition

In light of the festivities, the deadline has been extended to 6 April (formerly, Sunday 1, April) 2018, midnight. 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.

Currently underway: Professional Development Courses for High School Teachers

Italy Reads 2018 "The Mystery of Writing: Teaching with Flannery O'Connor's Short Stories" - 30 hours. Thursdays, 4:30-6:00pm, 18 Jan.-3 May 2018. Instructors: Andrew Rutt and Elena Buia Rutt

"Information and Misinformation in a Fake News World" - 30 hours. Tuesdays, 4:30-6:00pm, 18 Jan.-3 May 2018. Instructor: Deanna Lee

October-November, 2018
World Premiere screening of the film "Flannery"
Master Class specially for Italy Reads Participating Teachers - by leading expert in the work of Flannery O'Connor, Fr. Mark Bosco.
Italy Reads Keynote Address by leading expert in the work of Flannery O'Connor, Fr. Mark Bosco.
Italy Reads Theatre in collaboration with The English Theatre of Rome, weekend afternoon and evening performances.

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