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. 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. See Italy Reads for ASL and contact [email protected] if you have any questions.


Tuesday 2 April 2019, 6:30pm (postponed from 13 March) 
RSVP at the listing of this event on our website.

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.


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.


High School Teachers (32) from Italian High schools  (23) are currently attending the 30-hour Italy Reads  Professional Development Course on Walt Whitman  in preparation for Italy Reads 2019. The course is taught by Professor Andrew Rutt and Professor Elena Buia Rutt and takes place at John Cabot University, Tuesdays, 16:30-18:00 from 22 January to 28 May 2019.

Italy Reads 2019-2020 will be reading Walt Whitman's 'Leaves of Grass'.


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 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 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 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'. 

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