The American Italian Cultural Center offers a monthly lecture series exploring a variety of Italian cultural and historical topics. The lectures are free for AICC members and students with a valid university or high school ID. There is a suggested $10 donation for non-members.
“Walk Me Through Venice”
Thursday, April 27, 2017, 6:00pm
Join us for the final installment of the AICC’s series of walking tours through Italy’s greatest cities as we stroll through Venice. Learn a little history of the city and enjoy the beauty that is Venice, the captivating pearl floating on the Adriatic Sea. Venice, the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. It has no roads, just canals. The central square, Piazza San Marco, contains St. Mark’s Basilica and the Campanile bell tower offering views of the city’s red roofs.
“Jazz Italian Style”
Thursday, May 4th, 2017, 7:00pm
Anna Celenza of Georgetown University will present on her latest book Jazz Italian Style, which reveals a forgotten chapter in jazz history – the development of jazz in Mussolini’s Italy – and demonstrates how this new musical style eventually influenced quintessentially “American” performers like Frank Sinatra.
“Under Old Stars: Wanderings in Italian Hill Towns”
Thursday, June 8, 2017, 6:00pm
Photojournalist Mauro Marinelli will deliver a lecture on his photo technique and his travels, describing what it is like trying to document a subculture. Mr. Marinelli will present on his artistic images and the corresponding prose of his work Under Old Stars: Wanderings in Italian Hill Towns, elaborating on the collaboration between the photographer and the writer and divulging the advantages and barriers to this type of creative project.
“Italians in New Orleans Cemeteries: Artisans, Societies, and Notable Burials”
Thursday, July 20, 2017, 6:30pm
Emily Ford of Oak and Laurel Cemetery Preservation, LLC, will present on Italians in New Orleans cemeteries drawing from the historic landscapes of all the city’s cemeteries and from ongoing research into the preservation of Italian heritage. The impact of Italians in New Orleans cemeteries is most powerfully visible in Metairie Cemetery row of Italian society tombs, but Italian influence is present in all New Orleans cemeteries.
From the influence of Americo Marozzi had on Bywater cemeteries like St. Vincent de Paul and St. Roch in the 1850s to hidden Florentine masterpieces in Cypress Grove, Italian artisans have subtly made their mark upon the development of our iconic cemeteries.
Lesser-known Italian burial places and society tombs, including those in Odd Fellows Rest and Valence Street Cemeteries, and some curious tales of Italian-Americans buried in historic New Orleans cemeteries will also be highlighted.