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American Italian Lecture Series


The American Italian Cultural Center offers a bi-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, and a suggested donation of $10 for non-members.




American Italian Lecture Series: Saints, Singers, and Soldiers
Thursday, February 9, 2017, 7:00 pm


Tulane Italian professor Linda Carroll will present Saints, Singers, and Soldiers: Patronage of the Arts in Renaissance Venice. Sixteenth-century Venice faced challenges from European powers looking to conquer its mainland state and the Turkish Port looking to conquer its maritime state. A group of Venetian patricians turned their patronage of the arts to the commissioning of paintings, funerary monuments, plays, and singers as a way of influencing government decisions over how to cope with the challenges. Major art works in the church of the Frari, the plays of Ruzante, and the songs of Antonio Molino will be considered.

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Italian Film Series: "Miracle in Milan" aka "Miracolo a Milano"

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 7:00 pm


Join the American Italian Cultural Center for its screening of Miracle in Milan. This 1951 Vittorio De Sica film co-written with Cesare Zavattini is based on his novel Totò il Buono. A neo-realist fable, Miracle in Milan follows the life of Totò, an abandoned baby adopted by Lolotta, a kind old woman. After Lolotta's death, Totò is sent to an orphanage. Once he turns 18, Totò moves to a shanty town outside of Milan and is given a magic dove by the ghost of Lolotta.

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Meet Alan Gauthreaux, Author of Italian Louisiana: History, Heritage and Tradition

Thursday, March 15th, 2017, 7:00 pm


Join us for a discussion with writer and historian Alan Gauthreaux, who will present his book Italian Louisiana: History, Heritage and Tradition. Gauthreaux will describe the experience of those Italians who arrived in Louisiana over one hundred years ago and faced prejudice, violence and political exile. Register today to learn about the unique Italian immigrant experience!

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Italian Film Series: "Everybody's Lady" aka "La signora di tutti"
Thursday, April 6, 2017, 7:00 pm


Join the American Italian Cultural Center for its screening of Everybody's Lady. Master filmmaker Max Ophüls fled to Italy in 1934 with the rise of Nazism. In the film, Gabriella Murge is a famous film star and fascinating adventuress with whom men cannot help falling in love. After bringing several men to their ruin, she slits her wrists in an attempted suicide. The film consists of Murge's flashbacks brought on by anesthetic.

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American Italian Lecture Series: "Walk Me Through Venice"
Thursday, April 27, 2017 7:00 pm-8:00 pm


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.

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American Italian Lecture Series: "Jazz Italian Style"
Thursday, May 4, 2017 7:00 pm-8:00 pm


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.

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