Origins of Siena: Myth vs Memory

With no clear textual or physical proof of an ancient Roman settlement, Siena faced considerable challenges to its assumed antiquity in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Far more than a point of pride, an association with a Roman past linked the Italian city-states of the early Renaissance with the glory and achievements of the former…

Preserving Italian Culture in New Orleans Cemeteries

Emily Ford of Oak and Laurel Cemetery returns to the American Italian Cultural Center for a fascinating lecture on preserving Italian culture in New Orleans cemeteries This lecture will draw from the historic landscapes of all New Orleans cemeteries and from ongoing research into the preservation of Italian heritage. The impact of Italians in New…

Author Reading: Kathy Curto

Join us at the AICC on Thursday, July 11 for an author presentation and book signing with Kathy Curto featuring Not for Nothing: Glimpes into a Jersey Girlhood. “In this tense and tender memoir, Curto dishes up her family’s crazy moody love like rich red Italian gravy. Sometimes platters of it smash against the wall, sometimes…

Opera in the Piazza

Join us in the newly renovated Piazza d’Italia for an evening of opera! Singers from the New Orleans Opera Association will perform a selection of arias from the Italian repertoire. Italian food & beverages will be available for purchase from local businesses. Doors open at 6:30 pm Performance 7:00 – 10:00 pm Tickets AICC Member…

Movie Night: Food on the Go

Italian food has taken its spot in the echelons of global gastronomic heritage thanks to the diaspora of millions of emigrants to key spots like New York and Buenos Aires. Through testimonies from all over the globe, we discover the adaptations that have been made to Italian food abroad, as well as the cultural enrichment…

Italians and the Birth of Jazz

Join award-winning author Jason Berry for a presentation and signing of his latest book, City of a Million Dreams: A History of New Orleans at Year 300. In City of a Million Dreams, Berry delivers a character-driven history of New Orleans at its tricentennial. The lecture will focus on the birth of jazz and the…

Book Talk: La Passione

Join New York Times best-selling author Dianne Hales for a presentation & signing of her newest book: La Passione: How Italy Seduced the World. “[Hales’] love affair with Italy shines through as she recounts the histories of colorful characters who made their names through war, art, food, wine, music, and more. She brings the reader with her to…

Pizza at the Piazza

Join us for a pizza party at the Piazza d’Italia and check out the AICC’s newly rennovated second floor event space while mingling with the Sansepolcro flag throwers! This will be a fabulous evening with friends, food, and fun. Tickets include unlimited food (appetizers, pizza, salad, & dessert) and a wine ticket.

Lecture: Challenging what you thought you knew about Sicilian New Orleans

In this talk, Dr. Justin Nystrom of Loyola University New Orleans will share some of the bigger surprises that came out of the research for his recent book, Creole Italian. This work documents the important role that Sicilian immigrants played in making New Orleans into one of the world’s great food cities. Justin Nystrom is an…