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Italian Heritage

Italian Heritage Month 2019


All events are free and open to the public. For more information contact Josephine Tarsia,

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Michelangelo Buonarroti

Tuesday, October 15, 2019  •  12:30 - 1:30 pm
Technology Center, Ellipse

The most famous artist and sculptor of the Italian Renaissance, Michelangelo’s extraordinary talents emerged in such early works as the Pieta and the David. His high level of technical competence and rich artistic imagination produced works with the perfect combination of High-Renaissance aesthetic harmony and anatomical accuracy.

Presenter: Prof. K. Ritsatos, Social and Behavioral Science

Gardens of Italy

Thursday, October 17, 2019  •  3 - 3:50 pm
Academic II, Room 2315

Cicero said, “ If you have a garden and a library you have everything you need.”  Italian contributions to the art world have transcended into horticulture and landscaping designs since the Renaissance, and were shaped from socio-political history and sometimes contained spiritual messages.

Presenter: Joan Asch, Social and Behavioral Science

Saintly Celebrities in Medieval Italy: An Illustrated Exploration

Friday, October 18, 2019  •  1 - 1:50 pm
Technology Center, Ellipse

Join us for this slide-illustrated lecture to learn about Italy’s famous saintly celebrities as we explore the challenges that face historians of medieval history.

Presenter: Dr. Christina Stern, Social and Behavioral Science

La Passione: How Italy Seduced the World, by Dianne Hales

Thursday, October 24, 2019  •  3 - 3:50 pm
Technology Center, Room 8322

Can you imagine painting without Leonardo, opera without Verdi, fashion without Armani, food without the signature tastes of pasta, gelato, and pizza?  The first universities, banks and public libraries were all Italian. Bestselling author Dianne Hales attributes these achievements to la passione italiana.

Presenter: Prof. Josephine Tarsia, Foreign Languages

Jewish Food in Florence, Italy

Tuesday, October 29, 2019   •  12:30 - 1:30 pm
Student Union, Room 3101

Florence’s Jewish community dates back to the 1400’s and continues to flourish. Learn more about its beautiful synagogue and Kosher Jewish food.

Presenter: Prof. Wendy Gordon, Hospitality

Italian Immigrants and the Establishment of Their Churches

Thursday, October 31, 2019  •  12:30 - 1:30 pm
Academic II, Room 2100

In addition to their culture, food, art, and language, Italian immigrants brought their Catholic faith. Learn how Italian churches now serve many diverse ethnic groups.

Presenter: Prof. Ron deRamon, Accounting


Visions of Italy: Southern Style (a PBS video)

Tuesday, November 5, 2019  •  3 - 4 pm
Academic II, Room 2315

Enjoy a breath-taking aerial view of Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast, Calabria, Rome and more, enhanced by an informative narrative.

Presenter: Prof. Josephine Tarsia, Foreign Languages

Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino – Raphael

Thursday, November 7, 2019  •  12:30 - 1:30 pm
Technology Center, Ellipse

Known for his stunningly beautiful frescoes, Raphael was an enormously productive painter and architect during the Italian Renaissance.

Presenter: Prof. K. Ritsatos, Social and Behavioral Science


Tuesday, November 12, 2019  •  12:30 - 1:30 pm
Academic II, Room 2100

Arrogant, rebellious and a murderer, Caravaggio’s short and tempestuous life matched the drama of his works. Characterized by dramatic, almost theatrical lighting, Caravaggio’s paintings were controversial, popular, and hugely influential on succeeding generations of painters all over Europe.

Presenter: Prof. Maire Liberace, Social and Behavioral Science