13th International Week of the Italian Language

Under the patronage of the Italian Presidency

The week from the 17th to the 26th of October celebrates the Italian language with several interesting events.

1. Meet the Author: Viola di Grado (in collaboration with Litquake) – Italian Cultural Institute, October 17, 7:00 PM.

One of Italy’s most promising new authors makes her U.S. debut at the IIC in conversation with Joe Garofoli of the San Francisco Chronicle, with book sales and signing to follow. Her first book, 70% Acrylic 30% Wool, was winner of the 2011 Campiello First Novel Award and a finalist for the Strega, Italy’s most prestigious literary prize. Her second novel, Cuore Cavo, has been a commercial and critical success, as has her third book. Il Superuovo.


2. A Taste of Europe – Italian Cultural Institute, October 18, 5:30-8:30 PM.

The IIC, the Istituto Italiano Scuola, the Goethe-Institut, the Alliance Française, the Swiss and Greek Consulates and the Center for Modern Greek Studies at San Francisco State University invite you to an evening of social mingling, sample language classes, and delicious food from each participating country. Stop by and take a stroll through Europe!

3. Verdi’s operas in their original settings – Italian Cultural Institute, October 22 and 29, 6:30 PM.

Two Verdi operas were filmed using the exact settings and times of day described in their libretti. The IIC will screen the resulting films: La Traviata a Paris (22 October) and Rigoletto a Mantova (29 October). Alexandra Amati-Camperi, Professor of Music at USF, will give a talk about the libretti.

4. A Boccaccian Renaissance: – UC Berkeley & Stanford, October 24-26.

Boccaccio had a decisive influence on European vernacular and Latin culture in the 15th and 16th centuries, leaving his distinctive mark on early modernity – but this is seldom noted, in contrast with the similar importance of such contemporaries as Petrarca. This international and interdisciplinary conference explores the nature of Boccaccian influences and investigates why they were later so underplayed.

5. Book presentation: Dizionario delle Collocazioni – UC Santa Cruz, October 25, 2:00-3:00 PM. Paola Tiberii presents her dictionary to Italian students of UCSC.

The term collocazione indicates the combinations of words used in both spoken and written language, for example, caffè forte, (strong coffee) lanciare un appello (to launch an appeal), prestare attenzione (to pay attention), delusione amara (a bitter disappointment), vittoria netta (a clear victory), etc. These combinations are always difficult to master without such a specific resource as this Dictionary.

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