“UNA STORIA SEMPLICE & L”AFFAIRE MORO” By Leonardo Sciascia - meets once a week- 12 weeks
The readings for the course will include two books by Leonardo Sciascia:
1) UNA STORIA SEMPLICE
This is a very complicated mystery inspired by a real occurrence: the robbery of Caravaggio’s painting “Nativity with Saint Lawrence and Saint Francis of Assisi.
In the background are the mafia and drugs, two words never directly mentioned in the book.
Students will read the book and discuss it in class.
2) L’AFFAIRE MORO
The book starts with the words “Somebody died in the right moment”
Sciascia examines the kidnapping and murder of Aldo Moro, President of the Christian Democracy Party.
He analyzes the statesman’s letters written during his detention and he suggests that in these letters, Moro is including clues about his actual location.
The class will read the book and look into the Italian politics of this period.
Sun. 9:30 AM-12:00 PM; Instructor: Marisa Darvish - Tuition: $ 350 starts April 17 – July 17
“LA VOLPE E LE CAMELIE” by Ignazio Silone - meets once a week- 8 weeks
“La volpe e le camelie” is the first work by Ignazio Silone not set in the south of Italy. It takes place in Canton Ticino in Switzerland and specifically on Lago Maggiore. Silone is a simple and direct author whose prose flows very easily.
This novel is different from his previous works not only because of the setting in Switzerland but also because it deals with the well-known material of the fight against the Fascist regime. However, it is still based on the farmers’ world that is at the heart of Silone’s works.
Sun 9:30 AM-12:00 PM; Instructor: Liliana Lanzano - Tuition: $300 starts April 24– June 19
“LETTERE DAL CARCERE” by Antonio Gramsci - meets once a week- 12 weeks
The letters, written to his family and friends, are very vibrant and like a story that increasingly becomes tragic.
We can feel that he is taking leave of his life.
In the letters to his children he speaks of his regret of being unable to participate in their growing lives.
Student will discuss the book in class and do research about the Italian social and political years between the First and the Second World War.
Tues. 6:30 –9:00 PM; Instructor: Marisa Darvish - Tuition: $ 350 starts April 12 – June 28
“IN ALTRE PAROLE” by Jhumpa Lahiri - Meets once a week – 12 weeks
The focus of this intermediate course will be the newly-published memoir by Jhumpa Lahiri
whose native language is Bengali and who usually writes in English. She chose
to write this memoir in Italian about her experience learning the language. The course
will be conducted in Italian. Students will be responsible for presenting designated pages and leading discussions. The course will also require students to write about and discuss
their own experiences learning Italian. Grammar will be handled as it emerges from the
text and the discussions.
Wed 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM.; Instructor: Ceil Lucas - Tuition: $ 350 starts April 13 – June 29
“I CORTI”– Meets once a week – 12 weeks
The focus of this intermediate-to-advanced course will be the screening of several corti (short films), one for each lesson. The course will be conducted in Italian. Each lesson will begin with an introduction of topics and vocabulary review, followed by the screening of a corto. After the screening, the students will improve their conversational skills through a guided discussion followed by ad hoc class activities involving some reading and writing. Grammatical and syntactical aspects will be dealt with as they emerge. The students will be expected to prepare a final presentation on a topic of their choice among those presented in the screened
Thu 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM.; Instructor: Antonella Longoni - Tuition: $ 350 starts April 14 – June 30
UNSOLVED COLD CASES IN ITALY - Meets once a week – 12 weeks
Are you interested to discover and dig up information
on some of the most mysterious Italian cold
cases? Have you ever heard of them?
This Intermediate-to-advanced course will be
dedicated to some of the many murders and
tragic events in Italy that have yet to be solved
and investigate them with readings, conversation
and authentic videos about the events. Grammar
and related terminology will be covered as these
emerge from class discussions.
La strage di Ustica (The Ustica plane crash)
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Il caso Mattei (The Mattei case)
Il mostro di Firenze (The monster of Florence)
I delitti Bargagli (The Bargagli murders)
Class size: Up to 10 students.
Sec. 1 Sat 10 AM-12:30 PM; Apr 16-July 2
Instr: Federica Barella $350
Sec. 2 Thurs 6:30-9:30 PM; Apr 14-Jun 30
Instr: Federica Barella $350
The learning material will be provided by the course's instructor.