Each semester is a new, fascinating course! From italian movie classics to literary classics, to the study of characters that have made Italy what it is today, Casa Italiana's teachers will show you another side of the "Bel Paese".

"II PROMESSI SPOSI" (Prima Parte) by Alessandro Manzoni
This is first of two Sessions devoted to the first Italian historical novel set in Northern Italy in 1628. Written in the early 1800’s the book develops several themes surrounding the contested love between Renzo and Lucia, their struggle and final marriage.
Cost: $ 300
Duration: 10 weeks 
Dates: Sunday 9:30 AM - Noon 
Instructor: Marisa Darvish 

This course will introduce students to the life of one of the most mysterious artists of all times. Revealing previously unpublished details about Leonardo’s relationship with his clients and contemporary artists, the book on the course based, gives us a completely new image of the great genius. Research assignments will focus on Renaissance
artists and life.
Cost: $ 300
Duration: 10 weeks 
Dates: Tuesday 6:30 - 9:00 PM 
Instructor: Marisa Darvish

“CASTELLI DI RABBIA” & "SENZA SANGUE" by Alessandro Baricco
(for advanced students)
In 1991, “Castelli di rabbia”, started the successful career of the author, Alessandro Baricco. This novel has unique structure and deals with a small town that could exist in reality, as well as the story of the first trains.
Senza sangue”, by the same author, was written in 2002. This short novel is strange and interesting and will keep the reader captivated to the end.
Cost: $ 300
Duration: 10 weeks
Dates: Sunday 9:30 AM - Noon 
Instructor: Liliana Lanzano

A region by region tour through Italy! Students will practice their Italian by diving into Italy’s rich culture, traditions, art and cuisine through Power Point presentations, video, readings, and conversation. This course is designed to give intermediate students an in-depth look at the different regions of Italy.
Cost: $ 300
Duration: 10 weeks
Dates:  Thursday 6:30 - 9:00 PM
Instructor: Ilaria Montagna

A look at the beauty of art to show its cultural and historical roots
The course will explain the Italian Renaissance or more precisely, the Renaissances in the most important cities: Florence, Rome, and Venice. The course will give a general overview to link the artistic Renaissance with the society and the culture at the time. Specific works of art will be analyzed together to comprehend in a more natural and less abstract way their inspiration and the profound reasons behind the choices of the artists.
Cost: $ 300
Duration: 10 weeks
Dates: Tuesdays 6:30 - 9:00 PM
Instructor: Andrea Siotto

THE ITALIAN RISORGIMENTO 1796-1919: the history, the characters, the people and the politics of a century that created the Italy we know now.
The course’s objective is to analyze the historical, cultural and political events of the peninsula between Napoleon’s campaigns in Italy (1796-97) and the First World War.
Ample space will be given to the explanation of the principal and most well-known characters such as Mazzini, Cavour, and Garibaldi and the roles of the Savoia Royal Family and of the Popes. 
In order to simplify comprehension on one hand, and to capture the attention and the curiosity of the students on the other, the course will utilize paintings, images, maps and video clips taken from films.
The learning material will be provided by the course’s instructor.
Cost: $ 300
Duration: 10 weeks
Dates: Wednesdays 6:30 - 9:00 PM
Instructor: Andrea Siotto

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