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Voci italiane: Letteratura del 21esimo secolo (B2-C1)


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SPRING TERM:  April 8 through June 12

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      • 01 Jan 2022
      • 31 Dec 2024
      • ONLINE
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      Placement Test

      Not sure in which class to register? Complete this placement test.*

      We offer a professional Italian language proficiency evaluation for a refundable $25 charge. The amount will be deducted from tuition when you enroll in our classes.

      Register and email the completed test to: annaolivero@theitalianculturalcenter.org, Director of Adult Language Program. You will be contacted to schedule a Zoom meeting to discuss the results of the test, your oral skills, and which class best fits your language needs.

      * This test is recommended for those who have some knowledge of Italian and are registering for our classes for the first time. Students registering for Beginner 1 and current students don't need to take this test.  











      • 01 Dec 2023
      • 31 Dec 2024
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      Give the Gift of Italian Culture!

      Italian Cultural Center Gift Certificates

      We are  happy to offer gift certificates for membership and classes at the ICC. 

      Giving a membership or language class as a present to your close friends and family is a unique and wonderful way to spread the joy of the Italian experience and to introduce them to a vibrant community of Italian native speakers, Italophiles  and millennia of Italian art, literature, culture and daily life. It truly is a gift that keeps on giving.

      Certificates available include:

      -> Individual Membership

      -> Family Membership

      -> One term language class at any level (ages 18 and older). Membership is required to enroll in language classes.

      A perfect gift at any time of the year, and for any occasion, to say "Benvenuto" to the singular experience of all things Italian.

      Grazie mille!

      • 16 Mar 2024
      • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
      • Traffic Zone Building, 250 Third Ave N., Suite 625, Minneapolis, MN 55401
      • 7
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      LA LINEA DEL COLORE

      Igiaba Scego

      March 16, 2:00-3:30 pm

      In qualità di Presidio Letterario Dante Alighieri, siamo lieti di offrire il gruppo di lettura ICC, una serie di incontri in italiano dedicati alla letteratura italiana contemporanea.

      Dopo l'incontro con la scrittrice Ubah Cristina Ali Farah a dicembre continuiamo l'esplorazione degli scrittori afrodiscendenti proponendo  la lettura di  "La Linea del Colore" (Bompiani, ISBN 978-88-301-0141-8) di Igiaba Scego.   È richiesta la lettura del libro prima dell'incontro. Vi consigliamo di ordinarlo al più presto su  Amazon.com.

      Igiaba Scego, scrittrice italiana (nata Roma, 1974). Collabora con il Corriere della Sera e Internazionale. Tra i suoi libri, "Pecore Nere," scritto insieme a Gabriella Kuruvilla, Laila Wadia e Ingy Mubiayi (Laterza, 2005), "Oltre Babilonia" (Donzelli, 2008), "La mia casa è dove sono" (Rizzoli, 2010. Premio Mondello, 2011), "Roma negata" con Rino Bianchi, (Ediesse, 2014), "Adua(Giunti, 2015) "Figli dello stesso cielo" (Piemme, 2021) e "Cassandra a Mogadiscio"  (Bompiani, 2023. Finalista Premio Strega, 2023).    

      "La Linea del Colore" esce nel febbraio 2020. Quanti di noi scendendo oggi da un treno a  Roma Termini ricordano i Cinquecento cui è dedicata la piazza antistante la stazione? È il febbraio del 1887 quando in Italia giunge la notizia: a Dògali, in Eritrea, cinquecento soldati italiani sono stati uccisi dalle truppe etiopi che cercano di contrastarne le mire coloniali. Un’ondata di sdegno invade la città. In quel momento Lafanu Brown sta rientrando dalla sua passeggiata: è una pittrice americana da anni cittadina di Roma e la sua pelle è nera. Su di lei si riversa la rabbia della folla, finché un uomo la porta in salvo. È a lui che Lafanu decide di raccontarsi: la nascita in una tribù indiana Chippewa, lo straniero dalla pelle scurissima che amò sua madre e scomparve, la donna che le permise di studiare ma la considerò un’ingrata, l’abolizionismo e la violenza, l’incontro con la sua mentore Lizzie Manson, fino alla grande scelta di salire su un piroscafo diretta verso l’Europa, in un Grand Tour alla ricerca della bellezza e dell’indipendenza.

      Nella figura di Lafanu si uniscono le vite di due donne afrodiscendenti realmente esistite: la scultrice Edmonia Lewis e l’ostetrica e attivista Sarah Parker Remond, giunte in Italia dagli Stati Uniti dove fino alla guerra civile i neri non erano nemmeno considerati cittadini. A Lafanu si affianca Leila, ragazza di oggi, che tesse fili tra il passato e il destino suo e delle cugine rimaste in Africa e studia il tòpos dello schiavo nero incatenato presente in tante opere d’arte.

      Igiaba Scego scrive in queste pagine un romanzo di formazione dalle tonalità ottocentesche nel quale innesta vivide schegge di testimonianza sul presente, e ci racconta di un mondo nel quale almeno sulla carta tutti erano liberi di viaggiare: perché fare memoria della storia è sempre il primo passo verso il futuro che vogliamo costruire. ("La Linea del Colore", Bompiani, 2020)

      Quest' incontro sarà facilitato da Anna Olivero, Direttrice della Scuola di Lingua per Adulti e socio di ICC.

      È richiesta la lettura del libro prima dell'incontro. Vi consigliamo di ordinarlo al più presto su Amazon.com.

      This event is reserved to native and advanced speakers of Italian. The conversation will be all in Italian.



      In 2021, ICC was appointed Presidio Letterario of the Società Dante Alighieri (DA), one of the most important Italian institutions for the promotion and appreciation of Italian language and culture since 1889. ICC is now part of a network of cultural centers in Italy and abroad promoting events and initiatives related to Italian literature.

      The ICC appreciates your support!

      Consider becoming a member, renewing your membership, or donating!

       Your contribution allows us to continue promoting the

      Italian language and culture.

      Grazie!

      • 09 Apr 2024
      • 5:30 PM
      • 11 Jun 2024
      • 7:30 PM
      • Traffic Zone Building, 250 Third Avenue N. Suite 625, Minneapolis, MN 55401
      • 7
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      Students will read short excerpts from well-known books of 21st century Italian writers to practice advanced writing, speaking, and reading skills. The goal of the course is for the student to express opinions precisely and thoroughly, use accurate and appropriate vocabulary, and engage in discussions while practicing advanced grammatical structures. 

      Pre-requisite: Advanced 3

      Please contact the school if you have not taken any other classes at ICC before registering. An instructor will assess your level.

      Textbook: Voci Italiane






       




       


    Course Information:
    • Classes are offered once per week for ten weeks. Cost: $330
    • All group course students must hold active ICC memberships.
    • Adult classes are for students who are 18 or older.
    • Class-attendance of 70% is expected to proceed to the next level.
    • Punctuality towards class starting time is kindly required to avoid class disruption
    • The ICC requires a minimum of 4 students in any group class. When enrollment drops below this number, students will be offered the option of remitting a tuition supplement. If all involved students agree to the supplement, the class can materialize.
    • All tuition is due in full prior to the first class.
    • Class registration is not transferable to another person.
    • All group classes will close after the first week of class, and no new students will be added.
    • No discounts apply to private, semi-private, customized classes or workshops.
    • Cancellations of private or semi-private lessons, made less than 24 hours in advance, will be charged at the normal rate of tuition
    For online classes:
    • If you do not receive a Zoom link, and class details, by the day before your first class session, please check your spam folder.
    • Language sessions are not recorded for students who miss a class.
    • Active participation is key. Video and audio must be turned on, auditing the class without interaction is not conducive to learning and affects the class dynamic.  
    • Zoom group classes are limited to 10 students per class. However, the ICC reserves the right to adjust this number as is necessary.
    For in-person classes:
    • Joining a session via Zoom is not an option, even occasionally. The instructor will send information about the missed class to all students before the following session.
    Refund Policy:
    • Students will receive a full refund of course tuition, less a $10 registration fee, prior to the start of the first lesson in the session.
    • Students can withdraw from the course prior to the second week of class. An administrative fee of $50 will be retained.
    • No refunds will be issued after the second week of group classes.
    • PLEASE NOTE: Regular class attendance is strongly advised. If a student must miss class, for any reason, s/he will not qualify for reimbursement or an individual makeup class.


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