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Book Club and Tavola Rotonda

  Our Book Club was established for the purpose of improving reading, pronunciation and listening skills in Italian. In our meetings, we read and discuss Italian classics and modern literature in a relaxed atmosphere. While all participants take turns reading aloud, the group leader ensures that everyone has a grasp of the meaning and conducts the discussion in Italian as much as possible. Previous books included Pinocchio, I Promessi Sposi, and Inspector Montalbano’s novels, to name a few.

The Tavola Rotonda Book Discussions are for those with advanced language proficiency and prefer to read an Italian book on their own.  Once a new book has been chosen, participants will purchase and read the book prior to attending the discussion session. Our native instructors will lead the discussion and help participants further understand the book.


Check our website regularly to find out about the next Book Club or Tavola Rotonda meetings and the appropriate reading level.  ICC members and non-members are welcome.

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Upcoming events

    • 28 Oct 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • IN PERSON at ICC'S NEW LOCATION at ICC's new location in the vibrant North Loop neighborhood
    • 3
    Register



    “Tre giallisti contemporanei”

    A look at three Italian Mystery Writers


    - IN ENGLISH -

    In person
    with online option if you are unable to attend in person

    In the English-speaking world, there has been a long tradition of mystery writers from Edgard Allan Poe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, P.D. James, and Martha Grimes, just to name a few. 

    However, not many Italian mystery writers, or ‘giallisti’, have reached comparable fame.  But this is changing as both the quantity and the quality of Italian mystery novels have significantly increased in the past 
    decades and so this Circolo Letterario is devoted to the stories and characters created by three successful contemporary Italian writers: Maurizio De Giovanni, Ilaria Tuti, and Gianrico Carofiglio. These authors’ works are widely translated and thus available to the English-speaking readership. 

    We will explore together what makes these writers worth reading:  their polished writing styles, their choice of unusual and yet very likable main investigators, and their addressing contemporary pressing social issues such as immigration, sexism, and organized crime.  With their sometimes humorous and whimsical tones, these accomplished writers portray insightful and up to date pictures of Italian culture and society.  


    Once in the new window, click on the Register button in the upper left blue box.



    Pieranna Garavaso is native Italian and came to the US to earn a PhD in Philosophy (at the U of Nebraska Lincoln). She taught Philosophy at the University of Minnesota Morris for 34 years. She was awarded the UMN Morris Alumni Association Teaching Award (2003), the Horace T. Morse Alumni Association Undergraduate Teaching Award (2004) and the UMN Morris Faculty Research Award (2017). Her areas of research include History of Analytic Philosophy, Philosophy of Mathematics, and Feminist Philosophies.  She has published articles in Italian and English and authored, co-authored or edited several books; the last collection she has edited is the Bloomsbury Companion to Analytic Feminism (2018).  As Emerita/retired she plans to devote more time to reading and discussing Italian literature.




    COVID POLICY UPDATE

    This event will be held in-person and online (max. 12 attendees in person and 10 online) at
     ICC's new location in the vibrant North Loop neighborhood. This new location offers convenient on street parking in front of the building, as well as nearby garage parking.

    Traffic Zone Building, 250 Third Ave N., suite 625, Minneapolis, MN 55401.

    For online participants, we will do our best to organize a smooth conversation between in-person and online attendees. 


    COVID-19 Policy: all in-person participants will be required to provide, upon entry to the event, proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the event and to wear a mask. Thank you for your collaboration. Please contact info@theitalianculturalcenter.org for any questions or concerns


    • 28 Oct 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • ONLINE [Max. 10 participants, please consider leaving these spots available for people who are unable to attend in-person]
    • 3
    Register



    “Tre giallisti contemporanei”

    A look at three Italian Mystery Writers

    IMPORTANT:

    Please consider leaving the online spots available for people who are unable to attend in-person. 

    Online participation is limited to 10 people.

    In the English-speaking world, there has been a long tradition of mystery writers from Edgard Allan Poe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, P.D. James, and Martha Grimes, just to name a few. 

    However, not many Italian mystery writers, or ‘giallisti’, have reached comparable fame.  But this is changing as both the quantity and the quality of Italian mystery novels have significantly increased in the past 
    decades and so this Circolo Letterario is devoted to the stories and characters created by three successful contemporary Italian writers: Maurizio De Giovanni, Ilaria Tuti, and Gianrico Carofiglio. These authors’ works are widely translated and thus available to the English-speaking readership. 

    We will explore together what makes these writers worth reading:  their polished writing styles, their choice of unusual and yet very likable main investigators, and their addressing contemporary pressing social issues such as immigration, sexism, and organized crime.  With their sometimes humorous and whimsical tones, these accomplished writers portray insightful and up to date pictures of Italian culture and society.  


    Once in the new window, click on the Register button in the upper left blue box.



    Pieranna Garavaso is native Italian and came to the US to earn a PhD in Philosophy (at the U of Nebraska Lincoln). She taught Philosophy at the University of Minnesota Morris for 34 years. She was awarded the UMN Morris Alumni Association Teaching Award (2003), the Horace T. Morse Alumni Association Undergraduate Teaching Award (2004) and the UMN Morris Faculty Research Award (2017). Her areas of research include History of Analytic Philosophy, Philosophy of Mathematics, and Feminist Philosophies.  She has published articles in Italian and English and authored, co-authored or edited several books; the last collection she has edited is the Bloomsbury Companion to Analytic Feminism (2018).  As Emerita/retired she plans to devote more time to reading and discussing Italian literature.




    COVID POLICY UPDATE

    This event will be held in-person and online (max. 12 attendees in person and 10 online) at
     ICC's new location in the vibrant North Loop neighborhood. This new location offers convenient on street parking in front of the building, as well as nearby garage parking.

    Traffic Zone Building, 250 Third Ave N., suite 625, Minneapolis, MN 55401.

    For online participants, we will do our best to organize a smooth conversation between in-person and online attendees. 


    COVID-19 Policy: all in-person participants will be required to provide, upon entry to the event, proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the event and to wear a mask. Thank you for your collaboration. Please contact info@theitalianculturalcenter.org for any questions or concerns


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