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    • 01 Jan 2020
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    • 31 Dec 2020
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    • 528 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 502, Minneapolis, MN 55403
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    This class is for students who would like to customize and advance their learning of Italian (15 hour total for 1 student).  Please contact Peggy at info@theitalianculturalcenter.org to schedule a private lesson.

    All adult students must hold active ICC memberships. All private lesson packages must be completed within one year. 


    • 10 Jan 2020
    • 12:00 PM (CST)
    • 31 Dec 2020
    • (CST)
    • ICC, Hennepin Center for the Arts, 528 Hennepin Ave, Suite 502, Minneapolis, MN 55403
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    This class is for students who would like to customize and advance their learning of Italian.  Please contact Peggy at info@theitalianculturalcenter.org to schedule a semi-private lesson.

    All adult students must hold active ICC memberships. All packages must be completed within one year.

    • 23 May 2020
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    • 10 Sep 2020
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    • ICC, 528 Hennepin Ave, Suite 502, Minneapolis, MN 55403
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    It is time to improve your Italian!

    Registration is now open for summer classes at the beginner and intermediate levels!  

    Summer classes will begin the week of JULY 6, and space is available.

    Small groups and university-educated qualified instructors provide the ideal environment to learn a foreign language. Our instructors, born and raised in Italy, bring first-hand experience and cultural background of Italian life and current traditions to the classroom.

    Our Language courses, based on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), range from Beginning to Advanced level and provide a full program of study, all year around.  In addition, we offer conversation classes, grammar workshops, book clubs, opera, and literature classes. 
    Students of the school have numerous opportunities to attend a great array of cultural events to further expand their
     knowledge of Italian language and culture.

    Please contact Peggy at info@theitalianculturalcenter with your questions, and enroll today!




     

     

     

    • 28 May 2020
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    • 15 Aug 2020
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    • ICC, 528 Hennepin Ave, Suite 502, Minneapolis, MN 55403


    Supplement your regular group language classes with Grammar Workshops and other Special Language Sessions! These one time offerings provide an excellent method of securing your Italian language foundation.

    The following  Conversation and Grammar Workshops will be offered in June and July.  Follow the link for additional information and to enroll:


    Please contact Peggy at info@theitalianculturalcenter.org with your questions.

    Small groups, informal atmosphere and university-educated qualified instructors provide the ideal environment to learn a foreign language. Our instructors, born and raised in Italy, bring first-hand experience and cultural background of Italian life and current traditions to the classroom.

    Our Language courses, based on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), range from Beginning to Advanced level and provide a full program of study, all year around.  In addition, we offer conversation classes, grammar workshops, book clubs, opera, and literature classes. 
    Students of the school have numerous opportunities to attend a great array of cultural events to further expand their
     knowledge of Italian language and culture.





     

     

     

    • 07 Jun 2020
    • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM (CDT)
    • Location: Virtual Meeting
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    Episode 2


    Labor of Love: Wine Families of Piemonte
    Meet the Rocca and Cigliuti Families

    Sunday, June 7, 12:30 - 1:30 pm CDT via Zoom


    During this and the following episodes, you will have a chance to meet some of the families behind famous wines of the Piemonte region.

    On Sunday, June 7, 12:30 - 1:30 pm CDT, you will hear the stories of the past and present life of the Rocca and Cigliuti families, producers of the famous Barbaresco wine.

    Suzanne Hoffman, author of the book Labor of Love: Wine Family Women of Piemonte and dear friend of the families will make the introduction. 

    Missed Episode 1? Watch the replay here





    The Rocca family in the village of Barbaresco has been in the wine business for more than a century. The three sisters of the current dynamic generation – Daniela, Monica and Paola – and Paola’s husband, Carlo Castellegno, follow in the footsteps of their father, Angelo, and their grandfather Albino who began the winery in the 1960’s. Since its beginning, Albino Rocca has been a name synonymous with high quality and dedication to the preservation of the Barbaresco terroir’s integrity. 




    Located on the Bricco di Neive in the Barbaresco denomination, Azienda Agricola F.lli Cigliuti is a family owned and operated winery in its fifth generation. Alongside their parents, Renato and Dina, sisters Claudia and Silvia oversee production from vine to table of their high quality wines enjoyed the world over. The family’s passion for perfection, respect for the terroir, and dedication to their patrimony are integral parts of their success.



    Suzanne Hoffman, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, is an attorney and author in the Colorado Rockies. For many years, she worked in Switzerland. From their home in Valais, she and her husband Dan explored the wine-growing regions of Italy and France, with particular attention to Piemonte, Tuscany and Burgundy. In her book, Labor of Love: Wine Family Women of Piemonte, Suzanne shares stories of strength and fortitude – two characteristics encoded in the Piemontese DNA – that helped them overcome the challenges and tragedies of pestilence, poverty, fascism, wars, and brutal occupation in the first half of the 20th century. The foundation their ancestors laid and the prosperity built from the ashes of war are helping today’s wine families face the challenges and tragedies of the ongoing war with Covid-19.



    Where to buy the book: Bookworm of Edwards , Amazon

    ICC MEMBERS ONLY
    $5 DISCOUNT  & PERSONAL INSCRIPTIONS

    Contact suzanne@winefamilies.com to order!


    Please join Suzanne and the families on June 7, 2020, at 12:30 pm CDT on a zoom meeting.

    This is a FREE event but registration requiredA detailed email with information on how to access this event online will be sent closer to the event date.



    Following episodes:



    Sunday, June 14, 12:30-1:30 PM CDT

    Barbaresco/Roero
    Cà del Baio (Valentina Grasso)
    Deltetto 1953 (Carlo Deltetto)


    Sunday, June 21, 12:30-1:30 PM CDT

    Barolo 
    E. Pira e Figli (Chiara Boschis) 

    Poderi e Cantine Oddero (Isabella Boffa Oddero)


    Sunday, June 28, 12:30-1:30 PM CDT


    Monferrato 
    Marchesi Alfieri (Giovanna San Martino di San Germano)
    Marenco (Andrea Costa)



    Where to buy the book: 

    Bookworm of Edwards

    Amazon

    ICC MEMBERS ONLY
    $5 DISCOUNT  & PERSONAL INSCRIPTIONS

    Contact suzanne@winefamilies.com to order!
















    • 11 Jun 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (CDT)
    • Location: Zoom Meeting
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    Insieme a Tavola!


    Cooking Together "Gnocco Fritto"

    An Interactive Virtual Series

    Members only - max 5 people


    Thursday, June 11, 5:00 - 6:00 pm via Zoom

    5 Participants Max (Members Only)

                                  COST: $15 Per Participant

    Please reserve your spot by Saturday, May 30


    Come join Romina Montanari, a passionate cook from Modena, Italy for a virtual cooking class!


    This interactive, online cooking class will enable you to prepare authentic and traditional Italian recipes from the comfort of your very own kitchen. 

    Ingredient lists will be provided to you two weeks in advance so you can comfortably complete your online shopping in time for class. Romina will cook each recipe with you step-by-step live online. As you prepare the delicious meal together, your instructor will discuss the origin of each dish, as well as some Italian cooking vocabulary.

    During this class, you will make GNOCCO FRITTO (a special fried bread).


    Register now: Our cooking classes are popular and fill up quickly!

    By registering for this event, you fully agree to the following terms and conditions: Event Liability Release

    As always, all events must be cancelled at least 72 hours in advance to receive a refund, less administrative costs.


    A big Thank You to Global Minnesota for supporting
    our events as part of their Year of Italy (2019-2020)


    Update on Coronavirus COVID-19






    • 25 Jun 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom meeting
    • 5
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    ONLINE - How to refer to people and objects: Pronomi Diretti, Indiretti, Combinati 

    Join us for a two hour workshop focused on how to refer to people and objects previously mentioned by using pronomi diretti, indiretti, e combinati.  Led by our native instructor Luisa O'Gara, students will work on a series of exercises to review the rules and the pronoun's position in the sentence.  

    Prerequisite: Pre-Intermediate 2.

    This is a one time workshop, which will be held on Thursday, July 9, from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m.  The cost is $35 for members and $45 for non-members. Please register and remit payment here to reserve you place in class.

    Contact Peggy at info@theitalianculturalcenter.org with your questions.



    All courses must be cancelled at least 72 hours in advance to qualify for a refund, less an administrative fee.













    • 06 Jul 2020
    • 5:30 PM (CDT)
    • 10 Sep 2020
    • 7:30 PM (CDT)
    • ZOOM meeting
    • 2
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    The goal of this course is for students to be able to speak more extensively about themselves, their profession, their likes and dislikes. Students will also learn how to handle situations related to ordering at restaurants, shops, ask about prices, clothes, and daily activities. Each class will provide information and discussion on cultural aspects of Italian life.

    No classes on Monday September 7, Labor Day. That week's class will take place on Thursday September 10, same time. 

    Prerequisite: completion of Beginner 1

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

    Use these links to Applause Learning, and order a copy of your text and workbook prior to the first day of class:

    Textbook: NEW ITALIAN ESPRESSO

    Workbook: NEW ITALIAN ESPRESSO_WORKBOOK




     




     


    • 06 Jul 2020
    • 5:30 PM (CDT)
    • 10 Sep 2020
    • 7:30 PM (CDT)
    • ZOOM meeting
    • 4
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    The goal of this course is for students to be able to greet others and introduce themselves, ask for information, describe their house, family, objects, and their location. Each class will provide information and discussion on cultural aspects of Italian life. 


    No classes on Monday September 7, Labor Day. That week's class will take place on Thursday September 10, same time. 


    Please use these links to Applause Learning, and order a copy of your text and workbook prior to the first day of class:


    Textbook: NEW ITALIAN ESPRESSO

    Workbook: NEW ITALIAN ESPRESSO_WORKBOOK




     


    • 07 Jul 2020
    • 5:30 PM (CDT)
    • 08 Sep 2020
    • 7:30 PM (CDT)
    • ZOOM meeting
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    The goal of this course is for the student to be able to communicate about events of the past, to write a letter or converse on the phone, and to express feelings, emotions and sensations. Each class will provide information and discussion on cultural aspects of Italian life.

    Prerequisite: completion of Pre-Intermediate 2

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

    Please use this link to Applause Learning, and order a copy of your text prior to the first day of class:

    TextbookNuovo Espresso 3









    • 08 Jul 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom meeting
    • 6
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    ONLINE: How To Express Opinions: Congiuntivo Presente In Musica

    Join us for a two hour workshop focused on how to express opinions by using congiuntivo. Led by our native instructor, Luisa O'Gara, students will work on the comprehension of a popular song by Giorgio Gaber, the pioneer of the Italian musical genre Teatro Canzone (song theater). Students will practice through a variety of exercises focused on the use of congiuntivo presente in comparison to its use in English.  

    Prerequisite: Pre-Intermediate 2.

    This is a one time workshop, which will be held on Wednesday, July 8, from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m.  The cost is $35 for members and $45 for non-members. Please register and remit payment here to reserve you place in class.


    Contact Peggy at info@theitalianculturalcenter.org with your questions.

    All courses must be cancelled at least 72 hours in advance to qualify for a refund, less an administrative fee.




     










    • 09 Jul 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom Meeting
    • 5
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    ONLINE: How to tell stories in the past - Passato Prossimo

    Join us for a two hour workshop focused on how to tell stories in the past. Led by our native instructor Ileana Tamberlani, students will practice how the passato prossimo is used in Italian in comparison to the use of the past tense in English.  

    Prerequisite: Beginning Level 3.

    This is a one time workshop, which will be held on Thursday, July 9, from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m.  The cost is $35 for members and $45 for non-members. Please register and remit payment here to reserve you place in class.


    Contact Peggy at info@theitalianculturalcenter.org with your questions.

    All courses must be cancelled at least 72 hours in advance to qualify for a refund, less an administrative fee.













    • 15 Jul 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom Meeting
    • 7
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    ONLINE - How to describe current events: Verbi al presente

    Join us for a two hour workshop focused on how to express yourself when describing current events and plans by reviewing verbi al presente. Led by our native instructor Ileana Tamberlani, students will practice regular/irregular, as well as modal verbs in meaningful contexts.

     Prerequisite: Beginning Level 1

    This is a one time workshop, which will be held on Wednesday, July 15, from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. The cost is $35 for members and $45 for non-members. Please register and remit payment here to reserve you place in class.


    Contact Peggy at info@theitalianculturalcenter.org with your questions.

    All courses must be cancelled at least 72 hours in advance to qualify for a refund, less an administrative fee.



     










    • 16 Jul 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom Meeting
    • 4
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    ONLINE How to talk about daily routines: Verbi Riflessivi

    Join us for a two hour workshop focused on how to use verbi riflessivi. Led by our native instructor, Ileana Tamberlani, students will practice how to properly utilize these verbs through exercises related to daily activities and routines.  

    Prerequisite: Beginning Level 3.

    This is a one time workshop, which will be held on Thursday, July 16, from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. The cost is $35 for members and $45 for non-members. Please register and remit payment here to reserve you place in class.


    Contact Peggy at info@theitalianculturalcenter.org with your questions.

    All courses must be cancelled at least 72 hours in advance to qualify for a refund, less an administrative fee.



     










    • 27 Dec 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (CST)


    Welcome to Il Caffè di OggiIn this series, we will share enriching and informative bits of Italian culture. Virtual jolts of caffeine to brighten your day. Enjoy!


    La Festa della Liberazione (Liberation Day)

    April 25, 1945



    Today, April 25th, Italy celebrates La Festa della Liberazione, or Liberation Day. This day in 1945 marks the first nation-wide radio announcement encouraging a popular uprising against the Nazi occupation and Fascist regime. This announcement lead to the capture and death of Fascist leader, Benito Mussolini, three days later.

    During the Second World War, the people of Italy were caught between an internal civil war and a war of liberation. This civil war was the confrontation of many citizens against the Fascist rule. The war of liberation was the struggle against the foreign occupation of Italy by the Nazi regime. Both factors sparked the formation of those who came to be known as i partigiani, or the Italian partisans. These partisans were made up of ex-military personnel along with farmers and factory workers. This group of up-risers was responsible for the radio broadcast that took place today some seventy-five years ago. As a result, several Italian cities came to be liberated by the partisans with the help of local men and women weary of their daily persecution and strife.



    The date is largely symbolic, as the liberation of Italy began in September 1943 and formally concluded with the end of WWII in 1945.  

    Currently Italy finds itself under the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many Italian cities would normally commemorate La Festa della Liberazione with marches, speeches, and parades. Instead this year Italians will remain in their homes and solemnly remember those who fought unceasingly to end a dictatorship and five years of war. 

    If this day in history has taught us anything, it is that the Italian people are resilient to hard times and oppression. We can be sure that much like in 1945, Italy is determined to fight and overcome any threat that presents itself. 

    Click on the button below for information on Italy's April 25th Virtual Event (in Italian). #iorestolibero


    April 25 Virtual Event

    (https://www.studenti.it/25-aprile-resistenza-partigiana.html)



    Many of us have heard the Italian tune, "Bella ciao", but did you know it was written about the partisan resistance? Although the song was not popularized until twenty years after the war ended, it is often played during times of 
    world-wide hardship. It is best known to represent the "universal values of liberty and opposition of dictatorship and war, without references to politics or religion." Click on the button below to listen to this Italian anthem of freedom. 

    "Bella Ciao" Song

     (https://www.studenti.it/bella-ciao-significato-testo-spiegazione.html)


    • 28 Dec 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (CST)


    Welcome to Il Caffè di OggiIn this series, we will share enriching and informative bits of Italian culture. Virtual jolts of caffeine to brighten your day. Enjoy!


    Giuseppe Tartini


    In today’s edition of Il caffè di oggi, we would like to take a step back in music history and discuss famed violinist Giuseppe Tartini. Born in 1692 in Piran (today part of Slovenia), to a family originally from Florence, Giuseppe Tartini is still considered one of the greatest Baroque violin composers and teachers.

    Tartini was known to be a very sensitive yet rebellious man. His temperament led him to participate in several sensational duels as a result of his various love affairs. At the age of eighteen, he secretly married the niece of Cardinal Cornaro, against her family’s wishes. Due to the ire of the Cardinal, Tartini had to abandon his wife and escape to a convent in Assisi. At the convent, Tartini honed his violin skills.

    After reuniting with his wife years later, Tartini focused on perfecting his violin technique and dexterity. Tartini’s now near-obsession with the violin reached its apex when he became the first known owner of a violin made by Antonio Stradivari. In addition, in 1726 Tartini opened a violin school which attracted students from all over Europe. Several of his students became well known violinists, such as Gaetano Pugnani and Pietro Nardini.

    When he passed away in Padua 250 years ago, Tartini left us with various treatises and more than 420 compositions. Among his compositions, the violin sonata in G minor “Il trillo del diavolo” stands out unmistakably. The creation of this sonata is still surrounded by a certain mystery.

    The story goes that while living in the Franciscan convent in Assisi, Tartini dreamed of having made a pact with the devil who promised to fulfill his desires. The devil took his violin and played what Tartini described as the most beautiful and fascinating piece he has ever heard. When he woke up, he tried to transcribe the melody in what became his most famous piece, “Il trillo del diavolo”. Nevertheless, Tartini declared that his version was of much inferior quality than what he had heard in his dream. So much so, that if he had an another source of income, he would have broken his violin and abandoned music forever!

    Burney, Charles.Viaggio musicale in Italia,1770. Sandron,1921, pp.54-55

    "Il trillo del diavolo" Played by Uto Ughi

    • 29 Dec 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (CST)



    Welcome to Il Caffè di OggiIn this series, we will share enriching and informative bits of Italian culture. Virtual jolts of caffeine to brighten your day. Enjoy!


    Celebrating the Genius
    and Legacy of Raffaello 
     


    On April 6th, 1520, Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino, the much revered Renaissance painter and architect, died in Rome at the age of thirty-seven. Despite his premature death, Raffaello left a large body of work, including exquisite paintings and drawings.

    Raffaello's funeral was extremely grand. It was attended by large crowds, and his body was carried by four cardinals dressed in purple robes. At his request, Raffaello was buried in the famous Pantheon in Rome. The inscription on his marble sarcophagus reads:

    "Here lies that famous Raffaello by whom Nature feared to be conquered while he lived, and when he was dying, feared herself to die.”

    Five hundred years later, Italy was preparing to celebrate the artist with an expansive and beautiful exhibition of his works at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome. Sadly, the exhibition has been placed on hold as the country grapples with the Covid-19 outbreak. The exhibition is now dark, awaiting the day when it can reopen to the public.


    Today, we would like to share videos that include virtual walk-throughs of some of this artist's most prominent work, including the Stanze di Raffaello at the Vatican. Please enjoy the awe-inspiring beauty of Raffaello's masterpieces.

    Stanze di Raffaello Video

    (Video in Italian with English subtitles)

    Raffaello's Entire Collection

    (Interactive Museum Site)

    La Crescia Sfogliata Recipe Video

    We would also like to share with you a recipe for La Crescia Sfogliata. This flaky flatbread is from Raffaello's hometown of Urbino in the Le Marche region.

    This recipe dates back to medieval times. It was even known to be served at the Court of Duke Federico da Montefeltro in Urbino, where Raffaello began his famed career.

    Martina from Officina della Gastronomia shows us how to make it in the step-by-step video above. Buon appetito!



    • 30 Dec 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (CST)



    Welcome to Il Caffè di OggiIn this series, we will share enriching and informative bits of Italian culture. Virtual jolts of caffeine to brighten your day. Enjoy!


    Ferrante's Influence:

    The Success of Modern-Day Female Authors in Italy


    In today’s edition of Il caffè di oggi, we will examine the recent international success of Italian women fiction novelists. This discussion was most recently addressed in the New York Times article 'The Ferrante Effect’: In Italy, Women Writers Are Ascendant, by Anna Momigliano.

    Times are changing for women authors in Italy. In the last two years, nearly half of Italy’s top twenty bestselling fiction novels were written by women. In 2019, the Premio Strega, Italy’s top literary award, was given to a female author.

    It is possible that we can attribute the current success of Italian female authors to other international women writers translated into Italian, such as Chicago-native, Jennifer Egan. Their popularity has sparked courageous Italian authors such as Veronica Raimo to address once-taboo issues including sexism and gender roles.

    Not only are Italian novelists gaining popularity in their own country, but also internationally. In addition to selling eleven million copies world-wide, Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels have been made into a noteworthy HBO series. Thanks to Ferrante’s popularity, several once-overlooked titles are being translated into English, years after their publication. One of these novels is Beyond Babylon, by Somali-Italian author Igiaba Scego. Scego’s title explores immigration, race, and identity as seen through the eyes of two women.

    Although Ferrante's influence has paved the way for many female Italian authors, it is important for us to continue to support their voices. In doing so, please consider using this time at home to curl up on the couch with some of the novels below.

    Titles by female Italian authors that have been translated into English: 

    - Elena Ferrante, Neapolitan Novels (HBO Series)
    - Veronica Raimo, The Girl at the Door
    - Helena Janeczek, The Girl with the Laica
    - Donatella Di Pietrantonio, A Girl, Returned
    - Igiaba Scego, Beyond Babylon

    - Nadia Terranova, Goodbye Ghosts

    Support local booksellers carrying one or all of the titles above:

    Moon Palace Books

    Next Chapter Booksellers

    Magers & Quinn

    - Bookshop.org





    • 31 Dec 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (CST)


    Welcome to the first edition of Il Caffè di OggiIn this series, we will share enriching and informative bits of Italian culture. Virtual jolts of caffeine to brighten your day. Enjoy!



    Dantedì,

    il giorno dedicato a Dante Alighieri

    March 25, 2020 was Dantedì, the official day honoring Dante Alighieri, the father of the Italian language. In 2021, Dantedì will mark 700 years since the death of the sommo poeta, as he is known.  

    Dante continues to be an integral part of every young Italian’s education. To this day, the poet’s most famous three-part work, La Divina Commedia, or The Divine Comedy, is taught in every Italian high school seven centuries after its completion. This narrative describes Dante's own cathartic journey through Inferno, Purgatory, and Paradise. 

    La Divina Commedia serves as a window into the Middle Ages, its history, politics, science and theology. As a result of this body of work, Florentine Tuscan became the lingua franca, laying the foundation for the Italian language spoken today.

    This epic poem also influenced artists such as Botticelli, Rodin, and Dalí who illustrated Dante’s text through painting and sculpture. More importantly, it serves as an example of how the voice of a single author can impact society as a whole. This text may very well have paved the way for important historical events such as the Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Enlightenment.

    This occasion allows us to reflect on the immense influence that Dante had on today’s society. To mark this important day, many world-wide initiatives by schools, students, and cultural institutions are planned.  

    While Dante lived and worked largely in Florence, he spent his final years in exile and died in Ravenna where he is entombed.  To learn more about Dante Alighieri and his tomb in Ravenna, watch this short 6 minute video (in Italian):

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    • 31 Dec 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM (CST)
    • Location: Zoom Meeting
    • 29



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    Episode 1


    Labor of Love: Wine Families of Piemonte

    Friday, May 29, 5:30 - 6:30 pm CDT via Zoom


    In the dawn of the new millennium, Piemonte bewitched Suzanne HoffmanHer book Labor of Love: Wine Family Women of Piemonte was the product of the spell its people, its landscape, and, of course, its food and wine cast upon her. As someone who has witnessed seismic cultural and economic changes in the world-famous viticultural region, Suzanne styles herself not as a wine expert, but a wine family expert. For over 20 years, she has immersed herself in the familial culture of the Langhe, Roero, and Monferrato wine areas and forged strong bonds with many of the wine families.  


    In Labor of Love, Suzanne shares stories of strength and fortitude – two characteristics encoded in the Piemontese DNA – that helped them overcome the challenges and tragedies of pestilence, poverty, fascism, wars, and brutal occupation in the first half of the 20th century. The foundation their ancestors laid and the prosperity built from the ashes of war are helping today’s wine families face the challenges and tragedies of the ongoing war with Covid-19.


    Please join Suzanne on
    May 29, 2020, at 5.30 pm CDT on a zoom meeting, as she shares some of these stories of the past and the present life of challenges in Langhe, Roero, and Monferrato.

    This is a FREE event but registration requiredA detailed email with information on how to access this event online will be sent closer to the event date.

    See below for details. 


    Suzanne Hoffman, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, is an attorney and author in the Colorado Rockies. For many years, she worked in Switzerland. From their home in Valais, she and her husband Dan explored the wine-growing regions of Italy and France, with particular attention to Piemonte, Tuscany and Burgundy.



    In the following episodes you will meet some of the families behind famous wines, mostly notably Barolo and Barbaresco. Stay tuned!


    Barbaresco
    Albino Rocca (Daniela Rocca) 

    Cigliuti (Claudia Cigliuti)


    Barbaresco/Roero
    Cà del Baio (Valentina Grasso)
    Deltetto 1953 (Carlo Deltetto)


    Barolo
     
    E. Pira e Figli (Chiara Boschis) 
    Poderi e Cantine Oddero (Isabella Boffa Oddero)


    Monferrato 
    Marchesi Alfieri (Giovanna San Martino di San Germano)
    Marenco (Andrea Costa)


    Where to buy the book: 

    Bookworm of Edwards

    Amazon

    ICC MEMBERS ONLY
    $5 DISCOUNT  & PERSONAL INSCRIPTIONS

    Contact suzanne@winefamilies.com to order!










    A big Thank You to Global Minnesota for supporting
    our events as part of their Year of Italy (2019-2020)







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