Our culture courses have an interdisciplinary approach aimed at enthusiasts and people interested in Italian history, architecture and art. These courses are taught in Italian and an intermediate level B1 is required to register.
For the Spring session from September 15th to December 16th, 2023 we offer 4 culture courses :
OLTRE IL NEOREALISMO, LA NOUVELLE VAGUE ITALIANA : IL CINEMA POLITICO E SOCIALE (24 h)
September 19th > December 5th 2023
Tuesday 6pm–8pm on line
Prof. Roberto Viviani
From the ’60s onwards, with the politicization of Italian society, a progressive mass audience emerged, looking for a more socially engaged cinema. Several directors responded to this need by creating films inspired by current political events and – following a relaxation of censorship – taking a stand on subjects that had been neglected until then. For the first time, cinema denounced the phenomena of the mafia, real estate speculation and political corruption, and revisited episodes in Italian history with a critical eye. The style of these films blends rhythm, action and a documentary approach. The program includes works by : Francesco Rosi, Elio Petri, Gillo Pontecorvo, Damiano Damiani, Florestano Vancini, Ettore Scola, Luigi Magni and Mario Monicelli.
CULTURA GASTRONOMICA ITALIANA (INCLUDING 1 WORKSHOP) (16 h)
September 20th > November 8th 2023
Wednesday 2pm–4pm online courses and 1 in-person workshop
Prof. Valentina Cattero
Gastronomy isn’t just about eating. It’s culture, art, a defining element of a people. This course will take you on a journey of discovery of the so-called “Italian gastronomic culture”: from the definition of the Mediterranean diet to wine production, get ready to delve into the particularities that make food one of Italy’s main attractions abroad. At the end of the course, a hands-on workshop will be held to prepare panzerotti pugliesi.
STORIA DELLA TRILOGIA VERDIANA (24 h)
September 20th > December 6th 2023
Wednesday 2:30pm–4:30pm in person
Prof. Federico Volpe
The aim of this course is to analyze, from a historical and musical point of view, three of Giuseppe Verdi’s great operas: Rigoletto (1851), Il trovatore and La traviata (1853), masterpieces also known as the “trilogia popolare” or “trilogia verdiana”. Composed during the most fertile years of Verdi’s life, these operas demonstrate the composer’s genius and originality, and are among the most widely performed works in theaters the world over. The aim of this course is to provide students with the tools to know and understand these three pillars of the history of opera and, consequently, of Italian culture in general.
GENOVA E LA LIGURIA (24 h)
September 21st > December 7th 2023
Thursday 10am -12pm in person
Prof.ssa Claudia Polledri
This course proposes a historical, artistic and cultural itinerary through the Liguria region, starting from the city of Genoa. It will be an opportunity to discover the special features of this beautiful region and its many treasures. The trip will be accompanied by a reading of a novel by Ligurian writer Francesco Biamonti (1928-2001).
$ 260/24 hour – once per week
$ 175/16 hour – once per week
$ 235/16 hour – once per week (CULTURA GASTRONOMICA) no discount.
The courses will be open with a minimum of 6 students.
Discounts apply only if registration and payment are made 15 days before the session starts.
- 10% apply only if registration and payment are made 15 days before the session starts September 1st 2023;
$ 260/24 hour —- $ 234 (with discount);
$ 175/16 hour —- $ 158 (with discount);
- 40% young rate (under 25)
$ 260/24 hour —- $ 156 (with discount
$ 175/16hour —- $ 105 (with discount)
Discounts are not cumulative.
For further information consult our brochure.