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A culture dies when its language dies. Any linguist or anthropologist can testify to this fact. When Franco Giannotti, a native of Trieste, founded Italiano Per Piacere (IPP) in 1999, he understood this very well. He was part of an Italian club in St. Louis which didn't want to have anything to do with the Italian language. It didn't make any sense...

Joseph Carochi, who recently graduated from Cañon City High School and was the battalion commander for the JROTC program, was named the Cañon City Noon Lions Student of the Month. The son of Joe and Audra Carochi, his recent grade point average was 4.29. He took Spanish, AP Calculus, Honors European Literature and  LETV III. Carochi has received ma...

It’s an all-too-familiar battle for some parents — getting their kids to stop playing video games and do their homework. But in one classroom at St. Louis University, video games are just another learning tool, like textbooks or worksheets. The course, Intensive Italian for Gamers, is a hybrid of traditional instruction and in-class video gaming. T...

Dean, Sammy and Frank or, more accurately, uncanny facsimiles of the famed Rat Pack, helped the Sons of Italy celebrate 20 years of advancing the educational aspirations of deserving students. Saturday at a Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center ballroom appropriately decked out to the nines in a Las Vegas motif, the Order of Sons of Italy Lod...

The American Institute of Physics (AIP) announced today that it has awarded the 2018 John Torrence Tate Award for International Leadership in Physics to Italian physicist Fabiola Gianotti. Named after the celebrated American physicist John Torrence Tate, the Tate medal was established in 1959 and is awarded every two years to non-U.S. citizens for...

University of Nebraska-Lincoln history professors will continue their History Harvest project by collecting stories from Italian-Americans about their culture and experience during a “harvest” at Omaha’s Santa Lucia Hall on Sunday, Oct. 28. The project, which is part of the class titled “History 396: Special Problems: The History Harvest,” allows s...

For the fourth year, the ICC is supporting an outstanding student from the University of Minnesota, Department of French & Italian who is spending one semester in Italy. This scholarship continues to fulfill our mission to promote Italian language and culture to all people of Minnesota. The Massimo Bonavita Memorial Scholarship honors the memory of...

Imparare L'Italiano Giocando is an initiative of the Italian Community of St Louis (Comunita' degli Italiani - St Louis). It's meaning "learning Italian while playing or having fun" is a key message that Giovanna Leopardi gives to parents who would like their children to learn Italian. These classes, for kids ages 2 - 12, are not your regular sit d...

Ciao! Mi chiamo Simone Bregni! I was born and raised in Italy. I lived most of my life in Asti, a Medieval town renowned for its good wines. I have been at SLU for 18 years, and I have been teaching in the US college classroom since 1994. My areas of specialization are in Medieval & Renaissance Italian literature & Culture and in foreign language a...

La Comunita' degli Italiani - St Louis, which represents around 1500 Italians in the St Louis metropolitan region has partnered with Saint Louis University's Italian Club and Italian Studies program led by Professor Simone Bregni. Saint Louis University has a very large study abroad program in Italy and Club Italiano Per Piacere as well as the St L...

Jenna Sommer doesn't have an ounce of Italian blood. At face-value, she seems like a typical mid-western girl with blue eyes and dirty blonde hair. Yet on a hot summer's day at the Italian community's celebration of Ferragosto in St Louis, she's speaking Italian. Fluent Italian. And many more college students who have no ancestors from the old coun...

La Comunita' degli Italiani - St Louis, the central organization which represents Italians in the St Louis metropolitan region, has partnered with the CIEE Study Abroad program to initiate a high-school exchange for Italian students. Lucrezia Leandri and Sara Vanetti, the very first Italian students, arrived excitedly on Friday, July 27th. Their ho...