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Italian Heritage

Italian Heritage Month 2016


All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated. For pre-registration events and more information contact

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Tuesdays, October 4, 11, 18 & 25, 2016

Italian desserts every Tuesday in October at the RCC Café.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016  •  Noon - 1:30 pm
Technology Center, Ellipse

Antonin Scalia
Antonin Scalia, an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1986 until his recent passing in 2016, has been described as the intellectual of the conservative wing of the Supreme Court.  His father was born in Sicily, and his mother was the daughter of Italian immigrants.  Learn more about this famous and somewhat controversial historical figure.

Presenter: Dino Ritsatos, Social and Behavioral Science

Thursday, October 20, 2016  •  3:00 - 3:30 pm
Academic II, Room 2315

Il Palio
A discussion of the world renowned horse race which takes place in Siena, in the region of Tuscany, twice a year, on July 2, and August 16.  This discussion will be enhanced by images and video.

Presenter: Josephine Tarsia, Foreign Languages

Tuesday, October 25, 2016  •  12:30 - 1:30 pm
Student Union, Room 3101

Spumoni Ice Cream
Enjoy a demonstration of how to make homemade Spumoni Ice Cream, a delicious Italian dessert.

Presenters: Mila Voltchok and Wendy Gordon, Hospitality and Tourism

Open only to the College community. Reservations must by made with Ms. Joanie Asch, 845-574-4331

Thursday, October 27, 2016  •  12:30 - 1:30 pm
Technology Center, Room 8322

Discussion of “The Neapolitan Novels” with a focus on My Brilliant Friend, by Elena Ferrante

A discussion of “The Neapolitan Novels” a series of four best-selling novels, with a focus on the first in the series, My Brilliant Friend.

The story of Elena and Lila begins in the 1950’s in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples.  Growing up on these tough streets the two girls learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone or anything else, as their friendship, beautifully and meticulously rendered, becomes a not always perfect shelter from hardship.

Facilitated by Josephine Tarsia, Foreign Languages


Tuesday, November 1, 2016  •  3:00 - 4:00 pm
Academic II, Room 2315

Musical Notes:  A History of the Sistine Choir
The Sistine Choir is one of the oldest choirs in the world, founded in 314-325. It is still serving the liturgies in the Vatican as well as giving concerts. The discussion will be enhanced with videos and music.

Presenter: Maire Liberace, Speech/Philosophy

Thursday, November 3, 2016  •  3:00 - 4:00 pm
Academic II, Room 2315

Lipari & Le isole Eolie
Learn about an archipelago of islands located north of the Sicilian coast. These seven islands, the largest of which is Lipari, are becoming an ever more popular destination of tourists. The attraction of Lipari and the other islands will be seen in beautiful images.

Presenter: Joan Asch, Social and Behavioral Sciences

Tuesday, November 15, 2016  •  Noon - 2:00 pm
Technology Center, Ellipse

Movie: My Italian Secret, the Forgotten Heroes of the Holocaust
Would you risk your life to save a stranger?  My Italian Secret tells the story of cycling idol Gino Bartali, Dr. Giovanni Borromeo, and other courageous Italians who carried out ingenious schemes to rescue Jews, partisans, and refugees from Nazi-occupied Italy.

Celebrated as a Tour de France champion, Gino Bartali’s most daring triumph came when he risked his life to save Italian Jews by smuggling fake identification documents in the frame of his bicycle. Dr. Borromeo invented a fictitious disease to scare the SS away from the hospital where he was hiding Jews.

Oscar-nominated director Oren Jacoby reveals the dramatic stories of a secret underground that has remained largely unknown – until now.

Facilitated by Ann Fey, professor emerita, English

Thursday, November 17, 2016  •  3:00 - 4:00 pm
Academic II, Room 2315

Il Volo, Live from Pompeii, a concert on DVD
This trio of young, handsome and talented Italian men won the world-famous Sanremo Music Festival in 2015.  In this video you will see Gianluca, Pietro, and Ignazio, in a live concert at the legendary ruins of Pompeii. The beauty of their voices combines with the breathtaking background to create a magical experience.

Presented by Josephine Tarsia, Foreign Languages


Thursday, March 16, 2016  •  Noon - 2 pm
Student Union, 2nd floor lobby

St. Joseph’s Day zeppole and sfingi
The sale of delicious Italian pastries to commemorate St. Joseph’s Day, a widely-celebrated feast day, onomastico (name day), and Father’s Day in Italy and Spain.

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