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RCC Italian Heritage Month 2017

DATE: October 3, 2017
CONTACT: Paul Mencher
845-574-4549
pmencher@sunyrockland.edu

RCC Italian Heritage Month 2017
all events are free and open to the public

RAMAPO – Rockland Community College will celebrate Italian Heritage Month with an extensive series of educational and entertaining events. The public is invited to take part by attending any of the events for free (pre-registration is required for one event).

Monday, October 16
Lecture: Don Bosco, Patron Saint of Teachers
3:00 - 3:45 pm
Academic II, Room 2315
Don Bosco dedicated his life to improving the lives of disadvantaged youth. He developed teaching methods based on love rather than punishment, a radical concept in the 19th century.
Presenter: Janice Cori Cobb, Social & Behavioral Science

Tuesday, October 17
Lecture: The Medici
Noon - 1:30 pm
Technology Center, Ellipse
The famous Medici family attained wealth and power through its success in commerce and banking. The family’s support of the arts and humanities made Florence the cradle of the Renaissance.
Presenter: Dino Ritsatos, Social & Behavioral Science

Thursday, October 19
Lecture: Antonio Meucci
3:00 - 3:30 pm
Academic II, Room 2315
Meucci was an Italian inventor who developed the first human voice communication device that he called the “telettrofono.” After falling into bankruptcy, he was unable to pay the fee to maintain the patent on his invention and is seldom given the credit for inventing the first telephone.
Presenter: Josephine Tarsia, Foreign Languages

Tuesday, October 24
Cooking Demonstration: Olive Oil & Orange Cake
12:30 - 1:30 pm
Student Union, Kitchen, Room 3101
Are you hungry? Wendy Gordon will teach us how to make a delicious Olive Oil & Orange Cake, and will present various kinds of olive oil for tasting.
Pre-registration required: call Joan Asch, 845-574-4331.
Presenter: Wendy Gordon, Hospitality

Thursday, October 26
Book Discussion: La Bella Lingua, My Love Affair with Italian, The World’s Most Enchanting Language
3:00 - 3:50 pm
Technology Center, Room 8322
Dianne Hales writes the story of her decades-long experience with “the world’s most loved and lovable language” together with explorations of Italy’s history, literature, art, music, movies, lifestyle, and food.
Presenter: Josephine Tarsia, Foreign Languages

Tuesday, October 31
Lecture: Umbria: Home of Luca Signorelli
3:00 - 4:00 pm
Academic II, Room 2315
Luca Signorelli was an Italian Renaissance painter known for his mastery of the human form and his use of foreshortening. The large frescoes in the cathedral of Orvieto, in the region of Umbria, are considered his masterpiece.
Presenter: Maire Liberace, Speech/Philosophy

Thursday, November 2
Lecture: Sicily
3:00 - 4:00 pm
Academic II, Room 2315
Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean, is an autonomous area of Italy. Its arts, music, literature, cuisine, and architecture are unique, and it is the home of breathtaking landscapes and important archaeological sites.
Presenter: Joan Asch, Social & Behavioral Science.

Tuesday, November 7
Lecture: Gondoliers, Gladiators, & Good Witches
3:00 - 4:00 pm
Technology Center, Ellipse
Join us for Italian candies and a slide-illustrated lecture to explore intriguing individuals and offbeat topics in Italian history and culture.
Presenter: Christina Stern, Social & Behavioral Science.

Thursday, November 9
Lecture: The Medici
Noon - 1:30 pm
Academic II, Room 2125
The famous Medici family attained wealth and power through its success in commerce and banking. The family’s support of the arts and humanities made Florence the cradle of the Renaissance.
Presenter: Dino Ritsatos, Social & Behavioral Science

Tuesday, November 14
Film: La Vita é Bella (Life is Beautiful)
12:15 - 2:15 pm
Technology Center, Ellipse
A comedy-drama that received both critical acclaim and huge financial success. A story about a Jewish-Italian book shop owner who employs his fertile imagination to shield his son from the horrors of internment in a Nazi concentration camp.
Presenter: Josephine Tarsia, Foreign Languages
Co-sponsored by the Holocaust Remembrance Committee

Thursday, November 16
Concert on DVD: Il Volo, Notte Magica
3:00 - 4:00 pm
Academic II, Room 2315
Il Volo is a trio of young, handsome and talented Italian tenors. Their concert in the magnificent setting of Piazza Santa Croce in Florence is entertaining and uplifting.