Mar 10

Community Read Discussion: Chapter 6

3:30pm - 4:30pm Online Event

About This Event

Poster for Community Read event on March 10 2021

Join the Center for Italian Culture and Community Read to discuss Chapter 6 of Underland - Starless Rivers (The Carso, Italy). Professor Daniel Sarefield will guide a discussion about the mythology represented in the chapter and speleologist, Rosario Di Pietro, will join us from Italy to share his knowledge about Italian caves. 

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To request a copy of the book, please go to the following link and complete the form: Copies of the book are available at the library so please encourage your students to borrow a copy. They can either pick it up or a copy can be mailed to them. 

About the Presenters:
Daniel Sarefield, Ph.D.
Daniel received his B.A. in History and Religion from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and his M.A. and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, where he studied Ancient History. He joined the Fitchburg State University faculty in 2007 and teaches courses in History and Latin. He has been a member of Center for Italian Culture since 2007 and serves on the Programming Committee.

An avid traveler, Daniel has visited many parts of the Roman world and, in particular, he has traveled all over Italy. He has led summer study abroad courses to Verona and the surrounding region on three occasions.

Rosario Di Pietro
My cv tells about my passion turned into work. And for this reason I think I am a lucky man.

The passion is speleology which I approached at the age of 17. While my schoolmates spend their free-time practicing or commenting on the national sport (football), with a group of friends I used to visit or explore caves, living unforgettable experiences and bringing at home lots of muddy clothes. Generally attracted by outdoor activities, I chose to attend the Geology Course at the University of Palermo.

Passion became concreteness and service for the community when I joined the National Team of Alpine and Speleological Rescue. And turned into work when, soon after graduating, I was chosen by the environmental organization (Legambiente) as director of the Carburangeli Cave Nature Reserve, dealing along with other things of scientific research, environmental recovery, environmental education. Now I am 52, I gained a few pounds and I lost most of my black hair… but passion for the caves is still there.