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Through an initial gift from Mrs. Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio of Phoenix, Arizona, the Center was established in 1999 as one of the University's community outreach programs. Several major gifts have been added to an endowment fund that provides annual income for the Cultural Series and the Center's Italian language and culture initiatives.
The CIC Archives at Fitchburg State can help you preserve your Italian heritage artifacts for future generations. Your photos, paper documents, films, paintings, sculptures, biographies, etc. will be shared online and made available for scholarly research. Please feel free to contact the CIC Archives via email with any questions.
The Library is open during the academic year when classes are in session.
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When you have an innumerable amount of other “useful” languages to choose from, why would you choose Italian? It is a language spoken by around 59 million people, compared to Mandarin’s 935 million, for example.
Despite the fact that every day more and more Italians are learning English, there is still a huge appeal to learn la bella lingua.
Here are six reasons for you to study (or continue studying) Italian:
Many people feel drawn to Italian because it’s a part of their ancestry, and learning Italian can be a great tool to utilize as you. While you can do a lot of research in English, actually visiting your great grandfather’s birth town in Sicily will require more than just a list of survival phrases. To truly get a feel for the locals and hear stories about what the town was like while he was alive, you will need to know Italian. What’s more, being able to understand and tell stories to your living family members will add a depth and a richness to your relationships.
Imagine that you’re going to Italy for ten days and you’ll be flitting between Rome, Pisa, Florence, and Venice. It would be relatively painless to get by with English. However, by learning enough Italian to order food at restaurants, ask for directions, shop at fashionable boutiques, and make small talk, you’ll see a more authentic side of Italy that typical tourists rarely experience.
While there are plenty of the classic Italian texts translated from Italian to English, there is something magical about reading Boccaccio in its original native form. The language has changed a lot since the Renaissance, so you can’t be expected to understand every word. If you only need to reference, instead of rely on, the English version of the text, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the sentiment behind the literature and have a better appreciation of the historical context it was written in.
Perhaps you're an aspiring musician who wants to learn what adagio, allegro, and andante mean, or an who wants to improve her pronunciation. If you engage in any kind of craft that has Italian influence, it’s likely you’ll find new techniques to explore, new artists to discover for inspiration, and a renewed passion for your art.
If you’re at all concerned about the possibility of Alzheimer’s or Dementia, that learning a language can delay the negative effects for up to seven years. However, at this point, there is no evidence that learning foreign languages can prevent the diseases entirely.
If you’ve ever dreamed of waking up and walking outside to be greeted by an Italian lifestyle, learning Italian is a must if you want to feel integrated and experience how Italians live. When you make friends or are able to participate comfortably in community events, you’ll find yourself behaving, speaking, and eating like an Italian. If you’re interested in researching how to move to Italy, here is a great place to start.
Located on the 4th floor of the Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Library in the Hammond Campus Center, this special collection consists hundreds of books, periodicals, CDs, videotapes, manuscripts, archival material and records pertaining to Italian language and culture.
This oral history project completed in 2002 captured the familial stories of area citizens of Italian descent on audio tape, compact disc and in print.
Located in the Archives and Special Collections room in the Amelia Gallucci-Cirio Library, the collection, which consists of donated materials from individuals, families and organizations, presents archival documents and artifacts related to the history of Italian Americans in New England. The Italian American collection is accessible to any member of the university community, alumni, scholars and the public. Due to the fragile and unique nature of the items it is necessary to make an appointment in advance. We are available Monday-Friday, 8:30-4:30. Please contact Asher Jackson, Reference, Archives & Special Collections Librarian, at (978) 665-4869 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The American Association for Italian Studies is dedicated to encouraging, supporting, and conducting research and pedagogical activities in Italian culture in such areas as:
Arba Sicula (Queens, NY) is a nonprofit international organization that promotes the language and culture of Sicily.
Founded by the Boston Italian Consulate General, C.A.S.IT is a nonprofit educational and professional organization for the promotion of Italian language and culture in the public and private schools of New England.
C.A.S.IT's mission is to assist communities that wish to introduce, preserve, rejuvenate or broaden the study of the Italian language in their schools. The organization offers grants of varying amounts for the establishment of Italian language and cultural programs with the ultimate purpose to institute Italian as a subject in the school curriculum.
The goal of the diplomatic-consular missions is to protect the interests of, and provide services to, Italians when not on Italian soil.
The services are administered based on equality, impartiality, efficiency and transparency, for the purpose of protecting Italian citizens and promoting respect for human rights and freedoms. The Consulate (Boston, MA) hosts educational and entertainment events, administers visas for travel to Italy, and verifies documentation for those applying for dual Italian citizenship.
The Dante Alighieri Society (Cambridge, MA) is a nonprofit organization whose objective is to promote and foster Italian language and culture by helping to develop an appreciation of Italian achievements in the arts, literature, science, and industry. The Society also supports the study of the Italian language and spirit of understanding among people through the arts and other cultural activities.
Delicious Italy is an independent guide to the food, wine, culture, history and traditions of Italy by region and territory. The website also offers local Italian incoming tourism service
The Rome-based guide is for anyone who likes to eat and travel well. It promotes experiences of local gastronomy, culture and hospitality through personal contacts and recommendations for regional tourism and unique stays.
Digital Dialects is a website featuring interactive games for learning the Italian language.
The Ellis Island Museum (Ellis Island, NY) provides databases to search 65 million passenger records of those who immigrated to the U.S between 1892 and 1954.
The Embassy of Italy (Washington, DC) coordinates a network of 9 Consulates, 5 Cultural Institutes, 6 Italian Trade Agency offices, and 3 Italian Tourist Board offices. The staff of the Embassy, based in various offices, is composed of personnel from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and from other Italian ministries and public entities.
Learn a foreign language with help from a qualified teacher, tutor or language school. Find language teachers, tutors or schools in the city of your choice. Alternatively, take lessons online via email, text, voice chat or video conferencing. Over a thousand Italian language tutors are listed.
The mission of the Giorgio Cini Foundation is to promote the redevelopment of the monumental complex on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore. The foundation encourages the creation and development of educational, social, cultural and artistic institutions in its surrounding territory.
Il Circolo (Florida) was incorporated by The Italian Cultural Society of the Palm Beaches as a nonprofit organization on April 6, 1977 and has sponsored numerous cultural and social events.
The organization’s mission is to promote Italian culture as a part of the mosaic of our daily lives, influencing our vision of the following:
Since its founding, annual scholarships have been given to qualified students to study in Italy. In addition, Il Circolo has been a major supporter of Florida Atlantic University’s Italian Studies Program, one of only two major programs in the Florida State University System.
i-Italy is part of a multi-platform media network dedicated to information and entertainment concerning Italy and Italian America. The network features music and videos, as well as articles on new events, travel, and cooking.
The IAP helps promote books primarily written by authors of Italian heritage who write about Italian American and Italian culture, heritage, and/or history. The Press believes that reading stories of Italian American culture and history will educate, inform, and entertain people of all nationalities.
The IASA is devoted to the interdisciplinary study of the culture, history, literature, sociology, demography, folklore, and politics of Italians in America. Since its founding, the IASA has published over thirty volumes of the proceedings of its annual conference meetings. The IASA uses scientific and scholarly methods as it seeks to explore and disseminate authentic information and interpretation of the wide-ranging experiences of Italians in America.
Italiamerica is a cultural organization honoring families that have emigrated from Southern Italy and Sicily. The organization provides services for those who want to pursue dual-citizenship.
The mission of the Italian Cultural & Community Center (Houston, Texas) is to advance, celebrate and preserve Italian culture and heritage. The Center coordinates the activities of more than 20 Italian clubs in the greater Houston area. The IC&CC has a wide-range of year long activities, including Italian Summer Camps for children 4-10 that expand a child’s knowledge of Italian language, culture, traditions and culinary arts without leaving Houston.
The official Italian tourism website provides information on vacations, art and culture, history, events, nature, lakes, mountains, golf, science, boating, thermal spas, sports and adventure.
ItaliaMia is a website that highlights Italian culture, news, services and products made in Italy.
The Italian American Studies Association is devoted to the interdisciplinary study of the culture, history, literature, sociology, demography, folklore, and politics of Italians in America. It has published over thirty volumes of the proceedings of its annual conference meetings. IASA uses scientific and scholarly methods as it seeks to explore and disseminate authentic information and interpretation of the wide-ranging experiences of Italians in America
The goals of Italian American Heritage Month are as follows:
The organization is responsible for relations between the Italian American Heritage Month Committee and the more than 70 Italian American organizations throughout Massachusetts who participate in this observance. They hope to continue a new era of cooperation in the Italian American community in Massachusetts.
Located in the heart of New York’s “Little Italy,” the Italian American Museum is dedicated to the struggles of Italian Americans and their achievements and contributions to American culture and society. It sponsors lectures, symposia, musical programs, film, festivals, theater, and art exhibitions and preserves, exhibits, and interprets Italian contributions to the American way of life.
The mission of the IAMLA is to foster a deeper understanding of Southern California’s diverse heritage. The museum is responsible for research, historic preservation, exhibitions and educational programs that examine the history and continuing contributions of Italian Americans in multi-ethnic Los Angeles and the United States.
The Italy Discussion Network (Humanities & Social Sciences Online at MSU - East Lansing, MI) is a member of H-Net Humanities & Social Sciences Online. H-Italy offers scholars a central source for information and collaboration in the field of Italian history with the common objective of advancing teaching and research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The organization is committed to pioneering the use of new communication technology to facilitate the free exchange of academic ideas and scholarly resources.
The Italian Tribune has been the premiere Italian American Weekly Newspaper since 1931.
Teachers and students can use these comprehensive Italian language guides to improve reading, writing, and comprehension skills for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.
The Language Learning Library is a large and comprehensive language learning portal offering highly relevant and useful language learning related resources.
The Library was created to meet the needs of both teachers and students alike. The site will save time and frustration from the usual web search. We surfed the net so you don't have to, and compiled the most comprehensive and well organized information.
The purpose of the MITA is to promote the cause of Italian studies and to bring about a more effective cooperation among teachers of Italian in the schools, colleges and universities of Massachusetts. Its goal is to unite and serve the needs of a profession dedicated to the development of Italian as a Foreign Language. The MITA aims to provide its members, students and teachers alike, with educational and insightful universal perspective in an age of ever increasing globalism.
Since 1978, the city of San Francisco has been home to the nation’s only museum dedicated to Italian and Italian American art and culture. The museum displays and researches works by Italian American artists and includes sculpture, photography and painting in its permanent collection. Besides collections of artwork and special exhibits, the Museo Italo Americano offers educational programs, language classes, lectures and film festivals.
My Language Exchange is an online community that helps thousands of people find language exchange partners and improve their second language.
The NIAF (Washington, DC) is a nonprofit organization that serves as a resource for the nearly 26 million Italian Americans. The goals of the NIAF are:
The NOIAW was founded in 1980 to educate and instill pride in Italian American women. Through educational and cultural programs, including scholarships, the organization strives to showcase the accomplishments of Italian American women and to foster the goals of young women of Italian heritage. Through an international network, the NOIAW helps create relationships with women of Italian ancestry worldwide.
The OSIA is the largest and oldest national organization of men and women representing the estimated 26 million Americans of Italian heritage. The organization is dedicated to promoting Italian American culture, traditions, language, the legacy of our ancestors, and contributions to the U.S. and the world.
PRIMO Magazine is a bimonthly publication for and about Italian Americans. PRIMO features in-depth articles on Italian American history, heritage, neighborhoods, accomplishments and current events. In every edition, PRIMO features articles on travel, food, and wine, as well as reports on one or more of Italy's diverse regions. PRIMO features comprehensive guides that consist of well-researched information on topics of great interest and importance to Italian Americans. PRIMO features Italy's relationship with America and the impact that it has on the American culture.
The Italian American Collection documents the history and culture of Western Pennsylvania’s Italian American community. The collection consists of three main elements:
A virtual tour of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel.
The Vittore Branca Center aims to provide a place of study and meeting for young researchers and expert scholars interested in furthering their knowledge, from an interdisciplinary point of view, in a field of Italian civilization, such as: