LA TAVOLA ITALIANA
Italiana is a weekly gathering of professors and students of Italian, who
are engaged in conversations to practice their speaking skills in a very
Italiana takes place on Wednesdays, from 5:30 to 7pm in HUB Sideroom
203. Most students first get their dinner at the cafeteria and then eat it
at the Tavola Italiana, while others choose to stop by at the Tavola
Italiana just to chat. Everybody is free to arrive and leave whenever they
the Tavola Italiana particularly valuable is that students of different
levels get to interact with each other and the professors contribute to the
conversations in a way that makes even the shyest student comfortable. All the
professors have noticed that those students who attend the Tavola italiana
regularly significantly improve their conversation skills and can communicate
more fluently. Isn’t that what learning a foreign language is all about?
italiano is the club that organizes socio-cultural activities revolving
around Italian culture. The events organized by the Circolo italiano are
open to the whole campus, and are always very well attended, because they are
fun and always include authentic Italian food.
interested in participating in the events of the Circolo italiano should
join the Italian Studies @ Dickinson Facebook page, since all the events are
information on the Italian Club, please feel free to contact one of the
Katie Ramire (President)
Ian Tigh (Vice President)
Margot Cardamone (Treasurer)
Micah Corso (Secretary)
Maddie Fritz (Web Designer)
Prof. Luca Lanzilotta (Advisor)
our recent events include:
FLAVORS AND AROMAS OF ITALY: a celebration of Italy's regional food specialties and Italian perfumes and colognes made by Italy's world famous designers, such as Gucci, Prada and Dolce&Gabbana.
ITALIA! Celebrating 150 years of Unity. A celebration of Italy's 150th
anniversary, with a traditional Italian dinner, music and a special guest
speaker from the Italian Consulate of Philadelphia who spoke to the students
about Italian unity.
LUCI DI NATALE
– Holiday party. An Italian holiday dinner with
authentic music and traditional Italian food (pastas, sausages, panettone,
tiramisù... and much more)!
RECEPTION. A mixer for the students who are going to Bologna in the fall.
Students who returned from Bologna were also on site to offer their experience
of the city and their knowledge of places to eat and drink.
DAY. On April 25, 1945, Italy was liberated from Fascist rule, leading to
the formation of the Italian Republic. 65 years later, il Circolo italiano
came together on Morgan field to celebrate with food, music and dance. In
addition to pizza from Miseno's, there was a public reading of Fascist
propaganda and Resistance literature and singing of popular Partisan songs.
Some of the Italians from Bologna also taught how to properly dance the
THE ROMANCE LANGUAGE HOUSE
mission of the Romance Language House is to promote foreign language
development within the campus community. Through living in an environment in
which all house members speak multiple languages (Italian, French and Spanish),
residents are encouraged to speak and interact in their respective foreign
languages. Members of the house also reach out to the college community through
planning, organization, and promotion of the house events and through
attendance of the weekly foreign language tables. The goal of the Romance
Language House is to educate others on foreign languages and diverse cultures
through living in a shared environment as well as opening up that environment
to the college community as a whole.
THE ITALIAN HOUSE IN THE ROMANCE LANGUAGE HOUSE
Italian House (La Casa italiana) is a place where students interested in
Italian may practice the language in a relaxed, friendly environment, while
interacting with students of other Romance Languages and international
students. The Italian student assistant from the University of Bologna lives at
the Casa Italiana, helping students practice their Italian and
organizing social and cultural events with them.
students who plan to go to Italy during their junior year, La Casa italiana is
a great opportunity: they will be totally immersed in the culture even before
going to Italy. Those returning from Italy will live in a truly international
environment, where they will keep practicing their Italian while interacting
with students from other countries, as they did during their junior year.
If you are
interested in living in the Italian House, please contact Prof. Lanzilotta.
WHY LIVE IN THE ITALIAN HOUSE?
HERE ARE SOME COMMENTS FROM STUDENTS…
"I love living in the Casa Italiana because the house had formed a great sense of community and learning how to cook Italian food and to play Italian games is a lot of fun" (Ashton Fiucci '15).
"I love living in the Casa Italiana because not only do I get to perfect my Italian language skills but I also get to experience a small slice of Italian culture on Dickinson's campus" (Katie Rusnak '15).
“I like to
live with my friends who study Italian and the Italian House is a great
opportunity to improve my speaking skills” (Ryan Lane ‘14).
Italian house I can live with other students who are also taking Italian. Next
year I would like to study in Bologna and the Romance Language House is a great
place to practice my language” (Anthony Ienna ’14).
the Romance Language House I can improve my Italian. Moreover, I speak French
and so I get to practice both languages” (Molly Leach ’14).
Italian in the house will help me improve the language more quickly. Also, I am
sure that I will meet other students who love the Italian language and culture
and with whom I can study and feel more comfortable in Italian” (Elena Capaldi
living in the Italian House for half a semester, I discovered my passion for
the Italian Culture. My grandfather was born in Genova but I did not have the
chance to learn deeply about Italy from him. However, I am now finding many
different opportunities - such as Italian dinners, events and movies - to learn
more and more about the Italian lifestyle and culture. By being able to live
with other Italian speakers, I also develop and improve my language skills and
become able to express all my ideas through this beautiful language. Living in
the Italian House is by far one of the most enjoyable parts of my stay at
Dickinson College” (Julia Sanguinetti ’14).