Dr. Pacchioni speaks at the annual convention of the American Association of Italian Studies at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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Science and Culture: An Italian Perspective. Get your ticket today!

Don’t miss the fourth edition of the Italian Perspective series. This year, Science and Culture: An Italian Perspective will include four plenary lectures focusing on different intersections between Italian art and culture and scientific thought and discoveries, including anatomy, mathematics, geometry, and more.

Aimed at a general audience and characterized by an interactive quality, the presentations will reveal the interlaced development of the scientific and artistic understanding of the world, and will provide a special celebration of Italian scientific and artistic culture. Join us in this exploration of the beauty and complexity of Italy’s intellectual and aesthetic import, and of the intense humanity behind the pursuit of truth and beauty yesterday and today.

March 30, 2019, 10am-1pm, Musco Center for the Arts, Chapman University.

A complementary parking pass will be emailed to you when purchasing the ticket online.

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Documenting Sicily through film: an alumna’s passion for the island

Gabriella Pinel, class of 2017, studied Italian at Chapman University while completing her B.F.A. in Television Broadcast Journalism. Motivated by her fruitful study abroad experience in Italy, she decided to move to Sicily after graduation to live in the small fishing village where her mother was born and raised. Recently she completed the short film “Bedda Sicilia,” which is a testament to the deep kinship and love that she has developed for Sicily and its people.

Gabriella: “As a documentary filmmaker, I saw this time as a great opportunity to better understand and tell the stories of my family and the incredible traditions that make Sicily the special place it is. When I wasn’t eating enormous amounts of Pasta al Forno, sitting along the rocks of the Mediterranean or playing Briscola with family members, I spent my time filming, writing, and traveling to discover this beautiful place. Sicily to me is unparalleled in its rich history, stunning landscapes, incredible cuisine, and most importantly, population of welcoming, affectionate, good-natured people. For years to come, I plan to continue to return to Sicily and other parts of Italy to share their stories with the world and hopefully implore others to discover the reason la vita è sempre bella in Italia.”

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The Sounds, The Stories: Reimagining The Italian Art Song

In partnership with the students of the Italian Studies Program of Chapman University, The Los Angeles Composers Collective dissect and interpret iconic pieces of Italian Literature for a fresh take on an old classic.

The concert and discussion will take place on Saturday, March 9th at 8pm at 1888Center in Orange, CA and will be recorded by the podcast, “The Sounds, The Stories,” by Brew Sessions Live.

Composers: Linda L. Rife, Derek Dobbs, Cassandra Venaglia, Jon Brenner, Danielle Rosaria, Kostas Rekleitis, and Brooke deRosa. Guest Musicians: Cristina Jones (soprano), Cris Law (countertenor), Cassandra Venaglia (soprano), Jillian Lopez (harp), Cosima Luther (violin), and David Mason (cello).

Discussion with: LACC composers, Dr. Federico Pacchioni, The Sebastian Paul and Marybelle Musco Chair in Italian Studies, Chapman University and students of Chapman’s Italian Studies Program.

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Join Fondazione Italia for the annual CARNEVALE party!

Join Fondazione Italia on Saturday, March 2nd, for our annual CARNEVALE party! Featuring a Commedia dell’Arte skit performed by Chapman Italian Studies students.

Enjoy fine Italian food and special carnevale treats, a costume contest for children and adults, arts and crafts, a Venetian photo booth, story time, music and more!

Tickets are $10 in advance (per family), $15 at the door. To purchase tickets go to:

Getting there:
10 Meadow Valley is a clubhouse located inside the beautiful gated community of Northpark. When you arrive, let the guard know that you are going to the Italian school party and head to the clubhouse at the center of the neighborhood. Street parking available.

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Join us for a playfully educational evening with author Carla Gambescia

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An Italian Studies alumna in Milan

In this video, Melissa Marino, who graduated with a double major in Italian Studies and Theater Performance in 2017, talks about her current experience as graduate student at Accademia Teatro alla Scala of Milan, Italy.


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From Thailand to Italy and back via Chapman: Sarina Welsh’s internship in Bangkok

Sarina Welsh a Chapman Italian Studies students and native of Thailand has won an internship at the Thai-Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bangkok. Sarina is currently pursuing a new interdisciplinary degree combining coursework in Communication and Italian language and culture.

The Thai-Italian Chamber of Commerce is a private, non-profit organization that promotes collaboration and relationships between Thai and Italian companies. Sarina will partake in different tasks the chamber has to offer such as research activities, media & publication updates, and event organizations.

Congratulazioni Sarina! 

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Interpreting the Past: An Experience of Rome

This winter term, Dr. Pacchioni launched the new travel course Interpreting the Past: An Experience of Rome. The course integrates personalized projects with visits to the Eternal City’s most representative museums and archeological sites, an overview of its ancient and contemporary urban landscape, encounters with scholars, artists, and entrepreneurs, and direct experience of the city’s traditions. Students developed original and personalized scholarly and creative projects before, during and after their stay in Rome with the support of peers from the Università la Sapienza as well as a team of talented teachers and guides.


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The Lives of Filippo Mazzei and Louis Palma Di Cesnola. Join us for a double book presentation on November 28!

The Mentoris Project along with the Chapman University Leatherby Libraries and the Italian Studies Program present The Lives of Filippo Mazzei and Louis Palma Di Cesnola. Book signing with authors Dr. Rosanne Welch and Dr. Peg Lamphier following presentation.

November 28, 7pm, Center for American War Letters, Leatherby Libraries.

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Italian Language Classes in OC for all Ages Now Open for Enrollment!

Saturday, December 8 – Kids “Project 28” Italian Music
1:00 – 3:00 pm
$20 per child (8 to 12 years old only) – $5 discount with PROMO05 code
Orange County Language Center

This music workshop conducted by Italian music teacher, Marco Bazzi, is based on Italy’s “Project 28” program that espouses teaching music through listening, the practice of drawing and creative image processing, sound painting, sound cartoons, silent cinema, and games. The objective of Project 28 is the development of a capacity for attentive listening and free and creative re-elaboration of the sound as the foundations to explore traditional musical language. In this workshop geared to kids ages 8 to 12 years old, students will participate in music activities that express the value of sound and will discover the evocative power of music through pictorial and linguistic association. Students will transform everyday objects (pencils, books, desks) into instruments and learn that music is all around us. All proficiency levels welcome. Workshop will be taught in Italian and English.


Saturday, December 15 – Kids Italian Holiday Art Workshop
1:00 – 2:30 pm
$20 per child (4+ years old) – $5 discount with PROMO05 code
Orange County Language Center

Leave your kids with Fondazione Italia and go do some holiday shopping! Led by Italian art teacher, Ylenia Mino, children ages 4+ will be inspired to create holiday art and make arts & crafts gifts.  Activities will be presented in Italian and English. Your kids will be learning Italian through creativity! Materials included in workshop fee.


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Dr. Pacchioni speaks at the annual conference of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association in Bellingham, WA

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A Successful Italian Studies Retreat and Reunion

Last Saturday the Italian Studies program held its annual Italian Studies Annual Advising Retreat and Reunion on the Chapman campus. The event, scheduled as part of the University’s broader Homecoming Week celebrations, brought together faculty, alumni, current students and their families.

The program offered an overview of curricular and study abroad opportunities and a workshop on study strategies for lifelong students of Italian. The presentation also included testimonies by returning alumni and communications from the Italian Club and the Italian Studies Council.

Thank you to all of those who attended and contributed to the Retreat, it was a joy to spend time with students and their parents, and to reconnect with our alumni!  

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“New Italian Migrations to the United States.” Join us for a lecture by renowned scholars Laura Ruberto and Joseph Sciorra

The presentation will highlight the two-volume collection, New Italian Migrations to the United States (University of Illinois Press, 2017), that offers a radical rethinking of the history of Italian Americans. The books’ editors will discuss how the continual immigration from Italy over the past seventy year has influenced immigration laws, impacted local communities, contributed to consumer culture, and continues to reboot Italian American culture and U.S. culture generally in still unfolding ways.

Wednesday, October 24, 4:00pm in Argyros Forum 201.


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An Italian Piazza Comes to Life in Orange County

Balmy autumn weather, great company and amazing Italian food made Paul’s Pasta Piazza Party the place to be on Chapman University’s campus this past week.  The Attallah Piazza with all its magic, cheer, and color was transformed into an Italian square teeming with cheerful students.

We wish to thank our amazing host and hostess, Paul and Marybelle Musco, who continue to give so much to our Chapman University family. Many thanks to the Italian Club for contributing to this celebration and DJ Angelo for the upbeat music!

Below, a few pictures from the event.


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