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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Look Who’s Talking! The Italian Art of Dubbing Visits Chapman on October 16.

Come and learn about the Italian art of dubbing with Massimo Veronese and Paolo Battaglia. The event will also feature the great actor, singer and dubber Massimo Quarta who, among his many accomplishments, has been the voice of Mickey Mouse for more than 22 years.

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Paul’s Pasta Piazza Party – Chapman University’s Italian Heart

Mark your calendars for the beloved Chapman tradition of Paul’s Pasta Piazza Party. Italian music, cuisine, and good company for all right in the heart of the Orange campus: Attallah Piazza, Monday, October 8, from 5pm to 7pm.

Special thanks to Paul and Marybelle Musco. 

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Create an Italian Art Song. A New Opportunity for Chapman Students!

This academic year Chapman University students will have the opportunity to collaborate with a composer from the Los Angeles Composers Collective to discuss and create a work of music using an iconic piece of Italian literature. Compositions will be performed and recorded live as part of 1888 center‘s podcast “The Sounds, The Stories” by Brew Sessions.

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Italy’s rich patrimony of traditional music on the Chapman campus

The Italian Studies program is grateful to Michela Musolino and Fabio Turchetti, who visited Chapman University this past week, bringing with them the many sounds of the Italian peninsula. During their visit, they lead a spirited traditional dance workshop at La Serata and offered two master classes on Italian regional songs within Dr. Pacchioni’s advanced course ITAL 354: The Songs of Italy: Voices of Yesterday and Today.

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La Serata – Join us this Fall

Open to all who want to improve their language skills, learn about the Italian culture, share their talents, speak with native speakers, and socialize with members of the local community and other students!

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An Italian Studies Minor in the Spotlight

Daniel Emmet (Italian Studies minor, 2015) recently performed at America’s Got Talent 2018, presenting first his original song “Amante”, and then, upon request of jury member Simon Cowell, Il Divo’s “Passerà.” The faculty of Chapman Italian Studies is enormously proud of Daniel’s growing success, and humbled by his obvious love for, and skills in, the Italian language.

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Experiencing and Understanding Sicily: Yesterday and Today

The summer 2018 Chapman Italian Studies travel course Journey to Sicily: Immersion in Taormina has begun. This summer, students will spend three weeks improving their language skills by living with an Italian family and taking intensive courses in Italian language and culture. Their linguistic development will be integrated with an introduction to the natural and cultural history of the Ionian coast through various field trips to places like Catania, Acitrezza, the Alcantara Valley, and the Etna vulcano. This multifaceted and fascinating cultural experience, designed in collaboration with Babilonia’s Center for Italian Studies, will also include a critical laboratory, consisting of lectures and conversations with local experts and aimed at gaining a better understanding of the challenges and potentials of tourism in Italy, with Taormina as a case study.

Below is the group of ten students with Dr. Pacchioni during their first walk through Lady Trevelyan’s Villa Comunale in Taormina.

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Italian Studies major Melissa Marino interns with Teatro alla Scala and Piccolo Teatro in Milan

Melissa Marino (Italian Studies BA, class of 2017) will intern in the Promotional Cultural offices at two of the most prestigious theaters in Italy: Piccolo Teatro, the first public Italian theatre built in Italy in the year 1947, and Teatro alla Scala, one of the world’s top opera houses founded in 1778, both in Milan.

Le nostre più vive congratulazioni, Melissa!

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Dr. Pacchioni speaks at the annual conference of the American Association for Italian Studies in Sorrento

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Dr. Pacchioni speaks at the symposium “Intersections: The Arts and the Concept of Space” in Florence


 

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Italian language learning summer opportunities for adults on the Chapman campus

“Paint & Speak” Italian Language Workshop for adults offered in June at Fondazione Italia’s language center on the beautiful Chapman University Campus in Orange.

You are invited to experience a “Paint & Speak” Italian art workshop led by expert Italian artist and language teacher Ylenia Mino! Ylenia will guide you through the creation of a painting while teaching you new vocabulary words and phrases with the goal of enriching your Italian language skills through the artistic medium of painting. This workshop is intended for all proficiency levels including absolute beginners. Release your creativity and learn Italian!

For more details click here.

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Giving the Experience of Italy: The Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Travel Class Endowment

The Italian Studies program at Chapman University is greatly pleased to announce that Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco have pledged their commitment to establishing the Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Travel Class Endowment. Once established, the endowment will support students’ participation in the Italian Studies program travel classes, with a preference to students pursuing a degree in Italian Studies.

The students’ ability to fully commit to their passions for learning Italian language and culture through an Italian Studies Travel Course is an essential step in their educational experience at Chapman University. Growing from its inaugural travel class in Taormina, the Italian Studies is developing a robust set of travel and experiential learning opportunities across the peninsula in the future.

Paul and Marybelle Musco’s unwavering commitment to the University continues to be an inspiration to Chapman and the community. Their leadership through their funding of the Musco Center for the Arts, their tireless fundraising efforts as co-chairs of Chapman Celebrates, and their investment in Italian language and heritage through their endowment for the Sebastian Paul and Marybelle Musco Chair in Italian Studies are just a few of the many ways the Musco’s impact our students, campus, and community.

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A Transregional Culinary Laboratorio with the Bairds

Last week, Joe Baird, the Executive Chair of the Italian Studies Council, and his spouse Linda opened their home and kitchen to Dr. Paduano’s class ITAL 340 History and Culture of Food in Italy for an afternoon of regional cooking. Students organized into teams to prepare Sicilian caponata, Romagnol passatelli, Abruzzi’s pizzelle (offerred by Vicky Carabini), Neapolitan pizza, and Milanese risotto. In addition to gaining a concrete appreciation for Italian culinary regional differences, students learned just how good dishes made of simple ingredients can be, and how Italy’s “cucina povera” utilizes ingredients to create interconnected and tasty recipes while reducing food waste. For an afternoon, everyone was transported to Italy by the magic of cooking and eating good food together.

Grazie a Joe, Linda e Vicky da parte di tutti gli studenti.

 

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Dr. Pacchioni honored with Faculty Excellence Award in Scholarship, Teaching and Service

Dr. Pacchioni is the recipient of a Faculty Excellence Award in Scholarship, Teaching and Service. The faculty committee that reviewed this year’s nominees recognized Dr. Pacchioni for having “established a truly impressive record as teacher-scholar with a strong spirit of service to Chapman and its students.” In particular, the committee unanimously expressed praise for Dr. Pacchioni’s “stellar record of publication as a scholar of Fellini and Italian cinema”, for his “passion for teaching” in both Italian language and culture courses and interdisciplinary courses, and for bringing “phenomenal growth” to the Italian Studies program through “leadership and hard work.”

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