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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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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