(Italian) Language at Work

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By Arika Thames (Theatre and Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies double major ‘19)   This summer I had the pleasure of living and working in Italy for six weeks. After studying Italian for two years I was determined to spend my summer in the country in some capacity. Instead of studying abroad, I searched for… Read More

“Ciao Amore!”– A Reflection on the Generosity of Italian Host Families

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By Antonella Nicholas (Public Policy major and Italian minor, ’20) When I arrived in Italy,  I found myself immersed in a hurricane of terms of endearment. Before starting my studies in Florence, I stayed in Rome for a few days, and in restaurants, shops, and downtown, I always heard “Ciao, bella” and “Grazie, amore.”  It… Read More

Voyage of Discovery in Italy

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By Alexa Conti (class of 2021) Every year, the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) sponsors 20 Italian-American college students to travel to Italy (for free!) for their first times. The Ambassador Peter F. Secchia Voyage of Discovery Program is meant to strengthen the Italian American identity by bonding young Italian-Americans to the country, culture, and… Read More

My First Trip to Italy

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By Marisa Lemma (Government major & Economics minor, ’20). I had been dreaming about going to Italy for as long as I can remember. I remember telling my parents even in third grade that I would one day visit Italy. I would pore over my “First Thousand Words in Italian” book trying to soak up… Read More

The Impact of a Language

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By Erin Kitchens (Anthropology major and Italian minor ’19) I found Italian mostly by happenstance. On a whim I signed up for Italian, remembering how much I had admired the landscape and the melody of the language when I had visited as a 13-year-old. This decision, which I decided in five minutes, would shape my… Read More

Studying in Italy: an Invaluable Experience

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By Kelly Konrad (Linguistics and French & Francophone Studies ’20). During the summer of 2018, I spent a month studying in Florence, Italy, where I took Italian language and art history classes at LinguaViva, an institution designed for international students. Spending time studying in Italy was the best choice I’ve made so far as a… Read More

World Pasta Day at the Italian House

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By Chiara Di Maio Is there a better way to celebrate World Pasta Day on October 25th than making pasta from scratch just like our grandparents used to? We invited Chef Eric Christenson, owner of LOKAL, a nearby restaurant, to the Italian house to teach us how to make different types of pasta. Eric is… Read More

National Italian Honor Society 2018 Induction Ceremony

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The Gamma Kappa Alpha National Italian Honor Society acknowledges superior scholastic performance in the field of Italian language, literature, cinema, and culture of students in higher learning in the United States and Canada. In spring 2018 the Gamma Kappa Alpha Chapter of William & Mary proudly recognized the outstanding undergraduate scholarship in Italian Studies of… Read More

Conversation With Film Director Pierfrancesco Diliberto (Pif)

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In March 2018 students in Professor Mattavelli’s class Italian Through Film had an exciting opportunity to skype with Pierfrancesco Diliberto (known as Pif), TV host and director of the movie The Mafia Only Kills in the Summer. The students watched the movie, read some articles and prepared a few questions for him. One of the… Read More

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