The USF ITALIAN PROGRAM is pleased to announce that the GASPARILLA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2011 will kick off this week on Thursday, March 24 at 6PM with an Opening Reception and Screening at 7:30PM of recent Sundance Film Festival hit “The Music Never Stopped” at the Tampa Theatre. The festival, already become a Tampa renowned and beloved annual event, is at its 5th edition and it has grown into an independent festival with an impressive selection of international, national, and local films.

This is a unique chance for the community to see international, national, and local films that have not yet had exposure in the Tampa Bay area, a rare opportunity for directors to showcase their films and for distributors to catch up with brand new, cutting edge cinema.

There will be many opportunities to meet celebrities such as the private dinner with actor Tom Berenger on Friday, March 25, 6:30pm – 8:30pm at 717 South. You can reserve a spot here:

There will be educational panels with actors and experts. Actor M. Emmet Walsh and Actor/Producer Tom Berenger will be at the University of Tampa, March 24th and 25th at 1PM Reeves Theatre, respectively. Both will stop by UT to speak with the university community with Dr. Randy Finch (Associate Professor, University of Central Florida)/ Producer-Film & Theatre. For more information, please visit:!/event.php?eid=118162188261672

Many screenings will be followed by Q&A with directors, actors, and experts. Do not miss the screening on Sunday March 27 at 12:30PM of Italian director Marco Bellocchio’s award winning and acclaimed feature film “Vincere” at Cinebistro with Dr. Patrizia La Trecchia (Assistant Professor, University of South Florida). The festival will conclude on Sunday March 27 with a Closing Night Celebration of Cinema that will include a full day of activities on Franklin Street, the Filmmaker Awards Ceremony and Closing Night Film at the Tampa Theatre, and the Closing Night Party at the historic Kress Building.

Please check the website for details about screenings and activities.

Please note that tickets at Cinebistro are reserved seating. They can be ordered online at and must be picked up at least 30 minutes before the screening.

For parking information:

Tampa Theatre: Metered parking is available on surrounding street, $1.50 per hour. Meters accept quarters and credit cards. No charge after 6pm Monday through Saturday, and all day Sunday.

Cinebistro: Three free public parking garage in Hyde Park Village as well as area parking behind the theatre.

Muvico: $3 valet on 8th. Parking garage on 15th and 7th for 1 per hour.

For more details on the screening of the Italian film Vincere, please visit:!/event.php?eid=196549810377289

We look forward to seeing you!


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“The Need for Poetry – A Manifesto” Lecture by author Piero Rivolta

The USF ITALIAN PROGRAM has the pleasure to invite you to the following lecture:

University of South Florida – Tampa Campus

Marshall Student Center

MSC 4103

Tampa FL 33620

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Lecture at 6:00pm

Followed by Q&A with author Piero Rivolta moderated by Dr. Patrizia La Trecchia (Assistant Professor, USF Italian Program)

***** Do not miss the unique opportunity to attend a fascinating lecture and to meet the son of Renzo Rivolta, the founder of the car manufacturer Iso Rivolta, known for the iconic egg-shaped Isetta ‘bubble car’ designed in the fifties and recognized and loved worldwide!

The Need for Poetry – A Manifesto

by Piero Rivolta

We need to see and interpret the world in a more poetic way, and with simplicity. We need an infusion of poetry in life, in books, in movies, in the arts and even in government and business – to make everything simpler and more real.

We must restore the primary qualities that we all share as human beings —intuition, compassion, common sense, love, moral sentiment, admiration for nature, appreciation for beauty and a sense of fairness. Poetry, which shows things directly and clearly, can encourage all of these qualities and help bring about a renaissance in everyday life.

In the absence of such poetry, thinking and reasoning turn their backs on the unique qualities that make us human, causing us to live in a constant state of fear and confusion. With a strictly rational approach you can always prove a point, but at the same time, if you examine a problem only in the cold light of reason, you can always be contradicted or contradict yourself.

Stifle the impulses that we carry inside ourselves, because they are difficult to express and share with others, and we lose the joy of life and the passion for working or doing things, leaving us to struggle with stress and insecurity.

This situation occurs quite often in history and leads to dark periods in which human beings are divided by political parties or religious myths. In the process, they become slaves to systems that make their lives miserable with unbendable rules, and their only recourse is to lament the unfortunate state of affairs or exercise their right of free speech about it. But free speech without the possibility of a realistic approach to reality doesn’t get us anywhere. It only manages to dissect opinions about how to interpret freedom and rights in front of all sorts of committees—committees that generalize any event in order to put it in a particular category, and invent a new rule in order to increase their control and generate more wealth for those who sustain the parties or the religion. Any consideration for our reality, creativity, emotion, humor or common sense is left out.

The world is going through one of these dark periods now, and it unfortunately includes the United States, which we believed to be immune from such developments.

We need a new renaissance, and this is the country that has the ability to make it happen. But we must understand that a renaissance is always begun and carried out by poets, writers and artists who are capable of infusing their works with the true poetry of life and bringing light into our hearts. Theirs are the nurturing, realistic and creative thoughts that help people to listen to the fundamental values that are hidden inside ourselves.

So why don’t we get going?

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The USF ITALIAN PROGRAM cordially invites you to attend the GLOBAL HUMANITIES SYMPOSIUM at the University of South Florida on Thursday March 3 and Friday March 4, 2011.

Please note that Professor La Trecchia’s presentation, “New Media (B)orders: Rethinking the Meaning of Aesthetic Experience and Perception in the Age of Globalization,” will take place on Friday March 4, 2011 1:30-3:00 in the Grace Allen Room, 4th floor of USF Main Library.


March 3-4: The Humanities Institute, The Patel Center for Global Solutions, The Center for the Study of International Languages and Cultures, and The Office of Sustainability, invite you to the 2011 Global Humanities Symposium.

Thursday, March 3 will begin at 1:00pm with faculty panel discussions in the Grace Allen Room (Library) and conclude with a 7:00pm lecture by Dr. Giles Gunn, Chair of Global and International Studies and Professor of English and International Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Gunn’s lecture will take place in the Marshall Center, room 4200.

Friday, March 4 will open at 9:00am with a presentation by Dr. Mark Amen of the Department of Government and International Affairs and be followed with several faculty panel discussions. These events will be held in theGrace Allen Room. To conclude the symposium, noted international journalist and author of Al’ America: Travels Through America’s Arab and Islamic Roots, Jonathan Curiel, will give a presentation in the Marshall Center, room 2700.

For more information and to receive a detailed schedule, please contact Liz Kicak at 813.974.3657 or

All events are free and open to the public.

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Get Ready for Carnevale!!!!

Ciao! Carnevale Felice!

Are you ready for Carnevale? Are you ready for something better than Carnevale? How about a Pan-European carnival! The German Culture Club, the French Club, and the Italian Culture Club would like to invite you to the first ever collaborative Fasching/ Mardi Gras/Carnevale Masquerade. Come experience the sights, sounds, and cultural traditions of Europe!

The Fasching/Mardi Gras/Carnevale Masquerade will take place on Wednesday, March 9th, from 8:00pm to 11:00pm, in the Marshall Center Ballroom.

There will be a costume contest, so dress your best– Winner gets a prize from the USF Computer Store! There will also be live music, mask-decorating, beads, games, and more! And of course there will be free food representing each of the cultures involved!

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Lecture Series This Week!

February 10-11: Dr. Massimo Pigliucci will be presenting a series of lectures as part of “International Darwin Day.” Pigliucci is Head of Philosophy at the CUNY-Lehman College. His research is concerned with the philosophy of science, the relationship between science and philosophy, and the relationship between science and religion. He received a Doctorate in Genetics from the University of Ferrara in Italy, a PhD in Botany from the University of Connecticut, and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Tennessee. He has published over a hundred technical papers, several books and publicly engages in the evolutionary vs. creationist debate. His blog, Rationally Speaking, reflects his goal of being a “public intellectual.”

Please join us at the following three events:

  • Thursday, Feb. 10: “Towards and Extended Evolutionary Synthesis” at the USF Marshall Center, Room 2709 at 3:30pm
  • Friday, Feb. 11: “When Philosophers Talk About Evolution” at the USF Marshall Center, Room 3705 at 2:00pm
  • Friday, Feb. 11: “Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science from Bunk” at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) Science Works Theater at 7:00pm

These events are sponsored by: The Humanities Institute, The Department of Philosophy, The Department of Integrative Biology, The Biology Graduate Student Organization, Freethinkers@USF, The Philosophy Graduate Student Organization, and The Museum of Science and Industry.

For information please contact:

Liz Kicak, Program Assistant – USF Humanities Institute


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Triumphal Processions in Italian Renaissance Art: Paintings, Prints, Manuscript Illuminations

You are invited to attend the lecture sponsored by the Roberta Golding Endowment of the School of Art and Art History, USF:

Dr. Lilian Armstrong,

Mildred Lane Kemper Professor of Art, Emerita, Wellesley College

Thursday, November 4 @ 7 pm in FAH 101

Dr. Armstrong is a distinguished scholar of Renaissance art and book history. She has published several books, including Renaissance Miniature Painters and Classical Imagery (1981) and Studies of Renaissance Miniaturists in Venice (2003) as well as numerous articles. She is currently completing a book on Petrarchan visual imagery, and a book on the Renaissance Venetian artist Benedetto Bordon.

The Flyer is available here: Armstrong lecture nov 4 2010 flyer

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USF Italian Program & Sbarro Health Research Organization Annual Fellowship for Italian Majors at the University of Siena in Italy

The Italian Program at USF is offering to its majors with an interest in the scientific fields (medicine, chemistry, biochemistry, biology, or other sciences) the unique opportunity to apply for a fellowship sponsored by the Sbarro Health Research Organization and work with talented young scientists in the Department of Human Pathology & Oncology at the University of Siena under the guidance of renowned scientist, Dr. Antonio Giordano M.D., Ph.D. The fellowship is designed to encourage young scientists at the birth of their careers.

For more information visit:

Fluency in written and oral Italian is required.

For questions about the deadline of application please contact:

Ilene Raymond Rush

The application for the fellowship is a research statement that will be written in Italian and submitted to:

Patrizia LaTrecchia, Ph.D.

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