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A Unique Place to Study Italian

Submitted by darmstro on Thu, 12/01/2016 - 10:11am

Our focus on multicultural diversity provides many possibilities of cultural and economic exchanges between different communities, including the Italian community. Calgary has a large and prosperous Italian community of at least 10,000 members, and growing.

In collaboration with the Italian Consulate General in Vancouver and the Italian Cultural Institute in Toronto, we have been providing some excellent programs during the annual “Settimana della Lingua Italiana” (Week of Italian Language), inviting internationally renowned guests, writers and scholars, such as Claudio Magris, Simonetta Agnello Hornby, Paolo Giordano, Millicent Marcus (Yale University), Davide Rondoni, Rebecca West (University of Chicago), Domenico Pietropaolo (University of Toronto), Hermann Haller (CUNY, The Graduate Center), GianMario Villalta, Maria Luisa Bigai, among others.

12 Reasons to Study Italian

  1. Italian language and culture — and Italy itself as the destination for an exchange program — are among the most beloved by North American students.
  2. Since Roman times, Italy has been an exporter of civilization. Knowing Italian allows you to appreciate a treasury of human expression.
  3. According to UNESCO, over 60% of the world's art treasures are found in Italy. Artists such as Giotto, Michelangelo and Artemisia Gentileschi, among many others, were Italian.
  4. Italian literature boasts some of the world's most famous writers — Dante, Boccaccio, Petrarch, Gaspara Stampa, Vittoria Colonna, Machiavelli, Italo Calvino, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Elsa Morante and Umberto Eco, to name a few.
  5. Italy has been a pioneer in many scientific fields — think of Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo, Guglielmo Marconi, Maria Montessori and Rita Levi-Montalcini.
  6. The performing arts have received significant contributions from Italian musicians, playwrights and directors, e.g. Antonio Vivaldi, Giuseppe Verdi, Dario Fo, Luigi Pirandello, Eleonora Duse and Tina Modotti.
  7. Italy has produced adventurous explorers like Marco Polo, Columbus, John Cabot and Amerigo Vespucci, after whom America was named.
  8. Italy was one of the founding members of the European Common Market (Treaty of Rome, 1957), which has developed into the European Union.
  9. Italy is one of the top five economies in the world and a member of the G7 group
  10. Knowing Italian is very advantageous in several career fields — the culinary arts, music, design, fashion, manufacturing, electromechanical machinery, shipbuilding, space engineering, transportation equipment.
  11. Owing to the prominence of Italy in many fields, Italian words — such as crescendo, pizza, fresco and studio — are present in numerous languages.
  12. Emigration has made Italian one of the languages most widely spoken outside Europe.