Prof. Applauso was thrilled to host Antonio Dikele Distefano last night at Morgan State University where he presented and discussed his groundbreaking movie Autumn Beat. Mr. Distefano came a long way from Italy, and he is now on a tour around the U.S. He only made one stop in Maryland and we are grateful that it was in Baltimore. We are very grateful to the Italian Cultural Institute in D.C. for co-sponsoring this event, as well as the Dept. of World Languages, the SWAN, and the Dean's office at MSU. It was inspiring to see Italian 101 and 102 students interacting with the filmmaker, who gave some priceless advice to aspiring screenwriters.
If you are in Baltimore, MD on Monday don't miss the film screening and discussion with acclaimed best-seller Italian writer, director, and screenwriter Antonio Dikele Distefano. His amazing movie (featuring an all-black Italian cast): Autumn Beat is produced by Amazon Studios, and it will be screened on Monday February 27 at 6 p.m. at Morgan State University in the Behavioral Science Center (Lecture Hall #100). This event is part of our Black History Celebration, and this is the main tour in Maryland by Mr. Dikele Distefano. The event is sponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute in collaboration with the College of Liberal Arts, the Dept. of World Languages and the SWAN program at Morgan State University. the event is FREE and OPEN to the public.
Very grateful for the support of the Italian Cultural Insitute and the Italian government to promote Afroitalian art during the Black History month here in Maryland! Thank you also for attending the historic opening reception last night at the JELMA museum at Morgan State University of the "The Recovery Plan: Alle porte coi sassi” exhibit. This historic exhibit features important artwork by artists Kelly Costigliolo, Adji Dieye and Christian Offman! The exhibition will be open to the public through the end of March at the James E. Lewis Museum of Art!
Italian 101 is officially SOLD OUT! We have almost 20 students enrolled this time (A NEW RECORD 10 in person and 8 online)! See here the students engaged in practicing with definitive articles (il, lo, gli, le, etc.) and the verb piacere using illustrative food cards! Bravissimi!
If you are interested about the history of immigrant Italian women join prof. Applauso who will be giving a talk tomorrow at The Woman's Club of Roland Park in 4500 Roland Ave, Baltimore, MD 21210 @1:15pm - The title of the talk is "The Contribution of Italian Women in the Making of America": more information here:https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Afternoon-program-for-Thursday--February-16.html?soid=1130953034627&aid=NFscIf6Qlew
If you are in Baltimore stop by Morgan State University. Prof. Applauso is honored to be involved in this historic Art Exhibition about BLACK ITALY fully funded by the Italian government. The exhibition will be open throughout the month of February until March 31st. It is focused on the recovery of underrepresented and under-narrated fragments of Black history in Italy, both as an invitation towards social healing and as a critique on the exclusion of Black history within Italian culture. Three Italian artists of African descent reconsider what constitutes art within the Italian cultural identity. This is the first time the Recovery Plan project is landing in the U.S. and the first time in history (as far as I know) that an HBCU is hosting such an exhibition from Italy fully funded by the Italian government. I hope you can come and join us for the opening reception on February 23 at 5 p.m. at the JELMA museum. More information about the time and location of the exhibition are in the attached flier.
The Applauso Italian Learning Center (AILC) is delighted to welcome in our team Ruby Laryea (Au Pair, Childcare Assistant, and Language Specialist). She is a Ghanaian citizen who is also an Italian permanent resident and is currently working in Maryland. In 2014 she relocated to Italy and graduated in 2019 with a Diploma in Accounting and Finance at the Istituto Tecnico Commerciale e Per Geometri, Alberto Baggi near Sassuolo, Italy. She has been contracted with the AILC as Assistant Translator since January 2023 and has been assisting a variety of clients with translating official documents for Italian citizenship applications. Welcome Ruby to our Team! https://www.applausoitaliancenter.com/meet-our-team.html
Dr. Nicolino Applauso