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08 November 2013

Italian Language and Literature

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Machiavelli, Machiavellism and European Political Landscape

 

On the 500 years anniversary of “The Prince” by Machiavelli, the Italian Consulate General in Boston and Emmanuel College will organize a series of seminars dedicated to the Italian politician, philosopher diplomat and thinker and his influence as a Renaissance humanist in the European political landscape of the past and of today

 

November 8, 2013

Boston

Library Lecture Hall, Emmanuel College 

 

Professor Maurizio Viroli from Princeton University will be one of the speakers at the seminar on at the Emmanuel College entitled “The Prince and the Redeemer”.

 

According to Professor Viroli, Niccolò Machiavelli wrote The Prince to design and invoke a redeemer of Italy capable of creating, with God’s help, new and good political orders thereby attaining perennial glory. The meaning of Machiavelli’s most famous or infamous work – the meaning in the sense of what Machiavelli intended above all to teach - is to be found in the last chapter, the ‘Exhortation to liberate Italy from the barbarians’ where he creates with a stroke of political imagination of the finest kind, the myth of the redeemer. This myth sheds the right light on the entire work, and above all on the most controversial themes of The Prince: political ethics, the virtues of the prince, military matters, the role of fortune and God on political affairs. An oration on the redeemer, this is what the Prince is.

The interpretation of the Prince as an oration on the redeemer sheds a different light on yet another much debated issue in the Machiavellian scholarship, namely the compatibility of The Prince and the Discourses. A founder and a redeemer is necessary both for republics and kingdoms. In both cases they must have extraordinary authority, display exactly the same virtues and face the necessity of entering in evil. Machiavelli’s Prince is indeed the “book of republicans”. Not in the sense that it reveals the horrible vices of the prince and instills in the readers the hatred for monarchy, as Rousseau believed, but in the sense that it delineates the image of the founder and redeemer that republican political theory needs. Unless we are prepared to believe that good republics come into existence, remain alive, and are reformed, when they need to be, only through the wisdom and the active participation of the citizens, we must accept the view that republics need great political leaders. The Prince is about great political leadership, the leadership of founders and redeemers. Hence, it is not a problematic alternative to the Discourses, but a fine integration to it. Together they make a fine theory of political emancipation.

 

12 November 2013

Italian Language and Literature

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Niccolò Machiavelli: The Prince and its Era. 1513-2013

 

November 12 - 27, 2013

Washington DC

Embassy of Italy

 

To celebrate the 500th anniversary of the composition of The Prince, this exhibit explores the essential role Niccolò Machiavelli has played in the history of modern political thought, his influence on generations of politicians and intellectuals as well as on popular culture.

Organized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of Italy in Washington DC, with the support of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Activities and Tourism.
An initiative of the Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana founded by Giovanni Treccani.

Organization and Production of the Exhibition: Comunicare Organizzando

This exhibition is conceived as a journey both in time and space. It starts in the Renaissance —placing Machiavelli and his work in their historical context — then reaches the modern day —illustrating the different ways the writer and his masterwork have been seen up to today.  It does not intend to offer a definitive or "correct" interpretation of The Prince and its author; rather, it allows visitors to linger on the fascinating facts behind and around this short treaty and to have a glimpse of its persisting presence in our own time.

The exhibition is divided into four sections:

Machiavelli and his historical context
The Prince
Fortune and Diffusion of The Prince
“Uses” and “Abuses” of Machiavelli and The Prince

It features documents, books, paintings, costumes, videos, manuscripts, and objects which explore not only Machiavelli’s life and some cultural and historical events of his era, but also the impact he has had on popular culture, becoming the star of video games, comic books and much more.

 

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY:

November 12-27, 2013
(Monday to Friday from 10am-12/2pm-4pm)
BY APPOINTMENT: reservations at iicwashington@esteri.it

When you email your reservation, please provide:

  • date
  • time
  • name of each guest

PLEASE NOTE: the date and time you request may not be available. You will receive a confirmation email. Not open on weekends.

 

EXIBIT SECTIONS:

Machiavelli and his times. This section outlines the historical context in which Macchiavelli lived, noting the major events and contemporaries of the period.

The Prince. The centerpiece of the exhibition, this section is dedicated to the celebrated treatise and displays the most important and influential editions and prints, from one of the nineteen manuscript codices that still exist in the world and the first print edition, 1532 Florence, published after Machiavelli’s death by Bernardo Giunta and today conserved at the Biblioteca Augusta in Perugia. One part of this section is dedicated to the major translations of The Prince in various languages. The print and art works are introduced in an inspiring video by Pierfrancesco Favino who reads the letter that Niccolò Macchiavelli wrote to Francesco Vettore on 10 December 1513 announcing that he had composed the celebrated treatise.

The Prince-its fortune and dissemination. The purpose of this section is to evidence how The Prince has come down to us over history, through observations over time, collector’s editions and contemporary translations, but also in plagiarized and manipulated versions.

Machiavelli and our times: uses and abuses. This section is dedicated to uses and abuses of the treatise. Table games, videogames, stamps, postcards, and marketing manuals inspired by Machiavellian ‘theory’. This part is intended to evidence how the finest political mind in contemporary culture has influenced various fields of political thought. In fact, the exhibition will display paintings, medals, stamps, ancient manuscripts and incunabula, alongside table and parlor games, postcards, vinyl records, as well as very bizarre and peculiar Machiavellian paraphernalia. Machiavelli, who was an irreverent spirit but mainly a great innovator, would probably have appreciated this type of corruption and would not have felt at all offended to see his own name or that of his masterpiece linked to a package of cigarettes, a musical group, or a child’s puppet.

 

23 November 2013

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Boccaccio Award After Life

 

November 23, 2013

Providence

Brown University

 

To celebrate the seven hundredth anniversary of Giovanni Boccaccio's birth, the Decameron Web project has launched a contest for the best adaptation of a tale from the Decameron into a form of colloquial communication.

 

As part of the events to celebrate the seven hundredth anniversary of Giovanni Boccaccio's birth, the Decameron Web project at Brown University, under the aegis of the American Association of Boccaccio Studies and in collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy in Boston and the Ente Nazionale Giovanni Boccaccio in Certaldo, has established the International Boccaccio-After Life Award for the best translation, the best dramatic adaption, and the best new media adaptation of a tale from the Decameron.
Giovanni Boccaccio belongs to that select few of classic writers whose legacy broadly transcends the written word.
Today, adapting a literary work for another media holds unexpected consequences because of digital media's multiple forms. The purpose of this award is to spark the creativity of young readers and students of Boccaccio by inviting them to translate a tale from the Decameron into a communications form of our times, adapting it in letter and spirit to contemporary media and social contexts.
Three prizes are in play: best translation-adaptation into contemporary English, best adaptation for the stage, and best adaptation for other media (Youtube, social networks, animation, videogames, and similar).
The three winners will be published on the Decameron Web site and the best adaptation for stage will be performed by a theater troupe in Certaldo, just outside Florence.

 

 

 

 

30 November 2013

Italian Language and Literature

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Workshop APP – CLIQ

 

Workshop between CLIQ (Quality Certification of Italian language) Association, College Board representatives and the Observatory of Italian language in order to link the AP exam to the CLIQ certification

 

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30 November 2013

Italian Language and Literature

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FindItalian

 

Application for tablets and smartphones to locate Centers, Institutes, Schools, Universities and American and Italian Committees of the Dante Alighieri Society where Italian language courses are being offered

 

2013

Online

 

Società Dante Alighieri

Founded in 1889 by a group of intellectuals guided by Giosue Carducci, for over a century the Dante Alighieri Society has upheld and promulgated Italian language, art and culture both in Italy and abroad, through an articulated information and dissemination network that encompasses all continents.

Africa, America, Europe, Asia and Oceania can count on the tireless activities of the many branches of the Società Dante Alighieri, not just through its language courses, but also in the numerous and diverse cultural events organised for thousands of members and students with a passion for our Italian heritage and eager to discover it in all its facets; from fine art to music, sports, film, theatre, fashion – and literature.

 

Dante Alighieri Italian schools in US and Italy:

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