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Lectures

Cultural Lectures

The ICCC is committed in the celebration and preservation of Italian Culture and Heritage. Every year we periodically host and promote Lectures on many different topics related to Italian Traditions and Culture, aiming to educate and entertain our Members and Friends. Art, Cinema, History, Science… these are just few of the many topics of our Lectures. Be part of our community!



2017 Upcoming Lectures


Stay tuned for upcoming lectures.

Italian Cultural & Community Center
1101 Milford St, Houston, Texas 77006

For more info, call 713-524-4222 ext. 7 or email programevents@iccchouston.com



2016 Past Lectures


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Shoemaking: Italian Excellence

Lecture by Francesca Lombardo (Founder and Owner of Brio & Co. LLC)
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 – 7:00pm
Doors open at 6:30 pm
Reception to follow lecture
Italian Cultural & Community Center
1101 Milford St, Houston, Texas 77006
Ticket Prices: $10 for ICCC Members – $15 for Non-Members

It’s not just about shoes…
Join us at the ICCC for an evening to celebrate the “Made in Italy,” excellence in Italian craftsmanship and design, Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 7:00 pm. Francesca Lombardo, founder and owner of Brio & Co. LLC, will present an interesting lecture on how and why Italian shoes are the industry’s top leader in quality and design. Guests will learn about the history and aspects of the “Made in Italy” brand, as well as the reasons why Italy is an industry model to follow to achieve success.

Meet Francesca Lombardo (Founder and Owner of Brio & Co. LLC):

Francesca grew up in a small town in Sicily, where the sense of community and attachment to the tradition is still well alive. At the age of 19, she left home and went to college in Milan, where she obtained a degree in law in 2005.
After graduation, Francesca pursued a job as an expat with a national offshore construction company, moving from project to project and from country to country, ending up in Houston in 2010. It was in Houston that her strong sense of appreciation for the simple things and her burning passion for discovery led her to start a project of her own, with the goal of reconnecting with her cultural homeland through one of Italy’s traditional areas of excellence: shoe making. Between trade shows, visits to the shoemakers’ workshops and other travels and plans, Francesca’s business is growing and moving forward by promoting the small Italian manufacturers, who for generations have been nurturing a special way of doing things by hand fostering the artisan flair and the pride for an excellent craftsmanship.
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Lecture:
Cultural Impact of Regional Dialects
in 1900s Italian Music Tradition

Lecture by Mario Mossa (Visiting Scholar at UH)
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 – 7:00pm
Doors open at 6:30 pm
Reception to follow lecture
Italian Cultural & Community Center
1101 Milford St, Houston, Texas 77006
Ticket Prices: $10 for ICCC Members – $15 for Non-Members

Join us at the ICCC for an interesting lecture on the artistic influence and cultural impact that regional dialects imposed on Italian music tradition during the 1900’s.
While the use of regional languages in literary works, plays and cinema are often highlighted as a distinctive trait of Italian tradition, this lecture will explore the importance of the most widely used dialects in popular music and how these have impacted this artistic area of the rich Italian culture.

Meet the presenter (Mario G. Mossa):

Mario Gerolamo Mossa, a native of Tempio Pausania in Sardinia, Italy, is a liberal arts graduate from the University of Pisa currently seeking a Master’s Degree in European philology and literature. Mario’s longtime interest in music and poetry has led him to participate as a speaker in several conferences and workshops, with Italian songwriting and contemporary poetry as his main focuses.
A portrait artist and a songwriter, Mario has published essays and articles on Soglie, an Italian peer-reviewed journal of poetry and literary criticism. He is attending the University of Houston as a visiting scholar, where he is currently conducting research in cooperation with his mentor, Director of Italian Studies and Professor Alessandro Carrera.

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Lecture & Demonstration:
Cheese Making Traditions of Friuli & Mozzarella Making Demo

Lecture & Demo by Andrea Cudin
Friday, October 28, 2016 – 7:00pm
Doors open at 6:45pm
Italian Cultural & Community Center
1101 Milford St, Houston, Texas 77006
Ticket Prices: $35 for ICCC Members – $40 for Non-Members
 

Join us for a fun evening of fresh homemade mozzarella making at the ICCC!
A lecture will be presented on Italian cheese making traditions and dairies from Friuli, Italy, along with a mozzarella making demonstration guided by Andrea Cudin from Lira Rossa Artisan Cheese, a family owned Italian dairy company located in Moulton, Texas. Guests will have the opportunity to sample freshly made mozzarella, and to purchase different cheeses made by Lira Rossa Artisan Cheese.

Meet Lira Rossa Artisan Cheese:

Lira Rossa Artisan Cheese is a family owned Italian dairy located at the Four E Dairy in Moulton, Texas founded by Andrea Cudin. Andrea and Jillian Cudin began their cheese making venture in 2012 after moving back to Texas from Andrea’s home region of Friuli in Italy. He was unable to find the belowed cheeses he had grown up with as a staple’s on his family’s table, so he decided to travel home and study cheese making. After many years of research and learning, Lira Rossa was able to open its doors in August 2016 providing many delicious Texas made cheeses using Italian tradition.
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The Trevi Group’s Challenging Rescues of the Tower of Pisa and Concordia Shipwreck

Lecture by Brando Ballerini
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 – 7:00pm
Doors open at 6:30pm
Italian Cultural & Community Center
1101 Milford St, Houston, Texas 77006
Ticket Prices: $10 for ICCC Members – $15 for Non-Members
Reception to Follow Presentation

Join us at the ICCC for a lecture on the challenging rescues of one of Italy’s most iconic structures, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and also of one of the largest ships ever to be abandoned, the Costa Concordia.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a structure whose construction began in the year 1173 and lasted more than 100 years. For 800 years, engineers studied how to correct the leaning, without success. The Trevi Group began a rescue operation of the tower in 1991, introducing a new straightening method. The company’s far-reaching experience in underground engineering was also useful in the salvage operation of the Costa Concordia cruise liner shipwreck. Trevi Group performed important preliminary work essential for the project.

Meet the Presenter:

Brando Paolo Ballerini began his career in the drilling industry with his family’s company Ballerini S.p.a., a firm specialized in drilling rigs, and equipment design and manufacturing. Brando holds a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy. He managed Ballerini S.p.a. until 1996 when the company was sold to the Trevi/Drillmec Group, and in 1998 he joined the Group to manage its Americas O&G division, where he now serves as President and Director in Houston, TX.
Brando is a registered professional engineer in Italy and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. He served as Vice President of COMITES – Houston chapter (Committee for Italians living abroad) from 2005-2010. In 2011 he received the award “Cavaliere della Repubblica – Stella della Solidarietà” (Legion of Merit of Italy), given by Giorgio Napolitano, former President of Italy.
Brando Ballerini currently serves as President of the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce of Texas, Inc.

 


 

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SAVING POMPEII
Contemporary strategies for its preservation

Lecture by Jonas Orlandi
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 – 6:30pm
Doors open at 6:00pm
Italian Cultural & Community Center
1101 Milford St, Houston, Texas 77006
Ticket Prices: $10 for ICCC Members – $15 for Non-Members
Reception to Follow Presentation

Join us at the ICCC for a lecture on an overview of the Great Pompeii Project—a special urgent program of conservation, maintenance and restoration launched in 2011 by the Italian government and European Union after pictures of walls collapsing in the ancient Roman site gained worldwide attention.

The lecture will focus on the Plan for Knowledge, one of the Great Pompeii Project’s fundamental components as it provides the basis to schedule preventive maintenance of the archaeological structures through a management plan using an updatable database of their state of conservation with the use of last generation technologies in the fields of Survey and GIS.

Meet the Presenter:

Jonas Orlandi is an Italian professional civil engineer. After earning his MSc from the University of Perugia he was hired by RPA srl, a major Italian Engineering Consulting firm. There, he had the opportunity to work on two important projects in the field of Historic Preservation—the Risk Map of Cultural Heritage in Umbria and the Plan for Knowledge within the Great Pompeii Project. In 2015 he won an Italian Scientists and Scholars in North America Foundation-CNI Internship for Young Italian Engineers and is currently spending two months as Research Intern at UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, sponsored by the ISSNAF scholarship program under the supervision of Dr. Angela Lombardi. While in San Antonio, Orlandi is working on research projects involving the San Antonio Missions and the topic of IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) in Building Renovation. He is member of the Engineer Association of Perugia.

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Italian Futurism: The Avant-Garde Movement that Revolutionized the 20th Century

Lecture by Marta Traino
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 – 7:00pm
Doors open at 6:30pm
Italian Cultural & Community Center
1101 Milford St, Houston, Texas 77006
Ticket Prices: $10 for ICCC Members and $15 for Non-Members
Reception to Follow Presentation

Join us at the ICCC for a lecture on Italian Futurism, a literary and arts movement originated in Italy during the early 20th century. The movement emphasized rejection of the past and traditions, defending anti-classical style oriented towards the future, and responsiveness to the dynamism of modern techniques and industrialization. Tommaso Marinetti’s revolutionary ideas were not limited to art, but like other movements, it sought to transform lifestyle. The lecture will explore the movement’s impact on painting, cinema and literature.

Meet the Presenter:

Marta Traino, a native of Milan, Italy, is a former art educator at Pinacoteca di Brera, a museum of international repute in Milan. She holds a Master’s Degree in Art Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Cultural Heritage from the Università Cattolica di Milano in Italy, where she focused on history of modern art, history of contemporary art, cinema history and criticism, cultural heritage legislation, intercultural value of art museums, education through art, and other aspects of art. Marta also worked with InDigital Italia, a company that provides comprehensive film and photography production services to the fashion and luxury brands industries, as a fashion production assistant during the Fashion Week of Milan, Paris, London, and New York City.


 
Taste and Pleasure:
The Italian Slow Food Movement

Lecture and Workshop by Professor Livia Bornigia and Professor Carl Scott
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 – 7:00pm
Doors open at 6:30pm
Italian Cultural & Community Center
1101 Milford St, Houston, Texas 77006
Ticket Prices: $10 for ICCC Members and $15 for Non-Members
Reception to Follow Presentation

Join us at the ICCC for a lecture-workshop about the Slow Food Movement. From a 1989 protest, Italy’s Slow Food Movement grew into a worldwide program for educating people about the pleasures of eating good, clean, and fair food. Their Taste Workshops (Laboratori del Gusto) train people to better appreciate our beautiful, flavorful world. This lecture workshop will introduce Slow Food’s ideas about gastronomy and its tasting exercises, which train people to taste mindfully and take more pleasure from their food.

Meet the Presenters:

Livia Bornigia, a native of Rome, Italy, is an associate professor of Communication at the University of St. Thomas. She holds a Masters in Communication from the University of Houston and a Ph.D. in History from Leicester University in England. Livia teaches rhetorical theory, propaganda and persuasion, intercultural communication and various courses in film, both American and international. Her love of food dates from the diverse cuisine and cooking experiences of her childhood with her Roman father, her Italian-Greek mother, and her grandparents from Marche. She has shared many of the recipes from her family in the ICCC’s newspaper, La Voce. Livia has been interested in the connection between culture and food for a long time, and has incorporated elements of both in her classes, especially Intercultural Communication and Italian Cinema. Outside of academia, she is proud to serve as President of the Board of Directors at the ICCC, as well as to volunteer her time to other social justice projects in collaboration with her students.

Carl Scott is an associate professor of psychology at the University of St. Thomas. He earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from the University of Houston. He teaches courses in perception, cognition, research methods, statistics, and film. His love of food and drink grew out of his diverse culinary experiences and years of restaurant work in Houston and New Orleans (Commander’s Palace, Brennan’s). He has tried to combine the science of perception with the pleasures of the senses. Carl is a native Houstonian with deep Texas roots and a European-born grandfather who emigrated from Mexico. Outside of work, Carl assists nonprofit organizations with program evaluations, and travels to Italy as much as he can.


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We the Italians, Two Flags One Heart:
One Hundred Interviews

Lecture and Book Presentation by Umberto Mucci
Thursday, February 25, 2016 – 6:30pm
Italian Cultural & Community Center, 1101 Milford
Suggested Donation: $10 for ICCC Members and $15 for non-members
Reception to Follow Presentation
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Join us for a special cultural evening led by the renowned Italian Journalist from We the Italians Magazine, Umberto Mucci. He will retrace the Italian Immigration to the USA and he will present his first book “We the Italians. Two flags, One heart.” One hundred interviews about Italy and the US.

The book is a selection of the best 100 interviews conducted through four years by Umberto Mucci, either in the US and in Italy, for the online platform www.wetheitalians.com. Each interviewee has a different interesting angle, story or role useful to analyze the relationship between Italy and the US, from diverse thematic of geographic points of view. Each interview is a tiny brick of the wall that shows that when Italy and the US meet and work together, the outcome is wonderful and several good things happen. The Italian community in the US, comprehending either the Italian American one and that of the Italians born in Italy and just recently arrived in the US, is a prestigious group made by several millions of positive people linked by a wonderful Italian heritage and an American dream.

The 100 successful personalities interviewed in this book are dedicated, passionate for one or more aspects of Italy and every one of them represent something useful for the Italians who live in Italy nowadays. “Two flags, One heart” is the payoff of We the Italians: it represents the sense of loving two different countries and somehow belonging to both of them, a story that has been describing the lives of the Italians in America for over a century. After these 100 interviews, the author’s opinion is that being Italian AND American (some of the interviewees have just one passport, but all of them love the country they don’t officially belong to) is a gift, a blessing and something that will never cease to be beautiful.

 


From Wise Guys to Good Guys:Food as Aphrodisiac in Bob Grimaldi’s Dinner Rush (2000)

Film Screening & Lecture Presented by:
Dr. Ryan Calabretta-Sajder
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“The picture is a mouth-watering display of talent, technique and patience. It seems astonishing that a young filmmaker knows exactly how photogenic the flamboyant shots of cooks making their skillets dance over flames bursting from the stoves are.” (for complete review – The New York Times)

Dr. Ryan Calabretta-Sajder is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian at the University of Arkansas. He is the editor of the forthcoming collection entitled Pasolini’s Last Interview: Death, Eros and Literary Enterprise in the Opus of Pier Paolo Pasolini and the author of the forthcoming book, Divergenze in celluloidi: colore, migrazione, e identità nei film gay di Ferzan Ozpetek.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 – 6:15pm
Italian Cultural & Community Center, 1101 Milford
Suggested Donation: $10 for ICCC Members and $15 for non-members
Reception to Follow Presentation
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2015 Past Lectures

October 13, 2015
7:00 pm
University  of St. Thomas, Jones Hall
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October 22, 2015
6:30 pm
ICCC, 1101 Milford

XV Edizione della Settimana della Lingua Italiana nel Mondo
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November 18, 2015
7:00 pm
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Italian Events, Culture and Music pf the 1960’s
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September 23, 2015
7:00 pm
University  of St. Thomas, Jones Hall

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June 24 and 25, 2015
6:30 pm
ICCC, 1101 Milford

The Fortunate Pilgrim – Lecture and Movie Nights
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Wednesday, May 27, 2015
6:30 pm
ICCC, 1101 Milford

Artemisia Gentileschi – Lecture and Movie
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Saturday, May 30, 2015
6:00 pm
ICCC, 1101 Milford

L’Arte del Gioiello Italiano – Lecture and Trunk Show
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Thursday, April 27, 2015
6:30 pm
ICCC, 1101 Milford

Festa della Liberazione – Lecture and Movie
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Friday, March 27, 2015
6:00 pm
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Dall’altra parte della Luna – On the Other Side of the Moon
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Friday, February 20, 2015
6:00 pm
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Fratelli di Sangue – Blood Brotherhood
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