Italo Calvino: A Centennial Celebration

A four-week course on Italo Calvino, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of his birth.

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Italo Calvino, Dr. Dominic Aquila will offer a short course on Italo Calvino’s most important and beloved writings. Calvino was one of Italy’s most celebrated authors of the twentieth century. He blended fantasy, comedy, and fable to provide his readers with an illuminating perspective on modern life. Known as a highly innovative writer who established new forms of literature, he was nonetheless deeply respectful of the past, and particularly Italian and European literary and folk traditions. Among the works discussed in this course are: Calvino Collection of Italian Folktales, Six Memos for the Next Millennium, Cosmicomics, and Invisible Cities. All works are in translation.


About the lecturer:

Dominic Aquila is a tenured professor of history and director of assessment and institutional effectiveness at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. He served as dean of Arts and Sciences and then provost of St. Thomas from 2007 to 2017. Before his appointments at the University of St. Thomas, Professor Aquila held faculty and administrative appointments at Ave Maria University, Schoolcraft College, Franciscan University of Steubenville, and the Rochester Institute of Technology. Professor Aquila took his bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School and an MBA from the Stern School of Business at NYU. He began his doctoral work under Christopher Lasch at the University of Rochester, completing it at the University of South Africa. Professor Aquila earned a second doctorate from Texas Tech University in Higher Education Administration. His research interests include interdisciplinarity, liberal education, Dante, Marshall McLuhan, Father Walter Ong, and musical semiotics. His article, “Purgatorio: A Liturgy of Forgiveness and Restoration” recently appeared in the book, Dante and the Other: A Phenomenology of Love. Later this year, Ave Maria Press is bringing out Professor Aquila’s book, The Church and the Age of Enlightenment (1648-1815): Faith, Science, and the Challenge of Secularism. Professor Aquila is a past ICCC Board Member. He lives in Houston with his wife, Diane Aquila. Together they have 11 children and 6 grandchildren.




Mondays, March 20 to April 10, 2023 | 6:30 – 8:00 PM
$100 ICCC Members | $125 Non-members
The event will be in-person at the ICCC.



Cancellation Policy: If the course is canceled for any reason, including insufficient enrollment, tuition will be refunded in full. Students who cancel their course registration before the first scheduled day of class may receive either a full refund or credit. After the first day of class no refunds or credits, including prorated refunds or credits, are allowed for any reason.


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