La Voce Italiana Magazine Estate 2024

Read the Summer 2024 issue of La Voce Italiana!

La Voce Italiana is a digital magazine published four times a year by the Italian Cultural & Community Center (ICCC) of Houston as the voice of all things Italian. Enjoy articles about Italian culture and news from the Italian Cultural & Community Center.

In this issue of La Voce Italiana:

You’re Invited: Bella Roma Fashion Show & Luncheon

By the ICCC Team

We are delighted to announce that the fifth annual Italian Cultural & Community Center (ICCC) Fashion Show & Luncheon chaired by Karen Remington and Saula Centa Valente will be held on Tuesday, October 22, 2024 at River Oaks Country Club with registration beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The event will feature the latest Italian designs curated by Saks Fifth Avenue, a premier silent auction, a prosecco pull, and chances to win dazzling prizes!

This year we are saluting a city that never goes out of style, Beautiful Rome—Bella Roma, as we celebrate our esteemed honorees Debbie and Rudy Festari for their giving spirit and philanthropy throughout the City of Houston.

Since 2000, the Italian Cultural & Community Center of Houston has awarded more than $290,000 in scholarships to college students in the greater Houston area. The Fashion Show & Luncheon raises funds to create opportunities for higher education, including for students participating in study abroad programs in Italy. Join us in inspiring these bright, young students through the power of education and cultural exchange.


A Closer Look at La Stranezza

by the ICCC Team

As summer comes to an end, join us for a Ferragosto tradition at ICCC Houston: our Ferragosto Pizza and Movie Night!
This year, we will be screening Strangeness (La stranezza) starring award-winning Italian actor Toni Servillo (The Great Beauty, The Hand of God) as Nobel-prize winning playwright Luigi Pirandello.

Set in 1920s Sicily, this irreverent comedy-drama from director Roberto Andò reimagines the inspiration behind Pirandello’s absurdist masterpiece Six Characters in Search of an Author. Sicilian comedy legends Salvatore Ficarra and Valentino Picone co-star in the film as gravediggers/aspiring actors and playwrights, whose charmingly amateurish stage productions stir Pirandello out of his writer’s block.



My Experience Studying Abroad in Rome

by Grace Yetter, ICCC Study Abroad Scholarship Recipient

Two years ago, I visited my sister for a week in Rome, where she was studying abroad. From Bernini sculptures to plates of carbonara, I found much to love about Italian culture, art, and cuisine. As a college freshman, I knew I wanted to study abroad, and my week in Italy had been dreamy and indulgent. Rome seemed like the perfect place to escape for a few months, so upon returning to Rice University, I signed up for an Italian class.
Last summer, I then interned at a Rome-based political think tank, in what I thought would be my one and only study abroad stint. But as I practiced interacting with locals in Italian and explored the European approach to global politics at my internship, I realized I would not be able to stay away from Rome for long. Temporarily leaving America’s entrenched cultural and political environment had expanded my understanding of the world to dimensions I never expected, sparking my interest in international relations and diplomacy.

Between my love of Italian culture and my desire to discover the broader world, I knew I had unfinished business in Rome. As an ancient cradle of democracy, the heart of a once-vast empire, the center of one of the world’s most influential religions, and the birthplace of fascism, Rome is a nexus of interwoven historical threads and political themes, making it ideal for my academic interests. So, last semester, I returned as a student in an international relations program

Through courses on Machiavelli, fascism, and Italian immigration, I was able to dive headfirst into Italian political and historical topics that I only got a taste of the previous summer. My professors led field trips to important sites in the Eternal City, including the Altar of the Fatherland, Castel Sant’Angelo, the Roman Forum, and the EUR district. My favorite class of all was a course on Ancient Roman history taught entirely in Italian. By combining Italian comprehension practice with a topic I am passionate about learning, I deeply enriched my language skills and my understanding of Roman history through the course.