Donato Santeramo has been named the next director of the Middlebury Italian School. He began his new position on September 1, succeeding Antonio Vitti, who had served as director of the program since 2006. Santeramo is currently a professor at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He earned a degree in literature and philosophy from the...

A few days ago, we’ve witnessed an historical event: the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Whether we are monarchists or not, the death of the longest-reigning monarch in British history holds great importance worldwide. This month I decided to honor this monumental event with some vocabulary related to the topic. First of all, let’s see a few basic ter...

September is the month of change: the summer ends and the fall comes, with all the richness and warmth of its colors. It is the month of peace and comfort when we take out our fleece blankets from the wardrobe and we yearn for all things cinnamon, pumpkin, and apple. In its last days, we feel it’s spooky season already because days are shorter and...

I sat on the high-speed train departing from the station of Milano Centrale with destination Firenze Santa Maria Novella, where I would meet some friends who had been studying Italian in Tuscany over the summer through Yale University’s Italian Department. I was expecting a lot of things: the excitement of seeing some of my closest friends for the...

It isn’t common to notice how much our language changes through time because, often, change is subtle and takes place through many years. When you think of it, Italians introduced English terms in their everyday language almost without noticing and the same can be said about words or expressions inherited from social media and, more in general, int...

When Amanda Minervini, assistant professor and director of the Italian Program, was planning her First-Year Program class on the rise of fascism last year, she had an idea that would inspire and teach her students more than just the history of fascism: Equine-Guided Learning and Healing Experience. “EGLHE inspires students to look for communication...

On the occasion of the “22nd Week of the Italian Language in the World”, the Embassy of Italy, together with the Italian Cultural institute of Washington is pleased to announce a Contest for students of the Italian language in the United States. Each year, the Week has a different underlying theme for a vast cultural program to advance the promotio...

This month, I would like to remember a great linguist, philologist and historian of the Italian language that has suddenly passed away last month, Luca Serianni. He was an honorary member of the Casa di Dante in Rome, an academic of the Accademia della Crusca (an association that gathers linguists and philologists of the Italian language) and the A...

You’re in an Italian restaurant with the menu in your hands. It’s not a tourist restaurant, so there are no English translations. Good for you. Italian is pretty easy to pronounce. There are pitfalls, of course, for English speakers. Like vowels. You pronounce them in Italian. Yes, even the letter “e” at the end of the word is given its true place....

Italian music has become famous all over the world thanks to Italian songs such as Con te partirò (by Andrea Bocelli), Nel blu, dipinto di blu (by Domenico Modugno), Felicità (by Al Bano and Romina) and artists such as Adriano Celentano, Eros Ramazzotti, Laura Pausini or, more recently, the rock band Måneskin (if any of these names or titles don’t...