The programs in Italian Studies and Italian American Studies are presenting two author events in November. These discussions are free and open to the public.
Geologist/naturalist Ann C. Pizzorusso will discuss her book Tweeting Da Vinci on Wednesday, November 19, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tweeting Da Vinci, Pizzorusso’s first book, discusses how Italy’s geology influenced its history, art, religion, medicine and culture. The book also uses the genius of Da Vinci, who was a brilliant geologist, to explore Italy’s underground secrets that have confounded people since the dawn of time: from the gateway to the underworld to the stairway to heaven and the gems described by Dante in The Divine Comedy.
On Tuesday, December 2, from 9:30-11 a.m., Amara Lakhous will give a presentation titled Clash of Civilizations in Italy? Lakhous is the author of Clash of Civilizations: Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio, which tells with irony and precision the story of a murder in Rome. With its descriptions of the idiosyncrasies of the people who have come from all over the world and now live there, it looks at the theme of identity in a multicultural environment.
Lakhous, who was born in Algiers, has been awarded, among others, the Premio Flaiano in 2006 and Algeria’s most prestigious literary award, the Prix des Libraires Algeriens in 2008. His latest book is Dispute Over a Very Italian Piglet.