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Rada Sample of Special Guests
No other summer programs in Italy
will offer you these great
Carmine Abate, One of the best Italian
writers of the moment was our 2014 special guest. Abate has published several acclaimed novels and short story collections and is represented by Italy’s leading publishing house Mondadori. His work has also been translated into several European languages (English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Albanian, etc.) and recently also into Arabic. Two of his award-winning novels have been published in the United States: Tra due mari (2002) under the English title Between Two Seas, and La festa del ritorno (2004) as The Homecoming Party. Abate’s novel La Collina del Vento (The Hill of the Wind) was awarded the 2012 Campiello Prize (Venice), the most prestigious Italian literary prize given by the readers. His new book Il Bacio del Pane (The Bread’s Kiss) has placed among the top ten books sold in Italy in 2013. For more information please visit http://www.carmineabate.net
- Dacia Maraini was our 2013 special guest. Maraini is one of the finest Italian woman writers alive today. She's won, among others, both Campiello and Strega prizes, which are the most prestigious Italian literature awards. In 2012 Maraini was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature (awarded to Mo Yan): she was the highest ranking female writer on the list. Maraini's books are translated in 22 languages and some of her bestsellers, such as Storia di Piera, L'età del malessere, La lunga vita di Marianna Ucrìa, Voci and Memoria di una ladra, were turned into successful movies. For more information on Dacia Maraini, please visit http://www.daciamaraini.it/biografia_english.htm
- Tommaso Affaldano, gelato-maker
(gelato is the Italian ice-cream) was our 2008-2013 special guest. Considered one of the best
"gelataio" in the world, Tommaso Affaldano was born in Ortona, in the
region of Abruzzo. He studied the art of making gelato at the
very well known school "Copac" in Milan, and he worked in Italy (Ortona
and Reggio Emilia), in Germany (Frankfurt a. M., Munich, and
Travemunde) and in the United States (Cambridge and Natick, MA). He was elected
twice among the best gelato-maker in the world in Longarone, Italy, and
he offered seminars on the history and art of making gelato at Harvard
University, MIT, University of Rhode Island, GE School. Many articles
were written about Tommaso's gelato in different newspapers such as Boston
Natick Daily News; an article was also
published by Cooking Light on the back cover of the magazine
(see on the left). Recently he has also been interviewed by the
Italian public TV RAI International. Tommaso Affaldano is one of our
special guest and he will stay with us for about ten days to teach to
our students what gelato is, how it's made, and even how students can
make their own gelato at home.
- Giuseppe Roma, Professor of Medieval and Christian Archeology at the University of Calabria
- Eva Benedikt,
screenwriter and director from the Boston area will give lessons on
- Demetrio Loricchio,
Head producer of the production company Nuovo Film, Rome, Italy.
- Renato Guzzardi,
independent movie director and Professor of Mathematics at the
University of Calabria.
- Nery Villanueva,
former Assistant Professor of Spanish and Film Studies at Salve Regina
- Fulvio Orsitto,
Assistant Professor and Director of Italian & Italian- American
Studies, California State University, Chico. Prof. Orsitto is a Film
expert and it will be a great opportunity for us to attend his two
lectures: in the first one he will talk about some of the movies we are
going to watch during the De Rada Summer Program: Cinema paradiso, Mediterraneo and Lamerica; in the second one he will
focus on the Italian Cinema from 1990 to 2011 and on the
interviews of some Italian directors, which he is making for his new
- Giovanni Braico,
Ph.D. Candidate and Teaching Assistant of Italian at New York University.
- Matilde Tortora,
Professor of Italian Cinema, University of Calabria.
- Francesco Paolo Lavriani,
- Franco Azzinari, painter. Born in San Demetrio, Franco Azzinari is
considered one of the best painters in Italy. He is famous not
only for his landscapes of Calabria, but also for his painting of Cuba.
Azzinari, who has been with us already in the Summer 2006 and 2007,
will direct the art project I Colori del Mediterraneo
(Mediterranean's Colors). Inspired by the Mediterranean colors and culture students can
paint, make pictures, write poems, etc. The work will then be selected
and exposed in an art exhibition.
- Giovanni Morello,
President of the Foundation for "I Beni e le Attività artistiche
della Chiesa", Global
Coordinator of Art Exhibitions for the Vatican Museums, director of
some of the most important art exhibitions in the world, Giovanni
Morello will offer seminars and a public lecture on artists such
as Michelangelo, Bernini, and Caravaggio.
- Francesco Sisci,
of Culture in China. Author of the
China, Doctor Sisci will offer special lessons on journalism to
the Advanced students and will give a public lecture on the political
and economical aspects of China.
- Dante Della Terza,
Federico II di Napoli. Considered
the best Professors and Critics of Italian Literature in the
Da Vienna a Baltimora, Della Terza will
teach the Italian Literature class and part of the Advanced
class. He will also give a lecture on Italian
- Alessandro Ghisalberti, Professor of History of Medieval Philosophy
and Theoretics, and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at the
Università La Cattolica, in Milan. Expert of Hoccam and
St. Thomas Aquinos, Prof. Ghisalberti will give seminars on the
philosophy of the twentieth century and on the
works of Pirandello and Svevo. Professor Ghisalberti will also
give a lecture on Medieval Philosophy.
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