A virtual space to meet and discuss Italian culture, history, literature, art, music, language and current events. Meetings are free of charge but registration is required to recieve aa Zoom link to the event.
Benvenuti! I am Angela Zagarella, born and raised in Siracusa, I have always loved languages and other cultures, a passion I cultivated by working in the tourism in Italy and United States. But my real call was to teach my language and my culture . I am currently the Italian Program Coordinator at Portland State University where I teach language, literature, and cinema classes. My areas of interests are language teaching pedagogy, linguistics, Italian cinema, Italian culture, contemporary Italian literature and Mediterranean Studies. I am interested in the experience of migration,issues of national identity which I explore in Italian and Italophone literature. In my spare time, I love cooking, watch foreign movies, swim, go for walks and enjoy the beauty of nature. Although I live in the US, I am strongly connected to Italy. I am happy to share my reflections and a bit of what I learn every day with people who are passionate about Italy as much as I am.
Ciao a tutti, my name is Cristina Oliva. I was born in Roma and reborn in Portland as I like to say. At the moment, I lead the Communications team at a non-profit in Portland and I have also been involved in its DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) group. My background is in film and new media with a humanistic lens. My interest in multiculturalism and identity begins here in the US, my immigration experience changed my perspective forever and grew it. It is a privilege to be able to be exposed every day to both the American culture and my native culture, Italian. When I am not reading or researching about the next important topic, you can find me travelling around the world with my husband. Connect with me on Twitter and Instagram @lilyspace , and on LinkedIn.