October is Italian-American Heritage Month in the State of Utah, and the Office of the Mayor in partnership with the Salt Lake City Public Library is pleased to celebrate and showcase 2013 as the Year of Italian Culture in our Capital City. At 7pm every Tuesday in October, the public is invited to visit the City Library to learn more about Italy, find and understand your Italian heritage, and explore what it means to be an Italian-American. All events are in the Level 4 Conference Room. The display on Level 1 features the work of Italian artist Meo Carbone.
WRITING ABOUT ITALY with John Keahey
Tue, Oct 1, 7pm • Main Library, Level 4
Author and journalist John Keahey (www.johnkeahey.com) will discuss his books on Italy, Seeking Sicily, A Sweet and Glorious Land, and Venice Against the Sea. After a brief reading from his works, Keahey will talk about spending time in Italy to research his books.
YOU, ME, AND ITALY: Discovering and Preserving Your Family Tree
Tue, Oct 8, 7pm • Main Library, Level 4
Learn to understand your family tree, especially as you search generations back to Italy. Ruth Lapioli-Merriman and Paola Manfredi from FamilySearch will help you access more information about your heritage
DREAM OF ITALY Film Screening
Tue, Oct 15, 7pm • Main Library, Level 4
Filmmaker Steve McCurdy will discuss his film Dream of Italy and shows portions of his documentary.
ITALIAN OPERA MASTERS: Verdi and Puccini
Tue, Oct 22, 7pm • Main Library, Level 4
Learn more about the masters from Paula Fowler of the Utah Opera.
EXPERIENCING ITALY through Language and Leisure Travel
Tue, Oct 29, 7pm • Main Library, Level 4
Giuliana Marple, Italian Instructor at the University of Utah and ceramic artist, will illuminate the Italian culture by sharing parts of the beautiful language.
Italian-Americans have made significant historic and cultural contributions for the enrichment of America, but more importantly for the benefit and prosperity of the peoples of Utah and those living in Salt Lake City. The fabric of Italian culture in our contemporary community is woven together with a golden thread of traditions and ties that bind in family, friends, food, faith, civic events, education, business, the humanities, governmental and community relations. The Italian people have been a basis for the diverse cultural community we embrace and celebrate.