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Italian Studies at York offers an exciting learning experience in the areas of Italian language, literature, linguistics and culture, both on campus and abroad. Students may pursue various degree types, Italian language Certificates of Proficiency or add individual Italian Studies courses into other degree programs as electives.

The curriculum includes 3.0 and 6.0 credit courses in Italian language (beginner, intermediate, advanced); Italian literature (general introduction, specific periods, genres and authors); Italian linguistics (introductory notions; history of the Italian language; dialectology; special topics); Italian culture (introductory aspects; modern culture; media; cinema; opera) and Italian-Canadian studies. We also offer 9.0 credit foundations courses on Italian culture, Italian cinema and Italians in North America. Courses are offered in Italian and English.

Students may integrate a study abroad component either through the Summer Program in Italy (in Bologna, Florence and Rome) or the International Bachelor of Arts (iBA). This major gives students the opportunity of spending one or two semesters at a York partner university in Italy. Financial assistance is available for such opportunities.

For more information, please contact our Program Coordinator, Prof. Roberta Sinyor at 416-736-2100 x66126 or rsinyor@yorku.ca.

Italian Studies enriches your life. We look forward to meeting you in our courses.

  Events

Wed. Feb.26: 2:30 -- Information Session: York Program in Italy

Culture courses offered in English
Rome and Florence
May 24 to June 28

INFORMATION SESSION:
Wednesday, February 26, 2:30-3:30

ROSS SOUTH 562 (Audio Visual Room)
DEPARTMENT OF LANGUAGES LITERATURES AND LINGUISTICS

For information contact:
Silvana De Bona: (416) 736-5016

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: MARCH 14, 2014

Wed. March 5: 2:30 -- Information Session: York Program in Italy

Culture courses offered in English
Rome and Florence
May 24 to June 28

INFORMATION SESSION:
Wednesday, March 5, 2:30-3:30

ROSS SOUTH 562 (Audio Visual Room)
DEPARTMENT OF LANGUAGES LITERATURES AND LINGUISTICS

For information contact:
Silvana De Bona: (416) 736-5016

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: MARCH 14, 2014

Congratulations to Professor John Picchione (Italian Studies) on the publication of a co-authored volume

JOHN PICCHIONE: DAL MODERNISMO AL POSTMODERNISMO.
RIFLESSIONI TEORICHE E PRATICHE DELLA SCRITTURA
A talk by author John Picchione (York University) and Luca Somigli (University of Toronto).
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 6:30pm
Istituto Italiano di Cultura – 496 Huron St., Toronto

TALKS WILL BE GIVEN IN ENGLISH

What notions revolve around the terms modernity and postmodernity, modernism and postmodernism? How useful are they? In a straightforward and concise fashion, this volume explores the philosophical, linguistic, and ideological orientations that distinguish these cultural models, together with their links to economic and technological transformations.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

For more information please visit this website.

Nov 13 & 26 -- Study Abroad in Italy Info Session

YORK SUMMER PROGRAM IN I T A L Y

Culture courses offered in English
Rome and Florence
May 24 to June 28

INFORMATION SESSIONS:

Wednesday, November 13, 2:30-3:30
Tuesday, November 26, 2:30-3:30

ROSS SOUTH 562 (Audio Visual Room)
DEPARTMENT OF LANGUAGES
LITERATURES AND LINGUISTICS

For information contact:
Silvana De Bona: (416) 736-5016

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: MARCH 14, 2014

Sat. August 24, 2013 ::: Special launch preview of The Secrets of a Vatican Cardinal: Celso Costantini's Wartime Diaries, 1938-1947

Special launch preview of The Secrets of a Vatican Cardinal: Celso Costantini's Wartime Diaries, 1938-1947

On Saturday, August 24, 2013 you are invited to a special launch preview of The Secrets of a Vatican Cardinal: Celso Costantini's Wartime Diaries, 1938-1947, to be published in fall 2013 by McGill-Queen's University Press. Please mark the date in your calendar to attend this extraordinary behind-the-scenes look inside the Vatican during the Second World War.

The Secrets of a Vatican Cardinal is the only diary ever to be published by a high official of the Holy See in this period. It offers new, first-hand insights into the Church and government leaders and the great issues of the time - Pope Pius XII and the Jews of Rome, the fall of Mussolini, the Nazi occupation, the tumultuous end of the Italian monarchy, the birth of Republican democracy in Italy and the emergence of a new international order.

As a close collaborator of Pope Pius XII, one of the highest-ranking members of the Vatican inner circle, Costantini gives readers unparalleled insights and perspectives. His diaries unveil the secrets of the Vatican during turbulent times, and a penetrating analysis of the wartime experiences of Italians and the Catholic Church. The diaries provide a fascinating, almost prophetic view at what is perhaps the most complex portrait of the history of the Church, the Eternal City and the destiny of Italy as it unfolded during those years.

About the editor and translator

The Secrets of a Vatican Cardinal: Celso Costantini's Wartime Diaries, 1938-1947, has been translated by Laurence B. Mussio, Assistant Professor, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada and will be published by McGill-Queen's University Press, Montreal, in fall 2013.

The book is the English-language translation of Diario inedito del Cardinale Celso Costantini: Ai margini della guerra, 1938-1947 edited by Bruno Fabio Pighin, Professor of Canon Law at the Faculty of Canon Law, St. Pius X Canon Law Institute, Venice, Italy and first published by Marcianum Press, Venice in 2010.

Event Details

Where: COOP Room, University of St Michael's College, University of Toronto, 81 St. Mary Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1J4.

When: Saturday, August 24th, 2013, from 4-6 pm

Reception immediately follows the book preview

Who: Guests present will include the editor, the translator, religious officials, local and foreign dignitaries, representatives of McGill Queen's University Press, over 50 dignitaries from the Friuli Amici del Celso Cardinale Costantini, church and history academics and representatives and media from the Toronto Italian and Chinese communities.

About Celso Cardinal Costantini

Celso Costantini (1876-1958), born in Castions di Zoppola, Friuli, Italy, was a cardinal who became the first Apostolic Delegate to China in 1922. During his time in China, he called the first episcopal conference in Shanghai in 1924, made constitutions for the mission in China, helped the foundation of Fu Jen Catholic University and the episcopal promotion of six Chinese priests, and instituted several major regional seminaries.

After leaving China in 1933, Costantini entered the service of the Roman Curia upon his appointment as Secretary of the Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith in 1935. As Secretary, he was the second highest official of that dicastery under Cardinal Pietro Fumasoni Biondi. While serving at the Curia, Cardinal Costantini was an eye witness to the Second World War. His detailed diary and its highly confidential contents were carefully kept secret from the Nazis and fascist authorities.

Costantini died in Rome in 1958 at the age of 82, only eight days before the opening of the papal conclave following the death of Pope Pius XII.

Book reviews

  • Read a citation of Ai margini della guerra by His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI.
  • Read comments by Vatican Cardinals upon the publication of the diaries in 2010.
  • Read about the attendance by the President of the Republic of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano at an exhibition celebrating the work of Cardinal Celso Costantini.

Event Sponsors

This event is sponsored through the generosity of:

  • Congregation of The Disciples of The Lord
  • Father Vitaliano Papais
  • Father Francis Chong, CDD (St Agnes Kouying Tsao Catholic Church, Markham)
  • Ms Chow Kit Man
  • EFASCE di Pordenone (Ente Friulani Assistenza Sociale Cuturale Emigranti) & EFASCE Canada
  • Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, York University
  • Castellana Club of Castions
  • Loretto College

For further information, contact: Flavia.Mussio@sympatico.ca

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