Thursday, March 31, 2016

April 2016 Newsletter

AIA-FVG / American Corner Trieste - APRIL 2016 NEWSLETTER

APRIL -   April Showers bring May Flowers! Visit PLACES without PEOPLE – Trieste / Jenkintown.  Pick up a Poem for Your Pocket or Write a Poem for National Poetry Month!  Celebrate Earth Day. Register for Spring and Summer Courses.  Link to the Newsletter in calendar formatADD US TO YOUR ADDRESS BOOK!

OFFICE:
Our Hours are:  Mornings:  Tuesday and Thursday 9–12,   Afternoons:  Monday to Friday 4-7. 
During Office Hours, you can renew your Membership or Course with Cash, Pick up your receipts for IBAN Payments, Check Out Books, DVD’s Magazines. 

CLOSED for LIBERATION DAY – April 25th.  NO Classes or Activities on this date. 

You can become a member at any time of year!  Here is the Membership Form.  You can pay cash or pay via IBAN.  Remember to fill in and scan your Membership Form along with the copy of your IBAN Payment.  Prices remain unchanged:  €35 for the Regular Adult Membership and €25 for Reduced Membership - Students age 16 and over, Teachers and over age 65.  To attend courses, the student (or a parent) must be a member).  Membership is valid for checking out books, magazines, DVD’s and for 9 films in the 2015/16 American Cinema Series in the Original Version at Cinema dei Fabbri and plus reduced ticket prices on other films at Fabbri.  Membership is valid until August 31, 2016.

COURSES:
AIA FVG ENGLISH COURSES
REGISTRATION is still open for SPRING Classes that begin on April 2nd.  Here are the Course Offerings for KIDS and ADULTS .   Yes, you can still register!  You can start a course at any time of the year.  Remember to pick up your receipts at the Front Desk during Office Hours.  Do you need to change day or class?  No problem, we’ll try to help.  Questions? aiafrontdesk@gmail.com

Looking Ahead to SUMMER for your Children – Pre-K through High School? 

WEEKEND WARRIOR FULL IMMERSION ENGLISH for ADULTS.   – The monthly dates have been set for the year - 1 weekend each month.  The next session is April 16-17, 2-7 pm on Saturday and Sunday.  10 hours of intensive English over the weekend. Objective: English Fluency!  Too busy during the week?  This is for you.  Start communicating in English, fast!

TOEFL and SAT EXAM PREPARATION – Contact us if you will be taking the exams to go to the university in the US.  We have set up a class to help you.

SPECIAL EVENTS:

PLACES without PEOPLE – PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBIT.  Free nd Open to the Public at American Corner Trieste – April 1-30.  During Office Hours in LE VIE delle FOTO initiative.
A collaborative photographic exhibit by the High School Students at AIA FVG and the Abington Friends School in Jenkintown Pennsylvania.
April 1, 6 pm - INAUGURATION of PLACES without PEOPLE for Family and Friends of the Photographers

TEACHER LEARNING NETWORK – April 1, 2016, 6 pm – Theme: Motivating ESL/EFL Students in the Classroom.  Free and Open to all English Teachers. 

THE AMERICAN FILM SERIES continues at Cinema dei FabbriYou can become a member even after the series starts.  ONLY Members can attend the American Film Series.  No single tickets can be sold.

Apr 21st at 2, 4, 6:30, 9 pm – BEST OF ENEMIES. Robert Gordon, Morgan Neville. Documentary, 87 min. A documentary on the series of televised debates in 1968 between liberal Gore Vidal and conservative William F. Buckley.

EARTH DAY
April 22, 2016 – 5 pm – EARTHDisney Nature (2007, 90 min.) An epic story of adventure, starring some of the most magnificent and courageous creatures alive. Three animal families on a journey across our planet – polar bears, elephants and humpback whales.

ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS and FAMILIES – Free and Open to the Public

FAMILY FILM NIGHT - FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC at American Corner Trieste
Every month we will have a cartoon family film in English.  Bring the kids, the grandchildren.  Take a break! Bring some friends. Cartoon Feature Films in English for all ages. Here is the list for 2015/16. 
This month: 
April 8th , 5:30 pm – WALL-E (Disney Pixar, 2008, 100 min)  In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.
AMERICAN CORNER TEEN CLUB - AC TC - Every Friday from 5-7 pm
Make, Create, Hang out in English.  Free and Open to all Middle and High School Students.  Every week a different activity.  Cooking, Playing, Coding, Karaoke.  Check it out!

WOMEN’S SPACE – FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC
MOMS and BABIES (0-3 yrs)
MOM & BABY SURVIVAL ITALIAN - Every Tuesday from 9:30 – 10:30 am.  Meet some other moms, learn some Survival Italian in an informal setting.  Bring the Baby!
MOM & BABY PLAYDATE in English – Every Thursday from 9:30 – 11:30 am – Meet Moms.  Hang out in our baby friendly space and let the kids play together.
NATI per LEGGERE Bilingual Storytime Reading for ages 0-3 years with Moms or Caregivers.  Thursday, April 21st, 10-11 am.  Give your baby a head start on life.  Read together!  It’s good for your baby and for good for you.  Monthly appointment.
Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage by Alice Munro.   Send us an email for details.  aia.fvg@gmail.com

ACTIVITIES FOR ADULTS – FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC
TERRIFIC TUESDAYS
April 12th - 10-12 - COFFEE BREAK – Enjoy some English conversation and a cup of coffee.
April 19th – 10 -11 am - SHORT STORY CLUB A Poem in April The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost.   

EVERY THURSDAY 10-11 am
SURVIVAL ITALIAN Conversation for Adults – Informal conversation in Italian for Italian language learners.  No homework, no stress.
MAKER CREATOR SPACE – Every Thursday from 10-12.  Use our sewing machines, knit or sew in company.  Federica, Stephanie and Cristina made a fantastic maker space logo!

AMERICAN CORNER TRIESTE – Programs, consultation of the library, public internet access computers, and Wi-Fi are always free and open to the public.  A great place to study, meet friends, bring your kids.  The US Department of State has granted us a Gold Standard rating in terms of programs, facilities, services! In addition to our regular library, we also feature an Education Advising Section, Children’s Corner Library and Women’s Space.  Consult our on line catalog of Books and DVD’s

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Remember that we are a volunteer organization.  We are looking for people to work in the afternoons at the Front Desk, manage library checkouts, help at the cinema, manage our morning programs, help with seasonal events, mentor teens and a variety of other roles.  Contact us!  We’ll keep you busy!

APRIL 2016 Calendar

April 2016 - For details go to the newsletter LINK

Places without People - April 1-30, 2016


PLACES without PEOPLE is open during our Office Hours.  Free and Open to the Public
Monday to Friday afternoons: 4-7 pm and 
Tuesday and Thursday mornings: 9-12

The photographic exhibit, Places Without People, was idea that came about thanks to a pen pal project between two High School English Classes at the Associazione Italo Americana FVG with a class of High School Photography students at the Abington Friends School located outside of Philadelphia.   After Skyping with the American students several times, we decided to collaborate on a creative project that would deepen the students' new found connection and communication skills. Many of the Italian students study architecture and wanted to explore the spirit of buildings in their city without human presence. The students were divided into project groups and were asked to interpret the theme in their own special way and take photos that represented their group's idea.

The American students edited and printed the photos. The same exhibit will be hanging in Philadelphia.

The Team from the Associazione Italo Americana FVG
Teacher:  Erin Russo
Students: Marta Blasina, Andrea Brizzi, Raffaele Coccoluto,  Diego Coslovich,  Edoardo Debelli,  Lucrezia Debelli, Anna Fornasaro, Michela Fornasaro, Alice Glavina, Alice  Kalabota, Teresa Kucich, Teresa Luparelli, Elsa Mombelli, Raluca Paiu, Francesca Pella, Piero Pitacco, Simone Rosai , Laura Somma, Danjel Stefani, Alex Tommasin

The American Team from the Abington Friends School
Teacher:  Donna Russo
Students: Kara Brownlie, Chandarith Chhay, Samantha Chisholm, Alyssa DeNofa, Gabrielle Ford, Mia Panzak, Carly Shanken, Allie Slagter, Dariush Sosnowski


Places without People è una mostra collettiva, frutto di una collaborazione tra liceali che studiano inglese presso l’Associazione Italo Americana FVG a Trieste e liceali americani, che seguono un corso di fotografia all’Abington Friends School, che si trova fuori Philadelphia.  I ragazzi hanno iniziato a corrispondere come Pen Pals, poi si sono sentiti e visti sul Skype. Infine hanno deciso di collaborare in un progetto creativo per poter approfondire la loro nuova amicizia e migliorare la loro capacità di comunicare.     

Molti degli studenti triestini sono amanti dell’architettura e volevano esplorare lo spirito di diverse strutture nella loro città senza la presenza umana. 

Gli studenti sono stati divisi in gruppi di lavoro con il compito di interpretare il tema a modo loro tramite fotografie che rappresentavano il concetto condiviso con il gruppo.

Gli studenti americani hanno curato la stampa e il montaggio delle foto.  La stessa mostra verrà esposta anche a Philadelphia.

L’equipe italiana dell’Associazione Italo Americana  FVG
Erin Russo: Insegnante
Studenti:   Marta Blasina, Andrea Brizzi, Raffaele Coccoluto,  Diego Coslovich,  Edoardo Debelli,  Lucrezia Debelli, Anna Fornasaro, Michela Fornasaro, Alice Glavina, Alice  Kalabota, Teresa Kucich, Teresa Luparelli, Elsa Mombelli, Raluca Paiu, Francesca Pella, Piero Pitacco, Simone Rosai , Laura Somma, Danjel Stefani, Alex Tommasin

L’equipe americana dell’Abington Friends School
Insegnante: Donna Russo 

Studenti: Kara Brownlie, Chandarith Chhay, Samantha Chisholm, Alyssa DeNofa, Gabrielle Ford, Mia Panzak, Carly Shanken, Allie Slagter, Dariush Sosnowski

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Spring 2016 Classes - Start Dates

Spring 2016 Classes start on Friday, April 1st.  
Here is the complete list of Start Dates.  
Yes, you can still register.  Here is the link to full details and prices.  

Friday, April 1st
20:00- Advanced English Conversation

Saturday, April 2nd
10:00 - Family English
11:00 - Elementary

Monday, April 4th
10:00 - Adult Advanced Beginner
16:00 - Adult Beginner
16:30 - Native Speaker - Elementary
18:00 - Adult Advanced Beginner

Tuesday, April 5th
10:00 - Adult Intermediate Conversation
15:30 - Pre-K
16:30 - Elementary
18:00 - Adult Intermediate Conversation
16:00 - Elementary

Wednesday, April 6th
15:00 - High School
16:00 - Pre-K
16:30 - Elementary
17:00 - Pre-K
18:00 - Adult Advanced Conversation
18:00 - Elementary
18:00 - Pre-K

Thursday, April 7th
15:00 - Middle School
16:30 - Elementary
17:00 - Pre-K
18:00 - High School


The Next Weekend Warrior is Saturday April 16 - 17

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Closed for Easter

CLOSED for EASTER BREAK from Friday, March 25th until Wednesday, March 30th 
We reopen Thursday March 31st.

No Classes or Activities during the break.
For information about SPRING CLASSES starting after Easter and SUMMER STEAM, go to our LINK or contact aiafrontdesk@gmail.com   
Registration is Open and you can join a class at any time of the year.
We'll get back to you after the break.  

Saturday, March 19, 2016

March 21 -25 at American Corner Trieste / Associazione Italo Americana FVG

What's up March 21 - 25, 2016 at American Corner Trieste / Associazione Italo Americana FVG 

All American Corner (AC) activities are Free and Open to the Public.



Monday, March 21st
4 pm - SUSTENANCE: CHICAGO and the FOOD CHAIN - Photographic Exhibit by Amanda Rivkin - Open during Office Hours until March 24th.
6pm   – Conference-  Agricoltura Provincia di Trieste - 
In Italiano - con degustazione - Free and Open to the Public - Ingresso Libero  (AC)
Azienda Agricola / Vinicola Zidarich 
Azienda Agricola / Caseficio Vidali
8 pm - Made For Each Other - Soap Operas (AC)
This week: 21/03/2016   Tootsie. - the last appointment in the 2016 series.  Thank you Leonardo Buonomo!

Tuesday, Mar. 22nd
9:30 am - Mom & Baby Survival Italian (AC)
10 am - Short Story Club  Victory Garden Leader’s Handbook 1943, US Dept. of AgricultureVictory Garden    (AC) 
Thursday, Mar. 24th
10 am - Mom and Baby Playdate in English (0-3 years)  (AC)
10 am - Survival Italian for Adults (AC)
10 am - Maker Space (AC)
2, 4, 6:30, 9 pm - WILD - 1 hr 55 min.  American Film Series at Cinema dei Fabbri.  AIA FVG members only.

CLOSED for EASTER BREAK from Friday, Mar. 25th - Wednesday, March 30th  - We reopen Thursday March 31st.
No Classes or Activities during the break.
For information about CLASSES starting after Easter, contact aiafrontdesk@gmail.com or go to our LINK.  Registration is Open and you can join a class at any time of the year.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Spring and Summer English Classes at Associazione Italo Americana FVG

Think Spring . . . and soon it will be Summer

At Associazione Italo Americana FVG we have our Spring and Summer Calendar ready. 
Registration is Open.  Spring classes begin on Saturday, April 2nd.  You can join our classes at any time of the year.  

Here are the links: 

SPRING English for Adults - 10 weeks and 
Weekend Warriors - 10 hours of English fluency on Saturday / Sunday

Hands on English learning for Pre K, Elementary, Middle School and High School
Take 1 week or more!

Need more info?  aiafrontdesk@gmail.com     040 63 03 01

Sunday, March 13, 2016

What's Up March 14-18, 2016

What's up March 14 - 18, 2016 at American Corner Trieste / Associazione Italo Americana FVG 

All American Corner (AC) activities are Free and Open to the Public.




Monday, March 14th
4 pm - SUSTENANCE: CHICAGO and the FOOD CHAIN - Photographic Exhibit by Amanda Rivkin - March 1 - 24 

- Conferences March  14, 21 at 6 pm.  Ingresso Libero - Free and Open to the Public (AC)

Conferenze in tema (AC) Ingresso Libero


14/03/2016 ore 18 – Solidarietà Alimentare (conference in Italian)
Associazione Trieste Recupera - Paolo Luisi, Presidente.  L'Associazione che esiste da 6 mese ha già recuperato 24 ton. di cibo dal mercato ortofrutticolo ed altri donatori e risdistribuito ai vari mense e strutture per i bisognosi



Chicago Maxwell Street Community Garden  Association - Michael Hrzic di Chicago, Presidente di un Orto Solidale che recupera spazi in città per urban farming.  Volontari di ogni età lavorano la terra e poi distribuiscono la raccolta alle famiglie e persone svantaggiati.  



8 pm - Made For Each Other - Soap Operas (AC)
This week: 14/03/2016  SoapTV series. 1977-1981. Starring Katherine Helmond, Richard Mulligan, Billy Crystal. A parody on soap operas with the exaggerated stories of the Campbells and the Tates.
Next week: 21/03/2016 Tootsie. 

Tuesday, Mar. 15th
9:30 am - Mom & Baby Survival Italian (AC)
10 am - Coffee Break in English - A cup of coffee and some great conversation.   (AC) 


Thursday, Mar. 17th
10 am - Nati per Leggere Bilingual Reading 0-3 yrs (0-3 years)  (AC)
10 am - Survival Italian for Adults (AC)
10 am - Maker Space (AC)
8 pm - Women's Book Club - In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri

Friday, Mar. 18th
5 pm - AC TC - American Corner Teen Club (AC)

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Inauguration of Sustenance: Chicago and the Food Chain

The Legacy of EXPO MILAN 2015 - Amb. Reeker’s Remarks at the opening of “Sustenance: Chicago and the Food Chain” exhibit
MARCH 11, 2016 
at American Corner Trieste / Associazione Italo Americana FVG


Welcome everybody. Let me begin by saying how happy I am to be here in Trieste.  This is my first visit to the American Corner Trieste.  The Consolato USA a Milano is so proud of you! We at the Consulate are so happy to work with you.  My appreciation goes to all the volunteers who devote their time, energy and talent to this precious space. I know that there are about seventy people who relentlessly endeavor to the many important cultural activities and initiatives and it’s an honor to get to know them personally today. A special thanks goes to Denise Tecchio, the wonderful coordinator of this institution. So, thank you dear friends of the American Corner.

I am also very happy that my visit here coincides with the opening of the exhibit Sustenance: Chicago and the Food Chain.

This exhibit was first brought to Milan during the Expo 2015 Milano, and was conceived and produced by Art Works Projects, a wonderful Chicago-based organization whose mission is to use design and the arts to raise awareness about human rights issues around the globe.

This exhibition showcases the urban food system in Chicago, Illinois, in America’s Midwest. In 1893, Chicago hosted one of the greatest world’s fair in history, the World’s Columbian Exposition, which marked the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the New World.

In just a few minutes, Michael Hrzic will talk to you about Sustenance: Chicago and the Food Chain and the Chicago gardens you will see in the photographs.

During the Expo, themes about feeding the planet, about sustainability, and about innovation, were discussed every day as part of Expo’s vitally important global platform, which itself was designed to overcome some of the same challenges being faced all over the world.

This exhibit serves to remind us that these universal challenges not only affect us all, but that each of us has a responsibility to be a positive link in the food chain.

The U.S. engagement in and around Expo was both substantive and successful.  Dubbed as the “intellectual pavilion,” the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015 served as a global platform for issues raised by Expo’s compelling theme: Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.

U.S. policies, innovation, and leadership were presented on issues of food security; sustainability; food production and distribution; mitigating food waste; climate change and environmental issues; health and nutrition; clean water, and other priority topics of the Obama Administration.

At over 100 “Terrace Talks” on USA Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015’s rooftop, at special conferences, and in Expo-hosted symposia, American scholars, scientists, government experts, chefs, and even astronauts, provided diverse views, cutting edge technology, and some deceptively simple solutions—all with an eye towards feeding nine billion people by 2050.

Let me conclude by quoting U.S. Department of State Secretary Kerry when he visited EXPO. “...Food security is global security,” he said. “...and climate change is perhaps the most significant threat to global food security today...We consider the connection, between food security and climate change to be a central pillar of our foreign policy…”

“Here in Europe, we are in the middle of one of the worst refugee crises in decades. …the horrific refugee situation that we’re facing today will pale in comparison to the mass migrations that intense droughts, …and other impacts of climate change are likely to bring about…”

As John Kerry stood there, in the last month of Expo, he was already looking toward Paris, and the COP-21 environmental talks that, under the strong leadership of the President Obama’s Administration, would lead to the most sweeping global agreement to fight climate change in history.

“There is no question that the challenges that we are facing are significant,” Secretary Kerry said, in closing. “The United States stands ready to work with all countries. I think that the quality of the U.S.-Italy relationship today it’s never been stronger. We’re working so hard on so many of these challenges, and we will work together to guarantee that people will be able to live up to their fullest potential and live the strong and healthy lives that they deserve.”

So when you look at these photographs tonight, and think about the legacy of Expo, remember not only that food security, and climate change, and global security are tightly linked, but that these challenges that we grappled with for the six months of Expo, and through the climate talks in Paris, will continue, but that we will continue to make overcoming them a United States’ priority.
Thank you and enjoy the exhibition.

U.S. Consul General, Milan, Amb. Philip T. Reeker at the opening of the “Sustenance: Chicago and the Food Chain” 📷 exhibit at the American Corner in Trieste (March 11, 2016)

Sunday, March 6, 2016

What's Up March 7 - 11



What's Up March 7-11 at American Corner Trieste / Associazione Italo Americana FVG

All American Corner (AC) activities are Free and Open to the Public.



Monday, March 7th
4 pm - SUSTENANCE: CHICAGO and the FOOD CHAIN - Photographic Exhibit by Amanda Rivkin - March 1 - 24 - Conferences March 7, 11, 14, 21.  Ingresso Libero - Free and Open to the Public (AC)

Conferenze in tema 
7/03/2016 ore 18 – Orti Comunali a Trieste 

Comune di Trieste
- arch. Elena Marchigiani, assessore alla Pianificazione urbana
- arch. Andrea Dapretto. assessore ai Lavori pubblici
- arch. Anna Nisi, tecnico del Verde Pubblico curatrice del progetto orti 



8 pm - Made For Each Other - Tough Maine Women
This week:  Dolores Claiborne (AC) - next week - Soap








Tuesday, Mar. 8th
9:30 am - Mom & Baby Survival Italian (AC)
10 am - The Triangle Fire - PBS Documentary Film.  The 1911 fire that killed over 100 women in the New York Triangle Shirtwaist Factory and was one of the events leading up to International Women's Day. 60 min.  (AC) 


Thursday, Mar. 10th
9:30 am - Mom & Baby Playdate in English (0-3 years)  (AC)
10 am - Survival Italian for Adults (AC)
10 am - Maker Space (AC)

Friday, Mar. 11th

5 pm - AC TC - American Corner Teen Club (AC)


6 pm - INAUGURATION Sustanance: Chicago and the Food Chain
con l’Ambasciatore Philip T. Reeker, Console Generale USA a Milano
Conference – The EXPO Milano 2015 Legacy. Feed the Planet
Chicago Maxwell Street Community Garden Association - Michael Hrzic -Conference: Maxwell Street Community Garden Association and Sustenance