The American Italian Cultural Center offers a monthly lecture series exploring a variety of Italian cultural and historical topics. The lectures are free for AICC members and students with a valid university or high school ID. There is a suggested $10 donation for non-members.
Low Life/High Brow: Bernini and the Art of Baroque Rome Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 6:30pm Join us for a lecture on Gianlorenzo Bernini given by Father Gregory Waldrop, S.J., the chair of Loyola Art Department. Gianlorenzo was a coddled prodigy and the darling of the Papal Court who created the Baroque style of sculpture. His works furthered the ambitions of some of the 17th century most powerful patrons from popes to kings. Crimes, controversies, and failures threatened Bernini superstar status during his lifetime, but upon his death, praised his genius and reputed his piety in almost equal measure. Explore the intrigue, violence, and splendor of Bernini s Baroque Rome.
How Genealogy Research Helped Solve a 70 Year WW2 Mystery Thursday, October 19, 2017, 6:30pm Sal Serio, curator of the American Italian Research Library, will tell the story of Lt. Wesley Richard of Metairie, Louisiana. In 1943, Lieutenant Richard â€˜s plane was shot down in Sabaudia, Italy and he perished. German forces occupied the region, but the small farm community of Sabaudia took Lt. Richard into their hearts and minds. This lecture will reveal how genealogyÂ research helped uncover what happened to Lieutenant Richard.