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March 2021

March 2, 2021 ~ 8:00 pm Pacific Time

Puglia Museums Virtual Tour

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Travel to Italy not on your calendar yet? How would you like to tiptoe around the Civic and Archeological Museum of Manduria, in the South of Puglia? It's almost like being there!

Join us as Antimo Cimino, a native from Puglia, introduces us to the ancient civilization of the Messapians. A tribe that inhabited the Southern Ionian coastal towns of Puglia at the beginning of the third century BC. The region is known today as the Salento. To accompany the evening presentation, a couple of Antimo's friends Angela Greco and Monica Marasco will join us directly from Italy to share with us stories, history, and customs unique to this enchanting region and civilization.

Antimo is a Board Member of Italian Portland and well known in our circle, however, here is a short bio in case you don't know him.

Antimo Cimino is the founder of the Experiential Travel Company VoomaGo ( as well as the CEO of Cultural Global Labs ( These two companies are the perfect reflection of Antimo's passion for Travel, Language, Culture, Food, Experiences, Diversity & Inclusion, Leadership and Wellness.

Antimo was born and raised in Puglia, the town of Manduria home of the most famous red wine, Primivito di Manduria! He has a Masters Degree in Intercultural Relations and speaks six languages fluently!

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april 2021

April 6, 2021 ~ 7:00 pm Pacific Time

'Foods of Naples' by Anita Sanseverino

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Join us for a Dynamic and Engaging Presentation by, Anita Sanseverino!

More About Anita:

Anita is an award-winning photographer dedicated to the subject of Italy as well as a lecturer and scholar of Italian history and culture. More than 25 years ago, Sanseverino began by photographing New York City – from the charming streets of Greenwich Village, to the soaring Twin Towers and iconic Brooklyn Bridge. Every Sanseverino photograph is suffused with her love of the subject and sense of mission to reveal something previously unseen.

With a passionate eye and studied knowledge of Italy, Sanseverino’s photographs uniquely capture the beauty, emotion and character of the country’s landscapes, cities, villages and cultural traditions – from the religious devotion of patron saint festivals, the Presepio Napoletano, and the celebrated Carnevale of Venezia to the haunting gnarled olive groves of the Puglia region.

In addition to exhibiting her photographs of Italy, Sanseverino’s work has expanded to include lecturing about her diverse photographic series. Her lectures offer a broader historical knowledge of traditions and images – sharing a wealth of insight about the political, cultural, social, and economic history that has shaped the country of her heritage.

Sanseverino is a recipient of the Woman of Achievement in the Arts (NJ) and has exhibited her photographs at the 2009 Tuscia Arts Festival in Viterbo, Italy, the Columbus Citizens Foundation and Queens College in New York. She has presented her photographs and lectures about the Presepio Napoletano, Carnevale di Venezia and the region of Puglia at the Italian American Museum , Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere, Westchester Italian Cultural Center, the Garibaldi Meucci Museum, Ramapo College, Wagner College and St. John’s University as well as at various Italian American organizations throughout the tri-state area.

Her work has been featured in BRIDGE-APULIA-USA magazine, highlighting the unique beauty of the Puglia region of Italy.

She has been interviewed for various newspapers in the New York City area, and for television and radio programs promoting Italian culture. She was interviewed by Chuck Scarborough on NBC_TV about her exhibit and lecture of the Carnevale di Venezia at the Italian American Museum in NYC.

Her recent projects have included dvd presentations featuring her photographs and background information ,set to music, about the Neapolitan Presepio, as well as Carnevale in Venice, and the region of Puglia . She is currently working on another presentation and dvd about various regions in Italy , highlighting her photographs of each region with historical information about each region. She continues to plan future projects which highlight the beauty and wonderful traditions of her ancestral land.

Anita Sanseverino’s photographs are on permanent display at the Frederick Gallery in Spring Lake NJ and at Wagner College and are held in various private collections in the U.S., Italy and Argentina.

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May 2021

May 4, 2021 ~ 7:00 pm Pacific Time

'Learn Italian Through Song' with Pina DiRosa

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Join us for a Unique, Engaging, & Interactive Italian Language Lesson!

Pina will take us on a journey through three beautiful Italian songs; Volare, Con te partirò, and Il mare calmo della sera. We will learn the translations as well as the history, origination, and the stories behind each song!

More About Pina:

Pina is an Italian instructor at Scuola Italiana di Portland. She was born in the south of Italy, in Naples, but lived many years in Brescia, in the north. She earned her degree in nursing and practiced for over 25 years in the fields of psychiatry and psychology.

Her passion for the study of humanities lead her to go back to school where she graduated from the Università Degli Studi di Pavia with high honors in Italian Language and Literature, with a thesis of Latin Paleography on the handwriting of the poet Giacomo Leopardi. She have earned the DITALS (Certificate of proficiency in teaching Italian as a second language).

Pina also loves music. She is a singer and guitarist and plays in different venues in and around Portland. She has performed for Italian Portland many times in the past! She has published two CDs of her Italian music Io sono qui, and Napoli in Love. We are very excited to have Pina putting on this dynamic and engaging language workshop!

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june 2021

June 1, 2021 ~ 7:00 pm Pacific Time

Leonardo, Michelangelo & Raphael: Masters of Italy

With Bestselling Italian Renaissance Novelist, Stephanie Storey

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Bestselling Italian Renaissance Novelist Stephanie Storey

We are thrilled to have Stephanie Storey joining us for an engaging presentation about her bestselling Italian Renaissance Novels!

Stephanie is the author of the stunning debut, Oil and Marble: A Novel of Leonardo and Michelangelo and of Raphael, Painter in Rome, which came out in April 2020 in conjunction with the 500th anniversary of Raphael's death. Her books have been translated into six foreign languages and are in development as feature films by Pioneer Pictures. Storey is also a TV producer of The Alec Baldwin Show on ABC, The Arsenio Hall Show on CBS, and the Emmy-nominated The Writers’ Room for Sundance. When not writing fiction or producing television, she can usually be found traveling the world with her husband—an actor and Emmy-winning comedy writer—in search of her next story.

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