News of the Week: October 19-24, 2020

20 ottobre 2020

Care famiglie,

speriamo stiate bene! Qui all’Associazione Italo Americana FVG siamo soddisfatti della positiva collaborazione da parte degli alunni e di come tutti si siano adattati alle nuove norme Covid-19. Gli insegnanti ora indossano mascherine trasparenti così che i bambini possano vedere le loro bocche in totale sicurezza. Ci auguriamo di poter continuare le lezioni in presenza, ma nell'eventualità di un secondo lockdown siamo pronti a passare alla modalità telematica. Speriamo non sia necessario!

Questa settimana abbiamo in programma un evento online aperto al pubblico su Come diventare presidente degli Stati Uniti d’ America in inglese.

Martedì 20 Ottobre ore 18:00. 
Ospite: Abdel Perera, Console Capo, visti non-immigranti, Consolato generale USA di Milano.
Ecco il link per accedere al webinar sulla piattaforma Zoom: Codice di accesso: 7R5S5g

I bambini possono venire a lezione travestiti se vogliono. Qualunque travestimento è ben accetto per Halloween. Vanno bene anche quelli di carnevale: non deve essere necessariamente spaventoso! Purtroppo niente dolcetto o scherzetto quest’anno.

Ti ricordiamo che l'Associazione rimarrà chiusa da sabato 31 ottobre a venerdì 6 novembre. Riapriremo sabato 7 novembre.
Il primo film della serie è Judy, che verrà proiettato al Cinema dei Fabbri il 29 ottobre. 
Spettacoli: 13:30, 16:30, 19:30. 
I film vengono proiettati in lingua inglese con sottotitoli in inglese. Ti ricordiamo che per assistere agli spettacoli devi essere socio dell’Associazione.

Ti preghiamo di ritirare la tua tessera all’Associazione durante gli orari di ufficio, se non l’hai ancora fatto.

Comprendiamo che sia un periodo delicato e di conseguenza prevediamo più assenze del solito. Stiamo facendo del nostro meglio per inviare le lezioni ai ragazzi nel caso di assenza: non è più necessario richiederle. Saranno inviate automaticamente ogni lunedì.

Vi auguriamo una buona settimana!


Karoline, Denise, AIA FVG Staff e insegnanti

October 20, 2020

Dear Families, 

We hope you are doing well! Here at the Associazione Italo Americana FVG, we are pleased with how well students are doing and happy that everyone is adjusting well to our new Covid-friendly environment.  Teachers are now wearing masks with a transparent window so children can see their mouths while they are teaching and still stay safe. We hope we can continue in-person lessons, but in the event of another lock-down, we are ready to go online. Let's hope it's not necessary!

For anyone who is interested... This week we have a virtual webinar that is open to the public. The Zoom invitation is here below. 

Tuesday, October 20 at 6:00 p.m.
Speaker: Abdel Perera, Chief Consul, Non-Immigrant Visas – U.S. Consulate General Milan
On Zoom
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Passcode: 7R5S5g  

HALLOWEEN WEEK IN CLASS - October 24-30, 2020

Halloween will be celebrated in all of our Children’s Classes.   hildren can wear costumes if they wish.  For Halloween, any type of costume is great.  Carnival type costumes are fine.  It doesn’t have to be scary.  Sorry, no candy or trick-or-treating this year. 

Also, remember the Association is closed from Saturday, October 31st until Friday, November 6th. We REOPEN on SATURDAY, November 7th

Our first film in the series is JUDY on October 29th at Cinema dei Fabbri (showtimes 1:30, 4:30, 7:30). The film series is included in your membership.  To see the films you must be a member.  Congratulations! If we are writing to you, you are a member.  Come to the films in English with English Subtitles.

If you have not picked up your new membership card, please stop by the Front Desk of the Association during office hours.  

We understand that this is a complicated period and there will be more absences than normal as a result.  We are doing our best to send out the lessons when children are absent. It is no longer necessary to request them. We will send them out automatically each Monday.

Other events this week include: 

Monday, 19/10

10 am - Departure of US Ballots for US Consulate Milan - Final departure of Ballots from Trieste on Monday, October 26th.  You can still send them to the US on your own.  Learn more on this LINK.  

Tuesday, 20/10

10 am - Conversation Break in English - BYO Coffee and we'll supply some great conversation. 

6 pm - How to Become President of the USA - Webinar on ZOOM with the US Vice Consul - Milan

Wednesday, 21/10

10 am, 2 pm, 6 pm - The Biggest Little Farm  Rewind! Film Series - Free Film in English - by reservation at American Corner Trieste

Thursday, 22/10

2 pm - Transatlantic Thursdays Webinar - Activism and Citizen Participation - Elections 2020  with Dr. Carolyn Jefferson-Jenkins - US Embassy to Italy on Facebook and YouTube.

Have a great week! 

Karoline, Denise  & AIA FVG Staff & Teachers

Private Courier Service for US Ballots

Election Day is approaching!

The US Embassies and Consulates will continue to accept ballots and postmark them right up to Election Day on November 3rd.
The last departure of ballots from American Corner Trieste destined to the US Consulate Milan Diplomatic Pouch is October 26th at 12.

If you're running late, private courier service may be the only way to ensure that your ballot arrives on time. Please note that with a private courier, ballots are not postmarked and must arrive in the local voting office by Nov 3rd.

These Courier services in Italy are offering special rates for American Citizens who need to return their ballots.

DHL has offered Americans in Italy a special deal of only €36  to express return your ballot. You must drop it off at any of their 3600 points of service in Italy, and it must be prepared and ready to go. It cannot be addressed to a P.O. Box--you must use the address of your local election office--and you must show an ID confirming that you are American (a passport will do). The Promo Code for this is USA2020. The recommended deadline is October 28.

FEDEX is offering a special rate of €25, and some additional (small) surcharges may apply. To use this offer, you must create an account via THIS LINK. You will have to enter your credit card information and your Codice Fiscale, and your credit card will be billed immediately. As above, it cannot be addressed to a P.O. Box, and moreover, your request must be made entirely online via this link.  If you call Customer Service, go to a Fedex store, you will not receive this discount.

Women's Book Club - Cancelled Tonight



We'll inform the participants of the new date.  

If you're curious, the book was:  The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett 

US Election Virtual Speaker Series


US Election Virtual Speaker Series 

Conferences given by 
U.S. Diplomats from the US Mission to Italy

Join us ONLINE

Thursday, October 8 at 3:00 p.m

Speakers: Dr. Christopher Devine - University of Dayton and Dr. Kyle Kopko - Elizabethtown University
On YouTube at this LINK

Tuesday, October 13 at 6:00 p.m

Speaker: Adam Blakeman, Vice Consul, American Citizen Services- U. S. Embassy to Italy – Rome
On Zoom

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Passcode: tsUxj2

Tuesday, October 20 at 6:00 p.m.

Speaker: Abdel Perera, Chief Consul, Non-Immigrant Visas – U.S. Consulate General Milan
On Zoom

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Passcode: 7R5S5g

The Presidential Elections will take place in the United States on November 3, 2020.   the U.S. Embassy to Italy and the American Corner Trieste propose the U.S: ELECTION VIRTUAL SPEAKER SERIES on Zoom. 

In recent months, the Cultural Office of the U.S. Embassy to Italy has organized a series of virtual conferences on various themes with U.S. Diplomats in Italy as speakers. The “Virtual Mission Speaker Program” has been an excellent way to continue the out-reach of the embassy.

In the past, U.S. diplomats traveled around Italy and made in person presentations. For the moment the “Mission Speaker Program” will take place only in the virtual mode. The US Embassy to Italy views this as a tremendous opportunity to interact with people all over Italy, especially in areas that in the past were difficult to visit for logistical reasons.

Lecture themes are about the United States of America. The meetings are held in English, with support of a Power Point Presentation on the Zoom platform. The speaker presents for 30 minutes then is available to answer questions.

In the future, there we hope to offer more Virtual Mission Speakers.

Other Election 2020 related activities:

  • VOTE in our Mock Internal US Presidential Election.  Submit your unofficial paper ballot in the mock election ballot box or vote online on this FORM.  Please, only 1 vote per person.  It doesn’t count, but it’s fun!
  • Take a SELFIE with your favorite candidate or even with both!
  • READ Franchise by Isaac Asimov.  A short story written in 1955, imagines the elections in 2008. Come and discuss it with Short Story Club.

Are you a US CITIZEN? Read more about voting from Italy and how to mail your ballot postage free from Trieste.  Attend a Virtual Voting From Italy Conference with the US Embassy.

I Voted from Italy

US Citizens.  Drop off your Absentee Ballot Envelopes in the Absentee Ballot Drop Off Box at the American Corner Trieste - 

Piazza Sant'Antonio Nuovo, 6 - Trieste

The envelopes will be sent postage free to the US Consulate Milan via Mailboxes, to be included in the Diplomatic Pouch leaving the consulate daily and going to directly to the US.  

  • Mailing Departures from Trieste at 9 a.m. on: September 28, October 5, 12, 19, 26.  

  • After October 26th at 9 am, you will need to send your own envelope and affix the appropriate International Postage.

  • Our hours for Drop Off:  Mon-Fri 9-12, 16-19 and Saturday mornings 9-12. 

If you haven't registered to vote and requested your Absentee Ballot, go IMMEDIATELY to  In some states, you might still be in time to register.  


Urgent questions that only an expert can answer? 

In Italy you can contact the Overseas Voting Ambassador at : 

At the American Corner we are available to assist you as we can.  Please note that we are NOT a Consulate and are NOT Consular Agents.  

You didn't receive your ballot?  

First contact your local Voting Bureau and ask them to resend it via email.  If you still didn't receive it, go online and fill in a FEDERAL WRITE-IN ABSENTEE BALLOT


Wednesday, October 14, 2020, from 18:30 – 19:30


(*depending on your state of residence for voting purposes)



EVENT:  The U.S. Consulate General in Milan, in conjunction with the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP), is hosting a virtual voting assistance event for U.S. citizens in Italy.  We will provide information on the absentee voting process and other consular services and answer some frequently asked questions:

·                  How do I register to vote overseas?

·                  Is it too late to vote?

·                  How do I send my completed ballot back to the United States?

·                  Are absentee ballots actually counted?

·                  How early does my ballot need to arrive?

·                  Can the Embassy/Consulates postmark my ballot?

·                  How do I renew a U.S. passport?


The event is open to all U.S. citizens in Italy - please help spread the word with others who may be interested.


WHEN: Wednesday, October 14, 2020, from 18:30 – 19:30

WHERE:  Zoom link here.  Passcode: TQGx82

Or Telephone:

    Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

        US: +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 929 205 6099  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 669 900 6833

        Italy: +39 020 066 7245  or +39 021 241 28 823  or +39 069 480 6488

Webinar ID: 845 1643 8078   Passcode: 540120

American Film Series 2020/21


What can we say besides...WOW!!!

Any film series that starts with JUDY and ends with NOMADLAND has to be fantastic.

American Film Series 2020/21

Great Independent American Cinema 

In English with English Subtitles

1st Film - October 29, 2020 - JUDY

Showtimes:  13:30, 16:30, 19:30

Teatro dei Fabbri - Via dei Fabbri 2/1 - Trieste

AIA FVG Members ONLY . AIA FVG Membership:

Intero: €35 or Ridotto: €25 - students +16 years, teachers, +65

Purchase your membership card  

  • ONLINE - Create an account and pay by Credit Card 
  • or in CASH at: Associazione Italo Americana FVG - Piazza Sant'Antonio Nuovo, 6 - Trieste during our office hours.

Hours: Monday-Friday 9-12, 16-19 and Saturday morning 9-12

American Film Series 2020/21 – 40th Edition

29/10/2020: JUDY. Dir. Rupert Goold. 1h 59min.

Stars: Renée Zellweger, Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock

Awards: Winner - Oscar and Golden Globe - Best Actress

Legendary performer Judy Garland arrives in London in the winter of 1968 to perform a series of sold-out concerts.


19/11/2020: THE MUSTANG. Dir. Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre. 1h 36min.

Stars: Matthias Schoenaerts, Jason Mitchell, Bruce Dern

Awards: Winner - Sundance NHK Award – Best New Director

The story of Roman Coleman, a violent convict, who is given the chance to participate in a rehabilitation therapy program involving the training of wild mustangs.


3/12/2020: THE FAREWELL. Dir. Lulu Wang. 1h 40min.

Stars: Shuzhen Zhao, Awkwafina, X Mayo

Awards: Winner - Golden Globe – Best Actress Comedy /Musical

A Chinese family discovers their grandmother has only a short while left to live and decide to keep her in the dark, scheduling a wedding to gather before she dies.


21/01/2021: DARK WATERS. Dir. Todd Haynes. 2h 6min.

Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins

A corporate defense attorney takes on an environmental lawsuit against a chemical company that exposes a lengthy history of pollution.


04/02/2021: DORA and the LOST CITY OF GOLD. Dir. James Bobin. 1h 42min.

Stars: Isabela Merced, Eugenio Derbez, Michael Peña

Awards: Winner - Imagen Award -Best Actress, Best Film, Best Director

Dora, a teenage explorer, leads her friends on an adventure to save her parents and solve the mystery behind a lost city of gold.


25/02/2021: LUCE. Dir. Julius Onah. 1h 49min.

Stars: Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Kelvin Harrison Jr.

Awards: Winner - Chlotrudis Award -Best Adapted Screenplay

A married couple is forced to reckon with their idealized image of their son, adopted from war-torn Eritrea, after an alarming discovery by a devoted high school teacher threatens his status as an all-star student.


18/03/2021: THE LAST BLACK MAN in SAN FRANCISCO. Dir. Joe Talbot. 2h 1min.

Stars: Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors, Rob Morgan

Awards: Winner – Sundance Director Award, Black Reel – Outstanding Independent Feature

A young man searches for home in the changing city that seems to have left him behind.


15/04/2021: AFFAIRS of STATE. Dir. Eric Bross. 1h 37min.

Stars: David Corenswet, Thora Birch, Adrian Grenier

A young campaign aide gets in way over his head when he sleeps with the wife and daughter of a presidential candidate only to end up bleeding out on the side of an empty road at night.


06/05/2020: NOMADLAND. Dir. Dir. Chloé Zhao. 1h 48min.

Stars: Frances McDormand, Gay DeForest, Patricia Grier

Awards: Winner - Venice Film Festival – Golden Lion for Best Film

Follows a woman in her sixties who, after losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.

Covid-19 Regulations:

Face Mask covering nose and mouth for the duration of your presence in the Theater

Self-Certification Covid Free

Registration of Body Temperature 

50% Occupancy of the Theater

Members Only.  No spectators under age 16.

October 2020 Newsletter


October 2020 NEWS
Associazione Italo Americana FVG
American Corner Trieste

Fall is here!

Hello to our new and returning Members.  We’re so happy to see you!  Thank you for respecting our Covid-19 procedures and Covid-19 regulations, for the health and well-being of our community. 
Smaller classes, registration of all entering our facilities, staggering of classes, disinfecting of classrooms, masks for those age 6 and over are just some of the preventive measures that we have taken. 
On a lighter side, Fall for us means American Film Series and Halloween.  This year it also means US Elections.  We just completed Week 1 of Class.  Here's a reminder of what you need to bring to class. There are still some places available in some classes if you are interested.


40th American Film Series for AIA FVG Members!

Announcing the 2020/21 Series at Teatro dei Fabbri with shows at 1:30, 16:30, 19:30.

What can we say besides… WOW!  

First Film:  October 29, 2020 – JUDY with Renée Zellweger as Judy Garland.
Last Film: May 6, 2021 – NOMADLAND with Francis McDormand.
And great independent films in between for a total of 9 films.
All MEMBERs can attend the Film Series. 
This year showtimes are modified in order to allow time for the sanitation of the theater between films.  We ask you to arrive early for the procedures for:  Self-certification certificate Covid-free, registration of body temperature. Theater capacity is reduced to 50%.  Face masks for the duration of your stay in the theater are mandatory. 
Entry for the 9 films is included in your AIAFVG Membership

NEW! You can become a member and pay your membership fee:
  • ONLINE by Credit Card
  • In the Association with CASH during our Office Hours. 
Your beautiful plastic membership card will be ready for pickup 7 days after your payment, but probably sooner.  If you don’t have the card yet, your receipt is also valid for entry at the theater. 





What about the 2019/20 films that couldn’t be shown?

REWIND 2019/20 Film Series – The 4 films not shown last year will be shown FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC at the American Corner Trieste on Wednesday, October 7, 14, 21, 28 at 10am, 2pm and 6 pm.  Limited seating.  Make an online RESERVATION.

US Election Theme

US Election Virtual Mission Speaker Series.  The US Embassy to Italy offers Virtual Speakers on Zoom and YouTube.  American Diplomats in Italy and American Experts in the US are the guest presenters.  We hope to see lots of people online.  It’s LIVE so you can prepare some questions!  If you don’t Zoom and prefer to participate with a small group, we will also be live streaming the presentations in the American Corner. 
  • 8/10, 3pm -Running Mates: Vice Presidents and US Presidential Elections
  • 13/10, 6pm -US Election Process – Consul US Citizen Services Milan
  • 20/10, 6pm -How to Become President of the US – Vice Consul Immigration

Other Election 2020 related activities:

  • VOTE in our Mock Internal US Presidential Election.  Submit your unofficial paper ballot in the mock election ballot box or vote online on this Form.  Please, only 1 vote per person.  It doesn’t count, but it’s fun!
  • Take a SELFIE with your favorite candidate or even with both!
  • READ Franchise by Isaac Asimov.  A short story written in 1955, imagines the elections in 2008. Come and discuss it with Short Story Club.

Halloween Week in Class – October 24-30

Halloween will be celebrated in all of our Children’s Classes.  Children can wear costumes if they wish.  You can be what you want. Carnival type costumes are fine.  It doesn’t have to be scary.  Sorry, no candy this year. 
Fall Vacation – October 31-November 6. No classes or activities on these dates. 
Classes return on Saturday, November 7th

American Corner

As the year progresses, free activities are gradually being added:
  • Virtual Mission Speaker Series
  • Women’s Book Club
  • Short Story Club
  • Coffee Break – Bring Your Own Coffee
  • TESOL Trieste Local Chapter for English Teachers. This year we're taking our meetings online with international experts sharing their experiences
  • Middle School and High School Teachers – The US Embassy is offering Virtual Speakers on a variety of topics.  Have a US Diplomat as a guest speaker in your classroom.  Click HERE for Info
  • Sorry, no library checkouts until further notice
  • Please return any materials that were checked out before February

US Citizens

I Voted From Italy.  November 3rd is Election Day.  Americans can vote.  Wherever they are.  If you have not done so yet, request your Absentee Ballot ASAP at
  • Vote as soon as you receive your ballot.
  • Return your absentee ballot envelope ASAP.
  • Drop your Ballot Envelope at the American Corner Absentee Ballot Drop Off Box, postage free.  Ballots will be sent via the US Consulate General Milan Diplomatic Pouch on Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26. 
  • You can send your ballot directly to the US if you prefer.  Remember to apply Italian postage
STEP – American citizens can register in the in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program and receive email updates and advisories from the US Embassy to Italy for American citizens, living in or visiting Italy.  The US Consulate General Milan recently invited STEP registered Americans to 2 webinars for US citizens about Voting from Italy. 

Calendar Look Ahead

Oct. 7, 10am, 2pm, 6 pm: Rewind 2019/20 Film: If Beale Street Could Talk
Oct. 8, 3pm: Virtual Conference -US Embassy to Italy - Running Mates: Vice Presidents and US Presidential Elections
Oct. 13, 6pm: Virtual Election Conference – US Embassy to Italy: The US Election Process
Oct. 14, 10am, 2pm, 6pm: Rewind 2019/20 Film: Boy Erased
Oct. 15, 7pm: Women's Book Club, The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett – send an email to to participate.
Oct. 20, 10am: Coffee Break in English, bring your own coffee.
Oct. 20, 6pm: Virtual Election Conference – US Embassy to Italy: How to Become President of the USA
Oct. 21, 10am, 2pm, 6pm: Rewind 2019/20 Film: The Biggest Little Farm
Oct. 24-30: Halloween Week – You can come to class in costume if you want.  No trick or treating this year.
Oct. 27, 10am: Short Story Club – Franchise by Isaac Asimov
Oct. 28, 10am, 2pm, 6pm: Rewind 2019/20 Film: Toy Story 4
Oct. 29, 13:30, 16:30, 19:30: American Film Series: The Mustang
Oct. 31- Nov. 6 – FALL BREAK. No classes or activities
Every Tues. 5pm: Virtual Faces & Places Across the USA with American English for Educators
Every Wed., 6pm: Virtual American Folk Music Concert on Facebook with the American Folklife Center

Fall Office Hours 

Mornings: Mon-Sat - 9-12
Afternoons: Mon-Fri - 4-7
Sorry, no Library Checkouts until further notice due to Covid-19

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