Friday, January 30, 2015

February 2015 Newsletter - AIA FVG - American Corner Trieste

AIA-FVG / American Corner Trieste



FEBRUARY … Black History Month, Valentine’s Day!  We’ve got you covered.  The theme for February is Black History Month.  Documentaries, Speakers, Short Stories.  If you haven’t seen our Dream Wall, we encourage you to come to the office and be inspired.  Mom and Baby (0-3yrs) has taken off, as have Teen Club and Italian Conversation for Foreigners.  Check our blog and Like our Facebook Page to keep track of all the appointments! 



ADULT ENGLISH CLASSES.  There are still some openings available.  You can start at any time. 

FCE – Test Preparation for High School Students.  A special course begins soon. 

Contact us if you’re interested.


You can still purchase your Memberships for 2014/15.  The prices remain unchanged:  €35 for the Regular Adult Membership and €25 for Students age 16 and over, Teachers and over age 65.  To attend courses, the student (or their parent must) be a member.  Membership is valid for checking out books, magazines, DVD’s and for the 2014/15 American Cinema Program in the Original Version at Cinema dei Fabbri from October until May.  Membership is valid one school year and must be renewed annually.  You can register at any time.  We are no longer selling Memberships at the Cinema.  Come to the office to register.


MEMBERSHIP CARDS -  If you haven’t done so yet, please pick up your final membership cards in the office during our office hours:  Monday to Friday 4-7 pm and Tuesday and Thursday mornings 9 am until noon.


AMERICAN FILM SERIESCinema Dei Fabbri, Shows at 2, 4, 6:30 and 9 pm – MEMBERS ONLY

Feb 12 -  MUD (drama 130 min.) Drama. Starring:  Stars:  Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland.  Two young boys encounter a fugitive and form a pact to help him evade the vigilantes that are on his trail and to reunite him with his true love.



Made for Each Other is back for 6 consecutive Mondays.  All projections in the Original Version.  Comparative TV / Cinema to the max with Professor Leonardo Buonomo giving the background and introduction.  3 Themes:  Dracula, Brothers, Caped Crusader
Feb. 2  Dracula
  Starring Bela Lugosi (1931)

Feb. 9  Frasier. TV Series. Kelsey Grammer, David Hyde Pierce (1993-2004) 

Feb 16  The Brothers McMullen. Edward Burns. Jack Mulcahy, Edward Burns (1995). 

Feb 23  Batman. TV Series.  Adam West, Burt Ward (1966-68) 

Mar 2   Batman Returns. Tim Burton. Michael Keaton, Michelle Pfeiffer, Danny DeVito (1992). 


TUESDAY MORNINGS at the American Corner

Feb. 10- 10:30amSHARING AND RELAXING IN ENGLISH – How are things going? Let’s reflect and talk.   Gestalt Method.

Feb. 17- 10am - TUESDAY COFFEE BREAK– Have a cup of coffee and some great conversation.

Feb. 24, 10am – SHORT STORY CLUB - The story for the month is AM I BLUE? by Alice Walker.   You’ll find the story on the above link.



Black History Month

Feb. 5Underground Railroad (PBS 2012, 60 min). Will Still risked his life to help 800 people escape slavery.

Feb. 12Tuskegee Airmen  (PBS 1995, 106 min). African American pilots overcame racist opposition to become one of the finest US fighter groups in World War II

Feb. 19 - When I Rise – (PBS 2010, 74 min.) Barbara Smith Conrad, became an international opera star, despite the color of her skin in Texas in the 1950’s. 

Feb. 26 – The March (Documentary 2013, 60 min). The 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom with the Martin Luther King “I have a dream speech”



Feb. 19, 6 pm GUEST SPEAKER:  The Civil Rights Movement –OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

DONIGAN MERRITT reads from his book BLOSSOM

Donigan Merritt has an MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop and has published seven novels, including "Possessed by Shadows" (Other Press, 2005), "The Common Bond" (Other Press, 2008), and “Blossom” (2011). “Blossom” paints a picture of the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement in southern Arkansas. The protagonist, David Early, returns to the small southern town of Blossom after a 20 year absence when his father dies. In a series of flashbacks, he remembers the struggles with racism after he takes a stand with the town's African-American community in its first pro-integration protest--causing him guilt and putting his life in danger. This book is about the Deep South, about long memories and our inability to escape our personal histories.



WINE, CHEESE and BOOKS – February 19th  at 8 pm

The Book of the Month is ORPHAN TRAIN by Cristina Baker Kline.  Monthly meetings are held in different venues each month.  Want to participate?  For details, send an e-mail to


ANYBODY interested in a BOOK CLUB for MEN?  A few men have expressed interest in starting BEER and BOOKS, a Book Club for Men in English.  If you are interested, drop us an e-mail. 



January was so successful, that we have split into 2 groups meeting every week: 

Every TUESDAY 11-12 – Italian Conversation for MOMS with BABIES (0-3yrs)

Every THURSDAY 11-12 – Italian Conversation for ADULTS (WITHOUT Babies) 

Make sure that you get the right day!  Start to speak. No stress. No charge.  Don’t worry about making mistakes!  The group is facilitated by Cristina and Giulia, volunteer Italian language instructors.  Help and advice on practical everyday Italian.  What is an Etto? Capo in B?  How do I communicate with my Internet carrier?  Going shopping, etc.  P.S. The Mom and Baby group is very Baby Friendly, the instructor is also a  Mom. 


MOM and BABY (0-3) PLAYGROUP in ENGLISH – Open to the Public

Every THURSDAY from 10:30-12. Bring your baby.  Hang out with other moms. Speak English.  Get out of the house!



AC TC – American Corner Teen Club meets every Friday afternoon from 5- 7 pm.  Open to all Middle and High School Students.  On the Highway to Teen Club.  Jr. Volunteering, Games, Films, Lego Mindstorms, Karoake – The sky’s the limit! This year we will do more Teen Coding and Video Producing.


Feb. 13 – VALENTINE DOUBLE FEATURE - American Corner Trieste – Open to the Public

4pm – LOVE STORY (1970, 99 min.) Ryan O’Neal, Ali McGraw in their prime in this tear jerker. 

6pm – HAROLD & MAUDE (1971, 91 min.) Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort,  Cult Classic.



Feb. 27 - 5 pm – CLOUDY with a CHANCE OF MEATBALLS (Animation, 2009, 90 min.) A town where food falls from the sky like rain.   Bring your kids, see the movie and go for a pizza afterwards! 


AMERICAN CORNER TRIESTE – Programs, consultation of the library, public internet access computers, and Wi-Fi are always free and open to the public.  It’s 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 and Education Advising Section, Children’s Corner Library and Women’s Space. 



Remember that we are a volunteer organization.  We are looking for people to work in the afternoons at the Front Desk, manage library checkouts, mentors for teens and a variety of other roles.  Contact us!  We’ll keep you busy!
See you in the Association!       

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