Thursday, January 8, 2015

January 2015 Newsletter



HAPPY NEW YEAR! We’re back after a long holiday break.  Everybody’s batteries are recharged and we’re ready to go!  Here is a video with the highlights of 2014.  Thanks for being part of it!  Classes start again and we’re full of ideas.  The American Corner Theme  for the month is Man vs. Nature.  Look for theme related Documentaries, Short Story Club and Family Date Night.  Our Dream Wall will be inspirational. Get involved! Arrivederci e Grazie to Gabrielle, our “Chef in Residence” for the past year, who is heading back to the US. 



Registration is still open for Winter 2015 Courses.  Here are the links for courses for ADULTS and for MATERNA, ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE SCHOOL and HIGH SCHOOL.  Something for all ages and all levels.  Click here to learn more about how our courses work.  We plan a course especially for dyslexic children.  If you’re interested, send an email to


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. 


MEMBERSHIP CARDS 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 from 9 am until noon.


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

Jan. 15th  FRUITVALE STATION (2013 – 85 min.) Drama. Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer. The purportedly true story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008. Sundance Film Festival - Grand Jury Prize.


TUESDAY MORNINGS at the American Corner

Jan. 13th  10- 12 am. – SHARING AND RELAXING IN ENGLISH – How are things going? Let’s reflect and talk.   

Jan 20th 10- 12 am. - TUESDAY COFFEE BREAK – 10-12 – Have a cup of coffee and some great conversation.

Jan. 27th, 10-11 am – SHORT STORY CLUB  - The story for the month is To Build a Fire by Jack London.  You’ll find the story on the above link.



Man vs. Nature – Survival in the Wilderness at American Corner Trieste

Jan. 15th - Alone in the Wilderness (Documentary 2004, 57 min) Dick Proenneke, retired, moved to Alaska and lived a solitary pioneer lifestyle for 30 years.

Jan. 22ndInto the Wild  (Film 2007, 148 min)  True story of Christopher McCandless, who abandons his possessions and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness.

Jan. 29thTo Build a Fire (Film 1969, 50 min). Based on the classic Jack London short story.  Narrated by Orson Welles.


WINE, CHEESE and BOOKS – January 15th at 8 pm

An Italian author this month: Elena Ferrante’s The Days of Abbandonment.  Monthly meetings are held in different venues each month.  Want to participate?  For details, send an e-mail to


Jan 19th all day from 10 am – 7 pm .  Write your dream on our Dream Wall (up all week long). Be inspired and inspirational.  View our Video program of films and documentaries dedicated to Civil Rights.  Stay as long as you like.  Bring your class.  Program details coming soon.


STATE of THE UNION, President Obama – Open to the Public

Wed, Jan. 21st, 11-noon.  The annual message of the President to the Joint Session of the United States Congress.    


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

Thursday January 15th and 29th  from 10:30-12. Bring your baby.  Hang out with other moms. 



Thursday, Jan. 22nd from 11-12.  A conversation group for Italian learners.  Start to speak. No stress. Don’t worry about making mistakes!  The group is facilitated by Cristina and Giulia, volunteer Italian language instructors. 



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.



Jan. 30th, 5-7 pm – BALTO (Animation, 1995, 74 min.)   Half Husky and Half Wolf, Balto saves the day in Nome, Alaska.  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!       Have a great 2015!

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