Italian Ambassador Helps GU Celebrate Italy Unification
October 14, 2011 – Giulio Terzi di Sant’Agata, ambassador of Italy to the United States, gave opening remarks during a daylong interdisciplinary conference at Georgetown on Oct. 14 that marked the 150th anniversary of Italian unification. The unification was a political and social movement that brought together different states of the Italian peninsula into the single state of Italy in the 19th century.
Terzi spoke to an audience of students, faculty and invited guests about the “richness, strength, and modernity” of the Italian language and the importance of disseminating the language and culture in the United States.
Scholars from Georgetown, Fordham, New York, Duke, Seton Hall, Montclair universities and the University of Texas are speaking at the conference.
The Italian department and the Embassy of Italy organized the event, which include panels on Italian theater and music, the politics of integration and disintegration and Italian Americans and their language-related identities.