May 27, 2014 – Mario Vargas Llosa, the 2010 Nobel Laureate in literature, Apocalypse Now filmmaker Vittorio Storaro and Italian novelist Alessandro Baricco will speak May 30 at a conference jointly sponsored by the recently created Georgetown University Italian Research Institute and the Embassy of Italy.
The institute was established in December 2013 to promote, identify, facilitate and support the advancement of contemporary cutting-edge Italian research in medicine, the sciences, technology, engineering, international affairs, finance, industry, the arts, design, literature and film.
“We envision the newly created Italian Research Institute as a forum for sharing, discussing today's Italian cutting-edge contributions in various fields and facilitating collaboration and engagement with non-Italian scholars,” says Serafina Hager of Georgetown College's Italian department. “I feel it is important to concentrate on the extraordinary Italian contemporary achievements that benefit society [in a] a field not as widely known as the Italian Renaissance’s great artistic legacy.”
The conference, “The Voyage: a Journey into the Fantastic World of Fiction and Film,” takes place in Gaston Hall from 4:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Llosa will speak on “Boccaccio on Stage: a Journey into the World of the Imagination," Baricco on “Writing. A Silent Journey," and Storaro will present “The Art of Cinematography: a Visual Journey."
The institute’s goal is to be an agent of change that will facilitate close collaboration between Italian and non-Italian scholars and leaders, as well as stimulate research, concentrate on critical issues and produce faster and tangible outcomes to benefit the community at large.
All proceedings from the conferences will be published in the institute’s annual scholarly publication and made available via the web and print media.
The institute also seeks to inspire and support a new generation of talented young scholars, inventors, scientists, business leaders, and artists.
The headquarters of the institute, donated by a generous donor, are located in an elegant townhouse in the heart of Georgetown, and serve as a meeting place, lodging for visiting scholars and office space.
Hager says the new institute will be a “powerful voice that celebrates contemporary Italian talent and contributions in a larger national and international context for the common good.”