Letter from Antonio Carlo Vitti, Faculty Director

Benvenuti e bentornati alla Scuola Italiana!

The Scuola Italiana maintains our commitment to high academic standards a wide range of challenging courses are offered, with performances, new trips, workshops and the unique opportunity to meet distinguished artists and writers. We will offer concerts by Cosimo Colazzo, two recitals by soprano Patrizia Zanardi, and a theatrical workshop open to both students and faculty, conducted by renowned actress and playwright Isabella Carloni who will also teach a course on Italian theater from a gender perspective. Oonagh Stransky, writer and translator will be one of our visiting artists and will teach a course on translation. Besides the conversation sessions, there will be a six-week diction workshop for all of the language classes. The program will also offer evening workshops to develop an appreciation of the language and its culture. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the biweekly club meetings.

This summer the courses designed for new students in the Master Degree Program offer a broad view of Italian culture and literature. For returning students, we have a wide variety of courses on linguistics, music, cinema, and literature. We have also added new courses on the culture and civilization of Italy in order to give graduate students the possibility to specialize in Italian Studies, a unique opportunity in the United States and in the world.

Our program offers six different specializations in Italian and one in Italian-American Studies. Students may enroll in the Master or the DML programs and pursue a specialization of their choice, working with some of the leading specialists in the field and choosing courses specially designed for these various specializations.

This summer there will be two new courses in Mediterranean Studies which can also satisfy the literature and culture requirement. In addition, we have two new courses in Italian American Studies, one of the specializations offered for the Master program. Advanced culture and civilization courses, as well as graduate literature courses, will focus on a range of topics through various periods of Italian civilization.

What makes the Middlebury experience so unique is its long-standing observance of the Language Pledge, a written commitment made by each student to exclusively use the Italian language for the duration of the summer session. In spite of the considerable demand this formal pledge places on all, generations of students consider it a most valid and effective learning tool. Adherence to this rule is, therefore, strictly enforced at all times.

To conclude I would like to emphasize that the success of the summer session is largely due to the fact that students and faculty live under the same roof and take part in all of the cultural and social activities sponsored by the School: film screenings, lectures, concerts, plays, dinners, parties, club meetings and workshops. All of this contributes to creating a cordial and collegial atmosphere that promotes language acquisition and academic success and is unlikely to be duplicated elsewhere.

When studying in our program you’ll get the support you need during the summer from our dedicated staff and faculty. Have confidence in yourself going into a full immersion program. For more information on the summer program and the courses, contact the Director at acvitti@middlebury.edu

Spero di avere il piacere di avervi con noi. 

A questa estate dunque! Non dimenticate di sfruttare al massimo ogni evento e di parlare sempre e soltanto in italiano!

Mille grazie e a presto,

Antonio Carlo Vitti

The Italian School

Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury College
P: 802.443.5874
F: 802.443.2075

Mailing address
Italian School
14 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT  05753

Joe Tamagni, Assistant Director