Lyric Opera House in Chicago where the 200th anniversary of Verdi's birth was celebrated with performances of Rigoletto and Otello
Many lectures, conferences, film screenings, social events, concerts, and cultural trips centered on Italian take place each year. Many are announced under "Events" on the Italian Studies website (you can sign up for an upcoming events feed on the site); also check the websites, or join the email lists, of the Devers Program in Dante Studies, the Nanovic Institute, the Medieval Institute, and the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.
Italian Theatre Workshop
A full-length professionally produced play, entirely rehearsed and performed in Italian for credit by about twenty undergraduates each year, brings students to an extraordinary level of fluency and confidence. Besides acting roles, there are many other positions in costuming, stage management, technical production, publicity, etc. The Italian Theatre Workshop incorporates a strong academic and critical component, and counts as a 3-credit course. (Not currently offered, but check for updates!)
Italian Club – Circolo Italiano
An active undergraduate group, sponsoring trips to the opera or museums in Chicago, films, meals, cooking classes, an annual soccer tournament, and many other activities. A regular Italian Coffee Hour gathers Italianists and Italophiles from across campus.
Circolo Italiano Officers for 2015-2016
A number of these are scheduled every year, through courses, through the Nanovic Institute, and through the initiative of faculty and the Italian Club.
As the final proficiency evaluation for third-semester Italian (20201), the students write and perform skits in Italian, over two evenings each semester. These tend to be very clever, and highly entertaining.
Italian Soccer Tournament
A serious competition, involving most Italian courses, played and cheered in Italian.
For announcments of many events, see the "Events" link on the Italian Studies webpage