Upcoming Events

Date Event Speaker(s)
March 17, 2018

Innovative Solutions to Business Challenges: 
A One-Day Student-Centered Workshop

Leaders from Eni and Zordan
March 26, 2018

Italian Jazz & Theater during the Fascist Era

Anna Celenza & Patricia Gaborik


Innovative Solutions to Business Challenges:
A One-Day Student-Centered Workshop

Saturday, March 17, 2018 
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Bakers Scholars Conference Room
Regents Hall 550
Georgetown University

This is the third year The Georgetown University Italian Research Institute, in partnership with the Italia Innovation Program is sponsoring a full day Student-Centered Workshop on Innovative Solutions to Business Challenges. This is an exciting program which brings to campus well-known and established Italian companies and serves as a bridge between business and academia. Last spring, four students were awarded, on a rotating basis, paid internships with Eni, S.p.A. and Domori offered a 10-week fellowship in Italy to further develop their proposed solution. The award included accommodations, meals and local transportation.

This year during this one-day event, the top management of Italian iconic companies, Eni, S.p.A  and Zordan S.r.l.sb  will present students with an outline of the area the company is seeking innovative input and present the students with a challenge that implies their creative participation.

Eni, the Italian multinational oil and gas company headquartered in Rome with an office in Washington, DC. is once again participating in the event. Eni has operations in 80 countries and is currently the world's 6th most relevant oil and gas international company. Eni will present a challenge related to “How new energy resources - like old ones - can influence the world's industrial, economic and political structure" 

Zordan, founded in 1965 by Attilio Zordan, is a luxury family business that manufactures furnishings for the stores of the best-known brands and for private luxury homes.  Zordan has built an international reputation as a partner for high-end interior design projects. Zordan will present a challenge related to “Its activities in USA and its controlled Company in Michigan, Woodways.”

The registered students, divided into small groups, will work together to develop a proposal for a solution. At the end of the day the Eni and Zordan winning teams will be offered paid internships. The Eni internships will start in January 2019 to allow students from last year’s winning team to complete the internship cycle.

To apply students should go to https://goo.gl/forms/atEreFU9UyYCBP7R2, log in to their Georgetown e-mail account, and submit the application form. We are limiting the number of participants to 50 students.  The Workshop offers students a great opportunity to be intellectually engaged in finding solutions to challenges confronting the business world.  The application deadline is March 14, 2018.

 Lunch will be served.




Italian Jazz & Theater during the Fascist Era

Monday, March 26, 2018 at 5:30pm
Lohrfink Auditorium, Hariri Building
Georgetown University
3700 O Street NW, Washington, DC 20057

The Georgetown University Italian Research Institute, in collaboration with the Department of Performing Arts and the Department of Italian, is pleased to sponsor a multimedia conversation that explores music, theater, dance and film in the context of transatlantic culture, business, and religion.



    Anna Harwell Celenza, Ph.D.
    Thomas e. Caestecker Professor of Music 
    Georgetown University

Anna Harwell Celenza is the Thomas E. Caestecker Professor of Music at Georgetown University. She has published several scholarly books including Music as Cultural Mission: Explorations of Jesuit Practices in Italy and North America (2014) and Jazz Italian Style: From Its Origins in New Orleans to Fascist Italy and Sinatra (2017). In addition to her scholarly work, she has authored eight award-winning children's books including Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue (2006) and Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite (2011). Her work has been featured on nationally syndicated radio and TV programs, including NPR's "Performance Today," the BBC's "Music Matters" and "Proms Broadcasts," and C-Span's "Book-TV".





    Patricia Gaborik, ph.d.

Patricia Gaborik is a theatre and cultural historian based in Italy since 2005, when she was a fellow in modern Italian studies at the American Academy in Rome. Currently in residence at Columbia University, she has also been a visiting researcher at Stanford and UCLA, and invited speaker or guest lecturer at institutions including Cambridge University, Northwestern University, Berkeley, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Rome - 3, and the University for Foreigners of Perugia. She teaches at the American University of Rome.

As a specialist in the fascist period, her chief areas of interest are the avant-garde and experimental performance; the intersection of artistic and political concerns in the regime’s aesthetic policies; theatre and the construction of national identity; authors F.T. Marinetti, Massimo Bontempelli, Luigi Pirandello, and Vitaliano Brancati; and the historiography of fascism.

For this work, she has held fellowships from the American Academy in Rome, the University of Wisconsin Center for German and European Studies, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In addition to several essays and book chapters, she is the editor and translator of Watching the Moon and Other Plays by Massimo Bontempelli (Italica Press, 2013). Her forthcoming book is a monograph on Mussolini and the theatre; she is also editing Pirandello in Context for Cambridge University Press and an anthology of modern Italian Drama for Italica.



“Mussolini as Impresario: Jazz and Theater in Fascist Italy”


Coming soon.