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Unfortunately, Dorothea’s House will not be holding its traditional monthly lecture programs this fall, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We hope to resume programs in January, and will update this page as more information becomes available.

Check this website and Facebook for the upcoming classes and events.

All programs are offered free of charge by the Dorothea van Dyke McLane Association to anyone in the community with an interest in Italian culture.

Doors open at 4:45 pm. Seating is limited. Due to fire regulations, when seating capacity has been reached we regret that we may have to turn people away from that evening’s program.

Programs are followed by informal get-togethers where one can chat with old and new friends, and taste dishes and offerings brought by participants.

There is no reception after a movie, however a few people usually get together at a local restaurant or coffee shop. All movies are in Italian with English subtitles.

In case of cancellation of a program due to inclement weather or unexpected reasons, please check this Web site or call Dorothea’s House for information.


To see our past events, please click here.

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November 2019

Ma che bella sorpresa – Film in Italiano

November 17, 2019 @ 3:00 pm

Ma che bella sorpresa (What a Lovely Surprise), 2015; Directed by Alessandro Genovesi. Film in Italiano Click HERE to view or download the film flyer

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December 2019

Pompeii—Life in a Roman Town

December 1, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

Pompeii—Life in a Roman Town: The astonishing preservation of Pompeii has captured popular imagination ever since it was rediscovered in the 1700s. Princeton University Classics Professor Caroline Cheung will uncover the urban fabric of the city by looking at its…

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January 2020

Polenta Festa

January 5, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

Polenta Festa: It’s our traditional feast where polenta reigns supreme. Dust off your favorite recipes— whether polenta with lentils, with sausages, with cheese or anything else you can imagine—and bring it to share. Oven space is limited, so bring your…

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Finché c’è prosecco c’è speranza – Film in Italiano

January 19, 2020 @ 3:00 pm

Finché c’è prosecco c’è speranza (The Last Prosecco), 2017; Directed by Antonio Padovan Film in Italiano Click HERE to view or download the film flyer  

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February 2020

Leonardo—Painter, Military Engineer, Inventor

February 9, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

Leonardo—Painter, Military Engineer, Inventor: Although 500 years have passed since Leonardo da Vinci’s death, his art, studies of human anatomy and vision of future technology still astonish the world. Princeton University Professor of Aerospace and Engineering Michael Littman will focus…

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Sono tornato – Film in Italiano

February 16, 2020 @ 3:00 pm

Sono tornato (I Am Back), 2018; Directed by Luca Miniero Film in Italiano Click HERE to view or download the film flyer  

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March 2020

CANCELLED – The Culture of Fashion in Italy—Women, Film and the Media

March 1, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

The Culture of Fashion in Italy—Women, Film and the Media: Eugenia Paulicelli, Professor of Italian and Women’s Studies, Queens College and the Graduate Center, The City University of New York, will talk about the crucial role women have played and…

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A casa tutti bene – Film in Italiano

March 8, 2020 @ 3:00 pm

A casa tutti bene (There Is No Place Like Home), 2018; Directed by Gabriele Muccino Film in Italiano Click HERE to view or download the film flyer  

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April 2020

Cancelled – Italian Virtuoso Classical Guitar Works

April 5, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

Italian Virtuoso Classical Guitar Works: Join international concert artist Stanley Alexandrowicz for a classical guitar recital of Baroque through Romantic compositions. Works by Girolamo Frescobaldi, Luigi Legnani, and Johann Dubez will be featured on the program.

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May 2020

Cancelled – Florence in Italian Cinema

May 3, 2020 @ 6:00 pm

Florence in Italian Cinema: Florence has served as a starring character in countless films, from horror to period dramas. The city has become an iconic symbol of Italy itself across the world. Francesco Pascuzzi, who teaches at Rutgers University, will…

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