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The Italian Cultural Center routinely organizes special opportunities for students of the adult language school to foster new friendships and practice their Italian language skills in informal social settings.

Upcoming events

    • 07 Jul 2015
    • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Center for Early Modern History, 120 Anderson Library, University of Minnesota (West Bank)
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    Registration is closed

    Symposium - Leonardo Da Vinci: the Scientist, The Inventor, The Artist: Legacy of the Ultimate Renaissance Man

    Parking is available at the 19th Street Ramp (across from HHH and Carlson), and at the 21st Ave. & 4th Street ramp (across from Rarig Center).

    This event is FREE but seating is limited – Please register here to reserve a seat.

    In the 15th century, Leonardo formulated and experimented scientific principles based on evidence. Only in recent years experts in various disciplines have begun to analyze and elucidate the thousands of pages contained in his manuscripts, including the Codex Leicester on exhibit at MIA this summer. In this workshop, 4 highly recognized Leonardo experts will present Leonardo’s vast legacy from different perspectives.

    Our panelists:

    Alex Bortolot, curator of the Codex Leicester Exhibit and content strategist at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. A specialist in African art, he helped reinterpret the museum’s African galleries, and is overseeing a reinterpretation of all galleries to ensure a state-of-the-art visitor experience. He was previously an assistant curator at the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College.

    Sara Taglialagamba, Sorbonne University, Paris I, expert on the hydraulic systems invented by Leonardo (will join via SKYPE)

    Mark Rosheim, engineer, inventor and founder of Ross-Hime Designs, has produced designs and products based on Leonardo’s drawings. He is the author of 3 books including Leonardo’s Lost Robots and has published many articles and lectured at several prestigious institutions.

    Michael Gaudio, Associate Professor in the Department of Art History at the University of Minnesota. He specializes in the visual arts of early modern Europe and the Atlantic world, and has published widely on the visual arts in relation to early modern science, religion, and cultural encounter.

    The presentations:

    Alex Bortolot will present “Leonardo da Vinci, the Codex Leicester, and the Creative Mind”. He will discuss the MIA exhibit of the same title and explore its central premise: that the Codex Leicester, one of Leonardo's scientific notebooks, provides a window into his creative process, and allows us to draw connections between his work and that of contemporary artists, engineers, and designers.

    Sara Taglialagamba and Mark Rosheim, outstanding experts on Leonardo, will present "Leonardo's Robot Lion". This promises to be an intriguing topic given the many accolades and television appearances Mark has collected in his career.

    Michael Gaudio will discuss “Art and Science in the Work of Leonardo da Vinci”. He will talk about Leonardo's work and its relationship to our modern categories of "art" and "science."

    The presentations will be followed by a short Questions & Answers session.


    Thank you to the Center for Early Modern History, University of Minnesota  the Department of History (CLA), University of Minnesota, and The James Ford Bell Library and Associates for their valuable contribution.

    • 25 Jul 2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • Como Lake Pavilion
    Be part of a new tradition! Join us for our first 5K Fun Run/Walk at Como Lake in St. Paul on July 25, 2015.

    Both the run and the walk will begin at 9 AM directly across the Lakeside Pavilion in the Como Lake area. The course includes two laps of the lake.

    Prizes will be awarded to the 1st and 2nd place winners and include a pair of vouchers to the Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester Exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Additional prizes will be raffled the day of the event.

    Fees: Pre registration (July 10th) $25 (includes t-shirt). Youth fee: $20 (includes t-shirt). After July 10th and day-of: $30 (includes t-shirt as long as they last).

    All proceeds from the race will benefit the Italian Cultural Center.

    Grazie to our Sponsors:

    Sebastian Joe's Original Ice Cream
    Engage Health

    • 01 Aug 2015
    • 11:00 AM
    • 03 Oct 2015
    • 1:00 PM
    • Lake Calhoun West Lake Street kiosk behind Tin Fish

    Now that winter is giving way to milder temps, let’s shed our heavy jackets and go for a Passeggiata around Lake Calhoun. From May to October - on the 1st Saturday of every month -NOTE:  There will be no Passeggiata in July. Italian speakers of all proficiencies can speak or practice their Italian while walking around the lake.

    The group will gather at the West Lake Street kiosk behind Tin Fish at 11 AM and walk clockwise. The group will return to Tin Fish at approx. 12 noon for lunch. Leading the walk may include ICC instructors, board members and/or volunteers.

    This is a great opportunity to meet fellow Italian speakers while enjoying one of Minneapolis greatest outdoor locations.

    The event is free and open to anyone.

    For additional information, please contact Peggy at

    • 05 Aug 2015
    • 5:30 PM
    • 02 Sep 2015
    • 7:30 PM
    • 528 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 502
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      Book Club is back!  Are you interested in improving your reading, pronunciation, and listening skills in Italian?  The Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/St. Paul would like to encourage you to become part of our Book Club.

    Our Book Club will welcome ICC members who are advanced speakers of Italian.  Our first meeting will take place on Wednesday, August 5, 2015, from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.   We will gather in Suite 502 of the Hennepin Center for the Arts building, and the Book Club will be facilitated by native Italian, Anna Olivero.  We will read and discuss Italian literature in a relaxed atmosphere.  You must be an active ICC member to participate, the cost will be $152.50 with the member 5% discount.

    We will continue reading "Donne" by Andrea Camilleri.  We will take turns reading aloud, and will make certain everyone has a grasp of the meaning.  Our discussion will be in Italian as much as possible.  The book can be purchased through Amazon using this link: 

    Please contact Peggy at with questions.

    Please note:  Book Club must be cancelled 72 hours in advance of the start date to receive a refund, less an administrative fee.

    • 19 Aug 2015
    • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Clifton House, 300 Clifton Avenue, Minneapolis
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    Cocktail Reception at historic Clifton House 


    Wednesday, August 19, 2015

    6:30 - 9:30 PM

    Location: Clifton House, 300 Clifton Avenue, Minneapolis

    ICC & MIA Members $45 / Non-members $55
    We are happy to extend our member price ($45) to all MIA members. To register and receive this price, please contact the ICC at 612-298-2223.

    Join us in welcoming the Italian Consul in Chicago, Adriano Monti in his first official visit to the Twin Cities as he meets members and supporters of the Italian Cultural Center and pays homage to Leonardo’s genius. 

    The evening will kick off with a few remarks from the Consul as well as JB Shank, Director of the Department of History at the University of Minnesota. Participants will enjoy passed and stationary hors d'oeuvres and desserts complemented by a selection of high quality Italian wines. 

    The renovated 300 Clifton House is a fitting location to host this reception for its elegance and historic ties to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

    All proceeds will benefit the Italian Cultural Center. 


    Grazie to our Sponsors:

    300 Clifton House
    Artful Living magazine
    Antinori wines

    • 09 Sep 2015
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 528 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 502, Minneapolis, MN 55403
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    Image result for macerata italy photoJoin us for an enhanced open house on Wednesday, September ninth, 2015, from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m., in suite 502 of the Hennepin Center for the Arts building. 

    From 5:30 until 7:00 p.m. guests can learn about the Italian language classes the ICC will over during fall term of 2015.  You can view class materials, meet our native instructors, and register for a fall term class.

    Plan to stay beyond the open house, from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m., and meet Alfredo Oliveira, the ICC's first scholarship winner.  Alfredo, and Professor Christine Imbra, of St. Cloud State University, recently visited Macerata, Italy.  Their travelogue presentation will focus on their experience in Macerata.  To learn more about Alfredo, and his adventure, please refer to his blog.

    This is a FREE event, and a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the ICC and it's classes, meet Alfredo and Christine, and expand your knowledge of Italy!

    Please register here so we will be prepared to accommodate everyone!

    Please contact Peggy at with your questions.

Past events

13 Jun 2015 EN15 Quartetto Rosso - A Free Outdoor Italian Concert!
22 May 2015 Eurochannel Short Films Tour
20 May 2015 ENS15 NEW! Cena Sociale - An Evening at The Butcher Block Restaurant, Wednesday, May 20
19 May 2015 ENS15 Sorrento/Todi Travelogue--Tuesday, May 19
25 Apr 2015 University of Minnesota Event
23 Apr 2015 Servizio Passaporti
22 Apr 2015 Chocolate for the Rainforest
18 Apr 2015 EN15 Make and Take --- Ravioli di ricotta e spinaci-Saturday, April 18, 1-3
04 Apr 2015 DOLCI: La Cassata Siciliana - Saturday, April 4th
31 Mar 2015 AE15 Educational Travel: Todi, Umbria Meeting, Tuesday, March 31
31 Mar 2015 ES15 Open House
26 Mar 2015 AE15 NEW! Spring Meet Up and Italian Conversation
01 Mar 2015 The Mafia Only Kills in Summer (La mafia uccide solo d'estate)
01 Mar 2015 Love in the City (L’amore in città)
01 Mar 2015 Italy in a Day (Un giorno da italiani)
28 Feb 2015 South Is Nothing (Il Sud è niente)
28 Feb 2015 Off Road (Fuoristrada)
28 Feb 2015 Zoran, My Nephew the Idiot (Zoran, il mio nipote scemo)
27 Feb 2015 Inside Buffalo
27 Feb 2015 The Art of Happiness (L'Arte della Felicità)
26 Feb 2015 I Can Quit Whenever I Want (Smetto Quando Voglio)
26 Feb 2015 VIP Pass - Includes all films and opening night party
26 Feb 2015 Opening Night Party plus film ticket
19 Feb 2015 ENW15 SOLD OUT! Walker Art Center - “Arte Povera” Exhibition Tour for Italian Speakers
29 Jan 2015 ENW15 Sorrento Travelogue, Thursday, January 29
10 Jan 2015 ENF15 Sorrento Travelogue, CANCELLED Sat, Jan 8
06 Jan 2015 EW15 Open House- CANCELLED--Due to Weather
02 Dec 2014 Italian Ambassador Visit/ Spoken in Italian - Tuesday, December 2, 2014
01 Nov 2014 EF14 Welcome Reception for Isabella Dalla Ragione
30 Oct 2014 EF14 Walker Art Center- Exhibition Tour for Italian Speakers -- Thursday, October 30
24 Oct 2014 FREE Screening – Men of the Cloth – Friday, October 24
07 Oct 2014 EF14 NEW! MEMBER ONLY Appreciation Movie Night! - Tuesday Evening, October 7
04 Sep 2014 EF14 Walker Art Center-Sculpture Garden Tour in ITALIAN, Thursday, September 4
03 Sep 2014 FS14 Open House- Wednesday, September 3, 5:30-7 p.m.
31 Jul 2014 EU14 Walker Art Center-SOLD OUT!!!
18 Jun 2014 EN14 Christopher Castellani-Boston Author Meet and Greet
10 May 2014 EN14 Make and Take --- Ravioli di ricotta e spinaci-NEW LOCATION!
01 Apr 2014 ES14 Open House- Tuesday, April 1, 5:30-7 p.m.
08 Mar 2014 Il restauro dei luoghi Verdiani - da Roncole a Sant'Agata passando per Busseto (Restoring Verdi's Places - from Roncole to Sant'Agata via Busseto)
25 Jan 2014 EW14 Make and Take --- Tortelloni!
11 Jan 2014 RESCHEDULED! Open House- Saturday, January 11, 2-4 pm
17 Dec 2013 ENF13 Sorrento Travelogue, Tuesday, December 17
07 Dec 2013 EN13 Make and Take --- Tortellini!
21 Nov 2013 ENF13 Italian Wine Tour
18 Nov 2013 ENF13 Festeggiamo Fall 2013
11 Nov 2013 ENF13 Young Professionals----Meet and Greet!
21 Oct 2013 ENF13 Meet New Italian American Author, Deborah Stevens...Book Signing and Wine Giveaway!
04 Sep 2013 Fall Term OPEN HOUSE
17 Jun 2013 EN13 Festeggiamo Spring 2013
25 May 2013 EU13 Make and Take --- Tortelloni!
02 May 2013 ES13 A Concert of Italian Songs and Arias with the University of Minnesota Department of Music
07 Apr 2013 È stato il figlio (It was the son) tickets and sponsorship
07 Apr 2013 La kryptonite nella borsa (Kryptonite!) tickets and sponsorship
06 Apr 2013 Io sono Li (Shun Li and the Poet) tickets and sponsorship
06 Apr 2013 L'estate di Giacomo (Summer of Giacomo) tickets and sponsorship
06 Apr 2013 Un giorno speciale (A Special Day) tickets and sponsorship
05 Apr 2013 Terraferma (Dry Land) tickets and sponsorship
04 Apr 2013 Polvere -Il grande processo dell'amianto (Dust-The Great Asbestos Trial) tickets and sponsorship
04 Apr 2013 Italian Film Festival 2013
03 Apr 2013 ES13 Spring Term OPEN HOUSE - Film Festival Tickets on Sale!
07 Mar 2013 EW13 Dario Fo: EVENT RESCHEDULED!!
08 Jan 2013 Winter Term OPEN HOUSE
05 Jan 2013 Make and Take --- Tortellini!
06 Dec 2012 EN12F Festeggiamo Fall 2012
04 Sep 2012 Open House
18 Jun 2012 EN12S Festeggiamo Spring 2012
17 May 2012 Benny The Chef Is Here!
20 Apr 2012 365 Days of A Women Exhibit Private Tour
04 Apr 2012 Open House
01 Apr 2012 20 sigarette (20 Cigarettes ) tickets and sponsorship
01 Apr 2012 Into Paradiso (Into Paradise) tickets and sponsorship
01 Apr 2012 Senza arte né parte (Make a Fake) tickets and sponsorship
31 Mar 2012 Mine Vaganti (Loose Cannons) tickets and sponsorship
31 Mar 2012 Fughe e approdi (Return to the Aeolian Islands ) tickets and sponsorship
31 Mar 2012 Una vita tranquilla (A Quiet Life) tickets and sponsorship
30 Mar 2012 Caravaggio Tickets and Sponsorship
30 Mar 2012 Italian Film Festival 2012
21 Feb 2012 Cook With Carmela!!!
30 Nov 2011 Meet Carmela Tursi Hobbins - Author, Chef, Cooking Instructor
07 Nov 2011 EN11F Festeggiamo Fall 2011
06 Sep 2011 Open House
20 Jun 2011 EN11S Festeggiamo Spring 2011
04 Dec 2010 Giochi Per Parlare
22 Nov 2010 Festeggiamo Fall 2010
08 Sep 2010 Open House
09 Jun 2010 Book Club
07 Apr 2010 Open House
06 Jan 2010 Open House
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