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"Once Upon a Time..." | Reception and Relevance of Gianni Rodari's Work in the US and Italy



On the occasion of the closing of the exhibition Figures for Gianni Rodari: Italian Excellence, the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco will host the presentation Reception and Relevance of Gianni Rodari's Work in the US and Italy, with the participation of Vanessa Roghi and Jack Zipes.

Vanessa Roghi is a historian who has worked extensively on historical programs for Rai Tre (part of the Italian public television), where she has created numerous documentaries (the last product on the occasion of the 50 years that she spent in Piazza Fontana in Milan). Vanessa Roghi has taught at the University of Rome "La Sapienza" and at Roma 3. Her essays have been published by Laterza. Among the most recent ones are: La lettera sovversiva. Da don Milani a De Mauro - Il potere delle parole (The subversive letter. From Don Milani to De Mauro--The power of words) (2017), Piccola città. Una storia comune di eroina (Small town. An ordinary story of heroin) (2018). Now being printed is Lezioni di fantastica. Storia di Gianni Rodari (Lessons on the fantastic. The history of Gianni Rodari) (2020).

Jack Zipes is Professor Emeritus of German and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota. His latest publications include: The Irresistible Fairy Tale: The Cultural and Social History of a Genre (2012) and Grimm Legacies: The Magic Power of Fairy Tales (2014). More recently he published Catarina the Wise and Other Wondrous Sicilian Folk and Fairy Tales (1917), The Sorcerer's Apprentice: An Anthology of Magical Tales (2017), Slap-Bam, The Art of Governing Men: Édouard Laboulaye's Political Fairy Tales (2018) and The Giant Ohl and Tiny Tim (2019).

Free Admission | RSVP Required


Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Time: From 6:30 pm To 8:30 pm

Entrance : Free


Italian Cultural Institute