The Stony Brook University Center for Italian Studies is hosting the Settimana dell’Auto Italiana — Italian Automobile Week.
Please note: The 17th annual Robert D. Cess Concorso d’Eleganza Annual Celebration of Italian Vehicle Excellence, which was scheduled for Sunday, September 10, has been cancelled due to inclement weather.
The other two events included in the Settimana dell’Automobile will take place as planned; both are located inside the Center for Italian Studies, F. Melville Library E4340, at Stony Brook University.
“Alfa Romeo: Designing Dream Cars”
Thursday, September 7, 7 pm to 9 pm
Covering more than a century of Italian automotive history, this 2022 documentary showcases some of the most iconic models produced by Alfa Romeo and, with the help of experts from various areas, discusses key ideas in design, technology and brand development. Light refreshments, coffee and wine will be served.
“Vertigomania: An Evening of Manic Speeds and Italian Theater”
Tuesday, September 12, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
The students of ITL 411, led by Loredana Polezzi, will be doing a stage reading of Autosuggestiosupernevrasterminamobilismovertiginomanìa, a 1907 proto-Futurist monologue created by playwright and actor Ugo Farulli (1869-1928). With its surreal humor, it pokes fun at the automotive frenzy that swept through Italy and France at the dawn of the 20th century, capturing the psychological consequences of driving at high speeds. The monologue will be read by the students in both Italian and English, based on the original text edited and translated by Andrea Fedi. Light refreshments and coffee/tea will be served, and a virtual exhibit on famous race car driver Tazio Nuvolari will be inaugurated.
For more information, contact Alicia.Ryan@stonybrook.edu or call (631) 632-7444.