Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò has been offering for years an intense calendar of events in many different cultural and social fields pertinent to Italian culture and made available - in English - for an American audience. Following is the list of upcoming events. Unless stated otherwise, all events are FREE, open to the general public, and held at 24 west 12th Street. Only Members can reserve seats when stated. General seating will take place on a first-come first-serve basis.
Casa Italiana reserves the right to change the program without notice.
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If Venice Dies
(2016, New Vessel Press)
What is Venice worth? To whom does this urban treasure belong? This eloquent book by internationally renowned art historian Salvatore Settis urgently poses these questions, igniting a new debate about the Queen of the Adriatic and cultural patrimony at large. Venetians are increasingly abandoning their hometown—there’s now only one resident for every 140 visitors—and Venice’s fragile fate has become emblematic of the future of historic cities everywhere as it capitulates to tourists and those who profit from them. In If Venice Dies, a fiery blend of history and cultural analysis, Settis argues that “hit-and-run” visitors are turning landmark urban settings into shopping malls and theme parks. He warns that Western civilization’s prime achievements face impending ruin from mass tourism and global cultural homogenization. This is a passionate plea to secure the soul of Venice, written with consummate authority, wide-ranging erudition and élan.
The author in conversation with Alexander Stille.