About twenty Italian students and teachers from secondary schools in the regions of Sardinia and Friuli were greeted at the Italian Embassy in Washington last 11 July within the framework of the “History and Memories” project promoted by the Commission for the Library and Historic Archive of the Senate of the Republic. The event opened at the presence of Kimberly A. Bassett, Secretary of State of Washington DC.
The USA, and in particular the cities of Washington, Miami, and New York, are one of the four Countries in which different groups of Italian students will be able to perform field research on the theme of Italian emigration throughout the 20th century. In Washington, the students will attend a three-week workshop co-designed by the Italian American Museum in Washington DC and Casa Italiana Sociocultural Center in partnership with the Italian Embassy. The topics to be explored are: the history of Italian Americans, racial discrimination, the functioning of the United States Government, Italian-American food and pop culture.
The chief of the Consular Chancery, First Counsellor Bellantone, highlighted the great collaboration that exists between the Italian Embassy and the District of Columbia in the field of education and recalled the recent renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Embassy and the School Administration of the District of Columbia confirming the mutual commitment to promote and expand the school curricula of Italian language and culture in the public schools of the District of Columbia.