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ITALY-UNITED STATES. IN HOUSTON, BISOGNIERO OPENS THE CURTAIN ON THE YEAR OF ITALIAN CULTURE 2013

Date:

12/07/2012


ITALY-UNITED STATES. IN HOUSTON, BISOGNIERO OPENS THE CURTAIN ON THE YEAR OF ITALIAN CULTURE 2013

(AGI) - Houston (Texas), dec. 1 - The Ambassador of Italy in Washington, Claudio Bisogniero, intervened today at the Conference of Italian Researchers in the world gathered in Houston for its eighth edition, and opened the curtain on the Year of Italian Culture in the United States 2013 which will put a strong emphasis on scientific research.

"This is certainly one of the events that pave the way for the year of Italian Culture in the United States, - declared Bisogniero to AGI - the great initiative conceived and launched by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Giulio Terzi which will showcase Italy in all major US cities with a calendar of initiatives in Music, Opera, Scientific Research as in today's event, but also with Museum exhibits, lectures and seminars". The Conference of Italian Researchers in the World has a special relevance given the fact that, in the Year of Italian Culture, Italy want to highlight especially Research in Science and Technology, Innovation and Design. "Italian art and cultural/historical tradition are a remarkable card to play and are a source of great admiration for our country, but with the Year of Italian Culture we want to go beyond and draw the attention of the United States on what Italy represents in the field of Science and Innovation. In the USA there are over 10,000 Italian scientists and researchers - remarked Bisogniero - and I believe that this is the best symbol of what Italy can represent, also projected towards the future".

The Ambassador reminded that Italy is negotiating with the United States "a new framework agreement which should enable us to define all the aspects of cooperation in science, research and technology. This new framework agreement on cooperation in science and technology - he specified - will include all the bilateral fields of cooperation between our two countries. We are presently very busy in defining the contents of this agreement, and are in contact with the scientific community in order to receive their inputs, proposals and activities to include in the agreement."

During his visit to Houston, Ambassador Bisogniero also gave PLIDA awards to students of Italian in US High Schools at the Italian Community Cultural Center (ICCC). The latter is having a huge success with its initiatives for the promotion of the Italian language, among which the Piccola Cucina or Small Kitchen, a program to teach Italian to children with real recipes and cooking utensils conceived by Program Director Tiziana Triolo, is a huge hit.
"I was truly impressed by the initiatives of this important cultural center. They do a sincerely admirable and commendable work, also to promote the Italian language and culture to children and adults alike. Last night I gave them awards in a small ceremony - the Ambassador said. The promotion of Italian language and culture is a priority for us. You are probably aware that the Italian Advanced Placement Program was re-established, in order to allow students in their last year of High School to sustain an exam of Italian to have extra credits in college. We must reach 2.500 exams by 2016. We are at 2.084, and I believe that we are on the right track, but I will spare no effort to further promote the Italian language."  

(AGI)


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