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Center for Italian Culture and Language
Felician University’s Center for Italian Culture and Language (CICL) offers students a variety of opportunities, academic and otherwise, to explore and experience Italy, including its beautiful language, vibrant culture, and unique people. Offering programs that are online, on-campus at Felician, and abroad in Italy, Felician strives to give its students the opportunity to gain international experience by turning the world into their classroom.
Dr. Anne Prisco, Felician’s President and proud first-generation Italian-American, is working diligently to establish connections between Felician and the Italian community both here in New Jersey and in Italy. She has garnered the support of Francesco Genuardi, Consul General of Italy, Silvana Mangione, Deputy Secretary General of the General Council of Italians Abroad, and both the Columbians and Cavalieri Societies.
In the Fall of 2018, Felician University signed a memorandum of understanding with the Italian Culture on the Net (known as ICoN, a consortium of 16 Italian universities). Dr. Prisco has since been able to expand Felician’s relationships and bring about the creation of partner programs.
Italian programs were officially introduced on November 3, 2018, and a few days later Dante scholar Professor Mirko Tavoni of the University of Pisa presented to Felician students, faculty, and staff as part of the CICL’s first event. As of September of 2019, the first ever student-run Italian club has been established with the help of the CICL and already has 12 students participating.
The CICL’s mission is to continue to develop and expand new and existing relationships with signed memorandums of understanding with John Cabot University in Rome, University of Pisa, and Istituto Visconti (a private high school in Rome). The central focus of this mission is to enhance the educational experiences of students with innovative academic programs that bring students closer to the rich culture, heritage, and language of Italy.
Deanna Valente, Associate Dean, MBA.
Coordinator, Center for Italian Programs