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Italy Reads Program

With the support of the Embassy of the United States of America in Italy   

There's more to JCU's Italy Reads Program than just one good book.

Italy Reads is a community-based English language reading and cultural exchange program that collaborates with 200 Italian high school teachers from over 60 high schools across Italy from Naples and Rome to Milan. Each year, one classic work of American literature is selected to read together.

Italy Reads began in 2009 as a National Endowment for the Arts "Big Read Rome" and the great success and demand for this program has now brought us to its 9th year as Italy Reads. The program benefits from the continued support from the United States Embassy to Italy, the English Theatre of Rome and John Cabot University.

In 2017, we welcome teachers from high schools in Italy, JCU student volunteers, and Italian high school students to join in our read of The Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson. The edition we are reading is the Modern Library, ISBN 978-0-679-78335-0 which includes an introduction by Billy Collins, United States Poet Laureate (2001–2003).

Mr. Collins will be our Keynote Speaker this year!


Activities with Italy Reads can now be undertaken in accordance with Alternanza Scuola Lavoro (Dlg.No.107,13.07.2015). For details, contact


See our Calendar of Events for a complete list of Italy Reads activities.

Participating teachers, students, libraries and book group leaders can attend a Keynote Address and Master Class for Teachers by former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins, watch a film about Emily Dickinson, attend a production by The English Theatre of Rome, participate in Student Exchanges, and compete in a Student Video Contest . Participating teachers can also attend a day-long Italy Reads training workshop.

To register as an official Italy Reads 2017 participant, or to receive more information about Italy Reads, please e-mail us at .

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