The Rome Gateway launches “Espresso: a Shot of Unconventional Italy”

Author: Costanza Montanari

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Every country lives in the shadow of common places that have been created by years of history, movies, migrations, music and literature, popular culture and so on. The Rome Global Gateway’s new virtual series titled Espresso: A Shot of Unconventional Italy takes some of the most common stereotypes about Italy  and looks at them from a different angle, revealing that there is more to the story than the tale suggests.

“Pizza and pasta eaters?” “Soccer fanatics?” “Small car drivers?” “La dolce vita?” "Pavarotti, Bocelli and Pausini?" These are a few of the first stereotypical questions that will be addressed and further explained. Like all stereotypes, they carry some truth but also perpetuate misconceptions. The series aims at addressing both. Each appointment will have a speaker and an expert and will be composed of two parts: “A Drop of Espresso” and the Live session “Espresso Live.” 

Live meetings will take place on Thursday morning EST and will be moderated by Rome Gateway Alumnus, Ryan Kim. Ryan came to Rome with the Rome International Scholars program in the Summer of 2018. He is currently a PhD student in Physics at Florida State University and remained connected with the Rome community ever since he came.

The first appointment with "Espresso Live" will be on April, 22, 2021 at 11 AM (EST) / 5 PM (CEST). Click here to register.

The live event will be free and open to the public upon registration. It will be introduced by a dynamic and informative short video that will be presented by the guest speaker and will provide you with some figures and curiosities on the topic.

Topics for the first series of events will cover food, sports, aerospace engineering, music and religion.

Espresso: A shot of Unconventional Italy is organized by the Rome Global Gateway in collaboration with ThinkND and the Notre Dame Alumni Association.

Originally published by Costanza Montanari at on April 12, 2021.