Image description




University of Kent


Image description
Image description
Image description
Image description
Image description

"Friends of Italian" was set up in 1994 by a group of mature graduates of the Italian degree course at the University of Kent.

The yearly Programme consists of a series of talks given by a variety of speakers. 

An archive of previous events will be uploaded in due course.

Programme of Speakers for the 2017/2018 season



Thursday 26 October:   Anthony Cooke (Editor Carmania Press)


“Italian style goes to sea”.  The glamorous and social history of Italian passenger


and cruise ships.



Thursday 23 NovemberDr Gianmarco Mancosu (University of Warwick)


“Italy’s colonial past and its legacy”.




Christmas Break





Sunday 14 January:    Festa della Befana – Lunch for members and friends at Pinocchio’s restaurant in Castle Street, Canterbury at 12 noon for 12.30.




Thursday 25 January:  Dr John Andrews (University of Bristol) 


“The enduring influence of Italian mathematicians”.



Thursday 22 February:   Dr Valeria De Lucca (University of Southampton)


“Princely entertainment and early opera in the Renaissance.




Thursday 22 March:  Roger Crowley (Historian and Author)


“City of Fortune”. Venice and her Maritime Empire.


April Break (Easter)



Thursday 24 May:  Dr Katia Pizzi (University of London)


“The Story of Pinocchio” – An Italian Folk tale down the ages.



Thursday 28 June:  Summer Garden Party at 7.30pm. Kindly hosted by Antoinette & John Groom at their home at: 8 Cherry Avenue, Canterbury CT2 8EN 

Programme of Speakers for the 2016/2017 season



Thursday 27October:    Anne Haworth (NADFAS and V&A Lecturer)

“Princesses, Pajamas and Palazzi: A Golden Age of Italian Alta Moda”.    

60’s & 70’s fashion:  a glittering era of Italian couture.     



Thursday 24NovemberDr Derek Mitchell (Canterbury Christ Church Uni.)

“Gramsci and the Prince: Power and Change”. Gramsci wrote his book “The “New Prince” as a direct acknowledgement of Machiavelli and it is still relevant today.


Christmas Break



Thursday 12January:    Festa della Befana – Dinner for members and friends at Pinocchio’s restaurant in Castle Street, Canterbury.



Thursday 26 January: Dr Paolo Dardanelli (University of Kent) Everything you wanted to know about Brexit, but were afraid to ask!! An evening of questions and answers.


Thursday 23 February:   Franca Simpson (Publisher)

“The Calisi Press Ltd: Celebrating Italian Women Writers. A courageous new venture in publishing.


Thursday 23 March:  Professor Osman Durrani (University of Kent)

“Goethe’s Travels in Italy. More a cultural exchange than a travelogue”. A refreshing viewpoint.


April Break


Thursday 25 May:  Hugh Ragget & Trevor Scott (Film Makers)

“The Giardini Botanici Hanbury” - A film which celebrates the 150th anniversary this year of the famous English garden near Ventimiglia – the history of the garden, the man who created it and the family who followed.


Thursday 22 June:  Summer Garden Party at the home of one of our members (Everyone to bring food or wine)


End of Season