Loyola University Maryland

Modern Languages & Literatures

Arabic Italian Week

Map of the Mediterranean sea and neighboring countries
Monday, Feb. 20

"Verdi's Aida: Italian Opera Imagines Egypt" with Prof. Paul Oorts

 This event will feature a discussion of the history of Giuseppe Verdi's famous opera "Aida" and the cultural understandings (and misunderstandings) of the Arabic world.

7 p.m. Sellinger VIP Lounge

Tuesday, Feb. 21

Panel Discussion with Prof. Emma Cervone and Julia Cataneo (LUM '22) 

In this panel discussion, Professor Emma Cervone (Towson University) and recent Loyola alumna Julia Cataneo will discuss the establishment of the Emirate of Sicily, its legacy under the Normans, and its decline; as well as the traceable presence of Arab culture in Southern Italy.

5 p.m., Join via Zoom,

Wednesday, Feb. 22

"The Italians of Egypt"  Film Screening

This film documents the community of Italians in Egypt, one of the oldest and largest immigrant communities in the country. Released in 2011, the film tells of the prestige of these Italian immigrants, which declined due to Italy's role in World War II.

5 p.m., LND Library Auditorium

Friday, Feb. 24

Food Tasting

Join the Arabic and Italian departments for a sampling of various Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines, such as mana'ish, kaak, pizza, cannoli, and more!

3 p.m., Sellinger VIP Lounge

Saturday, Feb. 25

Mass in Italian

Mass will be delivered entirely in Italian. Open to all.

1 p.m., Alumni Chapel

Monday, Feb. 27

"Under the Veil: Dante and Islam" Zoom lecture with Dr. Bridget Pupillo (Connecticut College)

In this lecture, Professor Bridget Pupillo (Connecticut College) will examine the ties between Dante Alighieri, author of the Divine Comedy, and Islam.

7 p.m. Join via Zoom

Persons with disabilities who may require special services should contact the Office of Disability Support Services at 410-617-2062 or (TTD) 410-617-2141 at least 48 hours prior to the event.

Sponsors: ,Modern languages & Literatures, The Center for Humanities, Loyola University Maryland, Italian Studies Minor, and Arabyola

Kayla Thomsen


Kayla thrives on the balance of her science major, Pre-Dental track, and liberal arts curricula at Loyola

Biochemistry, Spanish