Italian officials to lecture at AU during Italian American Heritage Month

AUBURN – Two officials from the Italian Embassy in Washington, D.C., will participate in a program at Auburn University’s Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art on Tuesday, Oct. 23, as part of AU’s observance of Italian American Heritage Month.

Luigi de Sanctis, education officer at the Italian Embassy, and Joseph Lupo, president of the Council for the Promotion of the Italian language in American Schools will discuss the role of Italians in modern American history.

Their presentation will follow the 4 p.m. showing of the documentary film “Prisoners Among Us.” Directed by Michael DiLauro, the film chronicles the assimilation of Italians into American culture from early 19th century immigration through World War II.

Following the film, Sanctis and Lupo will join AU professors Anthony Gadzey of Political Science and Larry Gerber of History in a panel discussion of “Italians in America: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.” Also, during their visit to Auburn, Sanctis and Lupo will meet with local educators to discuss expanding foreign language and cultural programs in local schools.

For additional information, contact Giovanna Summerfield in AU’s Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at or 844-6359.

Contact: Giovanna Summerfield, (334) 844-6359 (, or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (