Below the surface of the Eternal City, by Luce Frisenda

Let’s begin with a little bit of culture and history. Rome is often called the Eternal City and this name has long been a sort of synonym. There is no clear information about when and how exactly the city started to be called this way, but the reason  seems obvious: Rome used to be considered…

Spiteful Spinsters and Other Skeptics, by Silvia Chiusi

You might have wondered – this being a place where linguists lie – if anyone has ever conclusively declared what the quintessential virtue of an ideal language learner should be. Is it diligence, or curiosity? Enough money to travel extensively, or perfectionism, or perhaps – an exceptional aural sensitivity? I believe there are good arguments to…

Money Makes the World Go Round, by Carola Castrucci

Starting from 2019, the US will withdraw from UNESCO. What are the causes of this drastic decision? There are of course both political and economic reasons. Before investigating these reasons, let’s take a step back and define more precisely what UNESCO is and what it is trying to accomplish. The Organization, as stated on its…

Are talent shows the end of real music legends? by Fedra Gaudio

“The person in the executive chair may not be the final arbiter of taste for the entire population”, said Frank Zappa during an interview in 1987, announcing the decline of the recording industry. However, the contemporary music situation goes far beyond what Zappa could ever imagine. Nowadays, talent shows are really popular.  For example, America’s Got Talent,…

Sexual Harassment: the Elephant in the Room, by Veronica Fiacco

For a very long time, the concept of sexual harassment, especially in the workplace, was non-existent. Maybe because, as something that happened for the most part to women and young people, it didn’t register as an issue to society as a whole. Think of all those movies in which a powerful male employer is in…

Do Italians still write like Dante? by Bogna Kruk and Katerina Kruk

When we think about Italian writing, famous authors of the past such as Petrarca, Dante and D’Annunzio may automatically come to mind. Italy has a long and rich literary tradition and so you may well think of Italians in general as good writers. But how well do Italian students of today manage to write? Incredible…

Two wrongs don’t make a writer, by Brian Antonini

Did you ever think you would need to return to primary school at the age of 20? If your answer is “no way!” you may wish to rethink this, at least if you are attending university in Italy. As widely reported in the Italian press earlier this year, 600 lecturers from various Italian universities signed…

Funtional illiteracy has solutions, by  Martina Correani.

Italy is known as the cradle of western civilization for its high culture, history and art. Despite its glorious past, nowadays Italy is facing problems within the educational system. Recently it ranked second to last in Europe and fourth from last in the World in the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC),…