July 24, 2024

In connection with the recent International Festival of European Geopolitics in Venice-Mestre, chaired by journalist Eleonora Russo, the Embassy of Italy hosted the concluding event of the first year of the biennial twinning project. The program connects two Italian higher education institutions, Capellini-Sauro in La Spezia and Cambi-Serrani in Falconara Marittima (Province of Ancona), and two American schools, Jackson-Reed High School in Washington and Oxon Hill High School in Prince George’s County. The project is promoted by Casa Italiana Ente Promotore, led by Federica Petracci, and coordinated by Simonetta Baldasssari.

As highlighted by the Embassy’s First Counselor Michela Carboniero, the prestigious framework of the Geopolitics Festival – with the presence of the Director of the Regional Education Office of Veneto, former Minister of Education, Marco Bussetti – contributes “to promote a form of cultural collaboration – such as international exchange projects and partnerships between Italian and American schools – that the Embassy promotes with conviction, in line with the objectives of the Strategic Plan for the Promotion of the Italian Language in the United States.”

This “research journey,” as defined by Education Director of the Embassy, Maria Fusco, allows students to acquire experience and knowledge useful for the development of “global citizenship,” also offering them a “geopolitical” key for understanding and interpreting the globalized world.
The exploration of different and seemingly distant disciplines, as suggested by the theme of the twinning project: “Can Art, Science, and Sports dialogue? A challenge or a bet?,” together with the fact that students and teachers have been able to visit their twinned schools overseas, are valuable opportunities for intercultural exchange.

The Lido Civic Club and the Casa Italiana Sociocultural Center are supporters of the “TPIU Twinning Project Italy USA Italy-USA”.