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Cultural Center

Delirious Naples: For a Cultural, Intellectual and Urban History
of the City of the Sun

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
November 16, 17, 18, 19, 2011

The conference is dedicated to staging an encounter -- at once critical and celebratory-- with historic and contemporary Naples and will explore all dimensions of Neapolitan culture from an interdisciplinary perspective.  As a way of celebrating and learning from Naples and its rich culture, the intellectual work of the conference will be supplemented by a wide array of events: musical performances;  theatrical and poetic readings;  tributes to figures who have defined Neapolitan culture such as the playwright Eduardo De Filippo, the singer Roberto Murolo, and the filmmaker Francesco Rosi; and discussions with celebrated American artists who have staged profound encounters with contemporary Naples, and the installation artist B. Amore who has prepared a site-specific work--"Naples-New York--for the David Filderman Gallery.

Related Events:

Hofstra Entertainment presents Christmas in Naples, a play by Eduardo de Filippo. A staged reading by Bob Spiotto on Thursday, November 17 at 8 p.m. in The Helene Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center, California Avenue, South Campus.

Eduardo de Filippo, possibly the finest and certainly the funniest and most beloved playwright in Italy, was a great Neopolitan actor who wrote dozens of plays for his own theater company. His plays are all superb comedies, yet always based on strong human emotions. Tickets are $12, $10 senior citizens (over 65). For tickets, please contact the John Cranford Adams Playhouse Box Office at (516) 463-6644.

The Joseph G. Astman International Concert Series presents the Long Island premiere of  Newpoli. This eight-member ensemble, in traditional costume, will perform authentic Neapolitan songs and dance music on Friday, November 18, at 8 p.m. in The Helene Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center Theater, California Avenue, South Campus. Tickets are $19, $17 senior citizen (over 65) or matriculated non-Hofstra student with ID. One free ticket for faculty/staff/matriculated student with current HofstraCard. For tickets, please contact the John Cranford Adams Playhouse Box Office at (516) 463-6644.

The Hofstra University Museum presents an exhibition, B. Amore: Naples --- New York. For this original exhibition, the highly regarded American artist, B. Amore creates two site-specific installations for the David Filderman Gallery that focus on the cultural and historic connections between Naples, Italy and New York City. combining a variety of materials, found objects, historical data and writings, B. Amore's work focuses on the connections between people and the issues of assimilation. Friday, September 30 through Sunday, December 4 in the David Filderman Gallery, Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, Ninth Floor, South Campus. For more information please contact the Hofstra Museum at (516) 463-5672.

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Pellegrino A. D'Acierno
Professor of Comparative Literature and Languages
Hofstra University

Stanislao G. Pugliese
Professor of History
Hofstra Cultural Center Fellow
Queensboro UNICO Distinguished Professor of Italian and Italian American Studies


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