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The Arbëreshë — Talk & Performance

Monday, September 23, 2019 at 6:30 PM

Co-hosted by the Albanian Institute New York and Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò at New York University, in collaboration with Prof. Giovanni Braico (NYU).

Join us for an intimate talk with the foremost Arbëreshë scholar Françesko Altimari, Professor of Albanology at the Università della Calabria, who will acquaint the audience with the Arbëreshë’s peculiar culture, by providing a discussion of their extraordinary history and heritage. The presentation will be in Italian with English translation.

The Arbëreshë people, also known as Italo-Albanian or Arbëreshët e Italisë, are the descendants of the Albanian who fled to Italy between the 14th and 18th centuries as a consequence of the Ottoman invasion of the Balkans. The Arbëreshë are currently found in scattered villages around Southern Italy and Sicily, and zealously preserve their unique language, art, religious rites, customs and traditions.

The talk will be followed by live music performance by Peppa Marriti Band, on stage for the first time in the United States.

Note: While the event is Free, registration is required.

Monday, September 23, 2019 at 6:30 PM

Venue: Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, 24 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011-8604

About Professor Françesko Altimari

Francesco Altimari (1955) is a full professor of Albanian Language and Literature at the Universityof Calabria since 1992. He taught the same subject at the University of Naples “Orientale” (1991-92), the University of Lecce(1993-97), the University of Trieste (2000-01) and the University of Milano-Cattolica (2004-17). His research interests include Albanian Philology and Linguistics in the Balkan and Italian areas. He is also interested in linguistic and comparative Balkan studies. Editor of the Opera Omnia of Girolamo De Rada (1814-1903), author of several books on topicsconcerning Albanian philology, linguistics and literature, and of a number of article published inspecialized Italian and foreign journals. He is an honorary member of the Academy of Sciences of Albania since 2006 and of the Academy of Sciences and Arts since 2008. He was granted “honoris causa” degrees from the University of Tirana in 2007, the University of Tetova (Macedonia) in 2013, of the University “Eqrem Cabej” of Argirocastro in 2016 and of the University “Aleksander Moisiu” of Durazzo in 2017. President of the Academic Foundation “Francesco Solano” founded in 2009 by the University ofCalabria. The goals of the Foundation are to promote Albanian language and culture in Italy, fostercultural exchanges between historic Albanian communities in Italy and the communities in theBalkan area (Albania, Kossovo, Macedonia, Greece and Montenegro) and support didactic andscientific activities of the University of Calabria in the Balkans.

Peppa Marriti Band — 25 Gërsheta

Established in the Arbëreshë town of Santa Sofia d’Epiro, in northern Calabria, this group of musicians gained international notoriety for their modern reinterpretations of Italo-Albanian traditional folk music.


Co-hosted by the Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò and Albanian Institute New York.


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