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Fitchburg State University’s Center for Italian Culture is excited to announce their first-ever virtual book club, Il Libro Italiano!

This book club seeks to bring community members together to discuss recent, engaging, and award-winning books that speak to the mission of our organization.

We hope you will join us for the inaugural virtual book club event, on Thursday, October 22nd, which will be hosted by Fitchburg State University faculty member, Daniel Sarefield, Professor of History. Dr. Sarefield will lead a discussion of Suetonius's How to Be a Bad Emperor: An Ancient Guide to Truly Terrible Leaders, a “gleeful romp through some of the nastiest bits of Roman history,” just in time to contemplate the upcoming November 2020 election!

Note: An ebook copy of this book is available to anyone with a Falcon username and ID at the following URL:  This book allows for unlimited users.

Il Ibro Italiono: Bad Emperors

Thursday, October 22nd, 3-4pm

Join us online on Google Meet at 

or join by phone: 1+312-586-2492 PIN: 111 777 099#

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Other virtual book club events will continue throughout the year on-line. Please plan to join Fitchburg State University’s Center for Italian Culture for these other il libro italiano virtual book club events, which have been scheduled for spring 2021:

Thursday, February 11, 2021, 3:00-4:00 pm

Professor Teresa Fava Thomas will lead a discussion of Robert M. Edsel’s Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation’s Treasures from the Nazis, described by the New York Times as “an unforgettable story of epic thievery and political intrigue…[and] a testament to heroism on behalf of art, culture, and history.”

Thursday, March 25, 2021, 3:00-4:00 pm

Professor Rala Diakite will lead a discussion of Clash of Civilizations over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio by Amara Lakhous, a bittersweet comedy that explores a small, culturally-mixed community living in an apartment building in one of the most colorful neighborhoods in contemporary Rome.