Celebrating the Dialects and Languages of Italy
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About the Event
Explore the richness of Italian regional languages with a presentation and enjoy a "degustazione" of readings of literary pieces in various dialects by the actors of All'italiana - Boston Italian Theater Company. Finally the audience is invited to share their experiences with the Italian language and dialects.
Directed by Alex Sucheck
The event is organized in collaboration with DAS - Michigan and is under the auspices of the Consulate General of Italy in Boston and the Consulate General of Italy in Detroit.
Alex Sucheck is a native speaker of Sicilian, English, and Italian. After studying religion and philosophy as an undergraduate at Bowdoin College, Alex has dedicated his career to teaching and learning languages. Having worked as a professional translator and language teacher in Madrid, Naples, and Shanghai, he received his Master's Degree in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2016, with a focus on Language and Literacy. He currently teaches Spanish language at the high school level and has been involved with the Italian Theater Group of Boston, All'Italiana, since 2020. Alex is particularly interested in elevating public awareness of endemic multilingualism in Italy, and removing the historical and pervasive negative stigma attributed to minority languages through the appreciation of their vast literary and musical heritage. He has studied Spanish, French, Ancient and Modern Greek, Sinhala, Polish, and Mandarin with various degrees of proficiency and fluency. With this event--and possibly similar ones in the future--Alex hopes to empower speakers of minority languages to celebrate, maintain, and share their linguistic heritage. Alex believes that every speaker is a treasure-box of their own languages and is, to a degree, an expert in them. This knowledge should be shared and cultivated as invaluable world heritage.