Where: Historic Decatur House
748 Jackson Place Washington DC 20006
When: Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Details: Long before the emergence of the United States and Italy as nations, close connections between our two peoples influenced political philosophy, architecture, culture, and more. To chronicle this extraordinary link and share newly discovered historical insights about these connections, the White House Historical Association, together with the Embassy of Italy and the National Italian American Foundation, is organizing a full-day symposium, culinary experience, and cultural event.
Italy in the White House: A Conversation on Historical Perspectives, is the first of a series of internationally themed symposia planned through 2018. The symposium, will feature remarks by the Ambassador of Italy to the United States, followed by morning and afternoon presentations by experts in the field of U.S.-Italy history. Panelists will trace U.S. origins to classical antiquity, explore the Italian roots of public architecture in the nation’s capital, and illustrate the impact of Italy and Italian culture on life in the Executive Mansion and Washington, D.C.
A luncheon will feature culinary dishes inspired by menus from past state dinners for visiting Italian leaders. The Association will conduct interpretive tours of Decatur House highlighting Commodore Stephen Decatur’s adventures fighting Barbary pirates in Sicily and the Mediterranean, and offer a concert of Italian musical selections that have been performed at the White House throughout history.
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