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Transatlantic Thursdays with the U.S. Consulate Milan

  • Transatlantic Thursdays with the U.S. Consulate Milan
Date : 08/03/2021
Location : Milan

Benvenuti a “Transatlantic Thursdays”!

Each Thursday, the embassy and all the consulates work together to produce a virtual speaker program that is viewable from the US Consulate Facebook page, and from the U.S. Embassy’s YouTube channel. Some of the programs are presented in English and some in Italian.

Mission Italy’s Transatlantic Thursday Series

We welcome viewers from across Italy and the U.S. to join us for Mission Italy’s Transatlantic Thursday Series by the U.S. Embassy in Rome and the U.S. Consulate Generals in Milan, Florence and Naples.

Transatlantic Thursdays is an ongoing weekly series on a variety of topics with American and Italian speakers to further explore, learn and the importance of the U.S. – Italy relationship and the shared values between the United States and Italy.

Live Online Event 


Transatlantic Thursdays is taking a break for the Easter.

Programming  will begin again after the holiday. 



Thursday, March 25, 2021- 4 PM ET 

Please join us for a discussion on 


Kim Munson 

Rita Petruccioli 

Francesca Torre 

the program will be in English / il programma sarà tradotto simultaneamente in italiano nella pagina YouTube

Kim Munson, Rita Petruccioli and Francesca Torre will discuss the importance of reclaiming the legacy of women cartoonists, and how comics can be a catalyst for empowerment and gender equity. 

Kim MunsonKim Munson is the editor of the groundbreaking anthology Comic Art in  Museums (University Press of Mississippi) the first academic book to explore the evolution of thought about comic art 1930-present as manifested in art exhibitions. Munson is an art historian, author, artist, and curator living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She often contributes essays on comic art and museum exhibitions to academic books and journals like the International Journal of Comic Art and Places Journal. She is the curator of Women in Comics at the Society of Illustrators in New York and in Rome. 

Francesca TorreBorn in 1988 Francesca Torre combined her historical and artistic studies with journalistic writing from a very young age. Since 2019 she collaborates with the pop culture online magazine Stay Nerd for which she manages the section dedicated to comics. 

Rita PetruccioliRita Petruccioliis an illustrator and cartoonist born in Rome in 1982. Her work ranges from magazines, advertising, children’s books and comics. I call you tomorrow is her latest comic book, released by BAO Publishing. Her books include the graphic novel Frantumi, Christine e la città delle dame written by Silvia Ballestra and published by Laterza. She also took part in Bedtime stories for rebel girls


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In Collaboration with BASE Milano

Please join us for a conversation on 

Walkable Cities / Sustainable Cities 


Jeff Speck, City Planner and Urban Designer, Speck & Associates

Interviewed by 

Davide Fassi, Associate Professor at the Politecnico di Milano and coordinator  of the Polimi DESIS lab. 

Thursday, March 18, 2021 – 15:00 

the program will be in English, simultaneous translation will be available on YouTube 

il programma sarà in Inglese, la traduzione simultanea sarà disponibile su YouTube 

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Jeff Speck is a city planner and urban designer who advocates internationally for more walkable cities.  As Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 through 2007, he presided  over the Mayors’ Institute on City Design and created the Governors’ Institute on Community Design.  Prior to his federal appointment, Mr. Speck spent ten years as Director of Town Planning at DPZ & Co.,  the principal firm behind the New Urbanism movement. Since 2007, he has led Speck & Associates, an award winning private design consultancy serving public officials and the real estate industry. With Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Mr. Speck is the co-author of Suburban Nation, which the Wall Street Journal calls “the urbanist’s bible.” His 2012 book, Walkable City – which the Christian Science Monitor calls “timely and important, a delightful, insightful, irreverent work” – was the best selling city-planning book of the past decade. Its sequel, Walkable City Rules: 101 Steps to Making  Better Places, takes Walkable City from ideas into action, and was named a Planetizen “Top Ten Book  of the Year.”  Jeff Speck has been named a fellow of both the American Institute of Certified Planners and the Congress for New Urbanism. His TED talks have been viewed more than four million times.  

Davide Fassi is an Associate Professor of Spatial and Product Service System Design at the Politecnico  di Milano and an Adjunct Professor at both Tongji University (China) and Universidad de Navarra (Spain).   He is a member of the International Coordination of the DESIS Network (Design for Social innovation and Sustainability) and coordinator of the Politecnico di Milano’s DESIS lab. His research focuses on  the relationship between spaces and services with a community-centred approach. Fassi is the author  of Temporary Urban Solutions (2012) and In the Neighborhood (2017).   In 2018, he was awarded the XXV Compasso d’Oro for the project “CampUS – Incubation and Settings  for Social Practices”. 



Please join us for a discussion on Women Entrepreneurs: 

Let’s Make History! 


Cheryl Edison, Global Business Development Strategist  

Thursday, March 11, 2021 – 4:00 PM CET 

the program will be in English 

Cheryl Edison is a serial entrepreneur and global business development strategist based in Silicon Valley, California. Quoted by USA Today, CNN and The New York Times, Edison serves start-ups, Fortune 100’s, investors and civic leaders. Her work spans 57 industries, across 5 continents. Edison’s clients include Carrefour, Volvo, Revlon, Warner Brothers, with services provided to over 100,000 individuals and startups each year. 

In 2012, Edison conceived and launched The Gate 510 for SKB, transforming a 24-acre automobile factory on the brink of foreclosure, into one of the premier Makerspaces in the USA by intentionally connecting the art, tech and maker communities. National and International press reported on the achievement as reinvigorating the sleepy local economy and expanding the borders of Silicon Valley. 

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U.S. Mission to Italy Presents

Thursday, March 4, 2021 –  3PM CET

Partire, studiare, crescere
Storie di scambi culturali negli Stati Uniti
Karen Schinnerer – U.S. Consulate General Naples
Federica Di Martino – U.S.–Italy Fulbright Commission
Dario Gentiletti
Lorenzo Lisuzzo
Salvatore Orlando
the program will be in Italian / il programma sarà in Italiano


U.S. Mission to Italy Presents

Thursday, February 25, 2021 –  4PM CET

What is Black Nature Poetry,
and why should we be talking about it more?

Camille T. Dungy, editor of
“Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry”
Anthony A. Deaton,
Public Affairs Officer at U.S. Consulate General in Milan
The program will be in English

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U.S. Mission to Italy Presents

Thursday February 18, 2021

New Negro Renaissance 2.0 From Art to STEM


Jeffrey  Stewart
The program will be in English

Jeffrey Conrad Stewart (born 1950 in Chicago) is an American Professor of Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He won the 2018 National Book Award for Nonfiction and the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Biography for his book The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke, described as “a panoramic view of the personal trials and artistic triumphs of the father of the Harlem Renaissance and the movement he inspired.”

Transatlantic Thursdays – February 18, 2021 by AmbasciataUSA

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Thursday February 11, 2021 – 3PM CET 

Refugee Orchestra Project: 

The Power of Music to Create an Inclusive Society 


Lidiya Yankovskaya, conductor and artistic director of  

Refugee Orchestra Project  

Silvia La Rocca, Almar’à Orchestra 

Professor Renata Pepicelli, University of Pisa 

Riccardo Clerici, Legal Protection Officer UNCHR 

Thursday February 11, 2021 – 3PM CET 

Il programma sarà in inglese con traduzione simultanea sulla pagina YouTube dell’Ambasciata 

Lidiya Yankovskaya, conductor and artistic director of the Refugee 

Orchestra Project and music director with the Chicago Opera Theater, 

demonstrates through music, the vitally important role that refugees 

from across the globe play in culture and society. Yankovskaya, herself a 

refugee, realized in the wake of the Syrian refugee crisis that many of her 

colleagues and friends were not aware that she and many others sought 

asylum from violence and persecution. 

Silvia La Rocca, musician of Almar’à, a women’s orchestra involving 

female students, laborers, singers, rappers, classical musicians, both 

professional and non-professional, who hail from the Arab world, the 

Middle East or North Africa.



Thursday, December 10 – 3PM CEST / 9AM EST

Shaping the Future of the Arts in a post-pandemic society: Innovation, Technology and Inclusion.


Massimiliano Colella, Innova Camera

Valentino Catricalà, Maker Art

Asher Remy Toledo, Hyphen Hub

Christiane Paul, Sheila C. Johnson Design Centers at Parsons School

Thursday, December 10 – 3PM CEST / 9AM EST

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Christiane Paul is chief curator/director of the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons School of Design and an associate professor in the School of Media Studies at The New School, and Adjunct Curator of New Media Arts at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. She is widely known as the author of the book Digital Art, part of the World of Art Series published by Thames & Hudson


Asher Remy-Toledo is the co-founder of Hyphen Hub, a nonprofit organization that discovers, promotes, and presents new live works by artists that integrate art and technology. Based in New York, Hyphen Hub showcases cutting edge work in a variety of formats and platforms and actively develops a global network of emerging and established multimedia artists, curators, innovators, thinkers, and producers of events with a strong focus on nascent technology.

Asher is also the co-founder of No Longer Empty, a New York-based nonprofit group that takes over empty spaces and creates site specific installations and co-founder of Latin American Cultural Week in New York. He founded and directed the Remy Toledo Gallery in New York and has produced numerous exhibitions including for Art Miami, Liverpool Biennial, and FACT Liverpool.



Thursday, December 3  3PM CET / 9AM EDT


Countering Domestic Violence
16 Days of Activism Against Gender based Violence
Leslie Morgan Steiner

Anna Campanile,

D.i.Re Donne in Rete contro la violenza

Olivia Soledad,

Wilson Foundation

The program will be in English / il programma sarà tradotto simultaneamente in italiano nella pagina

Leslie Morgan Steiner is an author and consultant on women’s leadership, inspirational parenting, overcoming adversity and countering domestic violence She is the author of the book, Crazy Love about her personal experience in an abusive relationship Steiner tackles common misconceptions about victims of domestic violence and explains how we can all help break the silence.

Thursday, November 26 – 3PM CEST / 9AM EST


Celebrate Thanksgiving Day

with 10 American cooks

and celebrity chef Marc Murphy​

Thursday, November 26 – 3PM CEST / 9AM EST

Join us as 10 American diplomats from the U.S. Embassy in Rome and the U.S. Consulates in Milan, Florence and Naples prepare their favorite traditional Thanksgiving Day dishes, showcasing America’s rich cultural and culinary diversity. Marc Murphy, celebrity chef from the Food Network, will engage with the cooks in their own kitchens across Italy.

Read more about the Transatlantic Thanksgiving with the U.S. Consulate Milan here

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Thursday 19 Novembre, 3 PM

The Consulate General of Milan, in collaboration with U.S. Consulate General Naples is pleased to invite you to: “A conversation about Louise Glück, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature 2020“.
Speakers: Massimo Bacigalupo, Lisa Halliday and Raimondo Di Maio.
Do not miss the appointment, Thursday, November 19 at 15:00, live on the U.S. Embassy Facebook and Youtube pages


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Thursday 12 November 2020

We are pleased to invite you to

International Education Week 2020:
A celebration of cultural exchanges with the USA
Paola Sartorio and Laura Cambriani
Fulbright Commission Italy
Thursday, 12 November – 3PM CEST / 9AM EST

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USA Presidential elections 2020: dall’elezione all’insediamento

Thursday 5 Novembre 2020 3PM CET / 9AM E5T
Francesco Clementi, Università di Perugia
Francesca Longo, Università di Catania
Gianluca Pastori, Università Cattolica di Milano
Eric Terzuolo, American University School of International Service

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Thursday Oct. 29, 2020 3:00 PM 

Women’s Rights Movement​

100th Anniversary of U.S. Women’s Right to Vote​

featuring Marjorie Spruill

Marjorie Spruill, professor emerita of History at the University of South Carolina, is the author of several books including Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women’s Rights, Family Values that Polarized American Politics and One Woman One Vote: Rediscovering the Woman Suffrage Movement.​

Professor Spruill will discuss the progression of women’s movements from the suffragists to the 1970’s protests to recent events and inspire us to take action in our own communities to work toward true gender equality.

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Oct 22, 2020

Activism and Citizen participation: U.S. Elections 2020

featuring Dr. Carolyn Jefferson-Jenkins

Carolyn Jefferson-Jenkins is the first African American woman to serve as president of the League of Women Voters, where she focused on increasing voter participation, campaign finance reform, and health care for underserved populations. Jefferson-Jenkins continues to be an advocate and activist for civil rights, social justice, educational excellence, and stronger citizen participation in the electoral process. She serves on numerous boards and advises community-based organizations including Howard University’s Women Ambassadors Program. She also has contributed to numerous journals and books on election reform.

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