Italian Consul General Marco Maria Cerbo visits the Italian Studies program at Monash (April 9)

Console Monash 1Italian Consul General in Melbourne Marco Maria Cerbo visits the Italian Studies program at Monash.

Consul General Marco Maria Cerbo, who has recently taken his position in Melbourne, was invited by the Italian Studies co-ordinator Dr Patrizia Sambuco to meet staff and students of the Italian Studies program at Clayton. It was an opportunity for the Consul to get to know the work done in Italian Studies and in the Arts Faculty at Monash and for the students to listen to his view on the role of Italy in the world. The event was attended by students and staff of Italian Studies, the Dean of the Faculty of Arts Professor Rae Frances and the Head of the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, Associate Professor Rita Wilson.

As a tribute to the Consul and to Italian culture, two students of Italian, Lisa Parker and Peter Sergi, beautifully performed two opera arias in Italian. Italian opera and culture were not the only elements touched to discuss the role of Italy in the world.

In a dynamic exchange with students, Consul Cerbo revealed a number of Italian inventions that are used by everyone in our daily life. It was surprising to know that objects such as the plastic bottle cap that we use every day is an Italian invention, not to mention that high-heeled shoes were for the first time created in Italy during the Renaissance. Students and staff had also the opportunity to ask the Consul about his work, the role of Consulates, and about his initiatives for closer relationships between Italy and Australia.

The event was inspiring and much appreciated by all people involved.