Saturday, October 23, 2021

CCR Book Club - November 25, 2021

In its interview with Scottish-American writer Douglas Stuart, the Irish Times says "his debut novel, Shuggie Bain, took 10 years to write and was rejected by 32 publishers before being released" yet it went on to win the 2019 Booker Prize. The CCR Book Club's November meeting will look at this is the story of a boy in 1980s working-class Glasglow coming to terms with his mother's addiction, his own sexual orientation, and their challenging surroundings.

When: Thurday, November 25, 2021
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: by Zoom or in person; exact address sent to confirmed participants by email.

Monday, October 11, 2021

CCR Walks: Mayors Past -- Ernesto Nathan - Nov. 13, 2021

As Rome prepares to welcome a new mayor, the CCR’s next walk will take a look at one of Rome’s most fondly-remembered mayors, a London-born Jew with British public school education, Ernesto Nathan (1845-1921). Elected in 1907, he was the first mayor of Rome who did not come from the land-owning elite and he was motivated by a deep belief in secular and ethical politics. He was a committed follower of Mazzini, a newspaper editor, a Freemason, and a reformer. As mayor, he helped define a distinct cultural and urban landscape that often goes unnoticed, doubling schools in a mere five years, introducing public electric transport companies, and building the Traforo tunnel under the Quirinal Hill. This walk brings together some of his many achievements as well as noting a few faults from this period that are still with us today.

When: Saturday, November 13th, 2021
Starting Time: 10 a.m. (09:45 if you would like to meet for coffee before the walk starts)
Meeting Place: In the via Nazionale area. Confirmed participants will be informed of the exact location by email.
Cost: €10 for members and €15 for non-members. There will be an additional cost for radio transmitters.
RSVP: ATTN Joe by Wed., Nov. 10, 2021. You are financially responsible for your reservation.

Monday, October 4, 2021

Guest Speaker: Photographer Cindi Emond - Nov. 3, 2021

CCR member (and prior CWAR president) Cindi Emond has in recent years displayed her talent as a fine photographer in a series of successful solo exhibitions. She'll speak to us about her latest online showFor All The “I Love You's” We Forgot To Say, part of the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival Toronto. Her stunning and often poignant images capture scenes of lives abandoned after the 1915 earthquake, of communities torn by war and migration, and of the ongoing pastoral economy in the verdant mountainscapes of Abruzzo.

Cindi has a background in Art History and Fine Arts Photography, and holds a BFAH as well as a degree in Marketing & Communications, both from York University, Toronto. 

The presentation and Q&A session will be moderated over Zoom by Rome-based Canadian foreign correspondent Megan Williams. If you'd like, please send your questions in advance. 

When: Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Time: 6 p.m. Rome time 
Meeting Place: wherever you are -- remote interactive talk on Zoom.
Cost: free
RSVP: ATTN Marielle.

Saturday, September 25, 2021

CCR Book Club - October 23, 2021

Our next meeting will be at lunchtime on a member's terrace (depending on the weather). We'll discuss "Lost Children Archive" by Valeria Luiselli. According to the Guardian review, it takes "the form of a travelogue centred on a road trip from New York City to the Mexican border" and is an example of autofiction, which illustrates this genre's "freedom from clunky scene-setting; the flexibility to be essayistic as well as dramatic – while avoiding accusations of solipsism by targeting an issue of unimpeachable urgency."

When: Saturday, October 23, 2021
Time: 1 p.m.
Where: by Zoom or in person; exact address sent to confirmed participants by email.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

CCR Walks: Santa Maria della Pietà and the Urbs Picta - October 16, 2021

A little-known park with rare and exotic plant species, the Parco di Santa Maria della Pietà is home to Rome’s former insane asylum, which was dismantled through the work of Franco Basaglia and like-minded pioneers They changed mental health policy in Italy in radical ways. The haunting urban graffiti of the project Urbs Picta by artist Tina Jodice recalls the asylum’s amazing history and that of the people who live(d) and worked there.

When: Saturday, October 16th
Time: 10:00 a.m. (9:45 if you would like to meet for coffee before the walk starts)
Meeting Place: Confirmed participants will be informed by email.
Directions: Please note the event is outside the centre of Rome and you should check online for the best route. One possibility is to take Metro A line to Valle Aurelia, transfer to the Valle Aurelia Train Station (a two-minute walk), and then take one of the regional trains four stops to Roma Monte Mario.  From there it will be approximately a five-minute walk to the meeting point.
Cost: €10 for members and €15 for non-members. There will be an additional cost for radio transmitters.  
RSVP: ATTN Joe by Wednesday, October 13, 2021. You are financially responsible for your reservation.

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Spritz Aperitivo - October 6, 2021

We're heading to a new place in town -- the casual but trendy Spritzeria on the rooftop terrace of the Hotel Condominio Monti. Obviously, spritz cocktails are their specialty, but they also have the whole range of other drinks, along with with delicious nibbles and tapas. Join us for a lovely view of Rome and great company.

When: Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Spritzeria Rooftop, Via dei Serpenti 108
Cost: No host. Each participant will be responsible for their own bill. Price range €8-10 for drinks, and €8-14 for small plates such as spreads, bruschette, or charcuterie boards.
RSVP to ATTN Marielle by 4 Oct. COVID-19 containment measures will be respected.