Public and Academic Programs
The programs of Centro Primo Levi explore the diversity of the Italian Jewish experience and take inspiration from Primo Levi’s humanism and his quest to understand different aspects of the world we inhabit.
Italian Jewish Studies Seminars
A semiannual seminar on topics of Italian Jewish interest held in collaboration with the NYU Departments of Italian, History and Jewish Studies and Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò. Through visiting scholar and publications promotes an
The history of Italian Jews is generally absent from the curricula of Italian studies in the US and is only marginally featured in the Jewish Studies programs. Italian Jews, the oldest minority in Europe, have lived in the peninsula since Roman times. A full appreciation of their impact both locally and as liaisons to other cultures is linked to that of Italian history and requires access to primary and secondary sources often unavailable in English.
Italian departments and their collaboration with Judaic studies programs can therefore provide an indispensable context for teaching Italian Jewish history and culture. Seminars in Italian Jewish History are also available at UCLA – Center for Judaic Studies through the Viterbi Family Program in Mediterranean Jewish Studies at UCLA – www.cjs.ucla.edu
Primo Levi Forum
Readings, roundtables and presentation periodically connecting scholars and practitioners from the many fields of the humanities and sciences that defined Levi’s intellectual horizon.
Studies, research and teaching tools on the history of the anti-Jewish persecution in Italy and the territories controlled by Italians, fascism and the post-war construction of memory.
Giorno della Memoria in New York is a collaborative initiative of the Consulate General of Italy, Centro Primo Levi, the Italian Cultural Institute, NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò, the Italian Academy at Columbia University, CUNY’s John Calandra Italian American Institute and Scuola d’Italia Guglielmo Marconi and the Bronx High School of Science. Programs are held under the auspices of the Simon Wiesenthal Center-Museum of Tolerance.