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Special Message

Social distancing guidelines put forth by the Canadian government (no large crowd events) is still paramount in our fight of Covid-19.

ARPICO speaking/public events are typically, by their very nature, occasions when people meet and converse at close range, rendering social distancing challenging. In light of this and in line with both provincial and federal guidelines, for the safety of its members, guests, speakers and volunteers, the ARPICO board of directors has voted unanimously to suspend the Society’s public activity until further notice.

We will continue to monitor the development of the pandemic in Canada and around the world via information from national and international health officers, with a view to decide when it will be safe to restart our public events. We are all very much looking forward to a time when life returns to normal and public activities can resume.

We wish to emphasize that the rest of ARPICO’s activities, such as selection of topics and speakers for future events, fundraising, advertising our travel scholarship and interviewing applicants for it will continue normally.

We trust that our members will support this course of action and are looking forward to resuming our activity as soon as the health situation permits it.

20211118_EventProfile_Halter.jpgA fascinating presentation and discussion of Da Vinci’s Earlier Mona Lisa in the context of the paper of the same title that was published in Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa: New Perspectives, by Jean-Pierre Isbouts (Ed). 

Art historians have long debated the question why sources about the origin of the Mona Lisa portrait provide conflicting information. This monograph presents a solution for this quandary: those 16th-century sources don't agree because they are not talking about the same painting.
Jason Halter is one of a team of leading scholars and experts who have contributed to the veracity…

November 18, 2021 at 7:00PM

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20210414_EventProfile_Musiani.jpgDue primarily to wolf predation on livestock (depredation), some groups oppose wolf (Canis lupus) conservation, which is an objective for large sectors of the public. Prof. Musiani's talk will compare wolf depredation of sheep in Southern Europe to wolf depredation of beef cattle in the US and Canada, taking into account the differences in social and economic contexts. It will detail where and when wolf attacks happen, and what environmental factors promote such attacks.

Livestock depredation by wolves is a cost of wolf conservation borne by livestock producers, which creates conflict between producers, wolves and organizations…

April 14, 2021 at 7:00 PM

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Join us as a member of ARPICO to support our endeavour to disseminate knowledge and research work, provide accesible and informal forums for discussions and debate, and exchange ideas realted to topics and issues relevant to modern society.
ARPICO NEWS

Four Evenings with Dante and his Divine Comedy (Webinar)

Arpico is working to restart its activity in a virtual manner, in the meantime we thought you might be interested in attending the following event organized by our friends of the Dante Alighieri Society.

Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy, the best known of all poems written in the Italian language 700 years ago, takes us on a spiritual journey from a ghastly dark forest to the blissful light of a cosmic embrace, from exile to reintegration, from wretchedness to joy.

This is a FREE EVENT.

In the course of four Monday evenings, Prof. Daniela Boccassini will show us why Dante's cosmic perspective is as impelling today as ever:

1. December 7, 2020 - Dante's life and his source of inspiration: Beatrice
2. December 14, 2020 - The Divine Comedy: Inferno
3. December 21, 2020 - The Divine Comedy: Purgatorio
4. December 28, 2020 - The Divine Comedy: Paradiso

All episodes will be conducted IN ENGLISH ON ZOOM from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm (PT)

No previous knowledge of Dante's poem is required

Please register at info@dantesocietybc.ca to receive the Zoom link

www.dantesocietybc.ca/cultural-events

Jung and Ravenna

2020 Winter Lecture Series C.G. Jung Society of Vancouver

Jung and Ravenna
The Red Book, Visioning, Rebirth
January 31st, 2020 at 7:30pm
Museum of Vancouver - 1100 Chestnut Street
www.jungvancouver.org

Tickets are sold at the door: $15 for Members / $20 for Non-Members



Jung traveled at least twice to Ravenna, and each time his encounters with Byzantine history, architecture and art made the deepest impression upon him. Through this talk we will explore the different ways in which Jung entered in communion with the images — inner and outer, visible and invisible — that he beheld in Ravenna: from the early years, when the memory of Byzantine mosaics informed his pictorial technique in The Red Book; to his middle years, when those same mosaics gifted him with the vision of a scene of the unseen they seemed subtly to enshrine; to his late years, when his memories of those journeys gathered in one of the most astonishing pages of Memories, Dreams, Reflections. At the core of all these creative experiences sits Jung's most precious insight: the power of visioning as initiatory path to rebirth, so mysteriously connected to the age-long, well-guarded secrets of Ravenna's enigmatic mosaics.

Daniela Boccassini is Professor of Italian Studies at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. She is preparing a monograph on Dante and Jung, some of whose chapters, presented at the Jung Society of Vancouver over the last few years, have now appeared in The Jung Journal and Harvest. In this lecture she addresses one of the themes central to that book project: rebirth as the foundation of both Dante's and Jung's visionary art and eminently healing work.

Premi Nazionali per la Traduzione per l'annualità 2019

Ogni anno il MIBAC assegna otto Premi, suddivisi in Maggiori e Speciali, da conferire come riconoscimento per elevati apporti culturali nell'ambito dell'attività di traduzione e dell'editoria, sia in lingua italiana che in lingua straniera.

Il premio ammonta a diecimila euro per ciascuno dei Premi maggiori e a ottomilacinquecento euro per ciascuno dei Premi speciali.

Con decreto 4 febbraio 1988 del Ministro per i Beni e le Attivita Culturali, nell'ambito delle misure a favore della traduzione disposte da questa Amministrazione, sono stati istituiti i Premi Nazionali per la Traduzione.

Una Commissione di esperti appositamente costituita, presieduta dal Ministro per i Beni e le Attivita Culturali, operante presso la Direzione Generale per le Biblioteche, gli Istituti Culturali e il Diritto d'Autore, valutera le domande pervenute secondo le modalita di cui ai successivi articoli 3 e 4.

Leggi il documento completo qui: Premi Nazionali per la Traduzione

Italian National Day 2018

The Consulate General of Italy in Vancouver will be hosting a celebration of Italian National Day at the Italian Cultural Centre on Thursday, June 7, 2018.
In collaboration with COMITES, CGIE, the Italian Cultural Centre, Aquilini Investment Group and Newway Group, the Consulate General of Italy presents:

Mark Zitti ei Fratelli Coltelli



We are proud to present this Italian swing music band.  After hitting the road in Italy, they performed in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, London, Cannes, Phuket and many other exotic places.  They will bring their swing, style and professional musical approach to Vancouver for the first time.  Admission to the concert is free, no pre-registration required.

Location: Italian Cultural Centre - Grand Ballroom (3075 Slocan St., Vancouver, BC)
Time: 6:00pm

Grants for Foreign Citizens Awarded by the Italian Government

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI) offers grants in favor of Canadian citizens not residing in Italy and Italian citizens living abroad (IRE)* for the academic year 2018-2019 in order to foster international cultural, scientific and technological cooperation, to promote Italian language and culture and to support Italy’s economic system in the world (According to Law 288/55 and its subsequent changes and additions).

For a full description of the procedure, please visit https://studyinitaly.esteri.it/en/call-for-procedure

NOTE: Applications must be submitted by 2 pm (Central European Time) April 30th, 2018.
* IRE grants are offered for the following countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ethiopia, Peru, South Africa, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

Unveiling the Universe

“We are made of star stuff”

Bringing the stars into the laboratory to understand the origin of the elements

What Carl Sagan meant when he said, “We are made of star stuff”, is that every single atom of elements heavier than lithium – like the oxygen we breathe and the carbon that makes up our bodies – was created during the life and death of stars. Within the periodic table, we have a good understanding of how the elements from hydrogen to iron are produced, but the details of how the elements from iron to uranium came to be are still shrouded in mystery.

We’re getting closer to solving that mystery, however. The recent observation of a kilonova – an astronomical event involving the merger of two neutron stars – revealed that some heavy elements like gold and platinum can be produced in such destructive interstellar mergers. This event, observed by both traditional telescopes and the gravitational wave detectors LIGO and VIRGO, demonstrated the awesome power of multi-messenger astronomy, and the need to study the short-lived atomic nuclei produced in this cataclysmic event. Understanding these nuclei and the forces and mechanics that govern them may become the key to unlocking the mystery of how these heavy elements came to be.

Vancouver is home to one of the few facilities in the world capable of producing and studying these short-lived particles- TRIUMF, Canada’s particle accelerator centre. And, as part of TRIUMF’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 2018, this inaugural Unveiling the Universe lecture will summarize our current knowledge, the lab’s ongoing research, and the burning, yet-unanswered questions regarding the creation of elements in our universe.

Discover how TRIUMF has evolved over its 50-year history, from corralling stellar explosions to tuning into neutron-star collisions, to become a Canadian pioneer in studying the atomic nuclei and galactic events that give rise to the stardust we are all made of.

Doors open at 6:00 PM
Lecture begins at 7:00 PM
Q&A to follow

FAQs

Do I need to bring a paper ticket?
No, once you've registered through Eventbrite your name is on the list, so you will just need a piece of ID with your name. To speed things up, bring your e-ticket on your phone or a printed copy of your ticket.

What if I registered but can no longer go?
We're sorry you cannot make it! Please cancel your free registration before the event. We always sell out quickly so this gives others a chance to reserve your tickets and allows us to better anticipate the amount of guests expected.

Will I get a seat if I just show up without registering?
We cannot promise a seat for walk-ins. However, at previous events we were able to seat walk-ins. If you are in the area, feel free to stop by!

Why is it first come, first serve? Why can't we reserve seating?
Science World does not have numbered seating therefore the first to show up will be seated in the theatre.