Archive for November, 2010

At the offices of the Consulate General of Italy in New York, the President of the College Board Gaston Caperton announced yesterday evening that the Advanced Placement (AP) Program in Italian Language and Culture will be reinstated beginning in the 2011-12 academic year. Thanks to the hard work of the Italian Embassy and the advocacy of proud Italian Americans, the program is now fully funded,” said Caperton. “This is a great day for the Italian language, the Italian people and all of us who are enraptured by the culture of Italy and its beautiful language.”

Present at the ceremony and joining in the announcement were Vincenzo Scotti, Italy’s Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs, and Italian Ambassador Giulio Terzi di Sant’Agata. “Promoting Italian language is a high priority for our foreign policy. The Italian government has strongly supported the reinstatement of Italian in the AP Program, and I am here tonight to show our great appreciation and gratitude to those whose contributions made it possible,” said Undersecretary Scotti.  Amb. Terzi stated that the reinstatement of the AP Italian marked a success for the Italian government and for the Italian-American community. “What we see today is nothing less than a success story of Sistema Italia at work. Teamwork proved to be key in reinstating Italian in the AP Program,” added Terzi.   

Since the suspension of AP Italian in 2009, the Italian Embassy has coordinated the effort to raise funds, with donor contributions from the Republic of Italy, Italian-American organizations, individual donors and Italian companies, including the American Association of Teachers of Italian, American Society of the Italian Legions of Merit, Coccia Foundation, Columbus Citizens Foundation, Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations, COPILAS, Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D., Matilda Raffa Cuomo, ENI, FIAT, Finmeccanica, Frank Guarini, Italian Language Foundation, Italian Welfare League, Luxottica, Mediterranean Shipping Company, National Italian American Foundation, National Organization of Italian American Women, Order Sons of Italy in America, Berardo Paradiso, David Pope, Louis Tallarini, UNICO and UniCredit.

Although the amount provided by each organization was not officially released, significant funding was provided by the National Italian American Foundation, the Columbus Citizen Foundation, and the Order Sons of Italy.


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