IHSI Cultural Committee – May 2022

Submitted by Carol Faenzi

IHSI Wine Tasting Event

We had 36 guests attend our sold-out Wine Tasting event on April 21st at the 21st Amendment in Carmel.  In addition to learning about, tasting and buying fabulous Italian wines from several different regions, we enjoyed servings of traditional Italian specialties, thanks to Goose the Market and Nicole Taylor Pasta.  Grazie!  We will be planning more of these in the future.

Sharon Smith and Liz Casalini enjoy tasting some red wine from the southern region of Italy.

Harry and Elizabeth Todd (back row) and Chuck and Karen Werckenthien toast to a fun evening!


All lectures will take place at the Nora Library, on E. 86th Street, at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoons.

May 15th (completed)

“The Veneto Region of Italy” by Professor Elisa Lucchi-Riester

Senior Lecturer, Elisa Lucchi-Riester is a professor of 18 years in Butler University’s Spanish Department. She speaks four languages, including her native Italian. She taught Italian until the University cut the program in 2013. Passionate about languages, she also serves as a volunteer translator in communities and as a medical interpreter.

August 7th

“Renaissance Architecture” by Dr. James Glass

Dr. Glass has a long career in historic preservation. He is Principal of Heritage Preservation and Heritage Consulting and has 40 years’ experience as Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer and Historian. He is the author of many publications on the subject, including a regular column in The Indianapolis Star on Indiana history and heritage. He is a popular lecturer on local and European architecture.

November 6th

“The History of Puglia” by Professor Carl Ipsen

Professor Ipsen, a member of the IU Faculty since 1994, is an historian of modern Italy. He is a fellow in the American Academy in Rome and is a founding member of the IU Food Institute. He is currently on sabbatical in Italy working on the history of olive oil.

No RSVP is required. The lectures are free and open to the public, so bring your friends. Light refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing you!