Italian Culture Shock

September 18, 2013

There’s no place like Rome.  That’s what any tourist will tell you, for sure.  However, it’s one thing to visit Rome, but an entirely different matter to live there! In this talk, Father Sakowski recounts dozens of examples of the good, the bad, and the ugly of life in Rome as a priest engaged in graduate studies.  Here are some of the things you’ll learn:

--why a long morning at the DMV is a five-star experience compared with Italian bureaucracy
--(and how to navigate the bureaucracy of Italian immigration and Italian universities)
--how Americans have no idea what “crowded” means
--the original meaning of the word “errand”
--what it’s like taking classes in Italian at a truly international university
--what it’s like to live in a house of 70 priests
--some valuable lessons we Americans can learn from Italians
--and much more…

In addition, Father will consider various more serious themes of faith, religion, and culture:

--The challenge of cultural relativism:  Can we ever make criticisms of another culture?
--How should one respond to beggars (especially when one meets several on a daily basis)?
--Consumerism and busyness