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The international textile and fashion industries: Challenges and opportunities, 24-25 October 2012

Organised by the Prato Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the Monash University Prato Centre, this international conference brings together researchers and entrepreneurs to discuss the challenges and opportunities for the future of the international textile and fashion industries.

For further information and the full bilingual program please see our Local Engagement webpage.

Exclusive Tuscan performance by Wesley College European Tour Ensemble

The sixteen-member ensemble of this Australian independent secondary school in Melbourne has already travelled to Bangkok, Paris and the Swiss Alps this year. They are currently touring Italy including Como, Maranello and Rome. They will be performing at the Monash University Prato Centre on Monday 24 September 1pm-2pm. All are welcome to this lunchtime concert during which the Wesley College European Tour Ensemble will play a selection of their jazz and popular music repertoire. Free entry.

Monash and Glasgow students join their talents in Prato

Students from the Monash Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (MADA) and  the Glasgow School of Art (GSA) will have the opportunity to display the results of their first week of joint-intensive study at Prato with Show don’t tell, a postcard exhibition that is being held at the Monash Prato Centre on 6 September 2012.

Conversation Exchange is back!

After the great success of last season, the Monash University Prato Centre is pleased to announce that our weekly English-Italian CONVERSATION EXCHANGE–SCAMBI DI CONVERSAZIONE is BACK!
Conversation Exchange is an easy and fun way to improve your Italian and to learn about new cultures. How does it work?

Monash Prato welcomes Dr Cecilia Hewlett as Director

Doctor Cecilia Hewlett returns to Prato after having been involved from the earliest days of the Prato Centre, playing a key role alongside Professor Bill Kent in the Centre’s establishment. She is a Renaissance historian, who has published on the themes of community identity and the relationship between urban and rural communities. Most recently she has been a research fellow of Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies. Prior to this she served at Monash as Director of the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education).

Interested in taking an Arts intensive unit? Study Italian for beginners in Prato, Italy

Monash Arts offers a number of units at the Monash Prato Centre in Italy which are available to students from all faculties. Leading academics from around the world contribute their expertise to the Prato program while students have the opportunity to tour historic sites and landmarks as they study them. One of the many units available is the new beginner Italian language course which has been designed to help you make the most of your stay. For further information, see the Monash Arts in Prato webpage.

Conversation exchange

Would you like to improve your English or Italian conversation skills in an informal and relaxed setting? The Monash Prato Centre provides its visitors and the local community with the opportunity to practise their conversation skills by meeting regularly at the Centre. The sessions are free and usually take place once a week during the lunch hour. For more information see the Local engagement webpage.

Carla Zampatti AC to visit Monash Prato Centre

In her new role as a patron of the Monash University Prato Centre, Carla Zampatti AC will visit Prato 11-12 June 2012.

Ms Zampatti will meet with Prato Centre staff as well as some of our local partners and community members. She will be accompanied by Prof. Stephanie Fahey, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement), Monash University.

For further information about Ms Zampatti's role as a patron of the Monash Prato Centre, read the full story here.