Society of Italian Researchers & Professionals in Western Canada
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.

Italian Studies Celebration
Dear Friends, 

2016 marks 60 years at UBC and 25 years at SFU since Italian courses were first offered at these institutions. The UBC Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies and the SFU Italian Program (in the Department of French) invite all past students who have enjoyed our Italian classes and community members to celebrate with us these significant milestones.

With generous support from the Consulate General of Italy in Vancouver and the Italian Cultural Centre Society, we will be hosting a special Italian Studies Celebration at the Italian Cultural Centre on Friday, April 1, 2016. Please join us for an evening of great food, music, dancing, and cherished memories as we commemorate the proud history of Italian scholarship in Vancouver.

You can register for the event by visiting the Italian Cultural Centre website. For seating preferences, please call the Centre at 604-430-3337.

As part of the evening’s program, we hope to showcase written testimonials, photos, and other memorabilia from colleagues and past students. If you have any stories you would like to share, please contact Stefania Ciccone at

Visit our Facebook page for more information and help us spread the word!


Stefania Ciccone, Professor Emerita (UBC) 
Maria Benimeo, Visiting Lecturer (UBC)
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.