Translating “Pinocchio” for the 21st Century: Puppets and Modern Culture on 10/25

As part of its 2023 Fall Puppet Forum Series, the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry is pleased to host “Translating Pinocchio for the 21st Century: Puppets and Modern Culture” with Anna Kraczyna, co-author (with John Hooper) of a new, internationally acclaimed annotated translation of Carlo Collodi’s The Adventures of Pinocchio, on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2023 at 7 p.m. at the Ballard Institute Theater, located at 1 Royce Circle in Downtown Storrs. This forum will also be broadcast via Ballard Institute Facebook Live ( 

Scholar, biographer, and translator Anna Kraczyna will discuss with Ballard Institute director John Bell the fascinating complexity of Collodi’s classic story—one of the best-known, and best-loved stories in world literature—and how (different from the Disney version’s focus on the problems of lying) the novel is most interested in universal ideas about the importance of education and learning from one’s own experience in order to be a true human being. Pinocchio, as Kraczyna and Hooper put it, “is one of those rare fictional characters in whom an entire people seem to be able to make out their reflection,” which might explain why, after almost 150 years, the story is still an inspiration to film-makers and artists of all kinds. Copies of The Adventures of Pinocchio will be on sale at Barnes and Noble during this event. This forum is co-sponsored by UConn’s Department of English; the Department of Literatures, Cultures & Languages; and the Italian Literary & Cultural Studies program.

Admission to this event is free (donations greatly appreciated!), and refreshments will be served. For more information or if you require accommodation to attend a forum, please contact Ballard Institute staff at 860.486.8580 or