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Roberta Cutillo(November 18, 2019)
Following the Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations’ annual meeting in Washington DC on November 2, we asked its Chair, Dr. Aileen Riotto Sirey, to tell us a little more about the coalition’s history and its future. A retired psychotherapist, Dr. Sirey is also the Founder and Chair Emerita of the National Organization of Italian American Women (NOIAW). She has been serving as COPOMAIO’s Chair since 2018.
Op-Eds
Letizia Airos Soria(November 15, 2019)
Two Italian language appointments for Emma D’Aquino’s book “Ancora un giro di chiave” edited by Baldini & Castoldi. One of the most renowned Italian news anchors puts together a moving and incredible telling of detainee Nino Marano’s story. Why did we decide to hold them in Italian?
A still from Dance Again With Me Heywood!
Art & Culture
This Fall, N.I.C.E. celebrates its 29th edition in the United States dedicated to the Italian cinema and meeting with directors and critics. This year it is an expansive festival, as it branches out throughout New York City neighborhoods as well as outside the city.
Art & Culture
Laura Pace(November 12, 2019)
Five women, two countries, one heart. This was the topic of discussion at New York University’s Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, where Johanna Clapps Herman moved the audience talking about her new book “When I am Italian” and telling the tale of her journey, as a young 20-year-old girl, in search of her roots. American but also Italian, belonging to neither place or to both.
Art & Culture
Roberta Cutillo(November 11, 2019)
The Institute of molecular bioimaging and physiology (IBFM) in collaboration with University of Milano and Milano-Bicocca University and supported by Fondazione Bracco, used new technology to reconstruct the artistic process that lead to the creation of some of the world’s most renowned artworks created inside the studio of Leonardo Da Vinci.
Art & Culture
C. P.(November 07, 2019)
New York prepares for four days of great Italian auteurs, directors and premieres. The star of this year’s Italy on Screen Today Film Fest will be the acclaimed “Il Traditore” (The Traitor). Director Marco Bellocchio and actor Pierfrancesco Favino will be present to discuss the film in person.
Art & Culture
Roberta Cutillo(November 04, 2019)
The ''oldest intact shipwreck in the world'' wins the 2019 International Archaeological Discovery ''Khaled al-Asaad'' Award. The ceremony will take place on November 14-17 in the UNESCO world heritage site of Paestum.
Liliana Segre (1938) http://www.memorialeshoah.it/liliana-segre/
Facts & Stories
Roberta Cutillo(November 01, 2019)
Many, from the President of the Republic to the Vatican’s Secretary of State, express dismay at the abstentions from center-right parties on the motion to create an extraordinary commission against hate, racism and anti-semitism proposed by Holocaust survivor and life Senator Liliana Segre.
Historical Library of the "Accademia della Crusca"
Art & Culture
Laura Pace(November 01, 2019)
Though it sounds like something out of an ancient tale, the Accademia della Crusca is a real institution in Italy, composed of the leading experts of Italian language and philology. Its contribution to our country is "meraviglioso," as its...
Facts & Stories
Roberta Cutillo(October 31, 2019)
Mastroberardino, one of the Campania region’s major wineries, presents Villa dei Misteri 2012, the latest vintage of a wine grown and made in the archeological site of Pompeii.
Art & Culture
Roberta Cutillo(October 30, 2019)
Italian director Lina Wertmüller, the first woman to receive an Academy Award nomination for Directing for her 1975 film “Seven Beauties,” received an Honorary Academy Award for her extraordinary career at the star-studded 11th annual Governors...
As curtains draw over the 14th edition of Rome’s Festa del Cinema, with the people’s choice award going out to Alessandro Piva’s “Santa Subito,” here are some considerations about what this event means for the city, whose image is unfortunately too...
A stained glass image of Mother Cabrini. https://cabrinishrinenyc.org
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo appointed 19 members to a new commission that will oversee the creation of a statue honoring Mother Cabrini. The members will include Angelo Vivolo of the Columbus Heritage Coalition and Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of the...
At an event organized by the GEI (Gruppo Esponenti Italiani) at the New York Italian Consulate, three leading exponents of the Italian food and wine world on why Italian identity is here to stay and is spreading across the planet but only provided...
Life & People
Maria Rita Latto(October 31, 2019)
In all the Italian regions in the days between October 31st and the day of Saint Martin (November 11th) is custom to celebrate the juxtaposition of life and death with numerous traditions
Facts & Stories

Conte Pushes for Albania and North Macedonia to Join EU

In the wake of an official Brexit deal between the UK and the European Union, leaders deadlocked last night on whether to allow Albania and North Macedonia to join, leaving Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte disappointed with the outcome.
Art & Culture

‘Vitruvian Man’ Will Travel to the Louvre, Italian Court Rules

Leonardo’s “Vitruvian Man” will be allowed to travel to Paris for the Blockbuster Louvre exhibit in celebration of the Renaissance icon set to open on October 24, 500 years after Leonardo’s death.
Art & Culture

Sisters in Liberty, a 200-Year Journey

More than a simple exhibition, a journey between Florence and New York rooted in the love of art and the historical ideals of the 1800s. Its core focus: Liberty.
Art & Culture

Giving New Life to Classic Italian Short Stories

Famed author, professor, and translator Jhumpa Lahiri in conversation with Director of Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò, Stefano Albertini, at New York’s Italian Cultural Institute, to present her latest publication, “The Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories,” a new and surprising anthology of an often neglected yet typically Italian genre.
Facts & Stories

In the Eyes of Massimo Ferragamo and Giovanni Colavita

The two Presidents of the US branch of their respective family businesses march down Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue at the Columbus Day Parade, after having been honored at the Columbus Citizen Foundation Gala.
Facts & Stories

US to Impose Tariffs on European Goods

Following authorization from the World Trade Organization, the Trump administration plans to impose tariffs on $7.5 billion worth of goods, including aircrafts but also Italian cheeses, French wine, Scotch whiskey, and other products from the European Union beginning October 18th.
Art & Culture

Confronting Reality in Francesco Simeti’s “Imaginary” Worlds

Following the opening of the artist’s latest show in New York’s Assembly Room, I sat down with him in his Gowanus studio to talk about what informs his practice, its accumulative nature, as well as its penchant towards a baroque aesthetic, which he uses to “trick” viewers into confronting the difficult realities, from devastating wars to the rapid advance of climate change, hiding behind all the embellishments.
Facts & Stories

Help Restore The Historic Casa Belvedere

Casa Belvedere, a historical landmark and home to Staten Island’s Italian Cultural Foundation dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Italian cultural heritage in all of its forms, is seeking votes to obtain funding for the restoration of the upper levels that sustained severe water damage from Hurricane Sandy, with the ultimate goal of transforming them into new gallery space.
Art & Culture

Italian is the 4th Most Studied Language

Surpassing French, Italian becomes the 4th most studied language in the world, after English, Spanish, and Mandarin.
Op-Eds

What's Behind a Plate of Meatballs

An Italian TV station makes a show that looks for ‘pure Italians,’ starting from their food choices. The result? Presumption, arrogance and lack of knowledge.
Art & Culture

American Stars Abound at the 14th Rome Film Fest

Here is the program of screenings and guests coming to Rome's Auditorium Parco della Musica between the 17th and 27th of October on occasion of the 14th edition of the Rome Film Fest with Antonio Monda, festival’s artistic director for the fifth year
Facts & Stories

Ferrari Opens Tailor Made Center in New York City

Redesigned showroom becomes the first of its kind in the Americas, allowing clients to customize every element of their car
Facts & Stories

'Astroluca' New Commander of the ISS

Astronaut Luca Parmitano becomes the first Italian and third European to command the International Space Station (ISS), taking over from the Russian Alexei Ovchinin.
Op-Eds

‘Your Italian Hub’ And What of i-Italy?

EDITORIAL. A new communication agency is born. One that goes beyond information. A hub.
Facts & Stories

Meet “Your Italian Hub”. The New Italian Communication in the U.S.

Your Italian Hub - a new comunication agency operating in the United States. The newco is born of the experience of the editorial network i-Italy, which for over 10 years has been covering all things Italian in English for Americans, and of the Colavita Group, a leading force of the Italian food industry and one of the main importers and distributors of Italian products in the US.
Art & Culture

Italoamericana: Italian Illustration Takes on America

Italian illustration through the works of some of the most celebrated and appreciated artists in the American market at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Los Angeles
Art & Culture

Ninfa, a Beautiful Garden Amidst Roman Ruins

The Garden of Ninfa, is located in Latina, a few miles from Rome. It is today considered one of the most beautiful romantic gardens in the world.
Facts & Stories

Francesca Campagna Named New CCO General Director

The globally renowned artistic manager and consultant to cultural institutions, Francesca Campagna, known for both her deep knowledge of opera and her ability to extend the reach of preeminent artists and institutions to new audiences, becomes the first female and immigrant General Director of the Center for Contemporary Opera. (CCO)
Facts & Stories

Columbus Day Parade's 2019. Honorees and Grand Marshal

The Columbus Citizens Foundation announced Giovanni Colavita, CEO & President of Colavita, and Cosimo, Gerardo, and Giuseppe Bruno, renowned New York restaurateurs, as honorees of the 2019 Columbus Celebration. In addition, television's Rosanna Scotto – host of Fox 5's "Good Day New York" – will receive the Columbus Foundation's 2019 Humanitarian Award. All five of these celebrated individuals will join Ferragamo USA Chairman, Massimo Ferragamo, who was previously announced as the Celebration and Columbus Day Parade's 2019 Grand Marshal.
Art & Culture

Arbëreshë, an ‘Anthropological Miracle’

A special event, featuring a lecture and music performance, held at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò traces the unique and little-known history of the Arbëreshë people of southern Italy, “an anthropological miracle,” that can serve as a model of both cultural preservation and social integration.
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THE INQUIRER. Italian investigators have charged Google's global privacy counsel Peter Fleischer and three other Google executives with defamation and failure to exercise control over personal data. (Read the article by Ncik Farrell)

REUTERS. From do-it-yourself culinary websites to specialist shops, a growing number of Italians are catering to the growing taste for the miniature decorated sponge cakes popular in Britain and the United States. (Read the article by Eliza Apperly )

Guardian. Britain is facing the threat of a co-ordinated nationwide strike which could hit energy supplies later this week as the dispute over the employment of Portuguese and Italian workers escalates.
Gordon Brown has no regrets over using the phrase "British jobs for British workers".  (Read the article by Deborah Summers)

AAP. "Euthanasia is a false response to the drama of suffering, a solution unworthy of man". Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday rejected euthanasia as a "false" answer to suffering, saying those in pain should instead be helped to confront it. (Read the article)

Economictimes.indiatimes.com. NETTUNO, ROME. An Indian immigrant was beaten and set on fire Sunday near Rome. Police are investigating whether the incident was an anti-immigrant attack, but had not ruled out a robbery motive.   Hospitalised in a serious condition, the 35-year-old homeless man was sleeping in Nettuno train station south of Rome when several people beat him brutally before setting him on fire with a container of petrol, police told ANSA news agency.  (Read the article)

The Times. The drive to make Italians eat Italian  began in the town of Lucca this week, where the centre Right council banned any new ethnic food outlets from opening within the ancient city walls. Yesterday it spread to Lombardy and its regional capital, Milan, which is also run by the centre Right. The antiimmigrant Northern League party brought in the restrictions “to protect local specialities from the growing popularity of ethnic cuisines”.

Luca Zaia, the Minister of Agriculture and a member of the Northern League from the Veneto region, said: "We stand for tradition and the safeguarding of our culture. (...) I never ate Kebab.  I prefer the dishes of my native Veneto. I even refuse to eat pineapple." Massimo di Grazia, the city of Lucca spokeman, echoed him: "The ban intends to improve the image of the city and to protect Tuscan products. It targets McDonald’s as much as kebab restaurants". La Stampa, an Italian daily newspaper, defined the measure "a new Lombard Crusade against Saracens". Now imagine if the American government decided to "protect" US products and cuisine. Imagine NYC without "ethnic" Italian restaurants. (Read the article by Richard Owen)

Securitymanagement.com. The global recession may have hit Europe hard, but there's still one business that's thriving in these lean economic times: Italy's organized crime syndicates.

The Italian mafia's revenue for 2008 jumped 40 percent, reports Bloomberg.com. Sales increased to 130 billion euros ($167 billion), up from 90 billion euros in 2007, according to figures supplied by Eurispes and SOS Impresa, an association of businessmen to protest against extortion. (Read the article by Matthew Harwood)

Reuters. "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (a film by David Fincher film featuring Brad Pitt iand nominated for 13 Oscars) got a little stranger Friday after an attorney representing Adriana Pichini, an Italian office worker, filed legal papers alleging that the screenplay was based on a story she wrote in 1994. Pichini said the film seems to be based on a story she wrote 15 years ago called "Il ritorno di Arthur all'innocenza" (Arthur's Return to Innocence). ... The story was officially registered with the proper Italian copyright authorities in 1994 and even sent to publishers in the U.S., but was never published.

(Read the Article by Eric J. Lyman)

ANSA. Venice. A new 'restaurant for pilgrims' is driving Venice prices down by offering cheap, quality lunches to visitors to St Mark's Basilica. The eatery, which advertises three-course lunches for a tidy 13 euros ($17), has yet to open but has already caused a flutter around the famously pricey square. (Read the article)

ANSA. Sanremo. Reclusive Italian singing legend Mina is to open this year's Sanremo Song Festival with a video tribute to Italian music. ''It won't be a commercial release but a huge tribute to the history of Italian music,'' festival artistic producer and presenter Paolo Bonolis said Monday at a press conference on the February 17-21 event. (Read article)

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Arte e Cultura
Laura Pace(November 14, 2019)
“World week of Italian cuisine”, è questo il titolo dell’iniziativa che sta facendo il giro del mondo in questo periodo. La quarta settimana verrà presentata a New York dal 18 al 24 novembre. Focus centrale: la cucina italiana, ai fini di...
Arte e Cultura
Laura Pace(November 12, 2019)
Cinque donne, due paesi, un solo cuore. Ecco quello di cui si è parlato alla Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò di New York. Con il suo nuovo libro,“When I am Italian”, Joanna Clapps Herman ha emozionato tutto il pubblico in sala con la sua storia di...
Arte e Cultura
L. P.(November 07, 2019)
New York ci riserva quattro giorni di grandi autori, di grandi registi e di grandi anteprime americane e newyorchesi. Perla della rassegna cinematografica Italy on Screen Today sarà “Il Traditore” di Bellocchio. A raccontarcelo personalmente,...

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