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Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) i by Domenico Petarlini, 19th century.
Art & Culture
The Italian Heritage and Culture Committee of New York Prepares to Celebrate the Genius of Dante: Poet, Philosopher, Political Thinker
Art & Culture
Roberta Cutillo(February 12, 2020)
Leo Yeni, an Artist’s Paper Life, presented by NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò in collaboration with Centro Primo Levi showcases the life and struggles of a man through his art. To some, the show, curated by Cynthia Madansky, is an interesting look into the mind of the artist, who like many other Italian jews was abandoned by his country, to others such as Lillian Spiegel, it’s one more step towards giving Leo what he never managed to obtain during his lifetime, Italian citizenship.
Art & Culture
Roberta Cutillo(February 10, 2020)
Parents, teachers, institutional representatives all gathered in Harlem’s cozy neighborhood pizzeria Sottocasa to celebrate the progress of Manhattan’s first dual language Italian program at the local PS 242. Together they discussed the benefits of bilingualism, shared their experiences and planned for the future of the program.
Art & Culture
Josephine A. Maietta(February 06, 2020)
The Association of Italian American Educators (AIAE), together with The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, is conducting a survey for a book on the growth and impact of Italian-American educators on the American education system. They are gathering information on the experience of Italian-American educators who have taught and administered in education over the last 70 years. If you or anyone you know are interested in participating, see the letter by President Josephine A. Maietta below.
Facts & Stories
Francesca Di Matteo(February 04, 2020)
They step into the court for charity, with basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his deep ties to Italy on their minds. They face each other with honesty and passion in the sacred temple of basketball, Barclays Center, with two goals in mind: to win but also to promote the best strategies to communicate the Italian brand in the US. Who are they? New York’s Italian entrepreneurs, the members of the Italian Brands Basketball League, the first basketball association of Italian managers.
Meet Gabriel A. Battista
Life & People
We are deeply affected by the passing of Gabriel A. Battista, NIAF Chair who left us on Monday, January 27. The i-Italy team is very saddened by his loss. To remember him and all that we learned from him, we decided to republish an interview conducted by Prof. Ottorino Cappelli in 2017, as part of the "Italian Leadership in America" project, a series co-produced by i-Italy and NIAF. Our deepest condolences to his family and the entire NIAF family.
Art & Culture
Roberta Cutillo(February 03, 2020)
February 2020 marks 60 years since the release of Federico Fellini’s iconic film, which has inspired countless directors and filmmakers across the world (and continues to do so), becoming one of the leading ambassadors of the ‘Made in Italy’ brand....
Facts & Stories
L. A.(January 30, 2020)
The visit of Nello Musumeci, President of the region of Sicily, is a cause of celebration for New Jersey’s Sicilian community. It’s the occasion to reactivate the measures that have in the past kept alive the ties between Sicilian communities and...
Foto di Francesca Magnani
Facts & Stories
I. I.(January 28, 2020)
The Italian Export Forum (IEF) met in New York to discuss the challenges and opportunities of promoting Italian companies and the Made in Italy brand abroad with a panel titled "Italy: Exporting Beauty," featuring various leading...
26-year-old pizzaiola Imma Liquori of Upper East Side restaurant San Matteo, brings her passion, creativity and much-needed female presence to the New York (and global) pizza scene. We spoke with her about growing up working the ovens in Naples and...
The agenda of the Italian Antimafia Commission during its mission in the United States - from Washington DC to New York - is a busy one. Meetings with the DEA, the FBI, UNDOC, Congress, and the UN. We interviewed Pietro Grasso - former judge and...
Facts & Stories

“Stronger together”: The Secret of Promoting the Made in Italy Brand.

Meet Andrea Benetton, CEO of Cirio Agricola and Agricola Maccarese and one of the panelists at the Italian Export Forum’s highly anticipated New York edition on January 27, 2020.
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Robert Viscusi (1941-2020)

From the Dean Desk of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute. The death of our dear friend Robert Viscusi, Professor Emeritus of Brooklyn College.
Art & Culture

March 25th is Officially National Dante Day

The Italian government decrees that March 25th will be National Dante Day in honor of the celebrated author of the Divine Comedy, a “symbol of unity.”
Facts & Stories

“Il Giorno della Memoria” in New York

This January 27th, like every year, the Italian Cultural Institute, Centro Primo Levi, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò at NYU, the Calandra Institute at CUNY and La Scuola d’Italia join the Consulate General of Italy in New York in commemorating the victims of the holocaust on the “Giorno della Memoria.”
Facts & Stories

Grandparents Maintain Families but the Model is Unsustainable

State issued retirement pensions are the main source of income of 7.4 million Italian households, an ISTAT report reveals. But over 36% of Italy's pensioners are getting less than 1,000 euros each month and those currently employed are set to receive less and less as they hit retirement in the future.
Facts & Stories

Italian Food & Jazz at Lucciola NYC

New York restaurant Lucciola launches a new series of Jazz Nights with a special event featuring the Stefano Doglioni Trio and guitarist Pasquale Grasso on Thursday January 16, 2020.
Facts & Stories

Three Italian Destinations for 2020, According to the NYT

The Italian regions of Sicily and Molise and the town of Urbino are among the New York Times’ 52 Places to Go in 2020.
Art & Culture

Cecilia Alemani to Curate the Venice Biennale

The director and curator of the High Line’s art program, will be the first Italian woman to organize the Venice Art Biennale, one of the most important international contemporary art appointments in the world.
Art & Culture

Hammamet, the Last Craxi

Gianni Amelio’s latest film tells the story of Bettino Craxi in the final months of his life. It’s not a partisan film, there are no absolutions, no condemnations, it’s the human drama of a king who has lost his scepter and now has to face himself. Pierfrancesco Favino transcends all limits in terms of presence, acting abilities and in replicating the voice and movements of the former Prime Minister.
Facts & Stories

The Italian Export Forum Comes to New York

Following the success of last year’s events in Piano di Sorrento and Milan, the "Italian Export Forum" makes its way to the US. It’s the first encounter taking place outside of Italy and the choice of New York, a central reference point for Italian export, is not accidental. The Italian Export Forum aims at bringing together the main players, both from the business and the institutional worlds, and discuss how create a unified and coherent system for Italy's exports and maximize competitiveness. The event will present analyses, exchanges, and discussions and is the ideal context for all the stakeholders in the Italian export business to obtain a cohesive and comprehensive picture of what Italy can offer to the world. Brief interviews with all the key players of this American edition will be released over the next few days.
Art & Culture

Trieste 2020, the European City of Science

One of the most important scientific hubs in Europe, the Northeastern Italian city of Trieste is ready to kick off its year as the European City of Science, during which it will host the EuroScience Open Forum, the largest biennial general science meeting in Europe, as well as the The Science in the City Festival, which will be open to the public.
Art & Culture

The Art of Saving Art: Italian Foreign Policy and Cultural Heritage

In honour of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Carabinieri Command for the Protection of Cultural Heritage, the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations presents an exhibition at the UN Headquarters in New York. On view through January 17, 2020. "We are proud to have been able to bring this exhibition at the beginning of an important year, the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, which for us is an occasion to relaunch and reinforce the multilateralist message,” comments the Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations, Mariangela Zappia.
Art & Culture

The New Pope by Paolo Sorrentino Comes to the US

The Sky original series by Academy Award Winner Paolo Sorrentino will premiere in the US on January 15, 2020. In this second season of the provocative “The Young Pope,” which stars Jude Law and John Malkovich, Pius XIII is in a coma and the Vatican decides to elect a new pope.
Art & Culture

Verdi Reads Verdi in the Bocelli Home

A show directed and interpreted by Massimiliano Finazzer Flory in the great Italian singer’s suggestive estate of Poggioncino in La Sterza Lajatico in the province of Pisa.
Art & Culture

Remembering the Great Alberto Sordi in the Late Actor’s Roman Villa

To mark the 100th anniversary of the actor’s birth, the Alberto Sordi Museum and Foundation presents an exhibition in the late film star’s Roman villa, which will last from March until June 2020.
Art & Culture

Star Wars, Why the Last Episode Let us Down

The last episode of the famed series started by George Lucas in 1977 is not an easy film to absorb. You leave the theatre visually fulfilled but with the impression that director J.J. Abrams doesn’t have a clear notion of where the line between good and evil stands.
Art & Culture

Gateway to the True Mezzogiorno

Rivers, mountains, beaches and a sea teeming with fish. This UNESCO World Heritage Site starts at the temples and ancient Greek ruins of Paestum and comprises eighty towns and villages, sixty miles of coast, the tallest mountains and densest forests in the region, as well as dozens of vineyards, wine cellars and farming businesses that produce exquisite food.
Facts & Stories

The Befana’s Sweet “Coal” Recipe

On January 6th, children and adults across Italy celebrate the epiphany by stuffing their stockings (and their faces) with various sweet treats, supposedly gifts from “La Befana,” a mythical old lady who comes down the chimney to bring candy to those who have been good and coal to those who misbehaved. But sometimes what looks like a punishment can reveal to be a tasty treat in disguise. That’s exactly the case with “carbone dolce” or sweet coal, for which you will find a recipe below.
Art & Culture

2020 Will be the Year of Parma, the Italian Capital of Culture

January 2020 marks the beginning of Parma’s year as the Italian Capital of Culture. And for this occasion, the ancient northern Italian town located in the region of Emilia Romagna proposes a rich and inviting program composed of exhibitions, concerts, workshops, panels and countless other innovative and engaging initiatives to promote Parma’s culture and identity.
Life & People

And Befana Comes by Night with her Stockings All Tattered

The old good witch who brings candies and coal to the Italian children. Its origin and multifarious celebrations. January 6 is approaching so don't forget to hang up your stockings.
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CORRIERE DELLA SERA. Flammini's meetings with Ecclestone. Mayor Alemanno says project is "interesting".  (Read the article)

ANSA. Rome, January 27 - Italian President Giorgio Napolitano marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day by stressing the ''clear and explicit'' distinction between criticising Israel and denying the Jewish state's right to exist. (Read the article)

ANSA. Gerusalem, January 28 - Pope Benedict XVI's strong stand against denying the Holocaust was welcomed Wednesday by the highest Jewish authority in Israeli, which had threatened to sever ties indefinitely with the Vatican. (Read the article)

ANSA. Vatican Radio on Tuesday defended Pope Benedict XVI's ''unequivocal'' record on the Shoah amid a row over a bishop who was rehabilitated despite being a Holocaust denier. (Read the article from ANSA)

ANSA - Researchers from the United States claim to have cracked the riddle of why Italian-made Stradivari and Guarneri violins have a distinctive sound. Joseph Nagyvary, a biochemist at Texas A&M University, believes that wood-preserving chemicals are responsible for the 18th-century instruments' unique sound - explaining why subsequent generations of violin-makers have never been able to recreate the famous violins from natural wood (Read the article on ANSA's website)
 

NY Daily News - An Italian real estate investor has sealed the deal to buy a majority stake in the Flatiron Building in a quest to turn the landmark into a world-class hotel. The Rome-based Sorgente Group has bought just over 50% of the iconic structure and plans to keep buying more. Time magazine reported the deal had been done last summer, but negotiations continued and an agreement was made final only this month.Sorgente Group officials would not say what they paid for their share of the building, estimated to be worth $190 million (Read the article by Jason Shaftell)

New York Daily News- Whether it’s corkscrew-like fusilli, tubular penne or graceful strands of linguine, much of the pasta Americans eat takes its shape in Brooklyn. For 105 years, D. Maldari & Sons has made pasta extrusion dies — the metal patterns that transform dough into unique shapes. The dies are cranked out of a 15,000-square-foot, red brick building on a bleak stretch of Third Avenue in Park Slope, under the watchful eyes of two brothers, Danny and Chris Maldari.Danny, 55, and Chris, 45, run the company founded more than a century ago by their grandfather, Donato, and his brother, Felice. The company supplies two-thirds of the extrusion dies used by U.S. pasta factories and about a quarter worldwide.“We’ve made hundreds of shapes,” said Chris, before showing off a room stacked with small glass jars filled with samples of the company’s (Read the article by Phyllis Furman)

JERUSALEM -- Jewish officials in Israel and abroad are outraged that Pope Benedict XVI has decided to lift the excommunication of a bishop who denies that Jews were killed in Nazi gas chambers. The pope's decree, issued Saturday, brings back into the Catholic Church's fold Bishop Richard Williamson and three other bishops who belong to the Society of Saint Pius X (Read the article on the NY Daily News' website)

From DailyNews. An Italian real estate investor has sealed the deal to buy a majority stake in the Flatiron Building in a quest to turn the landmark into a world-class hotel. The Rome-based Sorgente Group has bought just over 50% of the iconic structure and plans to keep buying more. (Read the article by Jason Sheftell)

From Herald Tribune. From her first appearance in a graphic black and white swimsuit, Barbie has always had fashion sense. And over the years her tastes have grown to appreciate more designer fare.  Barbie has been dressed by more than 70 designers, including Giorgio Armani, Christian Lacroix, Benetton,  Burberry, Versace and Vera Wang, Monique Lhuillier. For her 50th birthday Mattel decided to highlight Barbie's connection to fashion and push the brand even further into the world of luxury and high-end design with a series of events and partnerships. (Read the article by Jessica Michault)

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Elena Dal Forno(February 11, 2020)
Due anni dopo "A casa tutti bene" che aveva incassato ben 9,2 milioni di euro, Gabriele Muccino torna al cinema con "Gli Anni più belli", un progetto ambizioso tra Storia e Amicizia legati dal fil rouge delle musiche di Nicola...

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