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Help the new broadcast program of the Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò (NYU)! The Casa for the Italian Culture in Manhattan has prepared a survey for all those people who are interested in Italian culture and have been able to take advantage of Casa’s offerings online or at 24 West 12th Street over the years. While doors are closed, Casa Italiana is launching a new series of live radio-style shows. The Director Stefano Albertini will host conversations with writers, scholars, and artists. So you’ll be able to join the conversation with questions and comments.
Art & Culture
Roberta Cutillo(March 06, 2020)
A fascinating exhibition titled “Propaganda. The Art of Political Indoctrination” conceived and curated by Professor Nicola Lucchi of Queens College opened March 4th at New York University’s Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, followed by a panel discussion with artistic advisors and NYU Professors Ruth Ben-Ghiat and Ara Merjian. It showcases a selection of works from the Fondazione Massimo e Sonia Cirulli mostly (but not exclusively) dating from Italy’s fascist period and aims to inspire a reflection on the mechanisms of political propaganda under totalitarian regimes as well as during “democratic...
Art & Culture
I.I.(March 04, 2020)
San Francisco pays homage to the great Maestro with a selection of his works at the Castro Theatre. This thank to Cinema Italia San Francisco’s 10th program, in collaboration with Luce Cinecittà and the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco.
Art & Culture
Monica Straniero(March 03, 2020)
A new approach to cinema is affirming itself in Italy. The pioneers of this metamorphic tendency in the art of narrating through images are the young writer and director Emanuela Mascherini and Stefano Amadio, the Director of the national film and audiovisual promotional platform cinemaitaliano.info. Their initiative, titled CineAtelier, consists of a review created to give space to auteur cinema through a selection of first or second works presented in decentralized areas.
Art & Culture
Monica Straniero(March 03, 2020)
When we speak of Italian cinema, the same names always come up: Moretti, Virzì and Sorrentino. But nobody knows what to say about the new generation. That’s where the D’Innocenzo Brothers come in. Fabio and Damiano, whose film Bad Tales just won the award for best screenplay at the 70th Berlinale, are the face of a young new self-taught cinema, which could propel Italy towards different horizons, worlds, and cultures.
Art & Culture
Roberta Cutillo(March 02, 2020)
100 years from the birth of Vico Magistretti, Fondazione Magistretti along with the Italian Cultural Institute present and exhibition dedicated to the acclaimed Italian designer and architect, whose groundbreaking work, conducted throughout his highly prolific sixty-year career, left a profound mark both on his native Milano as well as on the perception of Italian design both at home and abroad.
Art & Culture
Roberta Cutillo(February 28, 2020)
Salon/Sanctuary Concerts, in collaboration with NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò and the American Society for Jewish Music present a performance by ensemble members of Ester, Liberatrice del Popolo Ebreo (“Esther, Liberator of the Jewish People”) by Alessandro Stradella (1639 -1682) which will take place at The Brotherhood Synagogue (28 Gramercy Park South) on Thursday March 5th.
Art & Culture
Roberta Cutillo(February 27, 2020)
500 years from the artist’s death, Rome’s Scuderie del Quirinale and Florence’s Uffizi Gallery collaborate on creating the most extensive exhibition dedicated to one of the most important artists of the Italian Renaissance, bringing together works never before exhibited together.
Photo by Marco Anelli © 2017
Art & Culture
Roberta Cutillo(February 26, 2020)
We met with Giorgio Spanu, co-founder - along with his wife Nancy Olnick - of Magazzino Italian Art in Cold Spring. The half-Italian, half-American couple has for the past 20 years been instrumental in the promotion and divulgation of contemporary Italian art in the United States.
Art & Culture
Elena Dal Forno(February 24, 2020)
Due to measures related to the coronavirus outbreak, who knows when Giorgio Diritti’s wonderful film will be shown in Italy. In the meantime, it was presented at the 77th Berlinale, where it was a great success. We want to tell you about it so you can make a note to go see it when you have the chance.
Art & Culture
I. I.(February 22, 2020)
The story of a grassroots movement that emerged in New York. New Insider Guide Helps Parents and Educators Create Dual Language Education Programs in the American School System
Art & Culture
Roberta Cutillo(February 26, 2020)
The House of Lovers, which had been closed to the public following the 1980 Irpina earthquake, reopens its doors along with two other structures. These three ancient domus were restored as part of the EU-founded Great Pompeii Project.
Facts & Stories
S. J.(February 22, 2020)
In the United States when we think of Mardi Gras we think New Orleans with floats, fried food, and colorful plastic beaded necklaces. In Italy, Martedì Grasso means Venice's Carnivale, complete with ornate masks, theatric performances, and a parade through Piazza San Marco.
Art & Culture
D.V.(February 22, 2020)
Indixia presents Global Love, a love-themed exhibition and charity auction, in Chelsea’s Sundaram Tagore Gallery, featuring unique works by numerous international artists and designers with the goal to fund arts education in India and to help...
Art & Culture
Monica Straniero(February 19, 2020)
The film, written with Giovanni Veronesi and presented by Filmauro, comes out February 26. Reminiscent of the Commedia all’Italiana tradition, however with fluctuating results that are never up to the standards of the Verdone we have come to know...
A study led by Felice Tirone in collaboration with Laura Micheli, Giorgio D'Andrea e Manuela Ceccarelli of the National Research Council’s Biochemistry and Cellular Biology Institute (Cnr- Ibbc) reveals that olive oil counters the aging of...
Art & Culture
Elena Dal Forno(February 11, 2020)
Two years after “There is no Place Like Home” (A casa tutti bene), which made 9.2 million euro, Gabriele Muccino is back with “Gli Anni Più Belli," an ambitious project about History and Friendship, two themes connected by the music of Nicola...
Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) i by Domenico Petarlini, 19th century.
The Italian Heritage and Culture Committee of New York Prepares to Celebrate the Genius of Dante: Poet, Philosopher, Political Thinker
Dining in & out: Articles & Reviews
Francine Segan(February 15, 2020)
Espresso culture in Italy has deep roots. Coffee first appeared in Europe at the port of Livorno, Tuscany, a city that was also home to Europe’s first coffee bar in the early 1600s.
Art & Culture
Roberta Cutillo(February 13, 2020)
The James Beard House presents “Under the Capri Sun,” a journey through the unique flavors of the island of Capri reinterpreted by Chef Pasquale Rinaldo of D’Amore restaurant as well as the chance to try different kinds of pizza by celebrated...
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...
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...
Life & People

Imma. Headstrong Neapolitan Pizzaiola in NY

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 facing stereotypes and discrimination as one of the few women pizza-makers there, her move to New York, and her love for mixing things up in the kitchen.
Art & Culture

The Trevi Fountain Like You’ve Never Seen it Before

Rome’s Palazzo Poli opens its doors to visitors, who will be able to enjoy a unique view of the iconic Trevi Fountain from the historic villa’s terrace.
Facts & Stories

Scientists Create First Organic Artificial Retina

The Italian Institute of Technology created the first completely organic artificial retina, which will help millions of patients regain their vision.
Facts & Stories

Nello Musumeci "USA first market for Sicilian agri-food"

Interview with the President of the Sicily Region, highly anticipated speaker at the first edition of the Italian Export Forum in New York, which opens January 27, 2020 with a panel entitled "Italy: Exporting Beauty".
Art & Culture

‘Figli,’ The Drama of Parenthood in Italy

Figli, the new film directed by Giuseppe Bonito starring Paola Cortellesi and Valerio Mastandrea premieres on January 23.
Facts & Stories

The Duty of Fully Fulfilling One's Duty

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 former President of the Senate, member and 'historical memory' of the commission regarding US-Italy relations in the field of the fight against organized crime. We discuss the mission in the US, the Palermo Convention, Falcone, Pizza Connection, but also young generations and the importance of participation, of the 'Sardine' phenomenon - "Legality, freedom, truth, sense of duty and of state are at the core of my actions, even in politics."
Facts & Stories

Italian Export Forum: ‘A Home for Made in Italy in the World’

We met with Lorenzo Zurino, the Founder and President of Italian Export Forum (IEF) and CEO of “The ONE Company.” Zurino will be one of the panelists of IEF’s first New York edition, which will open with a panel titled “Italy: Exporting Beauty" on January 27, 2020.
Facts & Stories

American Consumers Expect High Quality Products from Italy

In the run-up to the Italian Export Forum due to open on January 27 at the SVA Theatre in New York, we interviewed Giovanni Colavita, CEO of Colavita USA, who will participate in the Forum’s panel entitled “Italy: Exporting Beauty”.
Facts & Stories

Being Successful in the U.S. Market: A Few Crucial Issues and 10 Quick Tips

In the run-up to the Italian Export Forum due to open on January 27 at the SVA Theatre in New York, we sat down with Rocco Totino, one of the participants to the Forum’s panel entitled “Italy: Exporting Beauty”. Rocco Totino is a Partner and leader of the Italian Practice at Grassi & Co., a New York-based, premier professional service organizations specializing in accounting, auditing, tax, technology, and business consulting services.
Facts & Stories

“We Need to Educate the Trade and the General Public”

In the run-up to the Italian Export Forum in New York (January 27, the SVA Theatre) we sat down with Gianfranco Sorrentino, who will participate in the Forum’s panel entitled “Italy: Exporting Beauty”. Mr. Sorrentino is Chairman President of "Gruppo Italiano" and owner of "Il Gattopardo Group".
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.
Op-Eds

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.
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From The New York Times.  DETROIT. Ralph Gilles, Chrysler’s vice president for design, enthusiastically welcomed the carmaker’s  new partner  Fiat, while giving a speech Wednesday night. He inserted images of the Italian flag into his PowerPoint presentation several times and declared himself a longtime admirer of Fiat’s Alfa Romeo and Ferrari brands.
“It’s a good thing I love Italian food,” he said. (Read the article by Nick Bunkely)

The SACI Gallery is proud to present the photo exhibition Garaguso, il mio paese in Basilicata by Italian-American photographer Susanna Lucia Lamaina. She has been photographing her family village for the last eight years. (Read the press release on SACI's website)

From The New York Times "Joseph L. Bruno, the former State Senate majority leader, was indicted on Friday in Albany on charges that he reaped millions of dollars from companies seeking business from the state or from labor unions, capping a long-running investigation into one of New York’s most powerful political figures." (Read the article by Mike McIntire and Jeremy W. Peters)

From America Oggi, "Ma l'arrivo alla Casa Bianca del figlio di un africano 'che solo 60 anni fa non sarebbe stato servito in un ristorante di Washington', segnala ancora una volta che il futuro della potenza americana non si può calcolare solo con freddi dati statistici.' (Read the article by Stefano Vaccara - In Italian)

From the New York Times. "Your college roommate is on Facebook. So are your cousins and colleagues and friends. But guess who else may find Facebook a great way to stay in touch? (...) In recent weeks, the Italian authorities have begun investigating Facebook discussion groups devoted to convicted Mafiosi, concerned that some members might be more than fans. At the same time, a campaign calling on Facebook to remove pro-Mafia pages has been gaining momentum, while thousands of Facebook members have joined new anti-Mafia groups." (Read the article by Rachel Donadio).

From America Oggi. Editoriale "La speranza del futuro" by Andrea Mantineo. 

" Per l'America e il mondo è una giornata storica. Questa frase, detta e ripetuta ormai milioni di volte, è tuttavia l'unica a dare un'immagine precisa dell'importanza dell'insediamento di Barack Obama alla Casa Bianca." (Read the article by Andrea Mantineo - In Italian)

From America Oggi.  Italy's Ambassador in Washington Giovanni Castelleneta urged the Italian-American community to join forces to save the Advanced Placement Italian exam, due to end this year for lack of students and funds. Writing in the renowned Italian language daily America Oggi, the Ambassador underlined that Italian is one of the most studied languages in the U.S. Over 120.000 students take Italian courses in schools, and 80.000 study Italian in colleges -- a 60 percent increase in the past 10 years.  (Read the article by Giovanni Castellaneta; in Italian.)

             Related article from i-Italy:

"A Borderless Language"  from "Talking Italy" Special Edition about Italian Language

"Language is a marker of identity. It is a political and social instrument that serves as the “glue” that binds groups and communities together. There are communities in the United States that are visibly bonded by language much more than others."

The suspected head of a murder squad run by the Camorra clan denounced in Roberto Saviano's global bestseller Gomorrah was caught Wednesday, two days after he dodged arrest by crawling through sewers, police said.

(Read the article from ANSA)

From Los Angeles Times, "AGAIN?! Academy's foreign language committee releases shortlist, makes major snubs ('Gomorra,' 'Captain Abu Raed'), industry outraged". (Read article by Scott Feinberg)


From NPR.org. Once a poor country that sent millions of its citizens abroad to find work, Italy now imports workers. (...) But despite the country's demand for laborers, Italians are extremely reluctant to welcome immigrants. (...) Surveys show that among Europeans, Italians are the most suspicious about immigrants. A majority believes immigrants have too many rights and that many of them should be deported, and that immigration has brought only crime. Talk of an immigrant "invasion" is widespread. (Article and radio broadcast by Sylvia Poggioli.)

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Eppure segni di speranza sono forti, evidenti: un senso globale di formidabile desiderio di armonia che un numero sempre più crescente di donne e uomini del pianeta avvertono come auspicabile, necessario, una diversa visione della comunità umana...

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