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Holy Souls, Holy Souls, I Am One, and You Are Many

These are times of pandemic, everything changes. Even these days dedicated to Halloween and other traditions in Italy as in the world. Everything will be different but we need to remember our traditions to continue as soon as everything is over. 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 events

Learning About My Grandmother by Living through a Pandemic

If you met my grandmother, “Nana Rose”, chances are you can share a story about the experience. Chances are, she talked about you, too. My Nana had a “personality”, for sure. She appreciated personality in those she interacted with and was dismayed by the lack thereof. Of utmost importance to her was whether her partner in a moment could hold a conversation, keep her entertained, or make her laugh. That one was important. A laugh changed her life; I’ll save that story for another time.
Governor Cuomo Delivers Remarks at 2020 Columbus Citizens Foundation Reception

GOVERNOR CUOMO DELIVERS REMARKS AT 2020 COLUMBUS CITIZENS FOUNDATION CELEBRATION GALA

Governor Cuomo: "While there is much sadness this year and I am disappointed to not be at the gala and not to march in the parade, there is a silver lining. This year we unveil a magnificent monument to our Italian American legacy and that monument will stand for all time... Thanks to the Columbus Club, and Angelo Vivolo and the Mother Cabrini Commission, we are unveiling a beautiful statue erected in Battery Park City on the shore of the Hudson River, looking directly at the Statue of Liberty." "As Governor, I used many of the lessons taught to me by my Italian parents and grandparents, our legacy. Tell people the truth. Be direct. Don't be afraid. Protect one another. Operate as a family. And believe in ourselves and believe that we can overcome"

Italian Welfare League - Autumn in New York 2020 - Oct 24 - Virtual Event

Due to COVID-19, the Italian Welfare League had to make the difficult decision to postpone this year’s highly anticipated 100th Centennial Celebration until 2021. The Italian Welfare League will host a Virtual Autumn in New York Fundraiser on Oct 24 at 12 noon. The event is free. You can register here.

NIAF’s Virtual 45th Anniversary Gala – Honoring Dr. Anthony S. Fauci Saturday, October 31, 2020 - Washington, D.C.

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) will celebrate its 45th Anniversary Gala virtually on Saturday, October 31, 2020, and honor Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who will be presented with NIAF’s 2020 Leonardo da Vinci Award for Leadership in Health and Science live during the Gala.

NIAF Chairman Patricia de Stacy Harrison and NIAF Vice Chair Anita Bevacqua McBride “Cavaliere” of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic

Armando Varricchio, Ambassador of Italy to the United States, presented the honor of “Cavaliere” of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic to Harrison and McBride at Villa Firenze, the Ambassador’s residence in Washington, D.C., on October 7.

Know Columbus!

Five Largest Italian American Groups in the Nation Unite to Defend Columbus. The Columbus Citizens Foundation, the Italians Sons and Daughters of America (ISDA), the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF), the Order of the Sons and Daughters of Italy (OSDIA), and UNICO National -- gathered together in an unprecedented show of Italian American unity to form, and fund, the National Columbus Education Foundation. John M. Viola, executive producer of the Italian American Podcast, and former president and chief operating officer of the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) was unanimously named the Foundation’s first executive director.

In a Fase 1 State of Mind

Fase 1 is a collection of short stories and poetic fragments of sixty-four Italian writers, journalists, intellectuals and representatives of different fields who, from February to April 2020, have captured - in a concise way - when they felt something shifted, entering this global Covid-era. Ebook, download for free!

Over 50 Italian Artists Sing "And the Sky is Becoming Brighter" Together for the Italian Red Cross

In the current COVID emergency, Italian singers joined together. This time it was for the Red Cross, recording the song " And the sky is becoming brighter/ Ma il Cielo è sempre più blu" from their home studios in "full lockdown style".

“Childhood is the Dna of Humanity”

In Reggio Emilia, Northern Italy, a PhD course about the educational experience that inspires toddlers schools all over the world. An interview with Carlina Rinaldi, pedagogist, president of Reggio Children Foundation

The Restaurants to Come

June 17, stories and ideas from the world, about the future of (Italian) restaurants after COVID-19

My Spencerian Milestone

Remembering my first grandchild in a time of plague reminds me of how grateful I should be for what I've had, and still have.

The Italian Way to Say 'Everything's Gonna Be Alright' in Music

In Italy, we have heard “Andrà tutto bene" (Everything's Gonna Be Alright) by Nesli radiating from our balconies a thousand times. It has become a mantra said (and sung) to say that together we can beat the virus and turn our “new-normality” into a “real-normal-average-forgotten life.”

Constantinian Order US Delegation: Italian Hospital Covid-19 Relief Fund

Solidarity is an immense and world-changing force. Let's aid those in greatest need.

Quarantine Plant Care

We have to stay home to avoid the spread of the virus and protect the vulnerable people who can be severely affected by it. Some fortunate people are able to work from home, others, have to find creative ways to pass the time.

It’s Time to Celebrate Carnival

Until the February 25, this year, children and adults can enjoy this amazing, colorful and frisky feast

A Statement on the Tragic Death of Kobe Bryant

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) released a statement on the passing of basketball legend Kobe Bryant, in honor of his special relationship to Italy.
Meet Gabriel A. Battista

A Heartfelt Tribute to NIAF Chair Gabe Battista 

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.

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.

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.