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Our multi-ethnic kids (photo: DPH, State of Connecticut)
John Gennari(February 17, 2017)
The morning after the election, when I awakened my twin ten-year old daughters with news of Donald Trump’s upset victory, each of them broke into tears and asked the same question: what will happen to our Muslim friends? I didn’t have a good answer, and I still don’t. But I do know this: here in Vermont it is our Muslim neighbors who are keeping America great and making us feel right at home.
i-Italy on the Go!
A Bronx Tale: The Musical is currently showing at the Longacre Theatre
Art & Culture
Liza Giangrande, Joelle Grosso(February 17, 2017)
After its great successes as both a one-man show and a film, "A Bronx Tale" has returned to New York City as a Broadway musical. Currently playing at the Longacre Theatre, this musical rendition of the famous play turned movie, tells the classic coming of age tale that provides a soulful insight into a community as it used to be.
The panel for the first event of this year's Digital Diplomacy Series
Life & People
Joelle Grosso(February 15, 2017)
On February 13th, the Italian Embassy and the Italian diplomatic network in the United States held a panel discussion in Washington D.C. about news, the Internet, and foreign policy as part of their Digital Diplomacy Series.
Pirrone d'Elide(February 12, 2017)
Voting is a private matter; that's why there are curtains on the polling booths. So when I-ITALY Magazine asked for reflections upon my preference - and vote - for Donald Trump, I was hesitant, but agreed nonetheless to present what would be a counter opinion to many they had received.
Luisa Del Giudice's family
Luisa Del Giudice(February 12, 2017)
What prompts peoples to embark on perilous, unknown journeys in search of hospitable lands, if not desperation? For the vast majority of people around the world, the motives remain: hunger, oppression, war. These are good reasons to leave home. We should never demonize such people. They are us. This was our past. I have always referred to my parents as “economic refugees” due to the dire situation in which they (like so many others) found themselves after WWII. We pray it will never be...
Art & Culture
Samantha Janazzo(February 10, 2017)
Sixteen paintings by Sandro Botticelli are on loan in the United States. A rare image of Venus in solidarity is the highlight of the exhibition that starts at the College of William and Mary's Muscarelle Museum of Art in Williamsburg, Virginia, from February 11 to April 7. After that it will proceed to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
Art & Culture
Joelle Grosso(February 16, 2017)
Paola Antonelli and Maria Popova recently met up at the Italian Cultural Institute as part of their new series of events in honor of the incredible Italian writer, Italo Calvino.
Art & Culture
Joelle Grosso(February 14, 2017)
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Dr. Sonia Cancian, an Italian-Canadian professor at Zayed University in Dubai, spoke at a conference at the “Museo della lettera d’amore” (Museum of Love Letters) in Torrevecchia Teatina, Abruzzo. A social historian specializing in the field of Italian migration, Dr. Cancian has studied hundreds of love letters exchanged by Italian migrants in the past century. In this interview she tells us about her long-lasting research interest for this topic, the importance of letter-writing for previous waves of migrants, and the uncertain future of the art of (love)...
FIAT 500
Art & Culture
Samantha Janazzo, Alex Catti(February 07, 2017)
60 years ago the FIAT 500 was released in Turin, Italy. Today, it continues to be one of the most popular automobiles in the world, famous for its signature compact profile, economic pricing, and fuel efficiency. Upon its release in 1957, the FIAT 500 changed the compact car segment forever, and after years of trails and tribulations, the renowned FIAT 500 drives better than ever.
The signature style of Luca della Robbia
A new exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. celebrates the fabulous work of Italian sculptor Luca della Robbia and the three generations of his family workshop.
Poster of the documentary
On occasion of Black History Month 2017 as well as Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò’s "Primi al Cinema" film series, the documentary entitled “Blaxploitalian: 100 Years of Blackness in Italian Cinema” by Fred Kudjo Kuwornu makes it’s debut in...
Facts & Stories
Tommaso Cartia(February 07, 2017)
Eataly is the biggest market for Italian products in the world, so what better way to celebrate its tenth anniversary than with a toast? For this occasion, the beautiful Eataly NYC Downtown location was transformed into a vineyard to host Slow Wine...
The Ferrari crew at the International Automobile Festival. In the centre Flavio Manzoni, the Director of "Centro Stile Ferrari" and Senior Vice President of Ferrari Design
The distinguished International Automobile Festival bestowed their top honor to the striking new Ferrari GTC4Lusso, making this the car’s first European award of the year.
Love and the writing of love letters are a central part of Italy’s history. These letters tell stories of love lost, love found, and love rekindled. Their most common subjects are immigrants, refugees, and the exiled. In many cases, love letters are...
The world was his canvas
Over 100 Keith Haring pieces will be exhibited in Milan's Piazza Reale from February to June. His iconic "street art" style speaks volumes to the changing viewpoints of love, hate, fear, and war during the 80's and 90's in...
Celebratory students at a past California State University, Northridge commencement ceremony. Photo by Lee Choo (courtesy https://csunshinetoday.csun.edu)
Were it not for the United States’ earlier generous stance towards foreign students, even those from former enemy nations, I would not be here myself. My father came to the United States in 1953 on one of the first Fulbright scholarships. And even...
In both the good times and the bad, the Sanremo Festival is an institution which Italians love almost as much as spaghetti and Michelangelo. One out of every three Italians watches the grand finale of the Sanremo Song Festival, now in its 67th year.
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Italian Americans are Split over Trump—But Conservatives are More Vocal than Liberals

The most commonly held view of Italian Americans is that they are overwhelmingly conservative. Our social network experience, however, tells us a different, more complex story. In response to the recent presidential executive order, i-Italy has published a series of articles from various contributors who took the side of opposition. Once the posts hit Facebook, we received mixed feedback from our readers. While the hundreds of "likes" and "shares" received in the first 24 hours show that the majority applaud the content, many of the comments and replies suggest otherwise—most defend Trump’s reasoning and argue with the opinions presented in the articles. This proves that not all Italian Americans are of the same mindset. It also reflects a historical shift in public behavior that has already been observed many times in America: liberals tend to constitute a more "silent" majority online (they are content with pressing the "like" button) while conservatives are more vocal and tend to occupy the sphere of public discourse (they use the "comments" tool more frequently).
Art & Culture

Michael Cunningham's Hours in Matera

At the Italian Cultural Institute in New York, internationally acclaimed writer and Pulitzer Prize Award Winner of "The Hours"–Michael Cunningham–presented his lyrical lecture on the exceptional city of Matera (Basilicata). The American author visited the city in 2016 when he was invited by APT Basilicata (the agency that promotes tourism in that area). In conversation with Giorgio van Straten–director of the Institute–Cunningham enchanted the audience with his passionate ode to the city and talked about his connection to Italy, as well as about his work.

Palermo is Voted Italy's Culture Capital 2018

Culture Minister Dario Franceschini announced that Palermo was voted Culture Capital of Italy for 2018. For the honor Palermo bested Trento, Aquileia, Montebelluna, Settimo Torinese, Comacchio, Recanati, Ercolano, Alghero and the twin townships of Erice and Elimo in Eastern Sicily.

LA VIGNETTA - “Is the American Dream Over?”

There has been some talk lately that has many people asking if the newly elected President is more than just a problem for the United States, for Muslims, and for women. The Muslim ban is the first of many attempts to undermine individual liberties and human rights. This is why Trump is not just a problem for America but rather for the whole world–regardless of how much political or economic power he may hold.
Golden Door - Nuovomondo

Where are the Golden Door and the “Neworld” Heading?

When President Trump signed his Executive Order, I was preparing for my classes, and happened to be working on a lecture and discussion of Emanuele Crialese’s Golden Door (Nuovomondo – in Italian), a film about historical migration from Italy to the U.S. The story follows the travails of an extremely poor Sicilian family, the Mancusos, embarking on the transatlantic journey to reach the U.S. at the time of Mass Migration; it offers its take on concepts that in these days are omnipresent in the public debate: the image of the U.S. as a land of immigrants; the process of vetting those arriving at its boundaries; and the rejection of those deemed “unfit.” Mutatis mutandis, it’s not hard to extrapolate to a Syrian family searching for a new opportunity after much deprivation and suffering in their home country. For those of us living so close to that very statue that lifts its lamp beside the golden door in the New York Bay, the question about where the new world of the Mancuso family, “America,” is heading has never been more pressing.

After Ellis Island? Italians at the Border in the Age of Trump

Italians do know what it means seeking entry to the United States with fear of detention, deportation, and refusal.

The Italian American Contribution to Trump’s Muslim Immigration Ban

The First Amendment of the United States Constitution (1979) simply states: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
Art & Culture

The Festival Verdi 2017 Celebrates an Opera Sensation

Parma and Busseto co-host The Festival Verdi 2017 to celebrate the operatic arts and the legacy of an Italian opera composer, Giuseppe Verdi, with some of his finest productions.
Art & Culture

Haring's Work Comes to Milan's Piazza Reale

Over 100 Keith Haring pieces will be exhibited in Milan's Piazza Reale from February to June. His iconic "street art" style speaks volumes to the changing viewpoints of love, hate, fear, and war during the 80's and 90's in the USA while tying in international culture and history.

Walls and Bans. A View from San Diego

As a scholar of Italian Studies with an interest in migration, working at a large Hispanic-designated public university in San Diego, the series of executive orders issued by the new U.S. President last week raised some puzzling questions about their impact in my region and their resonance with past events related to Italy’s emigrant and colonial histories.

"Immigration Ban." An Italian American Perspective

President Trump’s recent Executive Order can be seen in two very different historical perspectives. On the one hand, it is in keeping with a long tradition of demonizing immigrants—something Italians, among others, have long experienced in the past. On the other hand, Americans often point with pride to the history of accepting immigrants, as embodied (literally) in the figure of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. Italian Americans have a particular responsibility in this new (or old) political landscape.
Facts & Stories

Abruzzo's Avalanche: After a Week of Search Efforts

The weeklong search for possible survivors at the Hotel Rigopiano has concluded with the amount of victims totaling to 29 out of the 40 onsite at the time of the disaster.
Facts & Stories

Giorno della Memoria: May We Never Forget

January 27th is the Giorno della Memoria, or International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which pays tribute to the victims who tragically lost their lives during the Nazi-Fascist persecution more than 80 years ago.
Facts & Stories

Italian Welfare League's “I Nostri Bambini”

A group of women is working together to fulfill a great mission. Learn about the Italian Welfare League and their program I Nostri Bambini, which has collected $1.5 million in favor of children with disabilities and their families.
Art & Culture

Marisa Merz: The Sky Is a Great Space

Art lovers in New York City are crowding to see a stunning new exhibition devoted to the full scope of the career of Marisa Merz, the only female protagonist of the Arte Povera movement in the 1960s.

Joy and Despair as High Court Clears Way for Early Elections

In the final, clipped sentence of its ruling Jan. 25, the Constitutional Court cleared the way for national general elections to be held, even this spring, one year ahead of the formal end of the legislature. Those jubilant over the decision included Matteo Renzi, Beppe Grillo and Matteo Salvini.
Facts & Stories

Starbucks to Open in Milan, Renews Garden in Piazza Duomo

The US coffee giant, which will open its first store in Italy sometime this year, is gifting Milan with a beautiful garden.
Art & Culture

'Fire at Sea' Strikes Again with Oscar Nomination

Gianfranco Rosi’s 2016 Italian documentary film, which highlights the harsh realities of the migrant crisis in Lampedusa, will compete against the 4 other nominations in its category at the 89th Academy Awards on February 26.
Art & Culture

LA Italia Film Fest to Commemorate Dean Martin

Dean Martin left his legacy as an Italian-American singer and actor who ran the Las Vegas strip and shaped Hollywood's elite, and he did it with the infamous Rat Pack by his side. The LA Italia Film Fest in Hollywood will commemorate his life with musical performances and movie screenings starring "The King of Cool."
Facts & Stories

Angelo Vasta: The Dance Filmmaker of the 21st Century

When the movie Pina by Wim Wender came out in 2011 it reached unexpected audiences and made a less known figure and an indie experimental approach understandable and fully engaging. It might have not swept the nation like "La La Land" or be a cinephile favorite like "Singing in the Rain", or "The Red Shoes", but it took dance in its purest form and made it an entertaining, poetic, visual spectacle where the movement itself tells the story, where the 3D is not used for jumping dinosaurs but envelops you in a multi-dimensional idea of beauty.
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Thousands of Italian taxi drivers protesting legislation they say will favor Uber clashed with riot police Tuesday, intensifying a weeklong cab strike that has crippled transportation in Rome, Milan and Turin.

Bears in Italy are emerging from hibernation early as a result of unseasonably mild winter temperatures, in an alarming sign of the effects of global warming on Europe’s wildlife.

Italian coffee is a proud tradition that stretches back centuries and across regions; one built on craftsmanship and ceremony. Foamy cappuccinos are poured fresh from the Moka pot—but never after breakfast.

From specialty shops in Rome to supermarkets around the world, lovers of Italian olive oil are in for some sticker shock this year, with prices due to jump by as much as 20%.

An Italian operation led to the arrest of 33 believed to be a part of the Piromalli clan, an organization that has allegedly infiltrated the olive oil trade in Italy and exported fake products to the U.S.

Pope Francis on Sunday denounced the "cruel terrorist acts" in Pakistan, where at least 88 people were killed on Thursday when an attacker blew himself up inside a crowded Sufi shrine.

Donald Trump may be working to make America great again, but Gianni Musetti is hoping the president will help do the same for Italy.

Former premier Matteo Renzi quit as leader of Italy’s ruling party, triggering a re-election battle against minority dissidents that threatens the stability of the center-left government.

"Loved by citizens, but humiliated by the State," read one of the placards held as firefighters demonstrated against their low pay in Rome on Thursday.

Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti has met with the mayors of ten towns in Libya’s southern desert region to convince them to overcome differences and back the struggle against migrant smuggling through Libyan territory into Europe.


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Tommaso Cartia(February 20, 2017)
Il grande road-show internazionale per la promozione del Festival Verdi, l'evento che ogni anno celebra il genio dell'opera italiana, ha fatto tappa a New York, presso l'Istituto Italiano di Cultura. A presentare l'eccezionale...

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Format: 2017-02-22
Format: 2017-02-22

February 21

Scraps: Fashion, Textiles And Creative Reuse
10:00 am to 06:00 pm
New York
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
2 East 91Street
10128 New York, NY
United States
Marisa Merz: The Sky Is a Great Space
10:00 am
New York
The Met Breuer, Floor 2
945 Madison Avenue
10021 New York, NY
United States
Art Exhibition: Memories of Serenissima: Nineteenth-Century Artists in Venice
10:00 am to 05:00 pm
New York
Italian Cultural Institute
686 Park Ave
10021 New York, NY
United States
Davide Balliano - Solo Exhibition
10:00 am
New York
Tina Kim Gallery
525 West 21th Street
10011 New York, NY
United States
Pier Paolo Calzolari: And I Say
10:00 am
New York
Marianne Boesky Gallery
507 West 24th Street
10011 New York, NY
United States





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