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Launching 2013 — The Year of Italian Culture

Iwona Adamczyk (December 14, 2012)

2013 to be the Year of Italian Culture in the United States, during which America will discover Italy and all its values: culture, arts, sciences, and advanced technologies. The aim of this yearlong journey is to communicate and promote Italy, and to create new, and reinforce the already longstanding bonds uniting Italy and the United States, by engaging Americans in numerous cultural activities taking place in major American cities throughout the year.

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Italian Culture and Lifestyle in America (2013)

It looks to me like so called Italophiles have decided to take over the world (or at least the United States).

It all started with Lidia the cooking lady on PBS when she started doing an "Italy in America" cooking series.

And now the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has declared 2013 "The Year of Italian Culture in the U.S." and has organized a massive year-long celebration with 180 events in 40 cites, all designed to highlight Italian culture in America!

Plus I also hear people talking about "Italian lifestyle walking tours" that are designed to guide the public through authentic Italian lifestyle experiences in cites and towns across America. (http://www.theitalianwayapp.com)

It's evidently a great time to be an Italophile. But I wonder if it's possible for most Americans to actually adopt the ways of the Italian people. We seem to have an epidemic of stress, yet find it difficult to slow down and learn the healthy lifestyle lessons Italians have to teach -- that true happiness comes from savoring simple moments, taking the time to enjoy fresh healthy food, appreciating good wine, and spending time with family and friends.

Life is not perfect in Italy, but I suppose it's possible that incorporating the Italian culture into American society will give us newfound health and happiness. Italophiles of all kinds seem to be committed to making this happen.

Gramsci Smiling

Io non sono uno di parlare, ma... “Italy ends at the Garigliano – no?”

I can’t help but notice: Verdi, Michaelangelo, Boccaccio, Machiavelli...

17 million American Terroni, as per Gramsci brilliant concept of cultural hegemony, continue to be convinced that they have no history of culture. For example, in the March 2013 celebration of Italian photographers Lateza Battaglia didn’t “make the cut”...outrageous! But than again she is not Italian... Lei è Siciliano!!!

Tom Verso