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  • Facts & Stories

    Columbus Monument Listed on National Register of Historic Places

    "The Columbus Monument is revered by the Italian-American community in New York and stands as a tribute to the ways our state has welcomed immigrants from around the globe," Governor Cuomo said. "I am proud that we were able to secure this designation, which will help ensure the history of all cultures that make up our uniquely diverse state is always recognized."

     

    The statue was listed on the State Register on September 20, 2018 after a unanimous vote of the New York State Board for Historic Preservation. The New York State Historic Preservation Office immediately recommended that the National Park Service add the monument to the National Register of Historic Places. The National Park Service accepted the nomination and listed the monument on November 20th.

     

    State and National Register listing is an honored recognition of historic significance and offers protections for the statue under state and federal historic preservation laws. National Register listing would also make the statue eligible for state and federal grant programs.

     

    The Columbus Monument is historically significant as an outstanding example of public art, as well as a representation of ethnic and social history. Italian immigrants faced strong prejudice and hostility as they arrived in increasing numbers in the late 19th century. Seeking inclusion in mainstream American society, Italian-American community leaders turned to the image of Columbus to create an ethnic identity that they believed would overcome prejudice and promote assimilation. Funds for the statue were raised by Carlo Barsotti, founder of Il Progresso, the first Italian-language daily newspaper in America, and the Columbus statue is one of five statues dedicated to Italians erected in New York City during the first three decades that Il Progresso was published. The statue was designed by Italian sculptor Gaetano Russo, well-known as a sculptor of allegorical figures and commemorative monuments in Italy.

     

    Rose Harvey, Commissioner of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, said, "Listing on the State and National Registers helps to preserve, protect and improve New York's incredible heritage. I applaud Governor Cuomo for recognizing this history, and leading one of the strongest historic preservation programs in the nation."

     

    Congressman José E. Serrano said, "New York State has always served as a beacon for those seeking a new, better life, and for years, Italian-American immigrants for years have been able to look at this monument in Central Park and see a piece of their culture in the new country they call home. This historically significant monument is certainly deserving of the honor of being added to the National Register of Historic Places, and I applaud Governor Cuomo for ensuring that it received the recognition and protection it deserves."

     

    Congressman Jerrold Nadler said, "The designation of this historic monument on the National Register of Historic Places validates the significance of the Italian-American community in our state and the hardships many immigrants once faced. With this designation, this statue will forever be recognized and preserved as a significant part of our state and nation's history. I thank Governor Cuomo for pushing to get the Columbus Monument recognized by the National Register of Historic Places."

     

    Congressman Gregory W. Meeks said, "Italian-Americans are an integral part of the New York melting pot, whose culture is inextricably linked to our city's. For decades, Italian-American immigrants have looked to the Columbus Monument as a symbol of both the adversity they have overcome and the strides they have made in this new and unfamiliar land. I commend Governor Cuomo for fighting to have this monument added to not only the State Register, but now the National Register of Historic Places as well."

     

    Congressman Thomas R. Suozzi said, "At a time when the Italian-American community faced discrimination and hostility, the Columbus Monument served as a unifying symbol that helped immigrants overcome these hardships. Now, the statue stands as a reminder to all immigrants in our nation that New York will always recognize and celebrate your unique cultures and history. I applaud Governor Cuomo for always standing with our nation's immigrants, and for recognizing the importance of this monument."

     

    Angelo Vivolo, President of the Columbus Heritage Coalition, said, "The Italian American community takes great pride in the Columbus Monument and the positive history it represents. We are grateful to Governor Cuomo and New York State for being a partner in its preservation."

     

  • Art & Culture

    La Dolce Vitti in L.A.

    After great acclaim in Rome, the exhibit La Dolce Vitti opend  on November 15, 2018 at the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles on the occasion of Cinema Italian Style 2018. The exhibit recount to the American public Monica Vitti’s enchanting spell in her 40 years career in film, theater and television.

    Created and produced by Istituto Luce Cinecittà in collaboration with Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Rai Teche, Archivio Enrico Appetito and the Italian Cultural Institute Los Angeles and curated by Nevio De Pascalis, Marco Dionisi and Stefano Stefanutto Rosa, the exhibit offers an immersive multimedia journey in chronological and thematic order. The heart of the exhibit is comprised of 30 magnificent photographs from prestigious private and public archives including Istituto Luce, Accademia d’Arte Drammatica Silvio d’Amico, del Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, and Enrico Appetito. The images cover the 40-year career and evolution of Monica Vitti and Italy.  The exhibit recounts in first person, with her characteristic raspy voice, memories, reflections and selections from her books. There are also testimonials from her colleagues Dacia Maraini, Dino Risi, Ettore Scola and Alberto among others.

    The exhibit is divided into three sections: Theater, Michelangelo Antonioni and Comedy. The visitor is enveloped by a sound installation featuring the voice of the actress. Her raspy, singular voice, untraditional in entertainment’s terms, was one of the secrets to her success and art.

    The section entitled ‘Theater’ depicts the early years of study of Maria Luisa Ceciarelli, later known as Monica Vitti while the second section illustrates her work with Michelangelo Antonioni, a critical moment in her career where she developed a personal and artistic relationship with the iconic director. Together they shaped modern art in a burst of creative activity between 1960 and 1964: The Adventure, The Night, The Eclipse and Red Desert, films that captured the incommunicability and alienation of the twentieth century. 

    Finally, the third section captures the comic genius of Monica Vitti. In 1968, she exploded on the screen as Assunta, a humble Sicilian daughter seduced and abandoned in The Girl with a Pistol directed by Mario Monicelli. A new star was born and she dominated the traditionally male dominated field of comedy as the first female protagonist beside greats like Alberto Sordi and Vittorio Gassman.

    The exhibit also includes a touch screen monitor displaying rare videos such as an interview with Monica Vitti telling about some key moments in her artistic life and postcards and posters of the actress that visitors may take home with them as a souvenir.

    Accompanying the exhibit is the book La Dolce Vitti, edited by Edizioni Sabinae and Istituto Luce-Cinecittà, curated by Nevio De Pascalis, Marco Dionisi, Stefano Stefanutto Rosa, with an introduction by film critic Irene Bignardi. The volume (in Italian only) includes over 150 pages of text and images.  

     

    Luce Cinecittà

    Istituto Luce Cinecittà represents the merge of the historical archive Luce (founded in 1924, one of the oldest and richest of the world, part of the UNESCO memory of the world register) and Cinecittà’, founded in 1937, one of the largest European film studios facilities. Its activities include pre and post production labs, promoting Italian cinema internationally in collaboration with the most relevant cultural institutions and festivals of the world, digital restorations, book publications, a cinema specialized on line news agency, distribution.

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    Cinema Italian Style

    Cinema Italian Style, created in 2004 by Gwen Deglise, Dennis Bartok (American Cinematheque) and Camilla Cormanni (Luce Cinecittà), is co-presented by the American Cinematheque and Luce Cinecittà, under the auspices of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, in collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles, the Italian Trade Agency and the Italian Cultural Institute. Supported by The Leading Hotels of the World.

     

     

    Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Los Angeles (IIC)

    Founded in 1984 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to promote Italian culture in Southern California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. The IIC organizes Italian language courses through the association Lingua Viva, and events in collaboration with numerous local institutions with the goal of presenting Italy in all of its cultural richness: architecture, cinema, design, literature, music, science, theater and the visual arts.

    Italian Cultural Institute LA

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  • Art & Culture

    10 ITALIAN PUBLISHING HOUSES at the first edition of the New York Rights Fair

    The Italian Trade Agency has organized the presence of 10 Italian publishing houses and a delegation of 20 industry representatives from North, Central, and South America. New York, May 2018 - Italy will be present at the first edition of the New York Rights Fair that opens its doors on May 30th 2018 at the Metropolitan Pavilion.

    This event stems from the collaboration between Bologna Fiere, Publisher’s Weekly, the largest magazine in the American sector, and the Combined Book Exhibit, an important editorial marketing platform. The New York Rights Fair has the goal of establishing itself as the leading trade show for the global publishing community and in particular for companies operating in the field of international rights and licensing. The Italian Trade Agency (ITA) has organized the official participation of 10 Italian publishing houses that will be exhibiting in an area of 140 square meters.

    The ITA also organized the presence of 20 representatives of publishing houses from Argentina, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela that will be be meeting with Italian publishers of the ITA pavilion. Also contributing to the promotion of the Italian presence at NYRF are advertising inserts, paper and digital, on Publisher’s Weekly and www.italbooks.com, the online showcase of Italian publishers curated by ITA Chicago. The Italian Trade Agency’s initiatives aim to promote the exchange and sale of Italian titles in what is considered the largest global publishing market.

    In 2017, according to data provided by the Department of Commerce, US imports of books and other printed matter fell slightly (-1.7%), from 3.7 billion USD in 2016 to 3.6 billion in 2017. In this context Italy, in the same period, experienced a 12% decrease in exports to the US. Italy nonetheless maintained the 6th place as a supplier, the second largest European supplier in the sector behind Germany, with imports amounting to 79.7 million USD and a 2.2% share of the total. Although difficult to approach, the US publishing market has been offering attractive opportunities for our publishing houses for several years thanks to the growing interest shown in Italian culture and language.

    The support for the Italian participation in the New York Rights Fair is part of the promotional program of the publishing sector created by the ITA in collaboration with AIE, the Italian Publishers Association. In addition to participating in major international fairs, the ITA invites agents and managers of copyright purchases of foreign publishing houses to major Italian exhibitions, organizing seminars, market research and promotional and advertising campaigns.

    The Agency’s activities in support of this sector is carried out in the USA by the ITA office in Chicago, where a publishing task force operates to assist and provide services to Italian operators in the sector and also promote them through the www.italbooks.com website 1 where there are over 300 Italian publishing houses with approximately 1,500 titles.

    ITA Chicago also participates at ACTFL, an event dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching of foreign languages, and also Comic-Con International.

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    TALIAN EXHIBITORS AT THE NEW YORK RIGHTS FAIR(*​

    1. Atlantyca www.atlantyca.com

    2. Casa Editrice Kimerik www.kimerik.it

    3. Corraini Edizioni www.corraini.com

    4. Dea Planeta Libri www.deaplanetalibri.it

    5. Editrice Il Castoro www.castoro-on-line.it

    6. Giunti Editore www.giunti.it

    7. Gruppo Albatros www.gruppoalbatros.eu

    8. La Coccinella www.coccinella.com

    9. Silvia Vassena @ Milano by Gexcel Srl www.silviavassenamilano.com

    10. White Star www.whitestar.it

     

  • Art & Culture

    "No More Beautiful Dances" @ Snug Harbor

    No More Beautiful Dances wrestles with the ideas of exploration, introspection, reframing a woman after becoming a mother, and being an immigrant.  Anabella Lenzu’s dance theater piece uses spoken word and video projections to tell a personal vision of femininity and what it means to be a woman today.

    Originally from Argentina, Anabella Lenzu is a dancer, choreographer and teacher with over 25 years experience working in Argentina, Chile, Italy and the USA. As Artistic Director of Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama, Lenzu draws on her diverse background to create thought-provoking and socially-conscious dance-theatre in the interest of improving our human condition. 

    Lenzu founded her own dance school L’Atelier Centro Creativo de Danza in 1994 in Argentina, and has maintained an active teaching career ever since. Currently, Lenzu conducts classes at Peridance Capezio Center, Wagner College and Lehman College.  Lenzu has written for various dance and arts magazines, and published her first book in 2013, entitled Unveiling Motion and Emotion.

    This performance is supported in part by Materials for the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NYC Department of Sanitation, NYC Department of Education, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and the Francis Farmer Fund at Wilson College MFA Thesis project.

     

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    Snug Harbor
    Cutural Center & Botanical Garden

     

    Building G | G 201 Dance Studio
    5:00 PM reception | 6:00 PM performance
    $10 Admission | Buy tickets at PASSlenzu.bpt.me

    Choreographer and Dancer: Anabella Lenzu
    Video Projection Design: Todd Carroll
    Acting and Voice Coach: Daniel Pettrow
    Costumes: Jennifer Johanos

     

    About Snug Harbor

    Today, Snug Harbor is a place where history, architecture, visual and performing arts, gardens, agriculture, and education come together and provide dynamic experiences for all ages. It is one of the largest ongoing adaptive reuse projects in America and is one of New York City’s unique architectural complexes and historic landscapes. Majestic buildings of classic architectural styles are home to exhibitions on historical subjects and contemporary art. Snug Harbor’s Music Hall is the one of the oldest concert halls in New York City. Fourteen distinctive botanical gardens are spread across the site and include the celebrated New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden and the Richmond County Savings Foundation Tuscan Garden, based on a 18th century garden in Florence, Italy. Snug Harbor is also is home to the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Snug Harbor Artist Residency Program (SHARP), Staten Island Museum, Staten Island Children’s Museum, Noble Maritime Collection, Art Lab, Children’s Harbor Montessori School, and Staten Island Conservatory of Music. Snug Harbor is also a proud Smithsonian affiliate.

     

  • Installation view, Arte Povera: From the Olnick Spanu Collection, Magazzino Italian Art. Giovanni Anselmo, Here and There, 1971-1972; Giuseppe Penone, Tree of Three Meters, 1988. Photograph by Marco Anelli © 2018. Courtesy of Magazzino Italian Art.
    Art & Culture

    Don't Miss Magazzino's Re-Opening!

    This exhibition represents the Olnick Spanu Collection's core of Post-war Italian art, allowing the space to be an environment solely devoted to this generation of Italian artists.

    Their work came at a defining moment in the 1960s, as Italy was transitioning into an era of burgeoning industrialization, student rebellion, and a decline of the “economic miracle” of the 1950s allowed by the Marshall Plan. The artists aimed to eradicate the boundaries between media as well as between nature and art, their mantra was “Art is Life.” 

    The term Arte Povera, coined by art critic Germano Celant in 1967 to mean "impoverished art," grew out of the radical stance artists were taking in response to their dissatisfaction with the values established by political, industrial and cultural institutions in Italy. Following the movement’s inception by Celant, 1968 was a year of seismic social and political change across the globe which percolated into the time's art scene. 

    50 years later, Arte Povera: From the Olnick Spanu Collection presents 76 artworks in a variety of formal and conceptual approaches in all mediums – ranging from painting, sculpture, photography, works on paper and installations—in an effort to display the evolution of each artist’s career over time. 

    The exhibition will be on view beginning March 1st, when we reopen Magazzino doors following its regular schedule, Thursday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Head over to Magazzino Italian Art to book a free visit!

  • Fatti e Storie

    Italiani all'estero al voto

    Si rammenta che ai sensi dell’art. 48 della Costituzione italiana il voto è personale ed uguale, libero e segreto. Il suo esercizio è dovere civico. Ne deriva l'obbligo di assicurare la custodia del plico che verrà inviato per posta, nonchè il divieto di cessione a terzi del materiale elettorale. In caso di violazione di quanto sopra verranno applicate le penalità previste dall'art. 18 della Legge 459/2001.

    Per maggiori informazioni e modalità di voto vi invitiamo a visitare il sito del Consolato Generale d'Italia qui >>

    La circoscrizione Estero venne istituita dalla legge costituzionale 17 gennaio 2000, n. 1 che aggiunse il terzo comma dell'Articolo 48 della Costituzione italiana. L'anno successivo venne fissato con ulteriore legge costituzionale, che andò a modificare gli articoli 56 e 57 della Costituzione, il numero dei parlamentari eletti per corrispondenza dagli italiani all'estero: diciotto, di cui dodici alla Camera e sei al Senato.

    La circoscrizione Estero ricomprende tutti gli stati e i territori riconosciuti dal Governo italiano, i quali sono raggruppati in quattro suddivisioni geografiche:

    Ripartizione Europa, che include anche la Federazione russa, la Turchia e Cipro:
    Ripartizione America meridionale;
    Ripartizione America settentrionale e centrale;
    Ripartizione Africa, Asia, Oceania e Antartide.

    In ciascuna delle quattro ripartizioni viene sempre eletto almeno un deputato e un senatore, mentre gli altri seggi sono distribuiti proporzionalmente al numero dei cittadini italiani residenti nella specifica ripartizione.

    Andiamo adesso a capire di più sui candidati nella circoscrizione di Nord e Centro America. Lo facciamo cercando di rispettare quellla che in Italia viene chiamata con un termine latino 'par condicio'. Pensiamo che tutti i candiditati debbano avere la stessa oppourtunità sul nostro sito. Vi invitiamo quindi a cliccare sugli hyperlinks, qualora fossero indicati, che vi permetteranno di visitare delle pagine online di approfondimento.  Qualora i candidati volessero fornire un migliore pagina di riferimento on line siamo disposti ad aggiornare.

    Vi accorgerete che ci sono nomi conosciuti, cambiamenti anche sostanziali di appartenenze a liste, qualche curiosità e qualcuno che si accinge per la prima volta all’avventura elettorale.

    La vera novità - criticata da molti - è che quest’anno i candidati delle circoscrizioni estero non devono essere necessariamente residenti all’estero, possono anche vivere in Italia

    Ecco le liste con i candidati

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    Centrodestra (Salvini-Berlusconi-Meloni)

    Mario Cortellucci (Senato) 

    Risiede da 50 annni in Canada, si candida per la prima volta ma è molto conosciuto all'interno della comunità per la sua passione per chi vive all'estero. In quota Fratelli d’Italia.

    Francesca Alderisi (Senato)

    Volto noto di Rai Italia con 'Sportello Italia' e Pronto Francesca",  e su questa popolarità punta. Risiede in Italia. Si è già candidata nella lista MAIE. Questa volta corre con Forza Italia.

    Angela Fucsia Nissoli Fitzgerald (Camera)

    Vive da quasi 30 anni negli Stati Uniti assieme al marito e tre figli. Nel 2012 aderisce al MAIE-Movimento Associativo Italiani all'Estero. Alle elezioni politiche 2013 è candidata alla Camera dei Deputati, nella lista Con Monti per l'Italia,  viene eletta deputata della XVII Legislatura con circa 6.300 preferenze. Il 20 giugno 2017 aderisce ufficialmente a Forza Italia.

    Vincenzo Arcobelli (Camera)

    Da Paternó, in Sicilia, a Dallas, Texas, Vincenzo Arcobelli, é comandante pilota ed istruttore dell’aviazione civile. Quando Arcobelli si trasferí negli Usa, nel 1993, lasció l’aereonautica militare italiana con il grado di tenente.  Si è già candidato nel 2013 al Senato con Monti e nel 2008 alla Camera nel Popolo della Libertà.

    Matteo Gazzini (Camera)

    Imprenditore edile di seconda generazione e pilota d'aereo nativo di di Bressanone e residente negli Stati Uniti. In quota Lega.

    Basilio Giordano (Camera)

    Calabrese della Provincia di Cosenza, editore-giornalista italo-canadese, da oltre 40 anni residente a Montréal, in Canada – si ricandida con il Centrodestra (Forza Italia-Lega-Fratelli d’Italia), alla Camera dei deputati.

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    Partito Democratico (PD);

    Pasquale Nestico (Senato)

    Nasce a Isca Ionio, in provincia di Catanzaro. Ma vive a Philadelphia dal 1967, ed è sempre stato molto impegnato con la comunità italiana. Nel 2004 ha ricevuto la maggioranza dei voti in USA al CGIE (Consiglio Generale degli Italiani all’Estero), dove ha prestato servizio distinguendosi, fino al Dicembre 2015. E' oggi un noto cardiologo con studi pubblicati in importanti riviste di settore.

    Angela Maria Pirozzi in Giannetti (Senato)

    Residente in Canada dal 2007. Costituisce il Circolo PD a Ottawa, terzo al mondo per numero di iscritti. Dal maggio 2017 è Delegata in Assemblea Nazionale del PD per l’America Settentrionale e Centrale.  Collabora come giornalista con le due testate locali, L’Ora di Ottawa e Il Postino.  Si occupa molto di volontariato a tutti i livelli e per due anni è stata Presidente di Tele30, la televisione etnica locale in lingua italiana.

    Rocco di Trolio (Camera)

    Originario di Calabritto, inizia la sua attività al servizio degli italiani all’estero nel 1975 a Londra, entrando a far parte dei Comitati di Coordinamento Consolare (Co.Co.Co.). Nel 1981 giunto al Patronato INCA-CGIL porta avanti la sua attività socio-assistenziale. Nel 1983 diventa responsabile a Londra dell’ITAL-UIL.  Nel Comites (Comitati degli Italiani all’Estero) risulta il primo eletto nel 1988. Tra il 1989 ed 1990 accetta di trasferirsi a Vancouver per dirigere gli uffici del Patronato INCA-CGIL

    Francesca La Marca (Camera)

    Nata a Toronto, in Canada, da genitori italiani e cresciuta nella comunità italiana della sua città, ha conseguito la laurea in lingue (italiano e francese) e filosofia, master e PhD in letteratura francese. Deputato eletto nella legislatura attuale per America Settentrionale e Centrale.

    Giovanni Faleg (Camera)

    Segretario del Circolo PD di Washington, DC dal giugno 2015, la sua esperienza politica comincia nel 2009, a Londra. Nato a Firenze,  dal 2006 vive all’estero e dal 2014 risiede a Washington, DC. Ha lavorato come ricercatore presso il Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) di Bruxelles e nel 2013 presso l’Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) a Roma. Dal 2014 al 2018 hoalavorato come Consulente alla Banca Mondiale, come specialista nella pianificazione ed esecuzione di interventi di sviluppo in aree di crisi e post-conflitto.

    Isabella Weiss di Valbranca (Camera)

    Specializzata a Londra in Common Law alla Westminster University of London, e a San Francisco in International Business alla UC Berkeley Extension. È giornalista pubblicista e ha collaborato con Rai International. Dopo essersi trasferita a Singapore, dove ha aperto una azienda di vestiti per bambini, è approdata a San Francisco, dove è nel board dei Directors della Leonardo da Vinci Society. È Segretario del circolo PD di San Francisco.

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    Movimento Cinque Stelle;

    Fiorenzo Borghi (Senato)

    Di Como. Studia architettura al Polytechnic University di  Milano. Dal 1996 a New York, fotografo pubblicitario e di moda. Nel 2006 apre il gruppo Meetup di New York. Dal 2009 nel M5S. 

    Alessandro Iossa (Senato)

    Di Genova vive in America dal 2002. Ha sposato un'americana e risiede a Denver, nel Colorado dove è Coordinatore del movimento per il Nord e Centro America. Ha fatto parte dell’Arma dei Carabinieri in Italia, ha partecipato a missioni internazionali come in Bosnia Herzegovina. Congedatosi si trasferisce in America con la moglie dove intraprende studi importanti legati all' Information Technology. Consegue diverse lauree. Ha lavorato per diverse compagnie nel modo finanziario.

    Emauele Mazzilli (Camera)
    Di Teramo, si è trasferito a San Francisco nel 2012. Informatico viene premiato per la miglior app italiana per un concorso della BMW sullo sviluppo sostenibile. Nel settembre 2014 rappresentò  Twitter nell'incontro con l'allora Premier Matteo Renzi. Nel Gennaio 2015 riceve un premio come "Best Mobile Fix" . Ha lavorato con Twitter e Facebook. Nel Board of Advisor e Angel Investor della startup Getpan.

    Claudio Pettinella (Camera)

    Originario di Pescara, vive a New York e fa il manager. 

    Francesco Ditta (Camera)

    Originario di Mazara Del Vallo in Sicilia. Laureato in Viticoltura ed Enologia. Ha lavorato in Italia in questo settore, ma ora vive in California a Sacramento da quattro anni. Dirige un'azienda che si occupa di vini taliani.

    Antonino Calà Lesina  (Camera)

    Vive ad Ottawa in Canada.  Ingegnere elettronico, PhD in telecomunicazioni, ricercatore in fotonica e nanotecnologie,

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    Liberi e Uguali (con Pietro Grasso);

    Tony D’Aversa (Senato)

    Imprenditore italo-canadese nato a Toronto da genitori italiani. È presidente e fondatore della Big Paper America Inc., un’azienda leader e innovativa nel settore del packaging per prodotti alimentari che sono orgogliosamente “Made in Italy”. La famiglia D’Aversa è radicata nella comunità italiana in Canada da 50 anni e da sempre si è dedicata al servizio di tutti gli italiani.

    Pierluigi Roi (Camera)

    Giornalista per diverse testate, direttore della stazione dei telegiornali multilingue, da 32 anni a Toronto, Canada. Ha vissuto a Londra, poi a New York. Fonda con Gino Bucchino, deputato eletto nella XV e XVI Legislatura,  il primo COMITES spontaneo di Toronto. 

    Giuseppe Continiello (Camera)

    Risiede in Canada, a Montréal, da sette anni. Ha conseguito il Ph.D. in Relazioni internazionali, laureato in Scienze politiche e ha studiato all'Università per Stranieri di Siena per diventare dirigente degli Istituti scolastici italiani all'estero. Giornalista e consigliere in comunicazione e in orientamento.

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    Movimento Associativo Italiani all’Estero (MAIE con Merlo);

    Giovanna Giordano (Camera)

    Presidente del Comites dal 2004 e quest’anno presidente del Comitato dei presidenti dei Comites in Canada.  Coordinatrice del Movimento MAIE in Canada. rRferimento per molti giovani che hanno dato vita alla Commissione Giovani del Comites. 

    Augusto Sorriso (Senato)

    Imprenditore. Coordinatore MAIE in USA di Licata (AG), Vive in New Jersey dal 1994. Ha  ricoperto diverse cariche  politiche locali in Italia.  E' attualmente consigliere del Consiglio Generale degli Italiani residenti all’Estero (C.G.I.E.). È già stato candidato in Parlamento col PdL, per la ripartizione estera Nord e Centro America.

    Salvatore Ferrigno (Camera)

    Nato a Carini (Palermo, Sicilia).  agente di assicurazione - consulente finanziario. Alle elezioni politiche del 2006 viene eletto deputato della XV legislatura della Repubblica Italiana nella circoscrizione Estero per l'Forza Italia.. Presidente del Com.It.Es.di Filadelfia.  Entra nel MAIE nel 2016. Ha alle spalla un'intensa attività nella comunità

    Angelo Viro (Camera)

    Si definisce imprenditore con una grande passione politica fin da ragazzo. Siciliano, vive a Santo Domingo, Repubblica Dominicana.  Ha ricoperto vari ruoli all’interno del Comites di Santo Domingo e poi in quello di Panama. Vcepresidente della Casa de Italia, presidio della cultura italiana a Santo Domingo,  in passato ha ricoperto anche il ruolo di presidente della Camera di Commercio dominico-italiana.

    Leonardo Metalli (Camera)

    Lavora da oltre 20 anni alla Rai come giornalista. Vive a Roma con sua moglie, un'italoamericana nata e cresciuta a New York e figlia del noto ristoratore Tony May,. Ha creato  madforitaly.net un portale per italiani all'estero. 

    Paolo Canciani (Senato)

    Giornalista in Canada da quaranta anni, noto conduttore di Soccer City, e' stato coordinatore di Forza Italia a Toronto.  Ha lasciato per protestare  contro la legge che consente ai non iscritti AIRE di candidarsi all’estero. 

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    Lista Civica Popolare Lorenzin;

    Emilio Barletta (Senato)

    Emilio Barletta nasce a New York e consegue la laurea in Architettura a Firenze il 10 novembre 1989. Si trasferisce di nuovo negli USA dove consegue il master nel febbraio 1994. A New York comincia la sua carriera di imprenditore nel campo della costruzione, ristrutturazione e ristorazione di vari locali sparsi su tutta la città di New York. Nel maggio 2012 diventa Presidente di "Friends of Roma Capitale" a New York e nel 2016 è membro responsabile della sede di New York della fondazione di studi tonioliani.

    Alberto Quartaroli (Camera)

    Avvocato bolognese, vive a New York da diversi anni. Si occupa molto degli italiani all'estero collegati alla sua regione di origine.  Lavora anche come consulente finanziario e promotore di eventi all’estero.

    Rosanna Di Pierdomenico (Camera)

    Vive a Toronto, in Canada. Di Abbateggio in provincia di Pescara, all’età di 8 anni, nel 1965 emigra insieme a genitori. Dopo gli studi entra in banca dove rimane per ben 35 anni. Pensionata all’età di 55 anni, oggi è libera professionista – mortgage nroker – aiuta i clienti a gestire le proprie esigenze nel settore finanziario. Nel 2001 ha partecipato al Premio Letterario di Parco Maiella ed è arrivata seconda nella sezione degli Italiani all’estero. 

    Dom Serafini (Camera)

    Giornalsita ed editore abruzzese di Giulianova. Vive tra New York e Los Angeles. Nel 1968 si trasferì a New York per “studiare la televisione” e per iniziare le sue prime esperienze lavorative nel campo dell'editoria. L'editoria sarà parte importante nella sua vita. Nel 1981 fonda la sua rivista per il settore TV professionale, VideoAge.  Molto attivo nella comunità italiana non è la sua prima candidatura, si è già presentato nel 2006 come indipendente.

    Giovanni Mannino (Camera)

    Imprenditore di Carini si occupa di cibo e vino ed è attivo nel settore turismo. E' stato consisgliere comunale ed assessore in Sicilia. A Roma è stato assistente parlamentare.

    Veronica Navarra (Senato)

    Nata a Casablanca in Marocco. Vive a Roma.  I suoi bisnonni e nonni erano emigrati dalla Sicilia a New York per la costruzione del ponte di Brooklyn. Attiva nel mondo dell'agricoltura. Comproprietaria di impresa agricola nel mantovano, dal 1986 partecipa attivamente alla gestione dell’azienda agricola di famiglia, curando la trasformazione del latte in Parmigiano Reggiano. Le vengono conseguiti diversi incarichi di tipo istituzionale nel settore agro-alimentare. E' molto attiva nell'incoraggiare le imprenditrici nelle organizzazioni agricole e sul fronte delle nuove opportunità dell’imprenditoria femminile in agricoltura. 

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    Più Europa con Emma Bonino;

    Luca Palazzotto (Senato)

    Ingegnere ambientale. Nato a Busto Arsizio si è laureato al Politcecnico di Milano. Dopo aver lavorato in Inghilterra, Africa, Sudamerica, Caraibi ora vive negli Stati Uniti a Washington DC.

    Giovanni Gennari (Senato) 

    Nato a Firenze, vive a Santo Domingo. Si occupa di consulenze legali ed economiche. Laureato in Scienze Politiche presso l’Università Cesare Alfieri di Firenze, ha avuto diversi incarichi importanti nell'industria agricola. 

    Francesco Galtieri (Camera)

    Ph.D. in African Studies, è attualmente consulente per le Nazioni Unite. Ha vissuto a Matera. Poi tra Stati Uniti, Africa e vari paesi europei. Prima di dedicarsi alla politica, Francesco è stato a capo della Sezione per le attività di Consolidamento della pace, presso United Nations Volunteers.

    Mariateresa Cascino (Camera) 

    Di Matera. Vive a Boston. E' giornalista pubblicista. Si occupa di consulenze di marketing e comunicazione.

    Cesare Paolo Riccardo Romano (Camera)

    Nato Milano dove ha studiato. E' docente di diritto internazionale presso la Loyola Law School di Los Angeles. Ha lavorato allaNew York University dal 1996 al 2006. Vive in California dal 2006.

    Roberto Ciliberto (Camera)
    Romano. Laureato all’università di Roma “Sapienza” in architettura,  giornalista pubblicista. Vive a New York dove lavora come restauratore di edifici storici.

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    Free Flights to Italy;

    Giuseppe Macario 

    Docente e autore. Vive in California, è titolare di un’impresa nel settore della realtà virtuale. 

    Bettina Anna Maria Borrelli
    Abruzzese. Pensionata vive adesso in Italia dopo una vita dedicata all’insegnamento della lingua italiana. Si occupa di genealogia e di rintracciare i documenti degli avi degli italiani emigrati negli USA o in Canada, 

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    Partito Repubblicano-Ala;

    Francesca Uccelli

    Nata a Munster, Germania

    Marco Riva

    Nato a Reggio Emilia 

     

     

  • Events

    Fiorella Mannoia. "La Combattente" at the Town Hall

    The Rome-born Fiorella Mannoia made her singing debut at the age of 14 at Italy’s Castrocaro Festival of New Voices and New Faces, immediately landing her first recording contract.  The young Mannoia honed her vocal skills via appearances in the country’s noted song contests such as Festivalbar and Un disco per l’estate, eventually competing in the legendary Sanremo Festival of Italian Song, an event which would become synonymous with the trajectory of the singer’s prodigious career.  Back to back wins of Sanremo's Critics Prize in 1987 and 1988 cemented Firoella Mannoia’s reputation as the female interpreter in whom Italy’s legendary cantautori would entrust their works including Ivano FossatiRon,Riccardo Cocciante and Francesco De Gregori.

     From this position Mannoia would go on to champion her country’s next generation of songwriters such as Samuele Bersani, Daniele Silvestri and Gianmaria Testa. In 2000, Fiorella Mannoia was invited to the 50th anniversary edition of the Sanremo Festival as "Super Host”.

    A 1989 Italian-language version of Chico Buarque’s "O Que Será” marked the beginning of FiorellaMannoia’s relationship with Brazil and its musicians.  Among the legends Mannoia would go on to record with are Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Milton Nacimento and modern masters Lenine and Adriana Calcanhotto, making the Italian artist the de-facto ambassador between two of the world’s richest musical cultures.

    During the 2000’s Fiorella Mannoia became recognized as one of Italy’s leading live performers with award-winning tours in venues ranging from the country’s most historic theaters to sports arenas, and in formats from solo to with-orchestra and alongside artists such as Pino Daniele.  All the while Mannoiaexpanding her repertoire with songs penned by Italy’s new generation writers including Jovanotti,Ligabue and Tiziano Ferro.  

    Additionally, Fiorella Mannoia lent her voice to both benefit concerts following the tragic Abruzzo earthquake, including the the all-female San Siro line-up spearheaded byLaura Pausini and featuring Gianna Nannini, Elisa and Giorgia.  Mannoia also appeared at the Italia Loves Emilia benefit concert in support of those effected by that region’s earthquake.  Fiorella Mannoiaserves as spokesperson for the Axè project, a role which has included performances in both Rome and Salvador da Bahia to help at risk youth through the performing arts.  She also took on the role of artistic director of Amiche in Arena, a concert to raise awareness on violence against women using the music ofLoredana Berté held at Verona’s Roman amphitheater.

    Fiorella Mannoia maintains an intrinsic connection to the Italian film world.  As the daughter of a stuntman, a young Fiorella worked as a body double for actresses Monica Vitti and Candace Bergen as well as appeared in various 1970’s Spaghetti Westerns.  Her voice can be heard in the soundtracks of films such as Nanni Moretti's Caro Diario and Paolo Genovese’s Perfetti Sconosciuti, the title song which was co-written by Mannoia and received the Nastro D’Argento as Best Original Song.  

    FiorellaMannoia’s version of the classic Io che amo solo te was accompanied by a music video starring a cast of noted Italian actors such as Pierfrancesco Favino and Raoul Bova.  Mannoia returned to her acting roots joining the all-female cast of 7 Minuti which was presented at the Rome Film Festival.

    Fiorella Mannoia’s recent projects range from a tribute to Lucio Dalla to appearances on the Italian version of X Factor.  Her latest album 2016’s Combattente features compositions by old friends including Fossati and new collaborators such as Negramaro’s Giuliano Sangiorgi as well as songs penned byMannoia herself.   In 2017 Fiorella Mannoia returned to the Sanremo Festival stage in competition for the fifth time.

    Fiorella Mannoia is a five time winner of Italy’s prestigious Tenco Prize and her recorded body of work counts some two dozen albums.

     

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    Fiorella Mannoia US Debut Concert

    Friday, February 23rd / New York, NY
    The Town Hall
    123 W 43rd St
    8:00pm (Doors 7:30pm)
    Info. >>
    Tickets >>

  • Monica Vitti
    Art & Culture

    Michelangelo Antonioni @ The Museum of Modern Art

    The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in association with Istituto Luce Cinecittà presented the first complete film retrospective in New York in more than a decade of the work of Italian filmmakerMichelangelo Antonioni.

    The retrospective, taking place from December 7, 2017 through January 7, 2018 in the Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters, launched with two successful events: a VIP screening of Red Desert and a panel discussion on the book 'My Antonioni'.

    This retrospective features nearly 40 35mm prints and digital preservations, and celebrates the writer-director’s legendary collaborations with Monica Vitti—the trilogy of L’Avventura, L’Eclisse, and La Notte, as well as Red Desert, Blow-Up, and The Passenger.

    It would be hard to overstate Michelangelo Antonioni’s influence on postwar cinema, architecture and design, fashion, and literature, even on modern conceptions of the intellectual and the erotic. Antonioni (1912–2007), whose fascination with mediated reality only deepened over time, was a restless experimenter with composition, camera movement, cutting, and storytelling.

    Presented with Luce Cinecittà, Rome, and featuring nearly 40 35mm prints and digital preservations, this first complete retrospective in New York in more than a decade celebrates the writer-director’s legendary collaborations with Monica Vitti—the trilogy of L’AvventuraL’Eclisse, and La Notte, which Pauline Kael myopically dismissed in her infamous essay “The Come-Dressed-As-the-Sick-Soul-of-Europe Parties”—as well as Red DesertBlow-Up, and The Passenger.

    It also foregrounds Antonioni’s sociopolitical concerns through his neorealist documentary shorts and through his impressionistic yet incendiary Chung Kuo—China(1972), which lifted the Iron Curtain on China during the Cultural Revolution; a newly struck 35mm print of the Director's Cut is presented at MoMA in a weeklong theatrical run. Comparing the “antique and silent” beauty of Ferrara, his childhood town, with his “hard and hostile” experience of Rome, Antonioni might well have been describing the tensions within his own films: abstract, elliptical narratives involving men and women who are estranged from each other, from nature, and from themselves, and who drift through landscapes reflective of their existential despair and yearning.

     

    The entire schedule for this retrospective is available at the following link >>

  • Art & Culture

    The Art of Making & the Made in Italy

    The exhibition and the project that lies behind it are occasions to reflect on the art of making and the Made in Italy.

    The exhibition explores how artisanship can be married to technology and how Italian excellences in the arts, textiles and fashion find a common language and ground for collaboration. Together, they contribute to the art of living, wellbeing and respect for people and the environment.

    This is the face of the new Made in Italy.

    According to the curator of the exhibit, Eugenia Paulicelli, the new Made in Italy is transnational and in conversation with other cultures and technologies.

    With their remarks at the opening reception Maurizio Forte, Director of the Italian Trade Commission (ICE/ITA New York) and Enrico Libani,  CEO America, Cesare Attolini galvanized the public with rousing speech.  Maurizio Forte shared a splendid anecdote that underlined the two important elements at the core of the Fabric of Cultures project:  artisanship and technology, and how they work together, and how the one cannot exist without the other.

    It is the marriage of technology and artisanship, Forte went on to say, that is the DNA of the new Made in Italy. Forte added that Italy is in the avant-garde in the production and export of high technology to the world.

    Enrico Libani described how the Neapolitan style of jacket was born. In the 1930s, he master tailor Vincenzo Attolini, father of Cesare and grandfather of Massimiliano and Giuseppe, the present owners of the brand, revolutionized the Saville Row, London style of jacket worn by well-to-do Italians. Vincenzo created a lightweight version of a jacket more in line with the climate of southern Italy. Being lighter, it required a higher level of sartorial skill than heavier, more structured jackets. Vincenzo’s jacket was designed to be a second skin that gave the effect of massaging the wearer.

    The Neapolitan sartorial revolution took place locally and created a new image of male elegance that stretched beyond the confines of Naples and Italy. Libani has described the dozens of master tailors who work at the Attolini atelier just outside Naples. They sit at round tables each one of them works on a single detail of the jacket: sleeves, lapels, collars, and pockets.

    The new Made in Italy of the twenty-first century blends the local with the global, the handmade and the machine, the made in Italy and its transnational markets and influence.  It draws on tradition and history to create the new.

    Eugenia Paulicelli, who directs the Advanced Certificate of Italian Culture for the 21st Century at Queens College and Fashion Studies at Graduate Center (CUNY), underscored how the Made in Italy demands to be understood in the wider context of the multiplicity of language and cultures that compose Italy’s pluralistic identity. To reflect on the new Made in Italy as this exhibition does is to spotlight Italian excellence and reveal an Italy that defies simplistic slogans.

    The Fabric of Cultures: Systems in the Making brings together artists, designers, CUNY students and local communities to reflect on the art of making, craftsmanship and technology in today’s globalized world. It calls attention to larger systems at play that influence the state of fashion, craft and aesthetics constantly under development and in flux.

    For non-Italians especially, the Made in Italy signifies the acquisition of an intangible set of experiences. The objects consumed become part of an emotional map that gives access to a lived or imaginary experience made possible by the narrative of the new media. This is why the experience of authenticity is so important. Many of today’s Italian designers dedicate special attention to linking their collections to the place in which they are made, emphasizing local traditions and culture.

    The designers and companies included in the exhibition—Cesare Attolini, Antonio Marras, Orange Fiber and Salvatore Ferragamo, “Arte e Ricamo,” a women-run company that works for prestigious Italian and international brands from Emilio Pucci (shown in the exhibit) to Dolce & Gabbana, Tom Ford, Versace, Vivienne Westwood, and Fendi, to name but a few—are exemplars of this dialogue and dynamic. 

    Made in Italy today demands to be examined in the context of both a multilayered identity and a plurality of centers of excellence that preserve a relationship with local origins often beyond the confines of large cities. The exhibition features, in fact, a mix of regional experiences, accents and know-how from the north: Arte e Ricamo, Emilio Pucci, Ferragamo, Silvia Giovanardi; from the south:  Calabria—FrancyG, Emanuela Errico, Maria Francesca Nigro, Cangiari/Goel; Sicily—Giulietta Salmeri, Marzia Donzelli (Arca Textile Lab), Orange Fiber; Sardinia—Antonio Marras; or from a city, Naples in the case of Attolini.

    The research behind these different companies and independent designers shares common ground: care and attention to detail and aesthetic, ethics, know-how, links to local identity and history, together with an eye to innovative techniques and designs.

    The Fabric of Cultures offers a special opportunity to view the new Made in Italy from New York, a global fashion city and a design hub, through the Tek-Tiles project by the Pratt/Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator. The exhibition also debuts the work of CUNY student Christina Trupiano, who has re-created the Tanagra Dress originally made by activist and dress designer Rosa Genoni in 1908. A film by Massimo Mascolo and Claudio Napoli shows this dynamic  dress worn by Queens College students and provide additional background and contribute to the celebration of the 150th anniversary of Rosa Genoni’s birth.  

    The exhibition catalog, The Fabric of Cultures: Systems in the Making, is now available on Amazon.

    The Fabric of Cultures is part of a larger, partly digital, pedagogic and research project directed by Eugenia Paulicelli, professor of Italian at Queens Collegeand director of Fashion Studies at the Graduate Center.

     
  • Art & Culture

    Book. The Bilingual Revolution

    The book The Bilingual Revolution: The Future of Education is in Two Languages tells the story of a grassroots movement that emerged out of the dedicated involvement of motivated parents, educators, and community actors willing to create and support dual language programs in New York City public schools.
     
    Combining insight on learning and living in two languages, the book shares practical applications and examples of bilingual education, from preschool to high school. With New York City as a backdrop, Fabrice Jaumont, from a personal and scholarly perspective, recognizes in his book the successes and setbacks of these programs through vignettes that feature the parents and educators he helped initiate bilingual programs in their schools.
     
    Ofelia García, Professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and world-renowned expert in bilingual education, wrote the book’s foreword, “Bilingual Education, Making a U-Turn with Parents and Communities:”
     
    Usually books on bilingual education are for teachers and little attention has been previously paid to how families can act to ensure that American public schools develop bilingual education programs for their children. The most important story told by Fabrice Jaumont in this book is that of the desire of American families to have their children schooled bilingually, in English, but also in a language that has deep connections to them.”
     
    Although the roots of bilingual education in the United States can be traced back to the early 17th century, Jaumont describes a new phenomenon sweeping the country with the objectives of:

    • Embracing families' and communities' own unique cultures and promoting their linguistic heritages as important parts of the greater international mosaic of our society
    • Helping facilitate community re-engage with public schools
    • Promoting a social, economic, and cultural sense of community and helping to bridge gaps that continue to divide us

     
    Nicknamed the “godfather of language immersion programs” by the New York Times, Fabrice Jaumont has more than 25 years of experience in international education and the development of multilingual programs in the United States. In spearheading what he calls the “Bilingual Revolution,” Jaumont has put his expertise at the service of the French, Italian, Japanese, German, and Russian communities by helping them to develop quality dual language programs in their local public schools. He is himself the father of two bilingual and bicultural girls who attend a public dual language school in Brooklyn.
     
    A true believer in the benefits of bilingualism –from improved critical thinking to a profound sensitivity toward other people and cultures-, Jaumont depicts and encourages the development of bilingual programs. It is his belief that these offerings can positively transform and empower children, schools, and communities in unprecedented ways. In the diversity of the stories he shares, Jaumont paints a picture of a viable 21st-century solution to preserve linguistic heritage and raise a generation of young bilingual, bi-literate, multicultural citizens of the world.
     
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    The Bilingual Revolution: The Future of Education is in Two Languages by Fabrice Jaumont ($19.99, 210 pages, 6x9, paperback, ISBN: 978-1-947626-00-3) is scheduled for release on September 5, 2017 and is now available for pre-order on tbr-books.com (POD).
    Other formats: hardcover ($59.99, 6.69x9.61, ISBN: 978-1-947626-03-4), ebook ($13.99, ISBN: 978-1-947626-02-7) and audiobook (($13.99, ISBN: 978-1-947626-06-5).
    Also available in French under the title: La révolution bilingue : le futur de l’éducation s’écrit en deux langues. Upcoming translations include: Spanish, Japanese, Arabic, Italian, German, Polish, Chinese, and Russian (expected December 2017).
    TBR Books is a new independent Brooklyn publisher with a focus on revolutionary ideas for culture, education, and human development.

     

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