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If Italy's fashion capital has a predominant color, it is gray—not only because of the blocks of neoclassical stone buildings for which the city is celebrated, but also due to its often-gray sky, which traps pollution.
Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2018-12-tree-milan-ambitious-cleaner-greener.html#jCp
Air Italy, an upstart Italian air carrier founded early in 2018, on Tuesday said it will start nonstop service on May 14 between Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and Milan, Italy’s Malpensa Airport. Air Italy will initially operate the new route three times weekly.
The Justice Department has helped many countries gain back their rightful cultural possessions. This is a case that doesn’t warrant its involvement.
Milan continues to outpace its Italian neighbors in home prices and sales volume, while the smaller areas in its orbit remain quiet and affordable.
Italy's fashion association issued an official statement in the face of accusations of irregular working conditions in the country.
From 2001 to 2017, the number of Americans speaking Italian at home dropped from almost 900,000 to just over 550,000, an incredible 38% reduction in just 16 years.
The company debuted its first Italian location in Milan in September, a high-end Starbucks Reserve Roastery. It opened two more locationsthis week.
Institution vows to defend ‘legal right’ to Victorious Youth statue discovered off Pesaro in 1964
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is leaning a little less than it used to. The Italian monument, famed for its precarious tilt, has been improving its posture, straightening nearly 1.5 inches since 2001.
Xiang Kai, a director and writer based in Shanghai, burned more than $20,000 worth of Dolce & Gabbana products, including coats, a vest and bags. A previous fan of the brand, he said he also threw his shoes and watches from the label in the trash.
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Bordighera Press is internationally recognized as the foremost publisher of italianità in North America. Commemorating thirty years of publishing authors in the Italian diaspora, this event will feature three recent publications, Not for Nothing by Kathy Curto, Bitter Bites from Sugar Hills by Sara Fruner, and Il cucchiaio trafugato by Angelo Spina.
Publishing works spanning from New York Poet Laureate Emeritus Joseph Tusiani and his award-winning poetry to groundbreaking scholarship and research like the recentRe-Mapping Italian America (edited by Sabrina Vellucci and Carla Francellini), the event will kickoff a yearlong celebration of thirty years of Bordighera Press and its authors.
House of Secrets
The Many Lives of a Florentine Palazzo
by Allison Levy, Brown University
Author Allison Levy in conversation with:
Leonard Barkan, Princeton University
Gerry Milligan, College of Staten Island/CUNY GC
Alexander Stille, Columbia University
House of Secrets tells the remarkable story of Palazzo Rucellai from behind its celebrated façade. The house, beginning with its piecemeal assemblage by one of the richest men in Florence in the fifteenth century, has witnessed endless drama, from the butchering of its interior to a courtyard suicide to champagne-fueled orgies on the eve of World War I to a recent murder on its third floor. When the author, an art historian, serendipitously discovers a room for let in the house, she lands in the vortex of history and is tested at every turn—inside the house and out. Her residency in Palazzo Rucellai is informed as much by the sense of desire giving way to disappointment as by a sense of denial that soon enough must succumb to truth. House of Secrets is about the sharing of space, the tracing of footsteps, the overlapping of lives. It is about the willingness to lose oneself behind the façade, to live between past and present, to slip between the cracks of history and the crevices of our own imagination.
This talk in Italian will be accompanied by a translation in English.
Speaker Giovanni Bazoli is the president emeritus of Intesa Sanpaolo, president of the Giorgio Cini Foundation, and emeritus professor of law, Università Cattolica di Milano.
His restructuring of the Banco Ambrosiano after the troubled 1980’s brought him onto the world stage and led to the institution's ranking among the top banking groups in Europe. Bloomberg News describes him as "a law professor turned dealmaker who transformed an institution wracked by scandal into Italy’s most valuable lender through a series of acquisitions; ...a behind-the-scenes financier known for discipline, not drama."
He has urged a "complete rethinking of the market economy" in this "critical moment for democracy," and said that "the problem is not globalization itself, but how it was handled or mishandled."
The author of several books, Bazoli was also instrumental in the establishment of the Gallerie d'Italia, a modern and contemporary museum in Milan.
See this recent article in Italian: https://www.milanofinanza.it/news/bazoli-momento-critico-per-democrazia-...
This conversation, part of the Italian Creators of our Times series, is with Luca Rossettini and Mauro Nardocci, the founders of two companies specializing, respectively, in cleaning the sky, D-Orbit, and the oceans, Seads (Sea Defence Solutions).
The pollution of our planet is one of the most pressing and difficult problems our society is facing. About 8 million tons of plastic enter the sea every year, and at this rate we foresee a future were, in the oceans, there will be more plastic than fish, by 2050. In the skies above us there are at least 7,500 tons of space junk, 'left overs" from old satellites, that represent a serious threat because of the risk of colliding with active satellites and/or space stations.
Italians are pioneers in the creation and implementation of technologies and devices geared toward environmental clean up, greatly contributing much needed solutions to this difficult and problematic issue.
Luca Rossettini is the founder and ceo of D-Orbit. He has a master in Aerospace Engineering, a master in Strategic Leadership Towards Sustainability, and a Ph.D. in Advanced Space Propulsion. He has always loved working in the space sector, so much so that he even applied for the European Astronauts Corp, positioning himself among the first two hundred candidates out of 10,000. But the call to be a serial entrepreneur was stronger, and in 2011 he founded D-Orbit, a company that offers solutions to eliminate the Space Debris.
Mauro Nardocci is a partner of SEADS and its Communication director. He has a bachelor degree in Computer Engineering and a master degree in Management Engineering. He has worked in Luxembourg, Singapore, Germany, and of course Italy. He is also an executive coaching, and leadership expert.
The year 1920 marked the turning-point in Italy’s postwar crisis. Left-wing agitation and the threat of revolution reached their climax in September 1920, with the occupation of Italy’s largest factories by the workers. In Turin, Antonio Gramsci emerged as the theorist of the factory council movement as an authentic expression of the revolutionary proletariat. A minority of the Futurists responded by forging links with the Proletkult movement in the Soviet Union. However, Soviet collectivism troubled Marinetti, and many artists, who reasserted the primacy of the individual
However, the failure of the Socialist leadership to seize the occasion to convert their revolutionary rhetoric into action led to profound disillusionment, and to the secession of the left wing of the Socialist party, completed at the Congress of Livorno in January 1921 with the foundation of the Italian Communist party.
The reaction was not long in coming. It started not in the industrial cities but in provincial cities like Bologna and Ferrara, and in their rural hinterland, where the control exercised by the Socialist movement through their organization of agricultural laborers posed an even greater threat to property than the working-class movement in the cities. The reaction took the form of squadrismo: the armed action of the squads organized by the Fascist movement, which won its first symbolic victory with the occupation of the town hall of Bologna, and the expulsion of the newly elected Socialist council. The Fascist movement attracted wide sympathy from those who saw it as a legitimate patriotic response Socialist internationalism and a “defeatist” refusal to celebrate Italy’s victory in 1918. The artist Ottone Rosai was a typical representative of this tendency. However, even as the Fascist movement continued to expand rapidly, some of its original adherents dissociated themselves from it, on the grounds that it no longer represented the cause of “national revolution,” and had become the tool of social reaction.
The rapid political changes of 1920 left many artists perplexed, dissatisfied with the major artistic movements (Futurism or Metafisica) and searching for new directions. Mario Sironi, while refusing any idea of a return to the past, abandoned the optimism of the early Futurists in favor of a stark and pessimistic vision of the new urban reality, while actively contributing as a cartoonist to Mussolini’s Popolo d’Italia. Giorgio Morandi turned away from the public sphere of controversy and sought his inspiration in an intensely private and solitary vision.
Adrian Lyttelton is Professor of History at the Johns Hopkins University Center in Bologna. His previous appointments include Professor of Modern History, University of Reading; Resident Professor of History, Bologna Center; Professor of European History, University of Pisa. He has been Visiting Professor at the University of California, Berkeley and at the American Academy in Rome. He is the author of The Seizure of Power: Fascism in Italy 1919–1929 as well as of many other publications on the Twentieth century Italian and European History.
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6pm – registration, aperitivo, and viewing of Metaphysical Masterpieces
6:15pm – program begins, followed by audience Q&A
8pm – evening concludes