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Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) i by Domenico Petarlini, 19th century.
Art & Culture
The Italian Heritage and Culture Committee of New York Prepares to Celebrate the Genius of Dante: Poet, Philosopher, Political Thinker
Art & Culture
Roberta Cutillo(February 12, 2020)
Leo Yeni, an Artist’s Paper Life, presented by NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò in collaboration with Centro Primo Levi showcases the life and struggles of a man through his art. To some, the show, curated by Cynthia Madansky, is an interesting look into the mind of the artist, who like many other Italian jews was abandoned by his country, to others such as Lillian Spiegel, it’s one more step towards giving Leo what he never managed to obtain during his lifetime, Italian citizenship.
Art & Culture
Roberta Cutillo(February 10, 2020)
Parents, teachers, institutional representatives all gathered in Harlem’s cozy neighborhood pizzeria Sottocasa to celebrate the progress of Manhattan’s first dual language Italian program at the local PS 242. Together they discussed the benefits of bilingualism, shared their experiences and planned for the future of the program.
Art & Culture
Josephine A. Maietta(February 06, 2020)
The Association of Italian American Educators (AIAE), together with The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, is conducting a survey for a book on the growth and impact of Italian-American educators on the American education system. They are gathering information on the experience of Italian-American educators who have taught and administered in education over the last 70 years. If you or anyone you know are interested in participating, see the letter by President Josephine A. Maietta below.
Facts & Stories
Francesca Di Matteo(February 04, 2020)
They step into the court for charity, with basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his deep ties to Italy on their minds. They face each other with honesty and passion in the sacred temple of basketball, Barclays Center, with two goals in mind: to win but also to promote the best strategies to communicate the Italian brand in the US. Who are they? New York’s Italian entrepreneurs, the members of the Italian Brands Basketball League, the first basketball association of Italian managers.
Meet Gabriel A. Battista
Life & People
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.
Art & Culture
Roberta Cutillo(February 03, 2020)
February 2020 marks 60 years since the release of Federico Fellini’s iconic film, which has inspired countless directors and filmmakers across the world (and continues to do so), becoming one of the leading ambassadors of the ‘Made in Italy’ brand....
Facts & Stories
L. A.(January 30, 2020)
The visit of Nello Musumeci, President of the region of Sicily, is a cause of celebration for New Jersey’s Sicilian community. It’s the occasion to reactivate the measures that have in the past kept alive the ties between Sicilian communities and...
Foto di Francesca Magnani
Facts & Stories
I. I.(January 28, 2020)
The Italian Export Forum (IEF) met in New York to discuss the challenges and opportunities of promoting Italian companies and the Made in Italy brand abroad with a panel titled "Italy: Exporting Beauty," featuring various leading...
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...
The agenda of the Italian Antimafia Commission during its mission in the United States - from Washington DC to New York - is a busy one. Meetings with the DEA, the FBI, UNDOC, Congress, and the UN. We interviewed Pietro Grasso - former judge and...
Facts & Stories

“Stronger together”: The Secret of Promoting the Made in Italy Brand.

Meet Andrea Benetton, CEO of Cirio Agricola and Agricola Maccarese and one of the panelists at the Italian Export Forum’s highly anticipated New York edition on January 27, 2020.
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Robert Viscusi (1941-2020)

From the Dean Desk of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute. The death of our dear friend Robert Viscusi, Professor Emeritus of Brooklyn College.
Art & Culture

March 25th is Officially National Dante Day

The Italian government decrees that March 25th will be National Dante Day in honor of the celebrated author of the Divine Comedy, a “symbol of unity.”
Facts & Stories

“Il Giorno della Memoria” in New York

This January 27th, like every year, the Italian Cultural Institute, Centro Primo Levi, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò at NYU, the Calandra Institute at CUNY and La Scuola d’Italia join the Consulate General of Italy in New York in commemorating the victims of the holocaust on the “Giorno della Memoria.”
Facts & Stories

Grandparents Maintain Families but the Model is Unsustainable

State issued retirement pensions are the main source of income of 7.4 million Italian households, an ISTAT report reveals. But over 36% of Italy's pensioners are getting less than 1,000 euros each month and those currently employed are set to receive less and less as they hit retirement in the future.
Facts & Stories

Italian Food & Jazz at Lucciola NYC

New York restaurant Lucciola launches a new series of Jazz Nights with a special event featuring the Stefano Doglioni Trio and guitarist Pasquale Grasso on Thursday January 16, 2020.
Facts & Stories

Three Italian Destinations for 2020, According to the NYT

The Italian regions of Sicily and Molise and the town of Urbino are among the New York Times’ 52 Places to Go in 2020.
Art & Culture

Cecilia Alemani to Curate the Venice Biennale

The director and curator of the High Line’s art program, will be the first Italian woman to organize the Venice Art Biennale, one of the most important international contemporary art appointments in the world.
Art & Culture

Hammamet, the Last Craxi

Gianni Amelio’s latest film tells the story of Bettino Craxi in the final months of his life. It’s not a partisan film, there are no absolutions, no condemnations, it’s the human drama of a king who has lost his scepter and now has to face himself. Pierfrancesco Favino transcends all limits in terms of presence, acting abilities and in replicating the voice and movements of the former Prime Minister.
Facts & Stories

The Italian Export Forum Comes to New York

Following the success of last year’s events in Piano di Sorrento and Milan, the "Italian Export Forum" makes its way to the US. It’s the first encounter taking place outside of Italy and the choice of New York, a central reference point for Italian export, is not accidental. The Italian Export Forum aims at bringing together the main players, both from the business and the institutional worlds, and discuss how create a unified and coherent system for Italy's exports and maximize competitiveness. The event will present analyses, exchanges, and discussions and is the ideal context for all the stakeholders in the Italian export business to obtain a cohesive and comprehensive picture of what Italy can offer to the world. Brief interviews with all the key players of this American edition will be released over the next few days.
Art & Culture

Trieste 2020, the European City of Science

One of the most important scientific hubs in Europe, the Northeastern Italian city of Trieste is ready to kick off its year as the European City of Science, during which it will host the EuroScience Open Forum, the largest biennial general science meeting in Europe, as well as the The Science in the City Festival, which will be open to the public.
Art & Culture

The Art of Saving Art: Italian Foreign Policy and Cultural Heritage

In honour of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Carabinieri Command for the Protection of Cultural Heritage, the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations presents an exhibition at the UN Headquarters in New York. On view through January 17, 2020. "We are proud to have been able to bring this exhibition at the beginning of an important year, the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, which for us is an occasion to relaunch and reinforce the multilateralist message,” comments the Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations, Mariangela Zappia.
Art & Culture

The New Pope by Paolo Sorrentino Comes to the US

The Sky original series by Academy Award Winner Paolo Sorrentino will premiere in the US on January 15, 2020. In this second season of the provocative “The Young Pope,” which stars Jude Law and John Malkovich, Pius XIII is in a coma and the Vatican decides to elect a new pope.
Art & Culture

Verdi Reads Verdi in the Bocelli Home

A show directed and interpreted by Massimiliano Finazzer Flory in the great Italian singer’s suggestive estate of Poggioncino in La Sterza Lajatico in the province of Pisa.
Art & Culture

Remembering the Great Alberto Sordi in the Late Actor’s Roman Villa

To mark the 100th anniversary of the actor’s birth, the Alberto Sordi Museum and Foundation presents an exhibition in the late film star’s Roman villa, which will last from March until June 2020.
Art & Culture

Star Wars, Why the Last Episode Let us Down

The last episode of the famed series started by George Lucas in 1977 is not an easy film to absorb. You leave the theatre visually fulfilled but with the impression that director J.J. Abrams doesn’t have a clear notion of where the line between good and evil stands.
Art & Culture

Gateway to the True Mezzogiorno

Rivers, mountains, beaches and a sea teeming with fish. This UNESCO World Heritage Site starts at the temples and ancient Greek ruins of Paestum and comprises eighty towns and villages, sixty miles of coast, the tallest mountains and densest forests in the region, as well as dozens of vineyards, wine cellars and farming businesses that produce exquisite food.
Facts & Stories

The Befana’s Sweet “Coal” Recipe

On January 6th, children and adults across Italy celebrate the epiphany by stuffing their stockings (and their faces) with various sweet treats, supposedly gifts from “La Befana,” a mythical old lady who comes down the chimney to bring candy to those who have been good and coal to those who misbehaved. But sometimes what looks like a punishment can reveal to be a tasty treat in disguise. That’s exactly the case with “carbone dolce” or sweet coal, for which you will find a recipe below.
Art & Culture

2020 Will be the Year of Parma, the Italian Capital of Culture

January 2020 marks the beginning of Parma’s year as the Italian Capital of Culture. And for this occasion, the ancient northern Italian town located in the region of Emilia Romagna proposes a rich and inviting program composed of exhibitions, concerts, workshops, panels and countless other innovative and engaging initiatives to promote Parma’s culture and identity.
Life & People

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.
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From Autoblog. "The Italian supercar manufacturer decided to show off some of their non-automotive offerings in Detroit. Specifically, Lambo brought examples of its Ad Personam personalization program. A white 560 Spyder was flanked by a satin blue LP640-4 and LP560-4 coupe that were both simply mesmerizing. We're huge fans of these new satin paints, because aside from lending an air of understated luxury to the Lambo's lascivious lines, they're remarkably easy to photograph" (Read the article by Frank Filipponio)

From Autowewk. " Maserati is unveiling a higher-performance version of the Quattroporte at the Detroit auto show--the Sport GT S (...) Maserati says the GT S marks the 70th anniversary of the automaker's first Indy 500 win" (Read the article by Greg Migliore)

From The New York Times.  Italian wineries want to protect their newly popular product’s name, as well as expand sales.

"The Italian winemakers worry that upstarts will weaken prosecco’s image just as it is taking off. (...) In recent weeks, the winemakers have been scrambling to nail down a final proposal to the Italian government before a year-end deadline. The producers hope to be eligible for a streamlined European Union system that goes into effect in August. If all goes well, the new prosecco protections will be in place for the 2009 harvest." (Read the article by Amy Cortese)

From Marketwire. Prominent political, religious, and communal leaders joined American Jewish leaders today outside of the Israeli Consulate in New York City to support Israel's right to self-defense and to fight the terrorism waged by Hamas in Gaza. Besides Governor David Paterson, featured speakers included a host of New York politicians and the leaders of several ethnic organizations. Italian Americans were represented by John Calvelli, chair emeritus of the Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations and board member of the National Italian American Foundation.

"Unfortunately, the picture being painted of Israel is that of an aggressor," said Michael Miller, executive vice president and CEO of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York. "Israel is anything but that." he added. "Our standing in front of the consulate of Israel is a major display of solidarity and support for Israel as it seeks to live in safety and security." (Read the original article)

From the New York Times. "The story of La Befana has been told in Italy since around the time Leonardo da Vinci painted the “Mona Lisa.” Origins of the legend, some say, are far older and rooted in a pagan goddess. (...) La Befana is a character in Italian folklore, sometimes referred to as the Italian Christmas witch. A soot-covered old woman, she is said to fly on a broom to the homes of sleeping children, entering through the chimney and bearing gifts." (Read the article by James Angelos)

Related articles from i-Italy:

'La Befana' Arrives on Her Broomstick
Thousands of Italian children hunted out stockings on Saturday ahead of Epiphany celebrations that half of Italians still see as an important part of their heritage

Watch Out: the Befana is Coming to Town!
More than 2000 years ago the Three Wise Men visited Jesus after his birth and gave him three symbolic gifts: gold, frankincense and myrrh. From that time on, the Befana comes every year, on January 6, to fill Italian kids’ stockings with all sorts of goodies!

From The New York Times. In an editorial that appeared on January 10, entitled "Not a Company Man," the daily notes that "Mr. Panetta may not be an intelligence professional, but he is honest and sensible and not easily cowed. Those sound like good credentials for a very hard job."

"We’ve seen what some top company men have been willing to go along with during the Bush-Cheney years: secret prisons beyond the reach of American law and all conscience; torture, abuse and degradation of prisoners; renditions for torture on an outsource basis; made-for-the-Sunday-news-shows intelligence reports. Mr. Obama has pledged to end all of that. (...) For any intelligence professional committed to his craft, and the nation’s security, that should be a relief" (Read the New York Times editorial).

Ps: The editorial made no mention of Panetta's Italian roots from the region of Calabria. It also failed to mention that "Calabria is home to the 'Ndrangheta, a Mafia network said to be even more powerful and wealthy than Cosa Nostra in Sicily". A few days ago these inopportune remarks were made, just out of the blue, by the British daily Time, eliciting critical comments from exponents of the Italian American community (See Laura Ruberto's op-ed in i-Italy).

From IFC.com.  "One of the most prominent Italian-American actors working today, Palminteri currently stars as the titular Vegas shark in 'Yonkers Joe,' an entertaining drama about a con man whose seedy world of palming dice, cheating casinos, and conning any poor sucker is uprooted when he's forced to look after his adult son with Down's syndrome." In this interview to the Independent Film Channel, Palminteri talks about his last movie, his father, and his Italian-American heritage.

 An excerpt from the interview:

You've taken a lot of roles that reflect your Italian-American background. Are you offered a ton of projects that play into cultural stereotypes, like gangster movies?

Yeah, and I usually don't do them. [laughs] That's why I do movies like "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints," "Yonkers Joe," or "Once More with Feeling," that I have at Sundance. I don't want to play a goombah character if he's just one note. I'm very proud of being Italian-American, but people don't realize that the mafia is just this aberration. The real community is built on the working man, the guy who's the cop, the fireman, the truck driver, the bus driver. This is my father. These mafia guys get all the press because they're fun to write about, they're fun to watch. That's why I wrote "A Bronx Tale." The working guy's the tough guy: "It doesn't take much strength to pull the trigger, son." He says that in the movie, that's why it was important for me.

 (Read the interview by Aaron Hillis)

From The New York Times. The College Board will drop its Advanced Placement Italian exam at the end of this academic year, just four years after it began offering it. The A.P. Italian is not attracting enough students; last May, 1,930 took the Italian test. There are no plans to eliminate any other A.P. programs, even though the Japanese exam also has few takers — 1,538. But A.P. Japanese, like several other exams, was devised to be much less costly as it is given via computer, unlike the paper-and-pencil Italian exam. (Read the article by Tamar Lewin)

From the New York Times. "Like many of the Italians who frequently visit the Amico senior center in Borough Park, Brooklyn, Salvatore Amato, 78, who arrived here from Sicily in 1958, speaks little English. Some, like Luigi Buonincondro, 91, a former Italian soldier who came to New York from Naples in 1961, understand English, but have a hard time reading or writing it."  (Read the article by Fernanda Santos...)

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Elena Dal Forno(February 11, 2020)
Due anni dopo "A casa tutti bene" che aveva incassato ben 9,2 milioni di euro, Gabriele Muccino torna al cinema con "Gli Anni più belli", un progetto ambizioso tra Storia e Amicizia legati dal fil rouge delle musiche di Nicola...

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