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The Über-Country: Italy at 150 Years

Laura E. Ruberto (June 03, 2010)
Some thoughts on Italy’s mythical status, migrating identities, and the creation of an online salon to talk about it all.







  “But Italy is different, national yet something more, broader in spirit, apparently undying. Italy is old and new at the same time.”



While Pasquale and I exchanged comments on Facebook about the show—with its odd quips about brigantaggio, cultural unity, and social progress coming from politically disparate positions—we came up with the need for an online discussion forum that was different from anything we knew already existed. We imagined a forum expressly designed as a place to exchange ideas about Italy in light of its 150 years as a nation, especially in relation to issues related to migration.

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