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Michéal Castaldo’s 2016–2017 East Coast Christmas Concert Tour helped raise over $49,000 (in ticket sales and sponsorship) for the following churches and organizations located in the U.S. and Canada. Three of the concerts were sellouts, and more than 2000 people attended. The holiday tour concerts benefit the hosting churches and organizations whil...

Show producer and entertainer Tony Sacca passed away on Jan. 30 from a heart attack. His wife and partner of 12 years Josette Leblond was with him at the hospital. He would have turned 66 on Feb. 20. Sacca had debuted his matinee show “Tony Sacca’s Vegas the Story” in the Windows Showroom at Bally’s Las Vegas on Sept. 23, 2016. The show, created an...

Directors Anthony and Joe Russo, in conjunction with the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) and the Italian Sons and Daughters of America (ISDA) are thrilled to announce a new and exciting grant program for aspiring filmmakers. Known as The Russo Brothers Italian American Film Forum, the program each year awards multiple $7,500 grants to a...

Many of us dream of Italy. Kathy McCabe transformed her Italian dreams into an award-winning newsletter and a PBS travel series. Blonde-haired McCabe doesn’t look Italian—nor does her name sound Italian. But the first time she visited her great-grandfather’s village in Campania, McCabe felt that she had come home. “When I was growing up in New Jers...

Variety is reporting that Leonardo DiCaprio will produce and star in Paramount's adaptation of Stephan Talty’s The Black Hand, a true story detailing the efforts of Lt. Joseph Petrosino - nicknamed “the Italian Sherlock Holmes” - to stop a secret society of Italian criminals that flourished in turn-of-the-century America. Though the phrase “Italian...

John D. Bessler (University of Baltimore - School of Law) has posted The Italian Enlightenment and the American Revolution: Cesare Beccaria's Forgotten Influence on American Law (Hamline Journal of Public Law and Policy, Vol. 37, No. 1, 2017) on SSRN. Here is the abstract: The influence of the Italian Enlightenment—the Illuminismo—on the American R...

“L’Italia sbarca per la prima volta negli Usa con il suo sistema universitario per cercare di rafforzare la collaborazione sul fronte degli scambi di studenti e ricercatori, nonché dei progetti comuni, anche legati al mondo industriale. Promotrice dell’iniziativa l’Ambasciata italiana a Washington, che è riuscita a mettere insieme la Conferenza dei...

L’agroalimentare è sicuramente uno dei settori più importanti per l’export italiano negli Stati Uniti: secondo Federalimentare il bilancio 2016 parla di circa € 2,8 miliardi di prodotti alimentari italiani esportati negli States, con un aumento del 3,6% rispetto al 2015. Anche le previsioni di Sace sono molto positive per quello che attualmente rap...

A wide ranging group of national, regional and local organizations have joined forces to oppose the National Education Association's (NEA) recent initiative to celebrate the second Monday of October, the Federal Columbus Day holiday, as El Dia De La Raza/Indigenous People's Day.  The group of organizations, which has named itself the "Preserve Colu...

“Il 18 gennaio scorso, durante il Question Time nell’Aula di Montecitorio, ho fatto una interrogazione al Ministro degli Affari Esteri, Angelino Alfano, sul riacquisto della cittadinanza per gli italiani che, recatisi all’estero, l’hanno perduta. È un tema che seguo sin dall’inizio della Legislatura, anche impegnandomi con proposte di legge ed emen...

by Ryan Calabretta-Sajder The American Association of Teachers of Italian recently bestowed its Honorary Membership Award (Socio Onorario) upon longtime Fra Noi Associate Editor Fred Gardaphè. A pioneering voice in the field of Italian-American studies, Gardaphè recently gave a keynote lecture at AATI's 2016 International Conference in Naples. A...

By Tad Friend "If you don't mind smoke, you can sit here," Paolo Sorrentino said, indicating the seat beside him. "If you do"—he pointed to a distant couch. Sorrentino, the Italian writer-director of the new HBO series "The Young Pope," was ashing his Toscanello cigar out a window in the living room of his pied-à-terre, sixty-eight floors above Ma...