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Eighteenth-century Irish statesman Edmund Burke once noted that those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it. When it comes to Columbus, the Italian-American community seems doomed to have history rewritten right out from underneath it for the same reason. To be fair, backing Columbus has been a no-brainer for much of the last century. His...

The National Organization of Italian American Women is pleased to announce two new members of our National Board of Directors. Donna Chirico, Ed.D. and Donna Corrado, Ph.D., LCSW have demonstrated impressive leadership and commitment to their communities. They join a group of Italian American leaders on NOIAW's National Board with a vast...

Some new and forthcoming titles that may be of interest to our readers. All are available at Amazon.com• The Getty Hexameters: Poetry, Magic, and Mystery in Ancient Selinous by Christopher A Faraone and Dirk ObbinkPublisher: Oxford University Press, USAPublication Date: February 28, 2014Hardcover: $89.10Language: EnglishPages: 240Read description...

On behalf of the Education Office of the Italian Embassy in Washington, I'm kindly asking for the alert below to be widely circulated though AATI listserv:Thank you very much - Paola Ebranati Sanfrancisco.education@esteri.it   Due to the many requests, students enrolled in AP-Italian exams, who did not applyon time (April 18th) to...

By Angelo Coniglio Many Americans of Italian descent make the same plaintive comment when asked about the origins of their immigrant ancestors: "My parents (or grandparents) never talked about it." I hope to help you discover long-lost information about your roots.   There are millions of descendants of Italians and Sicilians in the United...

by Manny Alfano   The Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition would like to publicly thank all the Defenders and Coalition Organizations that contacted the Reelz channel about their reality show "The Capones." "The Capones" was not a hit for Reelz Channel, which has taken a pass on ordering a second season of the west suburban-set reality...

1. Our intensity of discussion needs to come down a few notches. Us Italians are hot-blooded people. We are more inclined to speak what's going through our minds in a passionate way. Different opinions are just that, and we are not fighting when you hear a heated discussion.   We are just talking. My roommate in the US used to think I w...

By Kathryn Carse   If "The Godfather" is at the top of your favorite movie list, HBO has an offer you can't refuse. "The Godfather Epic" is a seven-and-a-half version of Francis Ford Coppola's films about the Italian-American Corleone family's rise in organized crime based on Mario Puzo's best seller. It cuts together "The Godfather" an...

On Thursday evening, a 40-year-old man — with dark, curly hair, olive skin and an exotic foreign accent — boarded a plane. It was a regional jet making a short, uneventful hop from Philadelphia to nearby Syracuse. Or so dozens of unsuspecting passengers thought.   The curly-haired man tried to keep to himself, intently if inscrutably sc...

Award-winning actor, director, producer and writer Joe Mantegna was born on November 13, 1947, in Illinois. His parents – Mary Anne (née Novelli) and Joseph Anthony, Sr. – had family from Italy and Calascibetta, Sicily. Joe's performance career began over forty years ago when he was cast in the stage production of Hair in 1969. In 1978, he made his...

By Donald A. Alessi   Recently, some quarters have fostered a condemnation of Christopher Columbus for the treatment of indigenous people upon coming to the New World, and demanded the removal of Columbus Day from our calendars. Almost as if to promote controversy, he has been called a mass murderer, or worse.   For many years, Italia...

Some forthcoming titles that may be of interest to our readers. All are available for preorder at Amazon.com• Italian Birds of Passage: The Diaspora of Neapolitan Musicians in New York by Simona Frasca Publisher: Palgrave MacmillanPublication Date: August 7, 2014Paperback: $80.46Language: EnglishPages: 288 Read description   • Eye to Eye b...