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by Doug Fernandes   Dick Vitale will be busy later this year giving thanks and accepting waves of applause. The Lakewood Ranch resident and ESPN college basketball analyst will receive three awards, the biggest being the fifth annual Court of Honor Award from the National Association of Basketball Coaches Foundation.   It's given...

During a recent party put on by the Italian-American Club at St. Raphael's Catholic Church, several veterans were honored. Among those was Edward MacLean who just turned 94 on March 30.   While others had stories about their time overseas, MacLean noted that he had been in the invasion of Normandy, only not by water, but by armed helicopter,...

The spirit of Michelangelo's "Pieta" sculpture is being felt this Easter weekend thousands of miles away from Vatican City - outside a Phoenix charity's dining hall. St. Vincent de Paul executive director Steve Zabilski said he expects more people than usual to sit before a replica of one of the Italian artist's most famous works.   Read mo...

Dear Colleagues, Recently we have created an Italian Research Institute at GeorgetownUniversity whose principal goal is to identify and highlight the significant contemporary contributions of our talented scholars and leaders in all fields and create a synergy with non-Italian scholars and leaders. On Friday, May 30, in collaboration wi...

By Maurita Cardone Il termine è inglese e, come tanti neologismi di provenienza anglosassone, diventato di tendenza, è oggi spesso abusato.   Non al punto, tuttavia, da oscurare la vibrante realtà cui l'espressione fa riferimento e che, al contrario di quanto comunemente si creda, non è appannaggio esclusivo del mondo delle tecnologie. &nb...

By Ben Szmidt With the annual St. Anthony's Italian Festival just over a week away, this month's History Matters heads to the festival's home: Wilmington's Little Italy. In the late 19th and early 20th century, many Italians began immigrating to America to find a better life. Of those who came to the Mid-Atlantic many settled in a section of...

My last name is Italian. Unfortunately, that's all I really knew about the Italian side of my family. Most of my Italian ancestors died a long time ago, and my family wasn't in touch with those still living.   My father once tried to research our family tree, but reached a dead end with my great-grandparents, who both died before 1950. &nb...

Italian-American food chain Olive Garden has been hitting headlines lately as they have recently opened their first restaurant in Chicago and plan to implement online ordering chain-wide by August.   Among the high points of visiting Olive Garden, which include never-ending salad, is the chain's devotion to family friendliness – their slogan...

by Lou Del Bianco   Get the National Park Service to formally recognize Luigi Del Bianco as the Chief Carver on Mount Rushmore. Luigi Del Bianco lived the American Dream by coming to America and becoming the Chief Carver on Mount Rushmore. Luigi's job was in carving the "refinement of expression" in the faces. When you look at those 4 presi...

Register online today for NIAF's 39th Anniversary Gala in Washington, D.C., October 24-25! This year's Gala calendar is already filling up fast with exciting celebrities and events, including a special preview screening of the highly anticipated documentary "The Italian Americans" scheduled for nationwide PBS release in early 2015.   Plus, r...

September 18, 2014, Thursday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PMGalleria Atrium - 101 Henry Adams St - San Francisco, California 94103   Andrea Rubelli narrates the unique exhibition recently created by the Rubelli Design Studio in Venice, presenting seven amazing installations whose single common denominator is a thread of white silk. Each p...

Fans of literary fiction know Chicagoland's Mary Doria Russell as the author of the critically-acclaimed and much-loved (by book clubs and fiction fans) novel "The Sparrow."   Her latest novel, "A Thread of Grace," is based on the true experiences of many Jews in Italy during World War II. During that time, many Jews fled other European coun...