A new book, Cambridge Street, is written in their honor. Author Steven Decker has written a story, inspired by true events, that has been called “A must read” and “… a tribute to the ancestors of every Italian.” Decker said “For too long, Italian immigrants have been criminalized in books and movies and their violent acts glamorized. The real story...

Dreamers! In 1905 Doctor Vincenzo Sellaro said this: “Today I have a dream, and a hope that someday, even if it takes one hundred more years before we are fully accepted, our children and their children’s children, even if they carry a single drop of Italian blood, will be able and proud to continue to carry on our traditions, our culture and our l...

Italian artist Franca Marini exhibits her work titled Transnational Migration and Immigration at Kean University's Human Rights Institute from Feb. 1, 2018 to June 20, 2018.  This specific work was inspired by the refugee crisis in Italy. It challenges attendees to rethink how they judge and accept others by symbolically showing both the outer and...

Author Josephine B. Pasquarello is pleased to honor her role model, Romania Pasquarello, in her book Love & Loyalty: An Immigrant Italian Mom Raising Her family Of Twelve In The Shadow Of A Mafia Crime. According to Pasquarello, “During my childhood, there was a show called Queen for a Day, which enshrined everyday women--mothers and wives--in thei...

Now at one with God and reunited with her beloved husband. Dina Bernardini passed away peacefully at home on January 30, 2018. She was born on April 9, 1927, the only child of the late Ugolina and Gesualdo Del Chiaro, who had immigrated to San Francisco from Tuscany. Like many Italian-Americans of her generation, she was raised in San Francisco’s N...

Call for Papers - “The Conflicts of Immigration Past and Present: The Position[ing] of Italians and the Diaspora”. October 18-20, 2018. Submission Deadline: Friday, April 27, 2018. Upload/submit proposals to Submittable: https://italianamericanstudies.submittable.com/submit - For inquiries, please contact the conference committee at: IASAConference...

Even next to the most eccentric entrepreneurs, Marco Benvenuti is an outlier. He’s the guy in the red poncho in a sea of suits, darting nimbly between disparate topics of basketball, musical theater, and writing code. He’s the bull in the china shop—only this bull is driving an Alfa Romeo. But don’t let his showmanship fool you. “To do what I’ve do...

Emma Covelli supported her family by making things that roll off the tongue like music: rigatoni, cavatelli, pastina, tortellini, capellini, ziti, linguine, rotini, farfalle and mostaccioli. A longtime employee at Cicero Macaroni Company, she died Dec. 26 at 100. Asked for the key to her longevity, her son Luigi said, “Her secret was olive oil.” Sh...

Quasi come fossero due mondi diversi, lontanissimi: uno, pieno di occasioni, aperto al mondo della musica; l’altro piu’ chiuso, difficile da vivere per un artista, per un musicista. Ne sa qualcosa Andrea De Luca, talentuoso bluesman romano di 37 anni, ‘costretto’ a lasciare casa, Roma, l’Italia, per gli Stati Uniti. Un amore, quello per il mondo a...

Some families watch television after a meal. Others disperse to their own rooms. In stylist Michelle Maguire’s extended Italian-American family, everyone watched her grandfather build precarious towers out of whatever was on hand. “There was my grandpa’s usual dinner-party balancing act, grabbing any remaining post-meal items from the table, and th...