Parlare di ospitalità non è semplice. E non da oggi. Le conflittualità relative a questo termine, così accogliente e ostile allo stesso tempo, e a tutto ciò che ne consegue, si trovano fin dall’etimologia stessa della parola. Fin dall’origine. Perché ospitalità deriva dal latino hospes, che a sua volta condivide la radice con hostis. E può essere i...

Nick Lococo, an Italian immigrant who lived in Danville in the 1940s, tried to locate his family in Italy during the World War II battle action in Europe but without success. That changed in March 1944 when word came from a Frankfort soldier serving there located Lococo family members. The March 24, 1944, edition of the Advocate call the news an “u...

Cento anni fa nasceva a Napoli un istituto che per tutto il Novecentoavrebbe accompagnato la storia e lo sviluppo economico del Paese: la Banca d’America e d’Italia. Fondata il 14 novembre 1917 da un gruppo di imprenditori con il nome di Banca dell’Italia Meridionale, fu ribattezzata già nel 1922 Banca d’America e d’Italia (Bai), a sancire il forte...

Newer immigrants have been contributing many layers of cultural authenticity to Queens’ multi-ethnic pot, but those who were once considered new immigrants back in the early 1900s don’t seem to be getting as much recognition these days. So it’s time to celebrate their unique history and heritage. The Italian-American story can be told through the m...

At the end of World War II, Italy was a country in great difficulty. Relieved by leaving behind a terrible period, but with a difficult reconstruction in front of them, the Italians counted many situations of poverty and great discomfort. In this historical and cultural context, a forgotten page of Italian history reemerges, a page in which the Uni...

Since her beginnings Mother Cabrini encouraged embracing other’s diversity, culture and traditions. Today as a well-established institution, Cabrini University continues Mother Cabrini’s legacy of connecting through cultures by celebrating the annual Cabrini Day. Frances Xavier Cabrini was born in a small village in Italy. Inspired by her missionar...

St. Frances Cabrini, the missionary to Italian immigrants in the United States in the late 1800s and early 1900s, "teaches us the path to handling the epochal phenomenon of migration by joining charity and justice," Pope Francis said. The nun, who died Dec. 22, 1917, in Chicago, "understood that modernity would be marked by these enormous migration...

The book, “The Versatility of Chairs: A Theatrical Memoir,” written by Edward G. Pizzella narrates the struggles of Italian Immigrants back in 1930’s in Hartford, Connecticut. It tells about a variety of things. One is about coping with poverty and surviving. It is also about family — the love they share, parenting, and instilling sound principles...

It’s a trope to say America has a long tradition of welcoming immigrants. This is only partially true. It also has a long tradition of treating immigrants with open discrimination and even violent hostility. The current debate over whether to accept Syrian refugees has echoes of a different time when another wave of people were leaving a Mediterran...

Long before Napa became California’s wine center, Secondo Guasti, an immigrant from Piedmont, Italy, established himself as the state’s wine king. Guasti’s vineyard and town, located approximately 40 miles east of Los Angeles, was synonymous with Southern California wine, and served as a catalyst for Italian chain migration. In search of a better l...