What turns the gentle mean, and the mean brutal? The thirst for wealth? The demand for respect? Vying for a woman? Birds of Passage recalls the Italian immigration experience at the turn of the twentieth-century when New York's streets were paved with violence and disappointment. Leonardo Robustelli leaves Naples in 1905 to seek his fort...

"Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" This is the most famous part of "The New Colossus", the poem engraved on a plaque on the inner wall of the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty....

On November 4, 2012, BAIA will have the honor to be celebrated and recognized by the prestigious Italian Community Services Agency in occasion of their 96th annual gala dinner.BAIA and the Agency share values and strive to improve the lives and wellbeing of Italian immigrants and Italian-Americans. During the recent years we have witnessed a new in...

È stata prorogata fino al prossimo 31 marzo 2013 la grande mostra sull'Emigrazione italiana allestita a Roma presso il Vittoriano dal Ministero degli Affari Esteri, dentro al quale c'è un po' di Rieti grazie all'impegno dell'Archivio di Stato che ha fornito diversi documenti sull'argomento. Il direttore dell'Archivio di Stato di Rieti, Roberto Lor...

Un viaggio nella nuova Emigrazione, alla scoperta dei giovani connazionali che, per voglia o per necessità, hanno deciso di provare un'esperienza all'estero. L'identikit dei nuovi emigrati e le loro esperienze di vita. La web serie "Cartoline dall'altra Italia", realizzata dall'agenzia giornalistica 9colonne con il sostegno del Ministero degli Aff...

For Italian immigrants and their descendants, moving from "the city" out to Long Island was more than a change of address. It signaled that the family had achieved the American dream, and in turn, elements of Italian values and culture are visible all over the island. Italians helped to build Long Island, whether as laborers or as contractors, such...

Shifting and Shaping a National Identity: Transnational Writers and Pluriculturalism in Italy Today, edited by Grace Russo Bullaro and Elena Benelli (Trobaudor, 2014), tackles issues in the controversies that revolve around migration in contemporary Italy, adopting an interdisciplinary approach to works of fiction and non-fiction.   It aims...

"Farms, Factories and Families: Italian-American Women of CT" is the topic of a talk by Anthony Riccio scheduled for June 6 at the public library downtown.   Riccio will tell stories of the experiences of women who moved from Italy to Connecticut between the early and mid-20th century. His talk is set for 10 a.m. at the library at 20 Hi...

Amid a flurry of anti-immigration rhetoric coming from certain GOP presidential candidates, a new interactive map reminds us just how much of our country's foundation was built on the backs of foreign-born citizens. Foreign-Born Population: A Nation of Overlapping Diasporas visualizes America's history of immigration from the 1850s to 2010. &...

In February 1927, Dominic Cheech Caruso transitioned from 'just another' Italian immigrant in New York to the creator of national news after slashing the throat of a young doctor who had been caring for his just-deceased son.   While branded as a mobster by the media, Caruso's tragic life story offers a fascinating glimpse into the struggles...