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by Alberta Lai   Dear Friends, I am honored to embark on my new role as Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in Chicago. Building upon the Institute's rich tradition of showcasing Italy's classic and contemporary heritage, from the humanities to science, is an exciting challenge for me, one that I embrace with great enthusiasm. I...

Maria Luisa Lapresa è il nuovo Console d'Italia a Detroit. Lapresa succede al Console Nobili che da un paio di settimane ha assunto le funzioni a Bahia Blanca.   Romana, classe 1978, Lapresa è laureata in Scienze Politiche all'Università Luiss di Roma e ha conseguito un Dottorato di Ricerca in Discipline Economiche, Aziendali e Metodi Quanti...

By Paul Virgo and Emily Backus   Fiat Chairman John Elkann on Thursday said Sergio Marchionne should stay on as the carmaker's CEO beyond 2015 and that the planned merger between Fiat Industrial and CNH Global NV will be completed by September. Elkann was speaking as a meeting of Exor, the Agnelli family investment company that he chairs and...

Italian women — and their impact on more than 100 years of Chicago history — are the subject of a new book written and researched largely by Chicago residents. In the introduction to "Italian Women in Chicago," editor Dominic Candeloro states the book has been compiled in an attempt to "write" the wrongs of history with regards to Italian women's...

If you're a fan of experiencing different countries, but hate the long travel hours, Cleveland has a solution for you. From the wine selections, cozy shops and tantalizing eateries, Little Italy gives you a taste of authentic Italian culture.   Founder of Vietri artwork, Frances Gravely celebrated her 30 years in business by signing her hand...

Italian Consul General Adriano Monti presented Umberto "Tony" Turano with the Cavaliere dell'Ordine al Merito della Stella d'Italia at the consulate's Festa della Repubblica celebration on June 2 at the Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in Chicago.   The award was bestowed by Italian President Giorgio Napolitano upon Tony in honor of his...

Jessica Malpede was crowned Queen of the Columbus Day parade at a glittering pageant on Sept. 20 at Alta Villa Banquets in Addison. "'Exciting' doesn't begin to describe the 2015 Columbus Day Queen Pageant," JCCIA Executive Director Jo Ann Serpico says. "Enthusiasm radiated from the family members, friends and community leaders who attended, a...

by Paul Sciria   The Midshipmen of the Naval Academy had a great football season and are looking to get even better in the years ahead with the addition of Joey Fornaro of Chesterland, OH. The West Geauga graduate has applied for acceptance to the naval academy and his 3.8 GPA in the classroom should, most certainly, help.   Forn...

When: Friday, March 25, 2016Time: From 7 pm to 9 pmWhere: Dante Alighieri Society Michigan Chapter 630 Old Woodward – Suite 102 Birmingham, MI 48009 . Ph. 248.250.8928   We are pleased to announce the next meeting of our Italian Book Club We welcome the Dante Alighieri members and non members to join us in this exciting adventure in the Ital...

Casa Italia will launch an Italian film series in May that represents a groundbreaking collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura and its new director, Alberta Lai. "The Istituto has a long tradition of screening Italian films at its downtown offices," says Casa Language and Culture Chairman Josette Weber. "This is the first time they've...

Fifteen distinguished professional Italian Americans were honored with a Leonardo da Vinci Award of Excellence at the 15th Annual Reception and Ceremony on May 1, 2016, at White Eagle Banquets in Niles. The event was hosted by the Grand Lodge of Illinois and Wisconsin, Order Sons of Italy in America. Serving as Master of Ceremonies, the Hon. Antho...

Mary LeVan has been on this planet as many years as there are keys on her piano, 88. Our interview took place at her home on Jackson Avenue in Hammond near the state line. I first met her at my book signing/reading earlier this month at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts in Munster.   Married? "Twice," she said. "My first marriage en...