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Donato Santeramo has been named the next director of the Middlebury Italian School. He began his new position on September 1, succeeding Antonio Vitti, who had served as director of the program since 2006. Santeramo is currently a professor at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He earned a degree in literature and philosophy from the...

The American Italian Women of Greater New Haven have been very busy planning the Scholarship Fashion Show Fundraising Luncheon and other actions. The Fundraiser was an outstanding success. We were able to give 3 Scholarships this year (2022). It was a wonderful afternoon at The Woodwinds in Branford CT. A delicious lunch was prepared by their culin...

Of all the European languages you can study, Italian is among the least practical. You can use your knowledge of it, of course, in Rome and Venice and throughout “the boot,” or should your voice possess a three-octave range, accompany Andrea Bocelli on Spotify. And for practical usage without having to cross the Atlantic, our own Italian-rich commu...

The Natick Sons & Daughters of Italy last week announced the recipients of the community group’s two annual scholarships—the Natick Sons & Daughters of Italy, Scholarship Award and the Cristofori Scholarship Award. The awards, for which any area student is eligible, were established in 1926 to recognize academic and community accomplishments. A tot...

The Norwich Italian Heritage and Cultural Committee awarded four students $1,000 scholarships recently. The recipients are Sophia Boras of Saint Bernard High School, Danielle Toppa of Norwich Free Academy, Julia Beaupre of Montville High School and Olivia Busher of Saint Bernard High School. The scholarship fund was established by The Italian Herit...

The Waterbury Chapter of UNICO National announced that 14 students from the greater Waterbury are are scheduled to receive $1,000 awards at Unico’s annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony. Since 1922, high-school graduates of Italian descent have been recognized for their excellence in scholastic and community activities. The 2022 recipients are Ava And...

The environmental impact of the fashion industry, due to the ever-growing world population and the consequent demand for products, is a much-discussed issue in the textile industry. A solution for what is considered one of the most polluting sectors in the world could come from the introduction and use of vegetable leathers, in particular a new eco...

Students and staff at Assumption University lived and studied at Villino Dufault, the university’s Rome campus, for an entire semester during which they were immersed in cuisine, art and culture Italian. The small group of students and staff, which returned to the United States last week, were the first group to spend a semester abroad in more than...

West Haven High School Italian teacher Anna Porto prides herself in helping students to learn and improve upon their language skills, even if that language is English. While learning Italian, many of her students are not learning a new language for the first time. “I’m lucky I have a lot of Spanish speakers,” she said. In addition to teaching a num...

Sharon Sambito is honoring the extraordinary legacy of her late friend by organizing the Steve Ciccolini Tribute-Music Scholarship Fundraiser on Nov. 6 from 6-11:30 p.m. at the Leominster Elks Lodge, 134 North Main St., Leominster. The tribute will feature Ciccolini’s band, Double Vision, as well as music from his Coachmen band era and several musi...

Yale University says the decades-old debate over the authenticity of its controversial Vinland Map has been settled: It's a fake. The map was donated to the school in 1965, presented as a purported 15th-century depiction of the New World, which would have made it the earliest. At the time, scholars at Yale and other institutions considered it evide...

Teresa and John Sullivan, co-founding directors of Connecticut Academy For The Arts (CAFTA) in Torrington have just returned from several weeks in Rome where they received a scholarship at the Centro Linguistico Italiano Dante Alighieri Institute for professional development as teachers of Italian language, arts and culture. The scholarship is awar...