by Lisa Reisman   Branford high school track coach Richard Biondi never set out to write "Pugilistic Paisani," a history of Italian and Italian American boxing champions.   Then, on a visit to Cleveland's Little Italy Heritage Museum in 2000, he met a volunteer in her mid-80s. They got to talking. At some point Biondi asked her about...

Donna Marie Ferro was inspired by her grandparents' stories of coming to their new homeland, America, which intertwined with her own life story. Initially unwilling to ever return to Italy after her first trip in 1971, a nudge from her mother changed her mind and she was surrounded by loving cousins on both sides of the family.   It made her...

Casa Italia will present its 10th annual "IA Literati: A Celebration of Italian American Authors from the Chicago Area" on from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on June 6 in the Italian Cultural Center, 1621 N 39th Ave, Stone Park. According to chairman Dominic Candeloro, "Our writers shape public opinion and the image of Italian Americans. We need to supp...

Thursday 9/24/2015 - 11:30 AM. Stony Brook University - West Campus - Frank Melville Jr. Library - 100 Nicolls Road - Main Entrance - Stony Brook, NY 11794 - Room: Center for Italian Studies Meeting Hall, E-4340 With author Ernest Ialongo. In his exploration of the politics of Marinetti as the creator and leader of the transformative Futurist...

The Italian Trade Agency is pleased to announce Italy's official participation at BookExpo America 2015 (May 27-29) at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. The Italian pavilion in Booths 1631 and 1731 will showcase the latest books, catalogues and multimedia products by 16 Italian exhibitors. See an exciting selection of art and...

Join the Staten Island Network for a High Tea featuring Maria Laurino, author of The Italian Americans: A History, a richly researched, beautifully designed and illustrated companion book to the much-anticipated PBS series that aired in February 2015. Laurino's presentation, "The Italian American Experience — Our History, Ourselves," will discuss...

Italian cooking maven, TV host, restaurateur and cookbook author Lidia Bastianich will bring her expertise to the Pabst Theater Jan. 16. "An Intimate Conversation with Lidia Bastianich" will feature the Emmy award-winning host of Public Television's "Lidia's Italy" for an evening of conversation and storytelling celebrating Italian food.   T...

Thursday, December 3rd, 6:30 P.M. - Italian American Museum - 155 Mulberry Street - (Corner of Grand and Mulberry Streets) - New York, NY 10013   Historian William J. Connell, holder of the Joseph M. and Geraldine C. La Motta Chair in Italian Studies at Seton Hall University, will discuss his recent book Machiavelli nel R...

The meeting of two different cultures can radiate an extraordinary proactive force and this is exactly what you could feel in the air yesterday evening at the Embassy of Italy during the presentation of "The Bridge"Book Awards. The event was the Awards' second edition and guests were enthusiastic for the ongoing creative efforts that Italy and the...

By Brad Petrishen Seventy-five years ago today, the fallout on U.S. immigrants from the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor began. The FBI, on orders from President Franklin D. Roosevelt, began rounding up Japanese people deemed "potentially dangerous," more than 100,000 of whom ended up in internment camps.   But while the story of Japane...