It's not easy to take over the reins of NIAF at this time, with a pandemic that is still doing damage and casualties, and that has left major economic and social problems in the United States. Several programs of the National Italian American Foundation, as well as other national and local Italian American and non-Italian American organizations, ha...

“Motivated by self-interest, an immense syndicate of numerous subagents and recruiters spreads out in the Italian countryside to hunt men, just like in Kansas they track down wild beasts. All of these people from various occupations, live speculating and profiteering on the poverty of the unfortunate emigrants.” (Giovanni Florenzano, 1874) Most his...

October is Italian-American Heritage Month and honors the achievements, contributions and success of Italian immigrants and their descendants in the U.S. During this month, Italians are recognized for their influence in medicine, literature, theatre, fashion, cuisine, art and more. Italian immigrants came to the U.S. as tradesmen, stonemasons, marb...

Every October, the more than 15.7 million Americans of Italian descent celebrate National Italian American Heritage Month. For every single one of those Italian Americans, there is a story as to why they are proud of their heritage and what their ethnic origins mean to them. I’m no different from my Italian American brothers and sisters. I’ve often...

Just in time for the Italian American Heritage Month, Northeast Ohio is getting ready to celebrate the grand opening of The Italian American Museum of Cleveland (IAMCLE). The opening exhibit, “Faith, Family, Ambition: The Italian Americans of Northeast Ohio” explores Italian immigration to Northeast Ohio and highlights the many positive contributio...

On a hot and still Sunday night in August 1997, a nameless ship silently beached at this town's sandy marina. The captain and crew slipped off the vessel and disappeared into the darkness. Next, some 446 mostly young people climbed out of the ship's hull and stepped onto the beach here. Many of the newly arrived wondered if they had reached Germany...

That’s often the first question Italian Americans ask one another. Most Italian Americans trace their roots to villages in the Mezzogiorno, or the regions that comprise Italy’s south: Sicily, Campania, Calabria, Basilicata, Abruzzo, Puglia, Molise, and Sardinia. The Observatory on Italian Roots, which is funded by the AsSud Association, an entity t...

In the late 1970s, my mom left her small hometown in Puglia, Italy, to live in L’america! Brucaleen, to be specific. While she was likely anxious and worried to leave her life behind, the excitement of starting her own version of the American dream was stronger. Another force on her side — a slew of Giovinazazze (locals from her town) had also immi...

Nella sede romana della Stampa Estera è stata presentata la ITALICA GLOBAL COMMUNITY, gli oltre 250 milioni di persone che nel mondo abbracciano e condividono i valori, gli stili di vita e i modelli dell’Italian way of life diffuso e apprezzato nei cinque continenti. L’obiettivo è di costruire un network di stabili relazioni con la grande e autorev...

Acclaimed creator Carmine di Giandomenico (The Flash, Daredevil: Battlin’ Jack Murdock) and rising star Francesco Colafella, together with Arancia Studio (the Italian media company which works on Mirka Andolfo’s bestselling Image Comics titles and surprise hit like Commanders in Crisis and Deep Beyond) present an original graphic novel in Leone. Th...