Italy is a country with one of the largest historical diasporas. In the past forty years, it has also turned into a country of immigration, while continuing to be a point of departure. Since the 2010s, the number of Italians emigrating abroad has visibly grown in size. What are the characteristics of this new phenomenon, and how does it differ from...

“Non posso cambiare il fatto che i miei quadri non vendono. Ma verrà il giorno in cui la gente riconoscerà che valgono più del valore dei colori usati nel quadro”.  Vincent van Gogh ci ha consegnato questa idea legata al valore di un quadro. Ed io voglio raccontarvi la storia di un bel quadro pieno di significati. Ha anche un titolo: “Lo sbarco all...

When: Tuesday Feb. 23 12:15-1:30pm EST (5:15-6:30pm GMT in UK) - REGISTER FOR LINK. Virtual event in Italian with optional simultaneous translation (see INTERPRETATION INSTRUCTIONS) Between a past of emigration that is considered archived and a present of immigration that is sometimes problematic, the phenomenon of Italians who increasingly leave t...

Italian Professor Teresa Fiore, the Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies, World Languages and Cultures, was one of 21 professors nationwide to receive a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Award for Faculty. On December 16, 2020, the NEH announced a total of $32.8 million in various types of grants, including the faculty aw...

In its 13th year, the annual Teaching Italian Symposium at Montclair State University, held virtually via Zoom on Oct. 23 and Oct. 24, was a testament to the commitment of the Joseph and Elda Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America and the Italian Program in the Department of World Languages and Cultures that they uphold to the profe...

In the midst of a global pandemic, two Italian American families came together with the same vision and opened a gelato shop in Montclair, New Jersey. The Mazzeo and Brown families are the co-owners of Benvenuti, located at 20 Church St. in downtown Montclair. Co-owner Roger Mazzeo is a Montclair State University alumnus. “It’s not ice cream, it’s...

Retired Montclair Police Chief Tom Russo remembers when the roads around Pine Street in the Fourth Ward were filled with the sounds of people speaking Italian. “Everybody used to hang out on their front stoops and greet each other,” said Russo, who grew up in the area in the 1950s. He and his friends used to play in the streets until the streetligh...

After the killing of George Floyd in February, Montclair High School students raised their voices, organizing a Black Lives Matter march attended by more than 4,200; forming an Instagram group called "Black at MHS" with more than 2,000 followers, raising money, and holding a protest on Juneteenth with students from Montclair Kimberley Academy atten...

At a time of planetarian stasis, it may seem odd to talk about transnationalism; and, yet, more than ever, we have become aware of the interconnections existing around the world. What insights can a transnational model offer us to critically rethink cultural and socio-economic relationships while keeping in mind older forms of border crossing (colo...

Empty pews due to COVID-19 have meant empty collection baskets for churches throughout the region. Our Lady of Mount Carmel might be the first casualty. Since the merger of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Immaculate Conception into one parish — St. Teresa of Calcutta — in 2016, the parish has worked to build one community but with two worship sites. O...