It was a historic week in Rome and within Vatican City as a delegation of Italian American leaders met with government officials and Pope Francis to advance cultural and religious initiatives — and to set the stage for new economic opportunities — between the U.S. and Italy. The delegation, assembled by Judge Basil M. Russo — who leads The Conferen...

It is with great pride and pleasure that I announce that our Gilda has been chosen as this year’s Grand Marshal of the Ocean County Columbus Day Parade. The largest New Jersey parade celebrating Columbus! I will send the specifics for the Columbus dinner inaugurating Gilda Rorro as the Grand Marshal, along with the parade details. The dinner will o...

A standing-room-only audience filled the community room at the municipal building Sunday morning for a celebration of Italian heritage. The event coming one day before Columbus Day drew representatives from Italian American groups in addition to local, county and state officials. “We celebrate today what unites us,” said Councilman Mark LoGrippo, w...

Date: 3/10/2021. Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Location: Virtual Via Zoom. Guests will receive the Zoom link upon registration. Please register here by Tuesday, March 9. Join your fellow alumni on Wednesday, March 10 for an eye-opening virtual book discussion featuring alumna and author, The Hon. Cav. Gilda Battaglia Rorro Baldassari, Ed.D '62. During...

October 12 2020 Roma, Italy / The United States

Normally Sherman Avenue up to the boardwalk would be lined with vendor booths and a tent would have housed patrons listening to music and enjoying Italian sausage sandwiches and cannolis, but thanks to the ongoing pandemic, things were different this year. An Italian-American heritage celebration was held in its place.   The Knights of Columbus Col...

A campaign ad that portrays a congressional candidate as Snooki from the “Jersey Shore” reality TV show is being slammed as a bigoted and a slap at Italian-Americans. New Jersey Italian American Heritage Commission chairman Robert J. DiBiase wants Republican David Richter to pull his “Snooki ad” that compares rival Kate Gibbs to Nicole Polizzi, a c...

Ciao from Rome to all the friends of We the Italians! What a month! It has been full of wonderful opportunities to show and testify how great the relationship between Italy and the US is! On September 22nd I had the honor and the pleasure of giving the welcoming remarks at the National Italian American Bar Association, welcoming old and new friends...

The Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies and the Italian Program are profoundly grateful to the New Jersey Italian Heritage Commission, in particular to Mr. Robert DiBiase, for the generous donation of $10,000 which funded scholarships for the 2019 Summer Italian Intensive Course for College Credit. The summer course, now in its th...

On May 1st the departments of Modern Languages and Literatures and Spanish and Latino Studies, hosted a reception to launch the B.A. in Language, Business & Culture. Guests, included business representatives, political figures, alumni, and university faculty who came together to celebrate this unique academic program linking the learning of world l...