In a joyful ceremony at the University of Arkansas System Office, the system’s Division of Agriculture signed a memorandum of understanding with Kore University of Enna, Sicily. Kore University, founded in 2005, is a private higher education institution with more than 8,000 students. Kore University offers 21 degree courses in five schools: enginee...

Andrew Masi had never been to Arkansas before June 9. With his visit, Masi is one step closer to reaching his goal of photographing every Catholic cathedral and basilica in the United States.  Masi has been to 36 states on a mission to photograph all 192 cathedrals and 93 basilicas.  With his visit to the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Little Rock, Mas...

On April 9, the U of A chapter of Gamma Kappa Alpha, the national Italian academic honor society, held its annual initiation ceremony.  The chapter congratulates the nine new student members: Juan Carlos Esquivel Monroy, Leah Foster, Michelle Kamanga, Emily Lawless, Jordyn Moore, Claire Phelps, Adriana Tredway, James II Sterling West and Grace Wils...

Daniela D'Eugenio, assistant professor of Italian in the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures, was awarded the 2022 First Book Award Prize. D'Eugenio's book, titled Paroimia: Brusantino, Florio, Sarnelli, and Italian Proverbs from the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries, was published with Purdue UP in 2021. Boasting 572 pages an...

Downtown Fort Smith will soon have a new dining option with the planned Nov. 14 opening of Prima Italia at 720 Garrison Ave. – inside the building that was once the Fort Smith Town Club. The restaurant will be in the space that previously housed The Rialto restaurant. The Rialto closed with the early 2023 departure of Chef James Thomas. Zac Scarbor...

Many folks in Northwest Arkansas know that Tontitown was founded by Italian immigrants who had first come to the United States lured by promises of land and opportunity at Sunnyside Plantation in Southeast Arkansas. Conditions at Sunnyside, though, fell far short of the promises, prompting several dozen families to migrate again to an area west of...

When most people think of Italian America, they probably think of the many famous East Coast Italian enclaves, but we've come to learn that some of the finest fruits of Italian influence in American life actually exist well off the beaten path. And few places we've visited, if any, bring the story of Italian immigration to life quite like Tontitown...

George's Little Rock, 5510 Kavanaugh Blvd., in Little Rock’s Pulaski Heights, is set to open Aug.19, offering “traditional homemade Italian cuisine … promising an exceptional dining experience for locals and visitors alike,” according to a news release. According to the bio on the restaurant's Instagram account, reservations for George's have gone...

As part of the 100th Anniversary Convention of the American Association of Teachers of Italian, held July 5-8 in Catania, Sicily, faculty from the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures combined to present a panel on "Gaming the Mediterranean: Teaching and Researching through Virtual Reality."  Assistant professor Rhodora Vennaruc...

When it comes to comfort food, pasta is near the top of my list. Personally, it’s one of my food love languages as I can’t resist a big plate of noodles topped with a rich homemade sauce, then drizzled with Parmesan cheese, YUM! Thankfully, there are several restaurants in Arkansas serving some of the best authentic Italian cuisine that money can b...