The Italian and Italophile community of Orange County and the broader Southern California region convened last Saturday for the eighth iteration of the Italian Perspective Series at the Musco Center for the Arts, Chapman University. This event, a successor to the Theater and Culture showcase of 2023, which marked the inauguration of the Ferrucci In...

Quacquarelli Symonds has released the fourteenth edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject. The rankings provide an independent comparative analysis of the performance of more than 1,500 universities in 96 countries and territories, in 55 academic disciplines and five broad areas of study. La Sapienza - University of Rome, which mainta...

Thanksgiving Day 2023 is one that Penn State York students Olivia Miles and Abby Snyder will not forget. They spent 10 days, including Thanksgiving, in Florence, Italy, as part of a human development and family studies course, Understanding the Italian Family: Historical and Cultural Context (HDFS 499).  Studies in Florence, as the course is common...

Held in the luxurious rooms of the Musco Center for the Arts, the Italian Perspective series has established itself as both a beloved tradition at Chapman University in Orange and a key event for celebrating and exploring the wealth of Italian culture. Initiated in response to the local community’s sincere wish to strengthen ties and create opportu...

A man known as “the face” of St. John’s University has retired after 61 years – and he finally revealed a secret he shared with former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. Longtime Vice President Joseph Sciame, 82, helped educate generations of students including a high-profile bishop and Berlusconi’s daughter, whose presence on campus he kept...

TAPinto West Orange recently caught up with the Orange/WestOrange UNICO Chapter (O/WO) of UNICO National for an update on its activities since we last profiled them. According to the Chapter’s President, Frank Gonnella, “Fun was had by all at our Annual Bocce Tournament fundraiser at Montville Community Park, where we had good food, great bocce and...

Exciting news for Italian American students looking to study in Italy! The American Society of the Italian Legions of Merit (ASILM) is now offering the Leandro P. Rizzuto Scholarship to any at a U.S. accredited college or university in Italy for the 2024 academic year. The student selected by the ASILM Scholarship Committee will receive a scholarsh...

Dr. Pacchioni’s book The Image of the Puppet in Italian Theater, Literature, and Film (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2022) has received the Nancy Staub Award for Excellence in Publications on the Art of Puppetry from the Union Internationale de la Marionnette (UNIMA), USA. The award is meant to honor books, articles, or dissertations that are exempla...

Appalachian State University professor and former North Carolina Poet Laureate (2012-14) Joseph Bathanti has been named to this year's class of the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame (NCLHOF) — an honor reserved for five of the state's most beloved and accomplished writers. Established in 1996 under the leadership of Poet Laureate Sam Ragan, the...