When Italians from the southern portion of the boot began arriving in the U.S. in mass numbers during the late nineteenth century to seek the American Dream, they were not considered white by the Anglo-Saxon population, specifically in the South. Since they were not Protestant by faith, had Mediterranean features and were not Anglo-Saxon by ethnici...

If since the beginning of the pandemic I personally have not yet had the opportunity to physically travel back to visit any of the many friends of We the Italians scattered across the United States, thanks to our interviews I often have the chance to take a virtual trip and get to know the various Italian communities both in the most famous areas o...

Wednesday, December 8, 6:00pm. Istituto Italiano di Cultura - 686 Park Avenue - Manhattan, NY. You are cordially invited to an evening dedicated to Italians in the United States in honor of the publication of the volume Gli Italiani in USA: nuove prospettive di una diaspora secolare, published by the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute on c...

The Chef’s Pers-pective in December should be an easy column to write. The truth is that there are so many topics available in this last month of the year that it is not as easy as you might think. I considered topics ranging from what Christmas is like for a tourist visiting Italy to the artistry of the Nativity competitions that are widespread in...

If you’d told me four years ago that I’d be coming to Rome’s defence, I would have told you: Ma va’. Yeah right, get out of town. And I would have said I’d be long gone myself. And yet, as the latest InterNations survey of expats around the world puts Rome in last place for city life and work, here I am not only still living here but saying out lou...

Pieces of fabric of various vibrant shades fill the Naples studio where Paboy Bojang and his team of four are working around the clock to stitch together 250 cushions for their next customer, The Conran Shop. They are not long from dispatching their first orders to Selfridges and Paul Smith, and with requests for the distinctive cotton cushions wit...

Cleveland’s Major League Baseball team completed their last season as the Indians on October 3, 2021. The club is now called the Cleveland Guardians, and the new name pays homage to four, two-sided sculptures known as the “Guardians of Traffic,” which stand prominently on the city’s Hope Memorial Bridge. Once known as the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge, it...

This fall, Chapman Italian Studies students combined their linguistic training with a transcultural investigation in a wide range of disciplinary contexts: Italian immigration to North America, Anglo-American expatriate experiences in Italy, the history and future of tourism on the peninsula, and Italian language as the embodiment and expression of...

In 1978, when Holly Herrmann was 20, she flew to Bolzano, Italy, a scenic city in the foothills of the Tyrolean Alps, to compete in the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition. A native Californian, the budding concert pianist was taken with a country that was so intricately interwoven with classical music, food and beauty. She vowed to ma...

A few weeks ago, I drove to St. Michael Cemetery in Stratford, where my grandparents are buried. I hadn’t visited them in years, so I figured All Souls Day was a perfect time to pay my respects and say a few prayers. The gravestone was worn and weathered, but their names were still legible. Angelina and Anthony, two Italian immigrants who arrived a...