Crossing the ocean can be an important step in the journey to creating American teachers who engage in culturally responsive teaching. University of Kansas educators have published writing detailing a program that takes future educators to Italy to participate in a full-immersion study abroad program that results in a better understanding of the ch...

by Alex Perry With some exceptions, Italian is the language of opera, and not just in the verbal sense. In order for an opera singer to truly understand the material, they need to understand the culture from which it came. It would make sense, then, for Wichita State's budding opera stars to visit the boot-shaped country to bolster their...

by Joshua Vail The annual 4-H International Tasting Tea will feature a taste of Italy this year at the Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum. The featured country is inspired by Beatrice Di Cristina, an exchange student from Italy staying with the Kim Umbarger family.   Di Cristina is from Perugia, a city about two hours north of Rome. She s...

Kansas Citians and out-of-town visitors will soon experience an oasis for the refined at heart, as the newest jewel of the city opens its doors. Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza makes its Kansas City debut, opening to the public Wednesday, Nov. 6. Tucked amid the ornate fountains and elegant courtyards of Kansas City's premier shopping district, H...

"I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore" used to say Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz". Well, today we actually are: we're in Kansas City, shared between Kansas and Missouri, where we meet the guest of our interview. Gino Serra is the Italian Honorary Vice Consul here. Even in the Midwest area, Italians left their mark and continue to do that, as...

There's a saying in the Little Balkans area of Southeast Kansas that if your family name ends in a vowel, you likely belong to a family of immigrant coal miner descent. Mengarelli. Maransani. Stefanoni. They were among the thousands of Italians who came to the area after the first underground coal mines opened in the late 1800s.   Read...

By Casey Logan    In 1910, Antonio and Nunziata Pirruccello emigrated from Sicily. They arrived in Omaha's emergent Little Italy neighborhood, where they started a few businesses, owned a number of properties and raised nine children of various talents. More than a century later, the offspring of those children, and the one surviving s...

Summer has yet to deliver its full range of vegetables, but one stalwart crop that keeps on giving is Brassica rapa (from rapum, Latin for "turnip"). Brimming with flavor, this vegetable is known variously in its native Italy as cime di rapa ("turnip tops"), broccoletti di rape or just rape (pronounced räp'-eh), rapi, rappini, friarielli, vrucculi...

Another new restaurant is coming to 1930 S. Oliver. The appropriately named Oliver's Little Italy will open in the next week or so for an Italian lunch buffet. "It's in a good spot for a lunch buffet," says Scott Cosentino, who is opening the business with Dyan Gordon.   The 7,000-square-foot space has been home to a number of rest...

by Bob Sutton   The teenage Italian shortstop who has been dubbed the top European baseball prospect will play for the Burlington Royals. Tommy Shields, the manager of the Burlington team, said Marten Gasparini, 17, has been targeted for the Appalachian League club all along.   MLB.com lists the 30 top international prospects and...