The removal of one New Jersey Christopher Columbus statue and similar efforts gaining attention around New Jersey are causing frustration for some Italian-Americans who say the polarizing explorer has become a symbol of great importance for their shared heritage.  New Jersey Italian Heritage Commission Chairman Robert DiBiase said with "justified p...

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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...

In the beautiful setting of the Columbus Citizens Foundation, in New York City, on June 8th, at the yearly Conference of Presidents of Italian American Organizations, Gilda Battaglia Rorro Baldassari was honored by the distribution of copies of her successful memoir “Gilda, Promise Me”, published by Idea Press. The books were offered by the Preside...

The Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition (“ONE VOICE”), America’s largest independent Italian American anti-bias organization, and NJ Assemblyman Ralph Caputo were honored by the NJ Italian American Heritage Commission (“NJIAHC”) at a special awards ceremony held in their honor. Robert DiBiase, NJIAHC Chair presented awards to Dr. Manny Alfano, Fou...

Sunday October 28 2:00 pm - Rutgers University's College Avenue Student Center, 126 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ. Admission: $15; open to the public. Contact: Robert DiBiase 848-445-4163 commission@njitalianheritage.org. How successful is your life changing Italian scholarship, or course, if hardly anyone knows it exists? New Jersey has many g...