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What We Lose When We Take Down Statues of Men Like Columbus

What We Lose When We Take Down Statues of Men Like Columbus

| February 10, 2018

“It’s sad that a man who most Americans once recognized as the seed-planter of their civilization has been so unceremoniously cast aside. There was a time when Columbus was a nearly universally revered figure in the Americas, a man who stood for the bold, entrepreneurial spirit of the New World. Columbus was a hero for […]

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San Jose City Council Votes to Remove Christopher Columbus Statue

San Jose City Council Votes to Remove Christopher Columbus Statue

| February 1, 2018

The San Jose, Calif. City Council voted to remove a statue of explorer Christopher Columbus from the City Hall lobby after hours of contentious debate. “It’s kind of a setback in our culture. Columbus is renown throughout the world, not just in Italy,” said Tony Zerbo with the Italian American Heritage Foundation. “Italian Americans here, […]

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The Making of America; and Italians Need Apply! Just Ask Carnegie Hall

The Making of America; and Italians Need Apply! Just Ask Carnegie Hall

| January 27, 2018

Given the history of Italian music and the contributions to the development of twentieth- and twenty-first-century United States music by Italians and Italian Americans, to leave any and all of them out of an initial discussion, as did Carnegie Hall, suggests ignorance, disregard, and/or blatant prejudice with regard to the value such contributions have truly […]

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Frank Stella on Six Decades of Experimentation and Change

Frank Stella on Six Decades of Experimentation and Change

| January 25, 2018

  The New York–based Stella, now 81, burst onto the scene barely out of college with his “Black Paintings,” sober geometric studies composed of wide black stripes separated by chalky white lines. These won him inclusion in “16 Americans,” the famed 1959–60 group show at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. He stayed in the […]

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Group Calls For Firing Over Eataly’s ‘Bring Home an Italian’ Advertisement – NBC Chicago

Group Calls For Firing Over Eataly’s ‘Bring Home an Italian’ Advertisement – NBC Chicago

| January 25, 2018

Why is this controversy involving Eataly in Chicago continuing? The advertisement placed in the window of the River North marketplace reportedly reads “BRING HOME AN ITALIAN, WORTH THE SMELL” in large print, followed by an image of white truffles.The sign, which some believe to be an offensive message about Italians, continues with smaller print, “Fresh white […]

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San Francisco Replaces Columbus Day With Indigenous Peoples’ Day

San Francisco Replaces Columbus Day With Indigenous Peoples’ Day

| January 24, 2018

“To take our day away is an insult to our culture,” said Guido Perego, president of the Italian Athletic Club in the city’s traditionally Italian-American North Beach neighborhood. “The city is basically pitting one culture against another.”The board voted 10-1 to make the change on Tuesday.San Francisco is not alone. Four states and 55 other […]

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‘Bribezoni’ is an attack on Italian-Americans, not Cuomo, says Castorina | SILive.com

‘Bribezoni’ is an attack on Italian-Americans, not Cuomo, says Castorina | SILive.com

| January 23, 2018

Assemblyman Ron Castorina said GOP leaders have attacked Italian-Americans in an attempt to bad mouth Gov. Andrew Cuomo and former aide Joseph Percoco outside the Manhattan Federal Courthouse Monday, where jury selection was underway for Percoco’s trial……. Castorina (R-South Shore/Staten Island) said the imagery fails to attack the “alleged pay-to-play culture” and points the finger […]

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Lady Gaga wows Milan crowd with Joanne tour 

Lady Gaga wows Milan crowd with Joanne tour 

| January 20, 2018

Gaga gave a monologue on equality and then launched into “Edge of Glory”, dedicating it to her family and in particular to her cousins Antonino, Giuseppe and Maria Germanotta.    “Today I’m here with my whole family,” she said, seated at the piano.    “I met my Italian cousins for the first time; they came up from […]

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Viewpoint: What Columbus means to Italian Americans | Opinion 

Viewpoint: What Columbus means to Italian Americans | Opinion 

| January 20, 2018

As a first generation Italian-American, to me and to many like me, Christopher Columbus represents the idea that you can voyage far away from home, and with a dream, and perseverance and sacrifice, and faith and hard work, you can find a better life and enjoy the freedom with which we are blessed to have […]

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In NY Italian American Museum sells three buildings in bid to expand 

In NY Italian American Museum sells three buildings in bid to expand 

| January 16, 2018

The Italian American Museum has struck a deal to sell three buildings it owns on Grand Street to a development group that will build a bigger museum in the base of a residential condo the group plans to erect on the site.The museum, founded by Joseph Scelsa, a retired sociology professor at Queens College who […]

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Message of the Ambassador of Italy in Washington Armando Varricchio on the occasion of the Christmas Holidays

Message of the Ambassador of Italy in Washington Armando Varricchio on the occasion of the Christmas Holidays

| December 21, 2017

As the Holiday Season approaches, I wish to extend to you and your families my best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. During this time we ponder the events of the past months, reflect upon the outcomes, and start planning future projects. In 2017 Italy has been on the forefront of […]

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POTUS Proclaims October 9, 2017, as Columbus Day

POTUS Proclaims October 9, 2017, as Columbus Day

| October 6, 2017

COLUMBUS DAY, 2017 – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION   Five hundred and twenty-five years ago, Christopher Columbus completed an ambitious and daring voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to the Americas. The voyage was a remarkable and then-unparalleled feat that helped launch the […]

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