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When the Old Country Becomes the New Country

By Francine Brevetti Why would I want to go to Sicily? My family’s from Northern Italy. Three reasons: My education in college and graduate school exposed me to the histories of ancient Greece, and Rome, their drama and their mythologies. I’m crazy about ... Read More

Author, Italian MP Marazziti to Speak in Bay Area

Nation-states and communities throughout the world have reached certain decisions about capital punishment: It is the destruction of human life. It is ineffective as a deterrent for crime. It is an instrument the state uses to contain or eliminate its political ... Read More

“13 Ways of Looking at the Death Penalty”

By Sebastian Fichera I have a confession to make: I have never had a problem with the death penalty. Despite a lingering suspicion that those who regard it as an unmitigated evil are on the side of the angels, I have always resisted the notion that the death ... Read More

The New Marco Polo? He’s Right Here.

By Francine Brevetti Some say Dionisio Cimarelli is Italy’s finest living sculptor. Some people say he’s the greatest Italian sculptor in China. Trouble is, he’s in neither country. He’s right here in California, visiting and working in studios from Monterey to ... Read More

BRAVA GENTE DELLA COMUNITA’ – A NEW COLUMN BY FRANCINE BREVETTI

CATHY ROBBINS From Native Americans to Native Italians    Can Cathy Codispoti Robbins do for Southern Italy what she’s done for Native Americans? Can she shed a light on their strengths and their current realities–not on demeaning stereotypes?    An award-winning ... Read More

ITALIAN COMMUNITY SERVICES TO HONOR SECRETARY LEON AND SYLVIA PANETTA

By: Grazia Rossi   Italian Community Services has announced that the honorees for the annual dinner will be Secretary Leon and Sylvia Panetta, founders of the Panetta Institute.    The Panetta Institute for Public Policy was founded in 1997 by Leon and Sylvia ... Read More

NOW IT’S COMMENDATORE ANGELO QUARANTA

By: Maria Greco    The always smiling, always effervescent Angelo Quaranta—insurance executive, restaurateur, former Parking Commissioner, and former Police Commissioner—can now add another title to his long and growing list: Commendatore.    To be more precise, the ... Read More

SFIAC SPONSORS CONTESSA ADRIANA VINCENZI

By: Giuseppe Esposito Columbus Day Celebration, Inc.'s newly-minted Contessa Adriana Vincenzi isn't the kind of person to let the grass grow under her feet.  As soon as she found out that she had been one of the young women selected to be part of Queen Isabella's ... Read More

When the Old Country Becomes the New Country

By Francine Brevetti Why would I want to go to Sicily? My family’s from Northern Italy. Three reasons: My education in college and graduate school exposed me to the histories of ancient Greece, and Rome, their drama and their mythologies. I’m crazy about ... Read More

USA-ITA. L’INSEGNATE DELLA SCUOLA PUBBLICA NEL XXI°, UNA MISSIONE

di Mauro Aprile Zanetti Approfitto dello “spring break” — una pausa pasquale laica per non offendere alcun credo, secondo la religione delle religioni americane, cioè il make up del politically correct, dietro cui si agita il Re dei Re, Sua Maestà il Consumismo — per ... Read More

EXPO MILANO 2015: GOODBYE SOLAR PANELS, HELLO ‘SOLAR LEAVES’

Far from being an innovative technology, solar power has been a part of a strategy to switch from fossil fuels to green energy for decades. President Jimmy Carter installed a solar energy system on the roof of the White House in 1979 in response to the gas crises caused ... Read More