History & culture

Different Empires and the Italian Language

January 2021 |
In our October 2020 issue, we left off with Italy's control under the Lombard. They tried multiple times and in different ways to insert themselves in the territory’s culture with the support from the powerful Catholic Church. Unfortunately, this...

Preserving Italian Heritage in America

January 2021 |
Quest’articolo parla del gruppo: American Italian Heritage Association. Nel 1979, il professore Philip DiNuovo invitò un gruppo di professori italiani per discutere come avrebbero potuto mantenere la storia italiana e la loro eredità italiana qui...

The Logic of Italian Women

December 2020 |
What do Matilda of Canossa, Tullia d’Aragona and Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia have in common? Each left an indelible mark on the history of Italy. In 1076, Matilda, widowed at 30, inherited the Tuscan properties of her paternal grandfather, the...

In Sardinia a Chanukah Dreidel Hides in Plain Sight

December 2020 |
Come tutta l’Italia, in Sardegna si festeggia Natale con tanta gioia. Per i sardi, il giocattolo “barralliccu” è molto importante per la loro cultura. Questo è un cubo di legno simile a un dreidel di Hanukkah. I giocatori girano il cubo e seguono...

The Faglia of Oratino: A Popular Christmas Eve Tradition

December 2020 |
The ritual of La Faglia is a holiday event celebrated annually in Oratino, a small town holding the title of “uno dei borghi più belli d’Italia” (one of the most beautiful villages of Italy). Oratino is a delightful and mountainous village of about...

An Italian American Christmas

December 2020 |
Several years back, an evangelical Christian co-worker was complaining about the secularization of Christmas. “Jesus is the reason for the season,” he declared, literally raising his arm, pointing to the heavens above. “What does Christmas mean to...

NIAF Chairman Patricia de Stacy Harrison Interviewed Dr. Anthony S. Fauci

November 2020 |
The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is pleased to announce that NIAF Chairman Patricia de Stacy Harrison, president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), interviewed Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, Director of the National...

Italian Americans in the U.S. Were Targeted During WWII

November 2020 |
Questo articolo tratta degli immigrati italiani che furono discriminati durante la Seconda Guerra Mondiale. Giacchè l'America fu in guerra con l'Italia, furono tanti gli italiani presi di mira dagli americani. Fu per colpa della discriminazione...

Rime e Preghiere Per i Bambini: Children’s Rhymes and Prayers

November 2020 |
As an adult, I asked my mom why she did not speak to us in Italian when we were young. Her answer was that when she arrived in America at 18, she was ready to take on American ways and felt she needed to learn how to speak English. She was...
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