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Papa Francesco Arrives in DC
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First Lady Michelle Obama to Travel to Italy

The First Lady will travel to Milan. As part of her Let’s Move! initiative, the First Lady will lead a Presidential Delegation to the Milan Expo 2015, representing our steadfast commitment to a healthier nation. The Presidential Delegation will tour the USA Pavilion, “American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet.” Mrs. Obama and the Delegation will also participate in a cooking activity with children. In addition to visiting the U.S. Pavilion, the First Lady will meet with Prime Minister Renzi, and tour the Italian Pavilion with Ms. Landini, the Prime Minister’s wife. Read more >


Gwen Ifill Winner of 2015 Urbino Press Award

PBS renowned journalist and anchor Gwen Ifill is the winner of 2015 Urbino Press Award. "I am deeply honored to accept this prestigious award for doing the work I love -- explaining our world,” Gwen Ifill stated. Read story > > Italian


Remarks by Pres. Obama and Italian PM Matteo Renzi

"I would also like to add that when I came to the White House, I brought on my behalf and all of the Italians these feelings of pride for what the President mentioned earlier -- for the role of so many Italians in the history of the United States of America, from Christopher Columbus onward, as well as appreciation and the gratefulness for the sacrifice of young men and women of the United States whom, in these next few days, we will remember for having liberated Italy." Read remarks > >


Tom Marino Speaks at NIAF-Frank J. Guarini
Public Policy Forum

Representative Tom Marino (Pa.), Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law, was the guest speaker the first in the series of NIAF- Frank J. Guarini Public Policy Forums in 2015. Read story > >



Members of Italian American Congressional Delegation Welcomed at Capitol Hill

New and returning U.S. Representatives and Senators of the Italian American Congressional Delegation (IACD) of the 114th U.S. Congress were welcomed at a special reception hosted by the National Italian American Foundation on Capitol Hill on March 18, 2015 . Read story > >


Constitutional Court Judge, Sergio Mattarella
Elected New President of Italian Republic

Jan 31, 2015 - "Italian lawmakers elected Sergio Mattarella, a constitutional court judge and veteran center-left politician, as president of Italy on Saturday, handing a welcome political victory to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. Mattarella, speaking at his office in the Constitutional Court after the vote, said: "My first thoughts are of the difficulties and hopes of our citizens." Read Reuters article>>

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Last of the old-time Italians in North Beach

Jan 25, 2015 -"Italians have always been important in San Francisco. Italian Americans founded the San Francisco opera, A.P. Giannini was the man behind the Bank of America, the three DiMaggio brothers, Pelosi, Francis Ford Coppola, the Alioto families. San Francisco was even named for an Italian, the humble friar from Assisi." Read article by Carl Nolte


Washington celebra Piero di Cosimo

Jan 24, 2015 - Dal primo febbraio al 3 maggio, la National Gallery of Art di Washington ospiterà la prima importante retrospettiva mai realizzata sul grande artista fiorentino Piero di Cosimo. Titolo: “Piero di Cosimo: La Poesia della pittura nella Firenze rinascimentale”. In una versione diversa, la mostra si sposterà poi alla Galleria degli Uffizi dal 23 giugno al 27 settembre. “Una iniziativa unica nel suo genere, di grandissimo prestigio – ha commentato l’Ambasciatore d’Italia a Washington Claudio Bisogniero – che conferma lo straordinario rapporto di collaborazione tra la National Gallery e il sistema museale italiano, grazie anche all’opera del Ministero degli Esteri italiano e della nostra Ambasciata. Per citare alcuni recenti esempi, penso alla mostra del David Apollo dal Museo Nazionale del Bargello e del Galata Morente dai Musei Capitolini che hanno rispettivamente aperto e chiuso il 2013 – Anno della Cultura Italiana negli Stati Uniti, la mostra della Danae di Tiziano dal Museo di Capodimonte per celebrare il semestre di Presidenza italiana dell’UE, e alla serie innumerevole di concerti, mostre, proiezioni di film che organizziamo costantemente con questo grande museo americano”. La retrospettiva sul pittore fiorentino, contemporaneo di Botticelli, Leonardo e Michelangelo e celebre per la sua grande versatilità, comprenderà circa 40 tra i suoi più importanti dipinti, esposti in sei gallerie del West Building. Read full story in English




Ambassador John R. Phillips Remarks for the Groundbreaking of the USA Pavilion at the Milan Expo 2015

"American farmers produce one fourth of the world’s food, but in order to supply the planet’s growing population, we will need to increase global food production by 70% by 2050. Thus the Expo’s theme—“Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”—is both timely and poignant. It is also possible. Thanks to technology, innovation and entrepreneurship, America now produces more food—more consistently and more safely—and delivers it to more people at a more affordable price than ever before in history." Read more ..>>


Titian's Danae In Washington to Celebrate Italy's
Presidency of European Union Council

One of the most sensual paintings of the Italian Renaissance—Titian's Danaë (1544–1545) from the Capodimonte Museum, Naples—is onview through November 2, 2014, in the West Building, National Gallery of Art, Washington, to celebrate the commencement of Italy's presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU). Continued >>

Titian's Danae at National Gallery of Art



Who Really Killed Joe Petrosino?

"Italian police are skeptical of Domenico Palozzotto’s claims to the murderer’s bloodline. They say he isn’t even directly related to Paolo Palazzotto, the triggerman who allegedly killed the American hero. In fact, Paolo Palazzotto was tried for the 1909 murder along with Cosa Nostra boss Vito Cascio Ferro, but both were absolved of the crime due to lack of evidence." Read full article

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