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Film producer Barbara De Fina

Spotlight on Film Producer Barbara De Fina: Reconnecting to Her Italian Heritage

Notoriously, Martin Scorsese grew up between the 40s and 50s in New York City’s “Little Italy,” where the only two options for a boy were to enter a...

Innovativo Creativo Italiano: a photo shoot capturing Italians’ creative souls

Judy Starkman, who worked as a London-based feature documentary filmmaker for networks, such as ABC , CBS , CNN , and SKY-TV , alongside several...
Norton Simon Museum's Chief Curator - Carol Togneri. Photo courtesy of C. Togneri

Carol Togneri: exposing new “gems” from the Norton Simon Museum’s vault

C arol Togneri’s pivotal moment of discovery occurred in Alhambra, CA, when she was a child and her Tuscan grandma showed her the reproductions of...

Scientific Truths: A Conversation with USC Professor Gale Sinatra

As we look at the history of humanity, we often focus on the individuals who made fundamental discoveries and enabled us to advance our knowledge, by...
(L-R) Makeup artists Christopher Allen Nelson, Giorgio Gregorini and Alessandro Bertolazzi, winners of the award for Makeup and Hairstyling for 'Suicide Squad'. Photo by PopularImages

The Italian Oscar-winner makeup and hairstyling team behind Suicide Squad

If I had to extrapolate a “common denominator” from the Italian artistic team that won this year’s Academy Award for Best Achievement in Makeup and...
Original Dixieland Jazz Band. 1918 promotional postcard showing (from left), drummer Tony Sbarbaro (aka Tony Spargo), trombonist Edwin "Daddy" Edwards, cornetist Dominick James "Nick" LaRocca, clarinetist Larry Shields, and pianist Henry Ragas

First Recording in Jazz History has strong Sicilian roots

On February 26th 1917, clarinetist and bandleader Nick LaRocca (born in New Orleans, Louisiana, from Sicilian parents) passed into the annals of jazz...

Lorenzo Damiani, “Ambassador of Design” at LA’s Italian Design Day

T he first edition of the Italian Design Day (March 2nd) – brainchild of Italy’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ministry...

Italian Design: a history of excellence

Let’s start with a definition of “industrial design,” by Argentinian-born, Milan-based, painter, designer and philosopher, Tomás Maldonado: “...
Elisabetta Vezzosi, full professor of North American history at the University of Trieste

A Talk with Elisabetta Vezzosi, President of AISNA

The American Studies Association of Italy ( AISNA - Associazione Italiana di Studi Nord-Americani) – that fosters exchange and debate in the fields...
Paola Sartorio (third from left) with members of Fulbright Commission Staff

Journey through Paola Sartorio’s Fulbright Commission

The Fulbright Program, awarding merit-based grants for international educational exchange to and from the US, became effective in 1946, thanks to...

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