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Laura Indolfi Makes Waves as TED Fellow


Laura Indolfi, a biomedical entrepreneur and co-founder and CEO of Boston-based PanTher Therapeutics, was recently selected as a TED Fellow, joining a class of 21 change-makers from around the world who shared their ideas and groundbreaking work from the TED stage in Vancouver in February. “I use biomaterials to address the unmet clinical needs in medicine, especially in cardiovascular and cancer treatments,” says Indolfi, a native of Naples. “Most of these diseases are localized within a specific organ or area of the body and the current notion of treating them with drugs that will need to travel the entire body ...

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The Boston Marathon’s Italian roots

Runners approach the colorful finish line of the 104th Boston Marathon in 2000. Photo by Frank Clerici Sr.

By Paul Camilio Clerici While the turn-of-the-century roots of Boston Marathon history are predominantly Irish via the organizing 129-year-old Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.), there is an impressive Italian presence. Lawrence Brignolia, an Italian-American blacksmith from Cambridge, Mass., won the third race in 1899; and Gelindo Bordin of Vicenza, Italy, won the 94th Boston in 1990. Italian Americans can also be found in several key administrative positions. Joann Flaminio in 2011 was named as the 23rd Board of Governors president (the first woman and first person of Italian descent to hold this post). “I could not be more Italian!” she boasts. ...

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Renato Camurri presents “Gaetano Salvemini and the Harvard Years”

Prof. Renato Camurri

When: Monday, April 18, 2016 – 4:15 – 6:00 pm Where: Hoffman Room, Center for European Studies at Harvard — 27 Kirkland St., Cambridge, MA Renato Camurri presents Gaetano Salvemini: Lettere Americane, 1927-1949, a collection of previously unpublished letters written by the Italian antifascist historian and political activist Gaetano Salvemini during his years of exile in the United States. Speaker Renato Camurri, Associate Professor of Late Modern and Contemporary History, University of Verona Discussant Charles S. Maier, Leverett Saltonstall Professor of History, Harvard University Chaired by David Armitage, Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History, Harvard University; Chair, History Department, Harvard ...

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Pasta al Ragù Challenge at Dante Alighieri


Following the successful "Carbonara Night" event, the Consulate General of Italy presents a new challenge for the Italian student associations of the Boston area.

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Richard Aliberti: The North End’s Artistic Soul


The North End is a place full of history and — nowadays — restaurants, but upon closer examination it is also a neighborhood full of art and culture. Anyone who has ever glanced up to take in the bronze statues or plaques that adorn one of the country’s finest Little Italies will have encountered the skillful hand of Richard Aliberti, an artist that has been in and out of the neighborhood for the past three decades, but who has left a lasting impression on it. “I wasn’t expecting to make a living off of art,” he explains as he thinks ...

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Long-awaited North End documentary premiers at Suffolk U

A clip of the North End documentary by NEHS.

On Jan. 20, the North End Historical Society presented its long-awaited documentary “Boston’s North End: An Italian American Story” at Suffolk University’s Modern Theatre. It was mostly filmed and directed by Maureen McNamara of Kendall Productions in Cambridge, with post-production editing done John Balcom of John Balcom Productions in Los Angeles. “As the title indicates, it is not so much a documentary history as it is the story of the things that made the North End special,” said James Pasto, co-founder of the North End Historical Society. “Those things include Sunday dinners, nicknames, street corners, doo wop, world boxing champion ...

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The Classics from Abruzzo – Fundraiser concert for AP Italian


When: Sunday, April 10, 2016 – 2 to 5 p.m. Where: Maxwell Auditorium – Masonic Museum & Library – 33 Marrett Road, Lexington, MA The grand Lodge of Massachusetts O.S.I.A. and the Consulate General of Italy in Boston present the Italian Trio THE CLASSICS from Abruzzo performing Opera Arias & popular Neapolitan Italian songs. A fundraiser in support of the Italian AP Exam. Click on the image to purchase tickets:

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C.A.S.IT. celebrates 20 years at fundraiser event


“Come, learn and play” was the main theme of C.A.S.IT.’s second annual fundraiser Casino Night, held at Spinelli’s in Lynnfield. Raising funds to support Italian language and culture programs in public and private schools throughout New England, the non-profit organization also celebrated its 20th anniversary, with honored guests such as the Consul General of Italy for New England, Nicola De Santis, and State Sen. Sal DiDomenico joining C.A.S.IT. founder Maria Gioconda Motta and Vice President Alberto Mogavero for the occasion. DiDomenico also presentad an Official Citation to C.A.S.IT. in recognition of the big milestone and for its efforts in promoting ...

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REGALI Artists Residency at MassArt


When: Wednesday, February 24, 7:00 – 9:00 PM Where: The Godine Gallery, MassArt, 621 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115 The Godine Gallery at Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) invites you to the opening reception of REGALI, an exhibition born out of a reciprocal Boston-Sicilian artist residency centered on the community of Favara, Sicily, and the culture of the gift, during an intense two-week residency in July of 2014. The exhibition features the collaborative work of American and European resident artists ranging from photography, video, and installation to performance and interactive media. This collective of artists from Europe and ...

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Job opening at Consulate General of Italy in Boston


Il Consolato Generale d’Italia in Boston bandisce un concorso per l’assunzione di un impiegato nel settore Servizi di autista-commesso-centralinista La data di scadenza per le presentazione delle domande è il 14 febbraio 2016 Per maggiori informazioni si prega di visitare il sito web www.consboston.esteri.it nella sezione degli Avvisi.

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Donate Toys To The Italian Home For Children For Children In Need


Filippo Ristorante in Boston is hosting a toy drive in honor of Mark F. Frattaroli. If you are interested in donating, you can drop off new and unwrapped toys for boys and girls ages 4-14. The toy must be dropped off by December 17, 2015. If you are interested in making a donation instead, you can make a check payable to The Italian Home for Children and mail it to Filippo Ristorante, 283 Causeway Street, Boston, MA 02114.

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North End Documentary Seeking Contributions

Italian and American flags

The North End Historical Society is looking for support to make a documentary on Italian-Americans in the North End in Boston, MA. The North End has been home to Italian-American community for over 100 years. The film will be narrated by North End native Stephen Passacantilli. The film is based on interviews with North End natives and their descendents living in the Boston-area. “It will preserve a way of life that has all but disappeared from Boston.” If you are interested in donating, you can visit their website.

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