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Podcast Episode 3: Dairy farms in Boston – Le fattorie e i caseifici


This month’s podcast dives into the rich cheese culture of Massachusetts. After exploring some famous (and some less known) local cheeses and farms, we talk with Chef Federico Zampieri to get an idea of what goes into making mozzarella. We also took pictures to guide you through the process in case you’re interested! Click on the link below to listen to the podcast. A transcript of the episode is available after the mozzarella-making pictures. Buon appetito! Podcast #3: Formaggi del Massachusetts e mozzarella fatta in casa   FOTO E ISTRUZIONI CON MAGGIORI DETTAGLI TRANSCRIPT DELLA PUNTATA Salve a tutti da ...

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Wellesley College’s Flavia Laviosa Launches Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies


"The purpose of JICMS is to consider Italy as the unifying geo-cultural site for a contemporary discussion on translocal cinema."

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Podcast Episode 2 — The North End


Salve a tutti! Welcome to our second Podcast episode: Viaggio nel North End Our first podcast focused on the history of the city of Boston. This time, we look at the historic neighborhood of the North End, where hundreds of thousands of Italians have gone through over the past century. After talking about the history and importance of the neighborhood, we spend some time with Jeanne Dasaro, creator of NorthEndStories.com, who explains how the stories she collects through her project help maintain the spirit of the North End. Enjoy the podcast. And if you are in trouble with Italian listening, read ...

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Podcast Episode 1 – Benvenuti a Boston!

Boston (photo courtesy of walknboston

Salve a tutti! Hello everyone! Welcome to our new podcast in Italian for all those interested in learning a little of the bella lingua, or for all Italians coming for a visit. Click on the link below to listen to the podcast: Benvenuti a Boston! In this first episode, we introduce you to the city of Boston and talk a little of its historical significance. We wrap up our podcast with a brief interview with Corrieretandem founder Nicola Orichuia.

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Pirandello Language Center founder Tino Valdesolo


In school, it is virtually impossible to capture his undivided attention for more than five minutes. If he isn’t substituting for one of the teachers, he is preparing a musical program, updating a curriculum or offering brief answers to family members or teachers who are lined up outside the little office he carved for himself at the Pirandello Language Center in the St. John School building. It has been like this every Saturday for the last four decades, during which time Tino Valdesolo has directed — hands-on and delegation-free — the longest running private institution for the teaching of Italian ...

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Piccola Italia Preschool Opens in Newton


Piccola Italia Preschool (PIP) opens for its first year of business on September 1, 2012, bringing Italian language immersion to youngsters in the Nonantum neighborhood of Newton, Mass. PIP is currently enrolling children aged 2.9 to 5 years for the 2012/2013 school year with two-, three- and five-day scheduling options. “I wholly believe that we should start learning our second and third languages early in life,” says Rebecca Paxton Cianfrone, owner and lead teacher of PIP. “Learning Italian at PIP, in addition to making their brains stronger, will make your children more multiculturally aware and curious.” Rebecca Paxton Cianfrone has ...

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C.A.S.IT. Launches New Website, Starts Adult Italian Language Classes


C.A.S.IT., the state’s leading organization in promoting the Italian language in Massachusetts schools, has a new and revamped website, where students, parents and teachers can find all the information needed to learn, practice and promote the language of Dante. The organization’s mission is to assist communities that wish to introduce, preserve, rejuvenate or broaden the study of the Italian language in their schools. C.A.S.IT. (which stands for Centro Attività Scolastiche Italiane) offers grants of varying amounts for the establishment of Italian language and cultural programs with the ultimate purpose to institute Italian as a subject in the school curriculum. The ...

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Dante Alighieri Fellow Allison Longley Heading to Camerino

Allison Longley at Rome

Longley won one month of intensive Italian language courses offered in November by Scuola Dante Alighieri di Camerino, Italy.

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Italian Cultural Night at Boston Children’s Museum


The Boston Children's Museum held its first Italian culture Night on March 9, 2012.

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Five Massachusetts Residents Receive NIAF Scholarships


Five university students who reside in Massachusetts have received National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) Scholarships. The students are John Savino of Milton, Thomas Nunan or Attleboro, Daniel Giovacchini of Acton, Alexandria Cijeka of Westfield, and Brandon Sepe of Medfield, Mass. “NIAF has awarded $10 million in scholarships and grants across the country since its inception,” said Matthew J. DiDomenico, Sr., chair of the NIAF scholarship and grants committee and NIAF senior executive vice president. “The NIAF Board of Directors is extremely proud of the high caliber of students and their achievements.” NIAF celebrates its 37th anniversary this year. The scholarship ...

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UMM Plans Tour of Italy and Greece in Spring 2013


The University of Maine at Machias has announced that it will offer a ten-day excursion to Italy in the spring of 2013 for both UMM students and interested community members.

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“Our Community, Our Language”: What Italian Americans Can Do


Ambassador Terzi has a message for all Italians and Italian Americans working to promote the Italian language in the United States.

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