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Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi recently visited Harvard University in Cambridge, where he gave an impassioned speech about several issues afflicting Europe today. I won’t go into detail on the various subjects he touched, but I would like to delve into one particular theme that is dear to him: Italy’s investment in culture. Renzi tied a widespread sentiment of fear and lack of solidarity to the rise of terrorism in Europe. “Culture is the target of terrorists,” he said. “You don’t think about death if you have a place to go to, if you have curiosity, if you have a ...

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The power of the piazza

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I had a hunch before opening I AM Books, the country’s first Italian American bookstore. Based on the feedback I received from readers of Bostoniano, I felt there would be a need for a common place where people could start a dialogue about their shared heritage and their roots. Soon after opening the bookstore last year, I realized this was only one of the many elements that people appreciate about the bookstore. I think what really excites people is the physicality of it. As human beings, we need places we can anchor ourselves to. These are places we rely on ...

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Milan EXPO 2015: Visit it, Enjoy it, and Be Proud

Stefano Salimbeni at the Milan EXPO 2015

A fresh, first person, passionate recount of our collaborator Stefano Salimbeni’s visit to the Milan International Exposition. A joy for the eyes, more than for the palate, a challenge for the legs – and the wallet – more than for the intellect and anyway at the end of the day (and in this case is usually a long one) a breath of fresh air for our (too often and for too long repressed and subdued) pride of being Italian. Obviously after a six-hours-only visit, at an event that would require at least the same amount of days, the first impressions ...

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Hiding in plain sight: Remembering Sacco and Vanzetti in the heart of Boston

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August 23 marks an important anniversary in the history of Massachusetts. It was on this day, in 1927, that Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were executed after being convicted for the death of two people during an armed robbery in South Braintree. I’m not bringing up this symbolic date to shine a light on the history of what happened. Many have done so before, and the story is so complex we would need a book to explain it all. What I do want to focus on, though, is what is left in our modern day metropolis to commemorate what happened ...

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