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Roman in the Provinces: Art on the Periphery of Empire

Egypt, 5th–6th century CE
Wool on linen, 18 x 21 cm
Donald and Barbara Tellalian, 1982-02500

Opening February 14, the Boston College exhibit presents a vast array of textiles, inscriptions, sculpture, glass, coins, and pottery from the 2nd–6th century to explore the lives and experiences of people living in the provinces through evidence gleaned from their material culture.

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Christmas Tree Origins and an 1896 Celebration in the North End


I always grew up with a decorated Christmas tree. Along with the Manger, the tree seemed both a very Italian and a very Catholic thing to have in the house. The gifts were under the tree and we usually opened them on Christmas morning. I know now, but I didn’t know then, that in Italy people give gifts on the eve of the Epiphany, January 6, and they are brought by La Befana. Today, this tradition still holds, though Babbo Natale and the giving of gifts on Christmas day are becoming more popular in Italy (and many other places, such ...

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Italy’s Great War: A Centennial Perspective


When: Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 — 5:30 p.m. Where: Lower Level Conference Room, Center for European Studies — 27 Kirkland Street, Cambridge, MA The Salvemini Colloquium is co-sponsored with the Consulate General of Italy in Boston. This is the third annual lecture for the Salvemini Colloquium. One hundred years ago next spring Italy entered World War I after a long and bitter debate whose divisions prefigured those that led to the advent of a fascist regime seven years later. The country lost as many solders as the British Empire; it suffered a catastrophic defeat in 1917. Yet paradoxically it fought ...

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A Modern History Lesson in the North End

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Last July, I wrote about North Ender Cotton Mather and his involvement in what is called the “First American Revolution” of 1689. The “second” and more renowned American Revolution took place almost a hundred years later, and it too involved North Enders, like Robert Sexton and Paul Revere, playing a key role. That story is well-known, but it deserves retelling. However, I’m not going to do that here, at least not this year. Rather, I’d like to point out, truthfully, how oblivious I was to the history and historical sites I walked past every day as a kid. #sb10065822f-001 / ...

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Second Annual Gaetano Salvemini Colloquium


The second annual Gaetano Salvemini Colloquium in Italian history and culture will focus on the period 1943-1948 in Italy: From catastrophe to reconstruction.

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“Street Corner Society” revisited


On Jan. 8 of this year, Mario Di Leo and I visited the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe College in Cambridge. The library is home to the archival records of the North Bennet Street Industrial School. The records run from 1880 to 1973, and include administrative, financial and personnel reports; information on the various school programs (such as Shaw House and Caddy Camp); studies of immigration and Americanization in the North End; letters, scrapbooks and photographs; and a lot more. Mario and I were looking for something in particular: folder IIAviii:39, titled “Correspondence re: “Street Corner Society,” 1944.” To explain why ...

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The Pirandello Lyceum Presents: Italian Immigration After 1950 (Nov 20)


When: Tuesday, November 20, 7:00 pm. Where: The Heritage Room, Americal Civic Center – 467 Main St., Wakefield, MA. Italian immigration to the US is usually focused on the early 1900s when a huge number of Italians arrived on the American shore. However from 1950 on another group of Italians came to America. Why did they come? What were their experiences with American culture, language and work? These will be some of the questions which will be answered by a panel of distinguished Italian Americans who will share their experiences in their transition from Italy to the United States in ...

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Guido Farina: “Montecassino – The People’s Real Battle” (March 5)


Author Guido Farina will present his book on his World War II experience in the Italian town of Montecassino.

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From Italy to America – Photographs by Anthony Riccio


Anthony Riccio as documented life in Boston's North End and New Haven's Little Italy, as well as in Italy. Now an exhibit at the Bellarmine Museum of Art at Fairfield University highlights his work.

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Historian Vincenza Scarpaci Presents ‘The Journey of Italians in America’


On September 24, Italian American author and historian Vincenza Scarpaci presented her book, Journey of the Italians in America, at the North End branch of the Boston Public Library.

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‘A Day in Pompeii’ Exhibit Comes to Museum of Science


When: October 2, 2011 – February 12, 2012 Where: Museum of Science – 1 Science Park, Boston MA [map] On August 24, AD 79, Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying the ancient Roman city of Pompeii under volcanic ash for over 1,700 years. On Sunday, October 2, 2011, visitors to the Museum of Science, Boston will explore the life and death of this thriving city in A Day in Pompeii. The 13,000-square-foot touring exhibit immerses visitors in the richness of one of the greatest archaeological treasures ever unearthed. On exhibit October 2, 2011 – February 12, 2012, A Day in Pompeii features ...

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Remembering Andrew Cuneo, Boston’s First Italian American Police Officer Killed in the Line of Duty (1921)


August 13 marks the 90th anniversary of the death of Andrew Cuneo, Boston's first Italian American police officer to be killed in the line of duty. He will finally be commemorated by the city he gave his life for.

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