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Earthquake strikes central Italy – Ways to help

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The 6.2 magnitude earthquake that hit central Italy at 3:36 a.m. on Aug. 24 has killed at least 247, left more than 2,500 without a home and razed entire towns. “Half of the town is gone,” said the mayor of Amatrice, Sergio Pirozzi. Other towns near the earthquake’s epicenter, including Accumoli and Arquata del Tronto, have seen most of their buildings turned into rubble. Every few years, the country is rattled to its core by a large earthquake. In 2009, L’Aquila was destroyed by a large earthquake, while the region of Emilia-Romagna was hit hard in 2012. Every time a ...

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Festa della Liberazione: A panel discussion on Italy’s Liberation Day

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When: Sunday, April 24, 2016 – 3:30 p.m. Where: I AM Books, 189 North Street, Boston MA Light refreshments will be served Keynote Talk Professor David Ward from Wellesley College – Professor Ward will go over the civil war experience, the collective memory of it, and the importance it has in today’s Italian anthropological identity. Panel Professor Lucy Maulsby – Northeastern University & Harvard’s Center for European Studies – Expert in the architectural legacy of fascism in postwar Italy. Professor Spencer Di Scala – University of Massachusetts Boston – Renowned history professor whose research concentrates on modern Italian history. Professor ...

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Italian Madrigal Festival at UMass Amherst

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When: April 16-17, 2016 Where: UMass Amherst UMass Amherst Assistant Professor Emiliano Ricciardi has organized a one-of-a-kind two-day festival focusing on the Italian musical compositions popular during the Renaissance and early Baroque eras. The program includes symposiums, talks, concerts and more. (Click here for event’s official page) Schedule: Saturday, April 16 Scholarly Symposium UMass Renaissance Center, 650 E. Pleasant St, Amherst (Google map) Paper Sessions (all day), Performance (10:30am), Exhibit (1-2pm) Free, please REGISTER: renaissance@english.umass.edu or 413-577-3603 Include your name, contact info and if you are bringing a guest. Renaissance Center website Renaissance Center, Conferences webpage 8:55am: Welcome by Arthur ...

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Love blooms on the slopes

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Why not make the most of this cold, snowy time of year like I do, by strapping on a pair of skis or a snowboard and hurtling down the nearest mountain? As a native Buffalonian who’s grown up on the slopes of Kissing Bridge and Holiday Valley ski resorts, as well as a decades-long resident of New England who’s braved sub-zero temperatures in winter, I figure: if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. Many Italians also hit the slopes, here and in Italy, because it’s a great way to transform the winter doldrums into winter fun. Though, whenever I ski ...

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The holidays are upon us and it’s a wonderful time of year to spend time with family and loved ones. Lots of parties are taking place everywhere and we’re surrounded by food and holiday beverages. This time of year can bring a lot of questions about what to get someone for a special gift or what to bring to that next party you’ll be attending. Choosing a bottle of wine for yourself or a gift can be quite intimidating when walking into a wine shop that has hundreds of bottles to choose from. In sticking with the theme of Italian ...

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Cristiano Bonino: The Craft of Tasty Tours

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Cristiano Bonino organizes food tours for a living: yet, as a foodie, he is not very credible – at least not at first glance. At 45, the shape he is in is associated with enthusiasts of diets and gyms, not gourmet regional specialties — especially after living in America on and off for the past 8 years (full time for the last four). As he leads me up the stairs to his Somerville top floor apartment it is hard for me to keep up with him; then as soon as we reach the kitchen/living-room – a sunlit open space nicely ...

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Wine tasting to get into the fall season

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I love the fall for so many reasons. The weather is refreshingly cool, the foliage is eye catching, there are fun activities of apple and pumpkin picking, plus, lots of yummy treats. In addition, this time of year is a perfect time for you to break outside your typical wine selection and explore other wines. Many wine shops in and around your area host Grand Tastings. These events typically will showcase anywhere between 20 and 50 wines from around the world … free of charge! My highlight fall wine tasting was the Kobrand Tour d’Italia hosted at the Legal Sea ...

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

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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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Wicked Good Italian Dialects

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A recent visit to my father’s hometown of Abbadia San Salvatore in Siena gave me interesting insight into the concept of dialect. Family had taken me to a local restaurant, and the cousins who’d moved out of town ordered “una latina di Coca Cola” or a can of Coke. Those relatives who still resided in town similarly ordered Cokes, but pronounced it much differently, dropping the hard C sound entirely, instead asking for “O’a-Ola.” As any native Bostonian knows, dropping a letter (like an R) gives the English language a certain flair all its own, and certainly gives the listener ...

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BU’s Alexa Cambi among six Italian American women selected for Italian national lacrosse team

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Six Italian American women were recently called to take part in the Italian National Team in Women’s Lacrosse and will be competing in the European Championships this August – Alexa Cambi (Boston University), Kerrin Maurer (Duke University), Cate Soccodato (Our Lady of Mercy Academy High School/Marquette University Commit), Daniela Kelly (University of Virginia), Anna Maria Carabini (St. Mary’s College), and Brooke Kiley (University of Pennsylvania). The first part of the selection process occurred in Italy, where players from across the country traveled to Rome for tryouts. Through their efforts, these women formed the foundation of the first ever Italian National ...

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Going to the Movies in Italy

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Ah, going to the movies…the big screen, the packed seats, the laughter and the tears from a great film, the whispers of “whodunit?,” the couples holding hands, and the wafting aroma of…marinara sauce? One of the pleasures of Italy is going to the movies. It’s an experience all its own. I love movies, and while studying in Rome in the 90’s, most weekends I’d frequent a movie house in the Trastevere neighborhood. “Il Pasquino” showed American movies, typically ones I’d already seen, but it was a great taste of home. My first time at Il Pasquino was the most memorable, ...

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Vino Travels’ Jennifer Martin Joins Bostoniano

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Ciao Bostoniano readers! I’m Jennifer Martin, your new columnist featuring monthly articles on the local wine scene. What better way to introduce myself than to introduce the company that I work for, PSP Imports. First, to brief you on my background, years ago, during the tragic 9/11 attack, I had studied abroad in Italy while I attended Bentley University. At that point in time I had never been overseas and even though I am of Italian heritage and appreciated the culture, I didn’t speak the language or have a love for Italian wine. Here I am thirteen years later where ...

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