eNotizie – January 2015

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Voyage of Discovery Deadline: Jan. 31
Are you a college student of Italian descent? Do you want to gain a better understanding of your Italian heritage as you travel throughout beautiful Lombardia, this year’s NIAF Region of Honor? Then don’t miss out on NIAF’s 2015 Ambassador Peter F. Secchia Voyage of Discovery Program! The all-expenses paid trip includes a visit to Expo Milano 2015, educational lectures, service opportunities, cultural attractions and more! Deadline for applications is January 31 and students applying must be enrolled in college in the spring of 2015 to be eligible. For more information and to apply online, go to Contact Gabriella Mileti, director of programs, at or 202-939-3116 with questions.

To Apply for NIAF Scholarships
Applications for scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year will be available by February 1, at Students must be of Italian heritage, have a GPA of at least, 3.5, and be entering or already enrolled in college in the fall of 2015 to be eligible to apply. Contact Gabriella Mileti, director of programs, at or 202-939-3116 with questions.

New Year Resolution: Go to 2015 NIAF New York Gala!
It’s not too early to mark your calendars for our NIAF New York Gala! We will be returning to the legendary Cipriani 42nd Street in the heart of the Big Apple on Wednesday, April 8, 2014. Stay tuned for news on honorees, notable guests and entertainment. Cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m.; dinner at 7:30 p.m. For ticket and sponsorship information, contact Jerry Jones at 202-939-3102 or


Voyage of Discovery Alum?
Did you or someone you know participate in NIAF’s Voyage of Discovery or NIAF’s Gift of Discovery program in past years? If so, we’d love to hear from you! We’re creating an alumni database and we need your help! Please contact Gabriella Mileti, director of programs, at with your current contact information.

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NIAF on Facebook is a rapidly growing online community with an insatiable appetite for news, views, recipes, and trivia—anything Italian and Italian American! Plus, contests and free tickets to shows, concerts and events across the country! Easy to find at

Center for Italian Studies at Stony Brook University
The Center has announced the schedule for its 2015 Italian language classes for children, ages 6-10. Through March 17, there will be 10 classes on Tuesdays, from 4-6 p.m. Cost per each 10-class session is $100. For additional information and to enroll your child, please call 631-632-7444. You can also email Executive Director Jo Fusco at

Men of the Cloth – N.Y. Premier
“Men of the Cloth,” an inspiring film about three Italian master tailors with a passionate devotion to their trade, will have its New York City theatrical premier at the Village East Cinema on January 8, at 7p.m.; at the Cinema Arts Center in Huntington, Long Island, on January 14, at 7:30 p.m.; and at the Picture House in Pelham, N.Y., on January 25, at 7 p.m. The film received production grants and seed funding from NIAF and initially premiered at DOC NYC, the largest documentary film festival in the United States. All film screenings will be followed by a Q&A with director Vicki Vasilopoulos and special guests. To purchase tickets and a complete schedule of the film’s screenings, visit

Epiphany Celebration
Join the National Organization of Italian American Women for a celebration of the Epiphany on Wednesday, January 14, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., at Maggiano’s Little Italy, 5333 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. RSVP is required by January 9. Go to to register, or call 212-642-2003 


January at the John D. Calandra Institute
The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute at Queens College/CUNY in New York City will host “The Psychological Challenges of Immigrant Life,” an event dedicated to an exploration of how the immigrant experiences may negatively impact mental health. Thursday, January 22, at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

On Sunday, January 18, the Institute will host a memoir writing workshop, “Documenting Family Stories, Giving Voice to Our Ancestors and Ourselves,” from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. In this workshop, Annie Lanzillotto will teach her signature writing techniques including Action Writing, Spiral Writing, and Memory Scapes. Cost of the workshop is $100, which includes lunch. To register, RSVP by email to

For more information, visit The Italian Cultural Institute is located at 686 Park Avenue, New York, N.Y.

Colosseum – Roman Deathtrap
On Wednesday, February 11, at 9 p.m., NOVA and PBS present “Colosseum – Roman Deathtrap,” a documentary in which architects and engineers reveal how the ancient Romans made animals magically appear in the Colosseum. For the first time in 1500 years, they build a lift and trap door system, install it in the Colosseum, and release a wolf into the most famous amphitheater in the world. Watch a clip at and check local listings for program channels.

Sanctity Pictured Renaissance Art Exhibit – Nashville
A groundbreaking exhibition of Italian art from 1250 to 1550 will be on display through January 25, at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, Tenn. The exhibit, “Sanctity Pictured: The Art of the Dominican and Franciscan Orders in Renaissance Italy,” brings together more than 60 works of art, in a variety of media, and includes such highlights as the Vatican Museums’ “Saint Francis with Four Post-Mortem Miracles.” For more information, 

Everybody Loves Italian! On the radio!
Join hosts Frank Granieri and Dominic Mevoli to celebrate the everyday Italian American family and experience, plus interviews with personalities, stories, recipes and more! Sundays 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. on WWDB 860 AM Philadelphia; and streaming worldwide! Find and “like” them on Facebook at For more information, visit: 

Turn on Italics TV
For monthly cable-TV programming for the Italian American community, tune in to Italics, the Italian American TV magazine, produced by The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute at Queens College in New York and hosted by Anthony J. Tamburri, dean of The Calandra Institute. Check your local New York and New York State cable-TV listings for Italics, or find it on CUNY-TV website (, and on demand on the YouTube channel (, and Facebook (

Tune in!
Listen to Bel Paese Internet Radio! A program for Italian American communities across the United States and Canada, it runs from 8 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily and features Italian music, sports and community news. Visit on your computer, mobile device, iPad or internet radio. 

Shop at AmazonSmile and Support NIAF!
Now, when you shop online at Amazon, a portion of your purchase price can support the work of NIAF! Simply, go to and select the National Italian American Foundation as your charity of choice and the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5 percent of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to NIAF. AmazonSmile offers the same selection and low prices as Amazon and customers can still use their Amazon Account, the only difference is customers are now also donating to a great cause! 

Recoup—Shopping for Your Cause!
Raise funds to support NIAF’s mission while shopping for great deals on everything from dining specials to travel deals. Just register for free at Recoup, choose your city for location-specific deals, then shop by the type of deal you want. When you purchase something, a portion of the proceeds goes to your designated nonprofit group. Please designate NIAF! It’s like Groupon and Living Social, except while helping yourself, you’re also helping your charitable cause. Get started at

Read Diplomatic Courier
Interested in global affairs and foreign policy? The Diplomatic Courier is an independent magazine that covers all that and more.

Look for the new issue on newsstands or at




alfio Congratulations to NIAF friend and supporter ALFIO, who made history as the first Australian to sing the “Star Spangled Banner” at Madison Square Garden. The Italian Australian singer was accompanied by the Fire Department of New York Color Guard. You can watch the video on ALFIO’s official website at
 Judith Works Congratulations to NIAF member Judith Works on the publication of her novel “City of Illusions,” a story of an expat couple who finds that marital problems, muted in cool Seattle, become magnified in the glare of the Roman sun. Available in paperback or electronic format from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Join NIAF Today!
Embrace your family heritage and support the Italian American community by joining NIAF, whose core mission is to preserve Italian American heritage, to strengthen the ties that bind the United States and Italy, and support through scholarships, grants and other programs the education of new generations of Italian Americans. By joining, you not only will help us fulfill that mission but you’ll also enjoy many new member benefits, including:

  • Opportunities to network with prominent political and business leaders
  • Cultural and educational events
  • Access to NIAF’s member-only website pages
  • Annual subscription to NIAF’s Ambassador magazine
  • Discounts on NIAF merchandise
  • Great money-saving deals through NIAF’s partners, and much more!

To learn more about NIAF and its exciting new benefits, visit

Celebrating 70 years of excellence in travel to Italy! Perillo Tours: An Italian American Institution!

Perillo Tours was born in 1945 when Italian American immigrant Joseph Perillo opened a small storefront under the Third Avenue El in the Bronx. Perillo Tours was continued by Mario Perillo (better known as “Mr. Italy”), who perfected the art of affordable luxury travel programs to Italy and developed a strong awareness of the Italian American community.

Presently under the direction Steve Perillo, Perillo’s third generation, the company remains committed to creating once in a lifetime journeys to Italy through Perillo Tours’ fully escorted tours, Perillo Tours custom groups and

Join NIAF and Perillo Tours on a once in a lifetime Italian vacation experience. Enjoy the country’s dramatic highlights including history, culture and cuisine. Packages are available for individual and group travel, destination weddings and honeymoons, and tailored escorted tours. We look forward to introducing you to authentic Italy!

For NIAF Members Only: Book any Perillo Tours or program (a $2500 value per couple) and receive $100 per person. Promo Code: NIAF

For additional information and bookings:
800-431-1515 800-431-1515
800-ITALY-25 800-ITALY-25


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Your Italian Passport is a U.S.-based company offering comprehensive services for Italian Americans seeking to obtain Italian dual citizenship. Like so many things Italian, Your Italian Passport is a business of organic roots grown over time with care and committed to giving personalized attention to each and every client.

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Alitalia Once Again Awarded Best Airline Cuisine – Five Consecutive Wins!
For the fifth consecutive year, Alitalia received the award for Best Airline Cuisine in Global Traveler magazine’s GT Tested Reader Survey. The prestigious award reaffirms Alitalia’s commitment to creating a superior dining experience inspired by Italy’s culturally diverse regions. When flying in Alitalia’s Magnifica class, the unique flavors and aromas of each Italian region are savored. The distinctive recipes created by the genius and imagination of distinguished Italian chefs are paired with wines selected by the Italian Association of Sommeliers (AIS).


Alitalia and Etihad Airways are Official Global Airline Carriers of EXPO Milan 2015. Alitalia is committed to increasing the participation at EXPO, a six-month international event, from May to October 2015, that will bring together experts, artists, entrepreneurs, researchers and chefs from around the world under the central theme of “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.” This includes increasing the frequency of our flights and the routes covered, offering more competitive rates, and providing additional services to accommodate the needs of EXPO.

Join Alitalia’s mailing list or invite your friends to join and you’ll both receive a special Welcome Bonus. The 10-percent e-coupon discount is valid for your next transatlantic ticket purchase in Economy Class on’s U.S. site for travel until March 27, 2015; and on Alitalia operated flights originating in Boston, Miami or New York (JFK*) to any Alitalia destination. Offer expires January 31, 2015. Visit for more information.

*Offer not valid for travel from New York (JFK) to Milan (MXP)


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NIAF e-Newsletter compiled and edited
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