Media Advisory


Contact:   Elissa Ruffino (NIAF) 202/939-3106 or


EVENT: Celebrating Italian American Heritage Month with Free Language Classes in Boston
Sponsor: The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF)
When: Wednesdays in October beginning October 8th
7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Dante Alighieri Society
41 Hampshire St.
Cambridge, MA 02139
Media Contact: Elissa Ruffino, (NIAF) 202/939-3106 or
Program Contact: Serena Cantoni, 202/939-3111 or

To celebrate Italian American Heritage Month, the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF), the premier ethnic organization for Italian Americans, is hosting a series of four free beginner Italian classes taught by native Italian teachers at the Dante Alighieri Society. To reserve, call 1/800-989-NIAF ext. 160.

The language classes free and open to the public.

The year 2003 marks the 27th anniversary of the designation of October as Italian American Heritage Month by the President. The proclamation was made in 1976 by President Jimmy Carter.

According to the United States Census 2000, Massachusetts a population of 845,432 Italian Americans or 14 percent of the population.

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