NIAF Scholarships – Urgent: Deadline March 1
Apply by tonight! Scholarships are available to undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate, medical, and legal students. NIAF offers 29 different categories of scholarships, all with different criteria, with scholarship amounts ranging from $2,500-$12,000. Click here to see available scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year. If you are Italian American or if you are studying Italian in college, apply today! Deadline is March 1, 2021, 11:59 p.m. EST. For more information, visit: www.niaf.org/scholarships.
The Russo Brothers Italian American Film Forum – Deadline March 1
Tell the next great Italian American story! Successful filmmakers Anthony and Joe Russo in conjunction with NIAF and the Italian Sons and Daughters of America (ISDA), are accepting applications for The Russo Brothers Italian American Film Forum. The program awards multiple $8,000 grants to ambitious filmmakers around the country to create documentary, fiction or non-fiction narrative films that explore the Italian American experience for the benefit of future generations. Grants are awarded based solely on the promise of a film’s premise, how it relates to the Italian American experience, and the creative potential of the filmmakers. Deadline, March 1, 2021, 11:59 p.m. PT. For details, visit: www.niaf.org/filmforum.
Postponed – The NIAF New York Spring Gala
NIAF is acutely aware of the health and safety concerns surrounding the current Covid-19 pandemic. Our organization has taken the guidance of the CDC, the NY Gala Chairman Gerard LaRocca, the counsel of our Board of Directors and partners to make the decision to postpone the annual New York Spring Gala from Tuesday, April 13, 2021, to Thursday, April 21, 2022. For further details, visit http://bit.ly/2NyHUro.
Fauci Fellowships – Applications Open for Research Grants in Infectious Diseases
The National Italian American Foundation, in recognition of Dr. Anthony S. Fauci’s life saving work, launched the Fauci Fellowships to award two $50,000 post-doctoral research grants—one to an Italian researcher working in Italy, and the other to an Italian American researcher working in the United States—to support research in infectious diseases and help establish the recipients’ independent careers. The funding will finance each researcher and his or her specific research program. Preference will be given to applicants who have earned their Ph.D. in an eligible field in the past eight years. Deadline to submit grant applications is April 1, 2021, 11:59 p.m. EDT. For more information, please visit www.niaf.org/faucifellowships.
Buy a “Make Sunday Italian Again” Wood Spoon for Pasqua!
Make this Easter Italian with NIAF’s #MakeSundayItalianAgain wooden spoon! Every spoon purchase goes towards NIAF’s mission to ensure that Italian American culture is passed down to future generations through educational programs. Order your spoon today by visiting: http://bit.ly/2PINvtw.
NIAF’s Virtual Repository
NIAF is keeping tabs of all the latest major Italian and Italian American virtual tours, shows, podcasts, performances and films—all for the comfort and convenience of your own home. We have some new additions to each section, such as Lorraine Bracco’s new HGTV series and Stanley Tucci’s new Italian travel show, so be sure to visit: www.niaf.org/repository.
Temporarily Closed: The Museum on Italian Immigration at NIAF
The Museum is closed until further notice. The safety and enjoyment of our guests is our foremost concern. For general information about the museum, visit www.niaf.org/culture/niaf-museum/.
Exploring the Italian Traditions in the Mediterranean Lifestyle – March 2
Join Award-Winning Author, Chef, TV Host, and Mediterranean Diet Ambassador Amy Riolo as we explore the Italian roots of the Mediterranean lifestyle. We’ll take a virtual culinary tour back to ancient times to learn how the tenants of “the world’s healthiest” diets were upheld in Italy’s Magna Grecia. Like the Greeks, the ancient Romans viewed food as a source of medicine, pleasure and currency. The evolution of the Mediterranean lifestyle in Italy is not only fascinating to witness, it also provides perfect strategies to incorporate into our modern lives for optimal wellness. March 2 at 6 p.m. EST. Register at http://bit.ly/3uDomDt.
Virtual Opera Series
Back by popular demand, the lunchtime virtual opera series has returned with exciting webinars you won’t want to miss! Instructors Ashley Galvani Bell (Carnegie Hall, New York City Opera and Sarasota Opera) and Anton Armendariz Diaz (Rioja Forum, Principal de Castellón, Festival de Cine de Barcelona) come from a background of operatic performance and directing, and their passion is likely to ignite yours. Deepen your appreciation for this unique art form with these upcoming webinars:
- Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi – March 10, 12:30 p.m. EST
- Tosca by Giacomo Puccini – March 17, 12:30 p.m. EST
- Madame Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini – March 24, 12:30 p.m. EST
Register for one or all three webinars now at: https://bit.ly/3dNbdBI.
Italy’s Best Kept Wine Secrets Virtual Wine Class – Order by March 17
Sip and Support! Join us for a virtual hour of la dolce vita while insider Tony Margiotta shares a new way of exploring Italian wine! We’ll be tasting four hard-to-find local artisan wines from across Italy. You can purchase the wines covered in the class by clicking the link below. The wines will be shipped straight to your door within five business days. You will have three options: four, eight, or 12 bottles. Order by March 17 to have your wines arrive in time for the class! March 25 at 6 p.m. EST. Register at http://www.italianwines.nyc/niaf.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Wine Workshop – March 30
Learn all the extra virgin olive oil tips, health benefits, and recipes necessary to enjoy a delicious and healthful lifestyle with Award-Winning Author, Chef, TV Host, and Mediterranean Diet Ambassador Amy Riolo! Amy will outline successful strategies from her award-winning Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook, The Ultimate Mediterranean Diet Cookbook, and The Italian Diabetes Cookbook, as well as share the story behind her private label EVOO. You’ll learn how to taste, buy, store, cook with and pair EVOO for maximum flavor and nutritional benefits. March 30 at 6 p.m. EST. Register at http://bit.ly/37KVxuZ.
Access Past NIAF Virtual Events!
Check out our past webinars covering dual citizenship, genealogy and history to Italian cuisine, wine and culture, and more. If you missed any of this outstanding programming, you can access the recordings on our website! To register, and to view past as well as upcoming webinars, visit: www.niaf.org/virtualevents.
Jennifer Anton’s Under the Light of the Italian Moon
Congratulations to NIAF Member Jennifer Anton on her new book Under the Light of the Italian Moon. Inspired by a true story of love and women’s resilience during the rise of fascism and WWII. Nina Argenta, the daughter of a strong-willed midwife falls for a local boy emigrating to America. As Mussolini’s fascists and Hitler’s Nazis threaten to destroy their love forever, she must learn to survive and face a war alone. Available for pre-order at I AM Books Boston: https://bit.ly/2Z0mWUO.
Barbara Barcellona Smith’s Let’s Eat Snails!
Congratulations to NIAF Member Barbara Barcellona Smith for her new children’s book Let’s Eat Snails! which celebrates Italian American culture through a story that introduces kids to its familial and culinary traditions. When Margie visits the Barcellona family home, she isn’t ready for what the Sicilian family is bringing to the table: snails! Margie embarks on a culinary adventure in harvesting, purifying and cooking snails to find that they are, in fact, delizioso! Let’s Eat Snails! recognizes our differences and shows that what sets us apart also brings us together. Order here: http://bit.ly/3dKYDmb.
Dolce Italiana – 10% Discount Code to NIAF Members!
Carry of piece of Italy always with Dolce Italiana luxury phone cases featuring hand-painted artisanal Italian designs! NIAF Members can receive a 10% discount on all purchases from www.dolceitaliana.com by obtaining the discount code through their NIAF Membership Portal. If you’re not a NIAF Member, join today: www.niaf.org/join.
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Visit our website www.youritalianpassport.com and be on your way to living la dolce vita! As always, NIAF members receive a discount on all services offered. A new world awaits with Your Italian Passport! Contact us today!
Join the NIAF Family!
Empower the next generation of Italian American leaders by becoming a Member of NIAF! We are dedicated to education through scholarships, grants and cultural events as well as strengthening the bond between the United States and Italy. NIAF Members receive our acclaimed Ambassador magazine in print, exclusive discounts for dual citizenship services, genealogy research, Italian food products, Italian language and culture courses, and more. If you are able, join today by visiting our website: www.niaf.org/join.
Celebrate Women’s History Month with NIAF!
March is commemorated as Women’s History month to highlight the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. NIAF is using this month to celebrate Italian American and Italian women who have done just that! Stay tuned by following NIAF’s on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter where we will be featuring women daily!
Support Your Italian Restaurants!
NIAF has an ever-growing list of Italian restaurants, delis and eateries that are providing curbside, pick-up and delivery services to help your community during these difficult times. Got a restaurant you want to tell us about? If you know of any Italian restaurants anywhere in the United States assisting the community, send it to us. So far, we have more than 616 Italian restaurants located in 42 states and Washington, D.C. See NIAF’s list and details on how to submit your favorite Italian restaurant at: www.niaf.org/restaurants.
Italian American World War II Heroes – Send Yours to NIAF
Launched in 2020 to remember the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, NIAF is recognizing Italian Americans who sacrificed, served and defended peace, freedom and democracy during the war. If a family member served during World War II and you would like to share that with us, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following: a photo, a brief description of your relative’s service, where he/she was from and where his/her Italian origins can be traced to. NIAF is sharing special submissions on NIAF’s social media with the hashtag: #IAWW2Heroes and on NIAF’s Pensieri Blog: https://niafblog.wordpress.com/.
Support NIAF through AmazonSmile with No Extra Cost!
Ordering from Amazon more during the pandemic and during the holidays? Consider supporting NIAF for future purchases by going to http://smile.amazon.com/ and selecting the National Italian American Foundation as your charity of choice. This is a wonderful opportunity to support NIAF programs and its mission during these difficult times. 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 that, at no extra cost, you are donating to a great cause!
Calling All Voyage of Discovery Alumni
We’re creating an alumni database of past participants in NIAF’s Voyage of Discovery and NIAF’s Gift of Discovery programs and we need your help! Did you or someone you know participate? If so, let us know. Please fill out the form on our website: https://bit.ly/2UzEaXF.
Casa Belvedere’s February Virtual Events
Casa Belvedere offers a variety of culinary and cultural virtual events happening this month: Adult and Children cooking classes; a Four Part Series: “If you are not indifferent…”; Celebrating the history and scenic beauty of Campania on March 18; and beyond! Visit casa-belvedere.org or call 718-273-7660.
Italian Community Services on the West Coast
Italian Community Services (ICS) welcomes all NIAF members to visit its website www.italiancs.com and learn how ICS helps the broader Italian American Community. Under COVID-19 our mission and scope of services have expanded exponentially. Since March, our numbers have tripled. Once “shelter in place” was enforced, ICS stepped up to the opportunity to serve the community. ICS has made 3,400 wellness checks, delivered more than 2,000 care packages, ran more than 300 errands, and now financially supports more than 55 Italian families. ICS’s impact has made news globally; both the Wall Street Journal and Rai TV have showcased our story. ICS depends on donors like you to support its mission. If you like the work we are doing, please consider supporting us. Lastly, if you know of any projects that ICS can initiate or people we can assist in the Italian San Francisco community, please contact us. Grazie!
The Italian American Podcast
Has staying home got you down? Why not tune into the Italian American Podcast? The Italian American Podcast is the first and most engaging podcast dedicated to helping Italian Americans learn and celebrate their brilliant heritage. Hosts John, Dolores, Pat, Rossella and Anthony have been dedicating their time to creating content to keep Italian Americans in tune with their heritage during lockdown—including movie watch-along parties, virtual chats and more! New episodes launch every Monday and the plentiful archive of more than 160 past episodes on their website keeps you entertained during these trying times. Tune in to be entertained, educated, and brought back to where you belong—among famiglia! Start listening here: https://italianamericanpodcast.com/episodes/.
Wednesday Colloquy Series with Catholic University of America
The Catholic University of America’s McLean Center for the Study of Culture and Values presents the 2021 Spring Wednesday Colloquy Series “Democratization and the Imperatives of Culture and Values: Socio-political and Philosophical Approaches.” The series is offered virtually on Zoom on March 3, 10, 24 and 31. 12:30 – 2 p.m. To register, call 202-319-6089 or email email@example.com. For more details on the series, visit: https://bit.ly/3dQe8ta.
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.
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