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December 26, 2014

Italian Americans in California

George De Stefano
Gianfranco Norelli and Suma Kurien

The new film by Gianfranco Norelli and Suma Kurien will come to PBS – with your support

December 16, 2014

Far from Mulberry Street

George De Stefano
Suma Kurien and Gianfranco Norelli

"Finding the Mother Lode," a new film by Gianfranco Norelli and Suma Kurien, documents the Italian experience in California

December 3, 2014

Louise De Salvo's "personal effects"

George De Stefano
Nancy Caronia, Louise De Salvo, and Edvige Giunta with others, at the presentation at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute in Manhattan, to celebrate the release of the book, Personal Effects: Essays on Memoir, Teaching, and Culture in the Work of Louise DeSalvo

A new book appraises the work of a major Italian American woman writer

September 12, 2014

Addio, Cosimo

George De Stefano
Times-Picayune Archive
Cosimo Matassa at the controls

Cosimo Matassa, a son of Sicilian immigrants, was a key figure in the creation of the "New Orleans Sound" that changed American popular music.

June 11, 2014

Italy in Retrograde

George De Stefano
Director Gianni Amelio

Superficial and banal, Gianni Amelio's documentary about Italian gay life is a major disappointment

May 14, 2014

Michael and Vito

George De Stefano
New York Daily News
Michael Sam and Vito Cammisano

I had been following the Michael Sam story with some interest, but when I found out who his boyfriend is, it really grabbed my attention.

March 5, 2014

"If Only I Were That Warrior"

George De Stefano
From: If Only I Were That Warrior
Ethiopians demonstrated in Washington, DC against Italy's honoring the Italian general known as "The Butcher of Ethiopia."

A new documentary sheds light on a dark period in Italian history — Fascist war crimes in Africa

February 7, 2014

Noise in the Waters: the sounds of an ongoing tragedy

George De Stefano
Jonathan Slaff/LaMaMa
Alessandro Renda as the General in Teatro delle Albe's Rumore di Acque (Noise in the Waters)

Italy's Teatro delle Albe's dark and disturbing production about Mediterranean migration to Europe has its US premiere