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March 30, 2008

Why I Won’t Vote

Laura E. Ruberto
Political Poster Supporting Italian Immigrants Right to Vote

Italian citizenship laws put me in the same spot as immigrants in Italy today—both of us without the right to vote; whose vote should really count?

March 14, 2008

What Do Pizza, Mario Merola, and the Camorra Have to Do with Ikea?

Laura E. Ruberto
Totò Sapore e la Magica Storia della Pizza
Totò Sapore's theme song, sung by Edoardo Bennato

A long-lost relative from Brooklyn finds his way to an Italian kids' movie.

March 8, 2008

Bread and Roses or “Mimose”?

Laura E. Ruberto
"Per te mondina" (Cgil magazine)
1949 Strike (braccianti and mondine)

Where has over 100 years of honoring women gotten us?

March 4, 2008

Love Costs: Filipinos in Italy and the Movie, "Milan"

Laura E. Ruberto
"Milan" (Star Cinema)
Poster from "Milan" directed by Olivia M. Lamasan, 2004

What better place than Italy for immigrants to find both a job and a lover?

March 1, 2008

Gramsci, Cinema, Photography and Music

Laura E. Ruberto
Casa del Cinema, Villa Borghese, Rome

Listening, watching, and thinking about culture as a political tool.