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Letters from Rome

October 10, 2011

Learning Italian in a Los Angeles kindergarten

Judith Harris

There is a public, not a private, school in California that is unique: it offers its students, beginning in kindergarten, full immersion in studies of a second language, which can...

September 23, 2011

Honoring Italian emigrations after 150 years

Judith Harris

Italian emigration to the U.S. was fairly limited until 1870 and unification of Italy, but by 1900 the figure had risen to over 400,000, and in the decade after 1900 over...

September 16, 2011

Sick of Sleaze? Let’s Talk “Just Folks”

Judith Harris

Are you bored with bunga-bunga? We’ll talk about the things that count, beginning with these days when kids go back to school, and proceed on to child care and—why not?—a...

August 29, 2011

Stylish grand opera for summertime Umbria

Judith Harris
photos by Bruce Wolfe

The rapturous musical heart of Italy, Umbria boasts over twenty annual festivals in which music is the centerpiece, from the renowned Spoleto Festival created by the late composer...

August 8, 2011

Italy on Trial: The Cat Eating Its Tail

Judith Harris
photo courtesy of Balticanews

I would like to see a technical government put in charge to handle the crisis, and rewrite the election law – while protecting the right of overseas Italians to vote—followed...

August 1, 2011

For Italian Wines, a Rosy Picture

Judith Harris

The closer one arrives to Montalcino, the more signs appear inviting the traveler to local producers for a wine tasting. And why not?

July 14, 2011

Who Says it’s Only the Economy?

Judith Harris

On Thursday the Italian Senate passed the hastily redrafted emergency austerity budget. The situation, in a nutshell, is dire. Although Italy has the third largest economy in the...

July 7, 2011

Swan songs

Judith Harris

No, I don’t mean that much predicted but somehow ever delayed swan song of political farewell—I mean the real thing. Our Bracciano lakeside village of Trevignano vaunts a...

June 25, 2011

Treading the Muddy Political Waters

Judith Harris

Voting in three separate elections this May and June, Italians gave a black eye to the center-right government headed by the London Economist’s favorite Italian politician,...

June 14, 2011

Referendum in Italy: The Government Defeated. And Now What?

Judith Harris
One of the many original posters circulated by the pro-referendum committees inviting Italian citizens to vote "Yes" to the four referendums

Over half the country is rejoicing this week because a nationwide referendum drew a stunning turnout of over 57% of those eligible to vote, and four pieces of center-right...

June 12, 2011

On referendum weekend, Santoro steals the show

Judith Harris

Despite the importance of the questions under debate, the shouting match on RAI TV’s Channel 2 on June 9, seen by 8.5 million televiewers, has overshadowed even the referendum...

May 30, 2011

For Berlusconi, the Tipping Point?

Judith Harris

Mid-term elections: big changes for the major Italian cities. Milan turned left after 18 years with Giuliano Pisapia, Naples chooses former magistrate Luigi de Magistris

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