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Old World/New World

February 16, 2010

Videocracy -- Berlusconi's Jersey Shore

Maria Laurino
The President of Italian TV

Videocracy links Silvio Berlusconi's political longevity to his decision to put scantily clad girls on TV.

June 4, 2009

Reimagining Feminism

Maria Laurino
Michelle Obama's new type of Old World/New World feminism.

Discovering a feminist-motherhood agenda in the actions of Michelle Obama that incorporates both Old World and American traditions.

May 1, 2009

Living in the New World, Choosing from the Old

Maria Laurino
Michelle Obama re-opens the door for grandma to enter as primary child-care provider.

How Old World Ways Are Circling Back into 21st Century Life

February 6, 2009

A Brief Return to Rationalism

Maria Laurino
The brilliant Bertrand Russell -- until he gets to southern Italians.

How British rationalists first soothe, then make me seethe.

January 7, 2009

New Year's Resolution: Don't Be Too Grumpy about the Motherland

Maria Laurino
Can Italy find the fireworks to get out of its political slump?

With Barack Obama elected as president and Silvio Berlusconi back as prime minister, the differences between America and Italy seem greater than ever.

October 18, 2008

Proverbial Questions, American Elections

Maria Laurino
Only in America?

Americans might find inspiration in a Neapolitan proverb, and Italians might find inspiration in America.

September 26, 2008

A Mother's Tongue

Maria Laurino

Don't be a mooshamoosh -- share those southern Italian dialect words!

August 30, 2008

Days of Wine and Fatalism

Maria Laurino
Days and Clouds press photo
A couple in the Italian film "Days and Clouds" tries to restart their lives after the husband loses his job.

From Carla Bruni's words to recent Italian films -- a summer revealing Italy's fatalistic streak.

June 18, 2008

The Seven Percent Solution?

Maria Laurino
Spike Lee and John Turturro in "Do the Right Thing"

DNA testing adds new complexities to the question about physical similarities between African-Americans and Italian-Americans.

June 11, 2008

Barack Obama Mamma

Maria Laurino
Photo by Marco From Houston,
Can the Old World embrace the New?

My eighty-six-year-old Italian-American mother enthusiastically supports Barack Obama. Could a majority of Italian-Americans back the African-American presumptive Democratic...

March 27, 2008

Losing (and gaining) my ethnicity

Maria Laurino
Fainting Magdalene (after the lost Caravaggio painting) /Fainting Parliament

The Italian elections make me wish (temporarily, at least) for English roots

February 20, 2008

Carla Bruni, Old World Italian

Maria Laurino
Bharat Sikka/Naive Records
Carla Bruni

Who knew that former supermodel and the new First Lady of France was also an Old World Italian?

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