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March 7, 2009

Fabricating Women’s Histories

Laura E. Ruberto
Tilde Capomazza and Marisa Ombra
8 Marzo: Una storia lunga un secolo

Italy’s construction and memory of International Women’s Day.

February 22, 2009


Laura E. Ruberto
Laura E. Ruberto
Berkeley Iceland today (closed since 2003)

A little diddy about California’s role in the Italian American invention of an ice-resurfacing machine.

January 15, 2009

The Eternal City of Champions

Laura E. Ruberto
Fabio Ruberto
Constructing a Steelers Logo Sign (2006)

A few comments on the connections between Pittsburgh, Italians, and American Football.

January 6, 2009

I’ll Have Some Pancetta with My Mob Reference, Please

Laura E. Ruberto
Chip Somodevilla/Getty
Leon Panetta

With Leon Panetta’s potential return to Washington, comes a new focus on his Italian connections.

December 29, 2008

The Rocks of San Francisco: Authenticity, Ethnic Neighborhoods, and Going Blog Crazy

Laura E. Ruberto
Laura E. Ruberto
Nuova Porziuncola, North Beach neighborhood, San Francisco

Ethnic construction and sacred place, the replica of the Porziuncola Chapel in San Francisco’s Italian neighborhood.

December 24, 2008

“Ti abbraccio teneramente,” Christmas from Prison

Laura E. Ruberto
Antonio Gramsci

A selection of Antonio Gramsci’s Christmas letters from prison.

November 22, 2008

The Other Rocky Movie

Laura E. Ruberto
Paul Newman in the Rocky Graziano story, "Somebody Up There Likes Me"

Paul Newman’s turn as an Italian American boxer leaves me wondering where all those gum machines went.

November 5, 2008

Blogging Obama

Laura E. Ruberto
Laura E. Ruberto
Drawing of Barack Obama, by this blogger's five year old son

Passing impressions from California, written at midnight on Election Night.

October 26, 2008

Radical Espresso: Mario Savio and Berkeley’s Free Speech Movement

Laura E. Ruberto
Mario Savio's "operation of the machine" speech, Sproul Plaza, UC Berkeley, December 2, 1964

What happens when a Berkeley café lays claim to an Italian American free thinker?

October 4, 2008

Garment Workers and Union Activists in Tinsel Town

Laura E. Ruberto
"The Garment Jungle"
Original Movie Poster for "The Garment Jungle" (1957)

My random encounter with a Hollywood Italian American labor activist.

September 24, 2008

Volando per Obama

Laura E. Ruberto
Gondoliers Singing for Obama

Venetian Gondoliers sing their support for Barack Obama.

September 20, 2008

The Gate on the “Golden Gate”

Laura E. Ruberto
Valenti Angelo
"Girl with Bird," print by Valenti Angelo, date unknown

Reading Valenti Angelo’s “Golden Gate” to my five-year old son.

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