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August 26, 2008

Italian Metal Gets Religion

Laura E. Ruberto
Fratello Metallo

An Italian monk hears Metallica and turns the mystical and divine into heavy metal.

August 18, 2008

Breastfeeding Breasts!

Laura E. Ruberto
Tina Modotti
"Baby Nursing" (1926)

In honor of my two young children and World Breastfeeding Month, a few thoughts on the work of women’s breasts.

August 11, 2008

Italian Gambling Site and the US Presidential Election

Laura E. Ruberto
Actor & Former Republican Presidential Candidate, Fred Thompson's website, now an Italian online gaming site

Betting on the 2008 US Presidential Election with an online Italian gambling site.

July 29, 2008

Youth Masses, Black Skin, and Italian Beat Music

Laura E. Ruberto
I Barrittas singing "Gloria al Signore" (w/commentary)

A look at the Italian youth masses of the 1960s, beat music, and una ragazza from New Orleans.

July 21, 2008

Mujeres Migrantes Italianas

Laura E. Ruberto
Exhibit Poster, "Mirades de luz" (Argentina)

An exhibit in Argentina highlights the role Italian immigrant women in Buenos Aires played in the development of Argentina’s past and present.

July 7, 2008

Westward the Women

Laura E. Ruberto
Italian Film Poster for the U.S. film "Westward the Women" (1951)

What Frank Capra and an obscure William Wellman western might tell us about Italian American women.

July 3, 2008

Clemenza and Tessio are like Britain and France

Laura E. Ruberto
Al Pacino as Michael Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather"

The Pax Corleone, or what happens when two political analysts offer a close reading of "The Godfather" in an effort to explain contemporary US politics.

June 29, 2008

The European Union’s Immigration Policy and Italian Immigrants in Latin America

Laura E. Ruberto
Immigration Authorization Stamp, Argentina

Invoking Italy’s history of emigration, activists and politicians in Latin America condemn the European Union’s latest anti-immigration stand.

June 17, 2008

Forgetting the Past: Ethnic Identity and How Italian and English Fail Us

Laura E. Ruberto
Wanto Market (Japanese American Market), Oakland, California, 1942

The role of popular memory has a lot to do with how ethnic identities get formed; what would happen if there were words in English or Italian that clarified the history of Italian...

June 1, 2008

Becoming Italian American: POWs and National Identity

Laura E. Ruberto
Benicia Historical Society
Italian Service Unit, Benicia, California (circa 1944)

Two national holidays, la Festa della Repubblica and Memorial Day, bring up the question of what it means to belong.

May 19, 2008

Holiday in Italy! (without Leaving the U.S.)

Laura E. Ruberto
Laura E. Ruberto
Gondola Servizio, Lake Merritt, Oakland, California

The cult of Italy repackaged for US consumer culture.

May 6, 2008

Gli intellettuali rispondono alla crisi in Italia

Laura E. Ruberto
Brianza Popolare
Antonio Gramsci

Sulla scia di Gramsci: gli intellettuali di oggi e la crisi italiana

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