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  • Life & People
    Dario Celli(December 01, 2017)
    Did you know that the tradition of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree started with an Italian? Come discover the story of Cesidio Perruzza, who while working the land for Mr. Rockefeller in the 20th Century, came up with the idea of decorating what today has become one of the most famous squares in the world.
  • A group of women is working together to fulfill a great mission. Learn about the Italian Welfare League and their program I Nostri Bambini, which has collected $1.5 million in favor of children with disabilities and their families.
  • In Italy we must change our thinking about immigration and see it as an opportunity and not as a burden. For this vision to work, we need to begin social planning along the lines of the American model during the Great Migration—to create many carefully organized and operated Ellis Islands along the contested southern shores of Europe.
  • Ellis Island was an organizational apparatus that implemented a specific project of social engineering aimed at building a new America. Lampedusa is nothing like that. It is merely a place where the Italian government admits migrants without any ultimate aim. Can we change things?
  • I agree with Marcello Saija’s observations on Italy’s and Europe’s chaotic immigration policy, and that both potential immigrant- Europeans and native- born ones would greatly benefit by transforming Lampedusa into a modern version of Ellis Island. However, I have some major cautions as well. America’s immigration policy has never been an instance of “social engineering”...
  • The Dean of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute in New York, Anthony J. Tamburri, interviews the President of the Chamber of Deputies Laura Boldrini, during her visit to the Museum of Immigration at Ellis Island.
  • We accompanied Laura Boldrini on her visit to the Museum of Emigration at Ellis Island. Her guides: rangers Franco Paolino and Danielle Simonelli, and Professor Anthony J. Tamburri. These were emotional moments on the strip of land at the estuary of the Hudson River, which speaks of the emigration of the past, yet bringing us back to the present. In hope of a future, which knows how to use the migration processes as great resource.

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