“Festa della Repubblica”: How Italy Became a Republic

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The “Festa della Repubblica” is celebrated on June 2nd because on that very day, in 1946, the Italian people went to the polls. For the first time after 20 years of Fascism, after World War II had largely destroyed the country, they had an important choice to make. “Monarchia” or “Repubblica” ? Women were also allowed to vote, for the first time in Italian history, and so they did. Credit is usually given to Alcide De Gasperi for the remarkably consequential decision to call the entire population to a vote on such a huge and controversial issue. The choice was “Repubblica” by a close margin, and King Umberto II went into exile.

Francesco Ranci, born in Italy, holds a B.A. and M.A. in Political Sciences from the University of Pavia, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Milano. In Italy, he worked as a researcher, instructor, and journalist until 2010. After moving to the U.S., he worked as Adjunct Faculty at Naugatuck Valley Community College, The College of New Rochelle, Berkeley College, and Iona College. He recently published an essay about Cold War Era sociologist Erving Goffman in the peer-reviewed journal “The American Sociologist”. For the last four decades, he focused his research on the methodology of the cultural sciences. He is particularly committed to saving the legacy left by the Italian Operational School, in the aftermath of World War II, from oblivion.

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  • 01/22/2022 10:00 AM - 01/22/2022 10:45 AM
    “Writing the Italian in Your Memories”: Fall Edition

    Laboratorio di Scrittura, Writing Workshop
    Saturdays, January 8, 22 and 29, 2021: 10:00-11:45am

    The workshop will take place in the cottage on the left side of the mansion, which can be reached by following the paved sidewalk and stairs.

    No experience necessary, just a notebook and pen!

    When we look back on our past, whether a year or decades ago, our stories are often intertwined with our culture—its richness, expectations, challenges and humor. During each workshop, led by author Maria Giura, we’ll focus on how one aspect of Italian American (IA) life—identity, travel, holidays—forms the background or foreground of our memories.

    We’ll read and discuss short, vibrant excerpts written by IA authors. Participants will then be given prompts to generate their own writing and, by the end of each workshop, will have produced an original piece of writing. In-person enrollment limited to 10 participants. P.S. You don’t have to be Italian to write about how Italy may be part of your memories!

    Register for one, two, or all three workshops.
    Part 1: Sat., Jan. 8
    Part 2: Sat. Jan. 22
    Part 3: Sat. Jan. 29

  • 01/25/2022 7:00 PM - 01/25/2022 9:00 PM

    Commemorating International Holocaust Remembrance Day • Tuesday, Jan. 25th at 7pm

    Screening of “Our Hebrews” and Q&A session live from Tel Aviv with the director Naor Meningher.

    Proof of vaccination is required for all guests.

    ‘Little Jerusalem’, that is how the locals refer to the town of Pitigliano in southern Tuscany, because of its striking resemblance to Israel’s ancient city. Through the medieval stone walls, the fascinating story of 400 years of harmonic co-existence between Jews and Christians is told for the first time, leading to the heroic acts done by the locals during the time of the Holocaust.

    Watch the trailer Here: https://youtu.be/gfpJgAW8ER8

    Naor Meningher is an award-winning filmmaker and content creator. He graduated from Steve Tisch Film School at Tel Aviv University in 2016, and his short films “The Rat’s Dilemma”,  “An Old Score” and “Our Hebrews” were screened in dozens of festivals and won several awards.

    Naor is the co-host of the Two Nice Jewish Boys Podcast and the creator of the Italy Guy vlog on Youtube.

  • 01/29/2022 10:00 AM - 01/29/2022 11:45 AM
    “Writing the Italian in Your Memories”: Fall Edition

    Laboratorio di Scrittura, Writing Workshop
    Saturdays, January 8, 22 and 29, 2021: 10:00-11:45am

    The workshop will take place in the cottage on the left side of the mansion, which can be reached by following the paved sidewalk and stairs.

    No experience necessary, just a notebook and pen!

    When we look back on our past, whether a year or decades ago, our stories are often intertwined with our culture—its richness, expectations, challenges and humor. During each workshop, led by author Maria Giura, we’ll focus on how one aspect of Italian American (IA) life—identity, travel, holidays—forms the background or foreground of our memories.

    We’ll read and discuss short, vibrant excerpts written by IA authors. Participants will then be given prompts to generate their own writing and, by the end of each workshop, will have produced an original piece of writing. In-person enrollment limited to 10 participants. P.S. You don’t have to be Italian to write about how Italy may be part of your memories!

    Register for one, two, or all three workshops.
    Part 1: Sat., Jan. 8
    Part 2: Sat. Jan. 22
    Part 3: Sat. Jan. 29

  • 01/31/2022 7:00 PM - 01/31/2022 9:00 PM

    Making Fresh Mozzarella Knots

  • 02/01/2022 4:00 PM - 02/01/2022 5:00 PM

    Make your own Stromboli

  • 02/07/2022 All day

    Italian Citizenship by Descent or by Marriage – Are you eligible for dual citizenship?
    Starting Monday, January 10, you can schedule private appointments at Casa Belvedere to determine the first steps of your journey to become an Italian citizen.

    You can apply for recognition of your Italian citizenship Jure Sanguinis (by descent) or Jure Matrimonii (by marriage). During this first appointment, you will learn whether or not you are eligible to apply. You must bring photocopies of birth certificates (or at least the date and place of birth) of your parent, grandparent or great-grandparent who was an Italian citizen when their child was born. Also, bring a copy, or an approximate date, of their naturalization either in the United States or in another country.

    On select Mondays, you can book a 30-minute appointment (you can book two slots if you feel you need more time) with Carla Megale Di Tommaso, who will review the process with you. The price for your first consultation is $25.

  • 02/07/2022 7:00 PM - 02/07/2022 9:00 PM

    Celebrate Valentine’s Day with red velvet cake

  • 02/08/2022 4:00 PM - 02/08/2022 5:00 PM

    Valentine’s Day Red Velvet Cookies

  • 02/21/2022 7:00 PM - 02/21/2022 9:00 PM

    Pasta Nera: Black fresh tagliatelle with lightly spiced tomato sauce

  • 02/22/2022 4:00 PM - 02/22/2022 5:00 PM

    Stuffed shells with ricotta and spinach in marinara sauce

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