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  • John Marchi passed away last Saturday. In my opinion, he was among the best and the brightest and he deserves a place alongside New York City's other unblemished political heroes such as Fiorello LaGuardia and Mario Cuomo. He left us at a time when positive political role models for Italians, Italian Americans, and those who want to be, are becoming scarce. History repeats and our time is another one during which too many elected representatives are being exposed as disgraces of one sort or another. Even in the heat of battle, John Marchi demonstrated that the connection between disgrace and politics is not a given, and on the contrary that the connection between grace and Italianita is.
  • New York. On April 21 Rabbi Schneier was decorated Grande Ufficiale dell’Ordine della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana” (Grand Official of the Order of the Italian Star of Solidarity) at the Consulate General of Italy. With him, the new Arcibishop of the City of New York Timothy Dolan
  • May 5-8, 2009. The Italian Cultural Institute of New York will host a four-day presentation of the Umbria Jazz Festival (Perugia, July 10-19) and the Due Mondi Festival (Spoleto. June 26-July 12)
  • Massimo Capuano, President and Managing Director of Borsa Italia S.p.A., met the young members of NOVA (an Italian MBA association) at the Italian Consulate General. He discussed the role that small and medium sized companies play in the growth and development of the Italian economy and the relevance they could have in overcoming the global economic crisis
  • For Virgil’s Aeneas, Italy was “the land of our return”... The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute’s second annual conference addresses the theme of “return” during its three-day event (April 23–25, 2009)
  • i-Italy met with Paul Ginsborg at New York University’s Casa Italiana Zerilli- Marimò. It was a unique opportunity to reflect on Italian democracy and the threats it currently faces. Is what Alexis de Tocqueville wrote about the “tyranny of the majority” still important?