Today, NIAF joins the Fulbright Commission Italy and the Fondazione Giovanni e Francesca Falcone in honoring Judge Giovanni Falcone, his wife Francesca Morvillo and their three bodyguards, who were tragically killed 25 years ago by the Mafia, on May 23, 1992 in response to Falcone's strong stance against the organization.

Our three institutions have joined together to create the Fulbright-Fondazione Falcone-NIAF Grants for Italian and U.S. citizens doing research in the field of Criminology. These grants promote education and efforts to counter mafia influence in Sicily and Italy.
Pictured here is Judge Falcone and, in the second picture, the 2017 Voyage of Discovery students, who traveled to the memorial dedicated to Giovanni and Francesca Falcone in Capaci, Sicily, where the couple lost their lives. We believe that continuing to educate future generations of Italian Americans on this history is crucial to upholding the legacy of Judge Falcone.
To learn about the Fulbright-Fondazione Falcone-NIAF grant, as well as the legacy of Judge Giovanni Falcone, visit our website (link in the bio).

Are you a Voyage of Discovery / Gift of Discovery alum? We want to hear from you!

NIAF is building its #VOD alumni database - whether you participated in one of NIAF's trips to Italy one year ago or ten, we want to hear about your experiences and notify you of future alumni events in your area!

Please email your name, Voyage of Discovery year, and any other information you'd like to share about your experience to voyageofdiscovery@niaf.org.

Early registration is now open for our #NIAF43rd Anniversary Gala on Oct. 13, 2018! #NIAF Members can take advantage of discounted tickets until July 27, so save your seat at THE #ItalianAmerican event of the season & purchase yours today at www.niaf.org/gala. 🇮🇹🇺🇸

Who will YOU be next year on campus? A leader in the Italian American community? A supporter of Italian culture?

Learn more about our #NIAFonCampus Fellowship and how you can be a leader of your Italian American community on your #collegecampus and gain invaluable experience by visiting our website (link in the bio). 🇮🇹🇺🇸

Today’s #ItalianADay post is a special feature from the latest issue of NIAF’s Ambassador magazine. Interested in having stories like this (and more) delivered straight to your doorstep? Become a NIAF Member here: http://www.niaf.org/memberships/join-the-niaf/. Growing up between two cultures, Italian and American, and two cities, New York and Rome, Jonas Carpignano is interested in examining race relations and identity issues in his movies. The 34-year-old director, who was born in the Bronx, the son of an Italian father and an African American mother, says he’s a “product of both places.” Carpignano debuted with his first feature film, Mediterranea, in 2015. Centered around African migrants trying to make a better life for themselves in southern Italy, it earned him the Best Breakthrough Director prize at the Gotham Independent Film Awards. His second feature film, A Ciambra, set among the Roma community of Gioia Tauro, a port town in Calabria, was Italy’s selection for the best foreign language film category at this year’s Oscars (it didn’t make the final list of nominees). Both films focus on marginalized communities and both feature non-professional actors; characters are real members of the communities Carpignano portrayed. He earned their trust by living alongside them, in order to “make a film with the people of the community, not necessarily about them,” he explains. “I love the people that I live with and work with there, and the local communities, both the African community and the Calabrese community. [Southern Italy is] a place where I’ve been able to create a home, where I can do the things I want to do, mainly write.”

The #confetti (Italian sugared #almonds typically given as gifts to guests at weddings) that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be sharing with their guests today are from Italy! Specifically, from #Sulmona in #Abruzzo. #RoyalWedding 👑🤵🏼👰🏽💍

Little Italy Fest 2018 - Preview!! 😘🇮🇹🇺🇸 #italyinny #NIAF #italyinus

What's your favorite spring vegetable to buy at the "mercato?" #foodiefriday

As I produce this documentary I have to admit, it's been a little surreal. Diving into this wonderfully vibrant world of Italian Americans, that I have known all my life, can at times be so heartwarming and at other times it feels like a Maniscalco joke. ("Oh, yeah! We're like that!") What's surprising are these deeper layers that are coming to the surface. I guess that's part of the gift of storytelling. The story has secrets it will reveal to you. Secrets as rich as a Sicilian orange. .

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#filmdirector #productioncompany #studiolife #shooting #filming #productionlife #filmproducer #behindthescenes #documentary #italianamerican #niaf #russobrothers #fooddocumentary #sicilian #foodporn
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Excited to welcome Rochester's favorite radio station Radio 95.1 FM to the Little Italy Festival as one of our proud sponsors! Thank you for your kind support! 🇮🇹️🇺🇲️❤️💚💪 #niaf #italyinny

Today’s #ItalianADay post is a special feature from the latest issue of NIAF’s Ambassador magazine. Interested in having stories like this (and more) delivered straight to your doorstep? Become a NIAF Member here: http://www.niaf.org/memberships/join-the-niaf/. Mark Oliverio’s Calabrian nonna, Antoinette, started canning peppers in sauce in the back of her retail store in 1932, in Clarksburg, West Virginia. In 1972, Oliverio’s father, Frank, established the commercial canning business, and the aroma of sweet and hot peppers simmering in tomato sauce brings back memories for Oliverio. “I can remember coring peppers and putting labels on by hand when I was only 8 years old. At that time, I would try anything to get out of work. By 14, I wanted to know everything,” says Oliverio, who is now president and CEO of Oliverio Italian Style Peppers, employing 20 people in Clarksburg.

Hard work is something that Oliverio, age 53, is used to, and he says that peppers are “in his blood.” Anything in red sauce (they also produce vinegar-based foods), he still makes himself. He’s at the kettles every day when making peppers in sauce or spaghetti sauce. In 2012, Oliverio Peppers opened a 15,000-square-foot facility to accommodate the popularity of their food specialties which are distributed in 16 states. Peppers are such a part of his life that Oliverio has no plans to retire. “I don’t know what I would do.... I’m truly blessed,” he says, about the success of peperoni in salsa. You can find his products at: http://www.oliveriopeppers.us/ - Robert Fanelli Bartus Jr.

If you have an extra couple of $$ to spare, send it to the National Italian American Foundation!! They’re trying to start up a museum in the heart of D.C.... you even get a wooden spoon for your donations 😆❤️🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹 ** I think this is a fitting way to spend my Nonna Tina’s first birthday in heaven** #makesundaysitalianagain #niaf #italianamerican #nonnasgirl

Stringozzi, stringozzi..stringozziiiiiiii.......!!!!...extruder not included or allowed.........@viaumbria .....
#italyinUsa #italy #mangia #mycreativedc #dcfoodporn #foodporn #myfab5 #dceats #dc #georgetown #handrolled #pasta #pastaporn #niaf

Happy Mother's Day and Buona Festa della Mamma to all of our incredible, strong, and selfless Italian/Italian American mothers out there!

Learning the Italian language is far easier - and much more rewarding - when you immerse yourself in a small Italian community. From there, your neighbors, local fruit vendors, and barista all become your teachers.
Learn more about immersive travel experiences via @liveandlearnitalian in our latest blog at www.niafblog.wordpress.com!

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