“A History of Modern Italy” by author Anthony L Cardoza

Transformation and Continuity, 1796 to the Present”

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Author Anthony Cardoza will be interviewed by Professor Franco Andreucci, former Professor of contemporary history at the University of Pisa

A History of Modern Italy addresses the question of how Italy’s modern history–from its prolonged process of nation-building in the nineteenth century to the crises of the last two decades–has produced a paradoxical blend of hyper-modernity and traditionalism that sets the country apart in the broader context of Western Europe.

Anthony L. Cardoza is a Professor of Modern European History at Loyola University Chicago, with a research specialization in nineteenth and twentieth century Italy and Fascism. He received a B.A. from the University of California, Davis in 1969, and his Ph.D in History from Princeton University in 1975, before accepting a Rome Prize Fellowship to the American Academy in Rome in 1976. He is the author or co-author of five books on Italian history. His Agrarian Elites and Italian Fascism: The Province of Bologna, 1901-1926 (Princeton, 1982), won the 1983 Marraro Prize from the Society for Italian Historical Studies. Aristocrats in Bourgeois Italy: The Piedmontese Nobility 1861-1930 (Cambridge, 1997) was awarded the American Historical Association’s 1998 Marraro Prize for the best book in any area of Italian and Italian-American history. Cardoza is also the author of Benito Mussolini: The First Fascist (Pearson-Longman, 2006) and co-authored with Geoffrey Symcox The History of Turin/La Storia di Torino (Einaudi, 2008), in addition to The History of Modern Italy: Transformation and Continuity (Oxford, 2018).

Franco Andreucci has been a professor of contemporary history at the University of Pisa, where he taught from 1976 until his retirement in 2013. He has also been a visiting professor in Barcelona, Marburg, Chicago, as well as a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. His scholarship explores European political history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with particular interests in the fields of the history of socialism, Marxism, and German social democracy. He is the author of several articles and books on these topics, including his latest work, Da Gramsci a Occhetto. Nobiltà e miseria del Partito comunista italiano 1921-1991, Pisa, Della Porta Editori, 2014.

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SEBASTIAN MANISCALCO ALREADY “HUNGRY” FOR 2019 in St. Louis May 4, 2019 Special Pre-Sale Offer



Comedian, Actor and Best-Selling Author Announces
Stay Hungry Tour Dates for Next Year

 Additional Run of Dates Come on the Heels of Maniscalco Selling Out Three Shows at Madison Square Garden and Adding a Fourth Jan. 19-20

Set to Return to ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!” on Nov. 5, 2018

Los Angeles, Calif. –Billboard opined last month comedian, actor and best-selling author Sebastian Maniscalco “is starting the new year at the top of the comedy game,” when announcing he would be taking the Madison Square Garden stage on Saturday, January 19, 2019. They weren’t wrong. Additional shows sold out as quickly as they were added. Dubbed “one of standup comedy’s breakthrough performers” in a recent CBS Sunday Morning profile, and “the comedian’s comedian” by PEOPLE, Maniscalco is set to perform four shows at the famous venue (three of them already sold out) Jan. 19-20.

On these heels of that career milestone comes news that his wildly successful Stay Hungry Tour will continue through May 18, 2019 with over 30 stops across the U.S. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 at 10:00 am local time.  Maniscalco is also set to return to ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!” on Nov. 5 to discuss his upcoming appearances at Madison Square Garden and 2019 tour. Check local listings for time.

Distinguished by the New York Times as having his “own kind of panache,” Maniscalco’s live performances have become critically-acclaimed events “embraced with thundering applause and tear-inducing laughter,” according to a recent Billboard review which described his Sept. 8, sold-out Greek Theatre performance as “devastatingly full-force comedy.”

With a string of record-breaking sold-out comedy appearances, a best-selling memoir Stay Hungry (available in paperback Nov. 13), five sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall earlier this year, an appearance in the summer film TAG as well as appearances in upcoming fall films Cruise and Green Book (winner of Toronto Film Fest’s 2018 People’s Choice Award), 2018 has been a milestone year, culminating in Maniscalco receiving Billboard’s inaugural Comedian of the Year award this November. And 2019 is already shaping up to be another banner year for one of Forbes’ Highest Paid Comedians. With a role in Martin Scorsese’s 2019 picture The Irishman as well as a new Netflix special coming early next year, Maniscalco can also add playing FOUR nights at ‘The Garden’ to his list of accomplishments.

2019 Stay Hungry Tour Dates:

1/11/19            Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall           Portland, OR
1/12/19            Moore Theatre                                     Seattle, WA
1/19/19            Madison Square Garden (7 & 10 pm) New York, NY*      1/20/19            Madison Square Garden (7 & 10 pm) New York, NY*
1/24/19            Taft Theatre                                        Cincinnati, OH
1/25/19            Palace Theatre                                     Columbus, OH
1/26/19            Connor Palace                                     Cleveland, OH
1/31/19            Warner Theatre                                   Erie, PA
2/1/19              Shea’s Performing Arts Center           Buffalo, NY
2/7/19              Carpenter Theatre                               Richmond, NY
2/8/19              MGM National Harbor                       Washington DC
2/21/19            Morris Performing Arts Center       South Bend, IN
2/22/19            Coronado Performing Ars Center      Rockford, IL
2/23/19            Peoria Civic Center                            Peoria, IL
2/28/19            Hershey Theatre                                 Hershey, PA
3/1/19              Heinz Hall                                           Pittsburgh, PA
3/2/19              Sands                                                   Bethlehem, PA
3/8/19              Eccles Theatre                                     Salt Lake City, UT
3/9/19              Grand Sierra Resort                            Reno, NV
3/22/19            Paramount Theatre                             Denver, CO
3/23/19            Arvest Bank Theatre                     Kansas City, MO
3/28/19            Tobin Center                                       Antonio, TX
3/29/19            Paragon Casino                                   Marksville, LA
3/30/19            Beau Rivage                                       Biloxi, MS
4/5/19              Fox Theatre                                        Detroit, MI
4/6/19              DeVos Performance Hall                    Grand Rapids, MI
4/12/19            Millennium Theater                            Tunica, MS
4/13/19            TPAC’s James K. Polk Theater   Nashville, TN
4/18/19            Paramount Theatre                      Cedar Rapids, IA
4/19/19            Hoyt Sherman Place                           Des Moines, IA
4/20/19            Brown Theatre                                    Louisville, KY
5/3/19              Egyptian Old National Centre             Indianapolis, IN
5/4/19              Stifel Theatre                                      St. Louis, MO
5/17/19            Humphrey’s Concerts                         San Diego, CA
5/18/19            Celebrity Theatre                                Phoenix, AZ

*Previously Announced

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The Works of Angelo Corrubia

Watch for more information about a private tour of the special exhibition of the works of Angelo Corrubia by Dr. Julie Dunn-Morton

Dr. Julie Dunn-Morton is the Curator of Fine Art Collections at the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Dr. Dunn-Morton received her B.A. in Art History from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. She completed her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Delaware with research on American Neoclassical sculpture and art patronage in St. Louis.

After serving as Docent and Tour Programs Manager at the Delaware Art Museum, Julie joined the Mercantile staff in 2002. Here her exhibition credits include Missouri Splendor: St. Louis Artists and the Landscape (2006), Billy O’Donnell: Painting Missouri (2008), One Artist’s Journey: The Life and Work of James Godwin Scott (2009) and Selections from the St. Louis Mercantile Library Art Museum (2015). In 2007 she authored 160 Years of Art at the St. Louis Mercantile Library: A Handbook to the Collections; a revised edition of the handbook is forthcoming in 2021. She continues research for a catalogue raisonné. She continues research for a catalogue raisonné of the works of Frederick Oakes Sylvester.

We will be scheduling a special tour of the exhibition at the Library in late October or early November.  Watch for more information.


As a young man in Italy, Corrubia developed his early interest in art by sketching the
classical architecture that surrounded him. This exhibition will display Corrubia’s work while living in St. Louis in the 1930s. His sensitive eye saw the beauty in St. Louis buildings, both old and new, even when their condition reflected the economic hardships of the Depression era. These works reflect both the artistic traditions of Corrubia’s Italian heritage and the aesthetic of his artistic colleagues in St. Louis, where he was an active part of the local and regional art community.

Corrubia’s career as an architect also brought him deserved fame and notoriety. Of
specific interest to the Italian-American community, he designed St. Ambrose Church and the Sacred Heart Convent (aka The Villa).

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ItaliAmo – Free Course of Italian Language and Culture, A1 Level, for iOS and Android devices

Be sure to select ‘EN’ (English) in to top corner of the application once you download.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has developed, in cooperation with IED [European Design Institute] and Ovosodo, the “ItaliAmo” app, which offers a free Italian language and culture A1 level course for iOS and Android devices.

The course seeks to become a new interactive tool to teach Italian and promote the excellence of Italy’s culture and products abroad.

The course, which is available free of charge on Google Play and App Store, is organised in ten steps set in ten Italian cities or regions. It is meant to be a journey to discover Italy along with Leo and Lisa, modern day versions of two famed historical persons, Leonardo da Vinci and the Mona Lisa.

Each step is divided into four sections, i.e. dialogue, expressions, exercises and culture. Currently available in English and Chinese, the app will be translated into the major languages by the end of the year.

With this app, users may interactively learn the basics of Italian language while discovering the artistic and cultural heritage of our country and the excellence of Made in Italy products. This is a truly cutting edge project in the field of language learning with an innovative graphic design.

Click here to visualize the QR code to download the application.


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