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Dopo la puzza e i fuochi, nel Sud arde la passione per il riscatto

Due libri che parlano di un Sud avvelenato, due pesanti accuse alla politica collusa, due atti di protesta contro la distruzione di un territorio e l'avvelenamento della sua gente, due voci di speranza in un Meridione che si organizza e si riappropria del futuro. Al Calandra Institute della City University di New York, il giornalista Pino Aprile e il medico ricercatore Antonio Giordano hanno presentato Il Sud Puzza e Campania, Terra dei veleni.

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The Divergent Path of the Mannerists

When most of us think of Renaissance art, the two names that come to mind first are Michelangelo Buonarroti and Leonardo da Vinci. What most of us do not know is that Jacopo da Pontormo, called "Pontormo" and Rosso Fiorentino  known as "Rosso" were just as well known as their famous counterparts. Pontormo was in fact the favorite court painter of the Medici family, and Rosso was a close ally and friend of Savonarola. Although all four painters were born during the same period, the later part of the 15th century, their artistic styles followed quite divergent paths. A new show at the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, Divergenti vie della "maniera" continuing until July 20th, highlights the distinctive works of Pontormo and Fiorentino, their use of clashing colors and bizarre themes based on esoteric and cabalistic literature popular at the time.  We all know something about the Renaissance, but many of us know too little about this fascinating counter movement, known as Mannerism.




My Mentor’s Amazing Path to the Veterinary Profession

Like other undergraduate pre-veterinary students trying to gain the best possible experience to prepare me for a future career in veterinary medicine, I searched for an animal hospital near my home of Brooklyn, New York. Thankfully, I found a good one and, in the fall of 2008, I began working at the Brooklyn Veterinary Group1 in Bensonhurst. I worked under the direction of two doctors; one was the owner/director of the practice, the other the associate veterinarian. Almost every Monday another doctor would come in, but I was always unsure of his position.

Read on Veritas DVM Blog


Is it possible to measure the quality of life? The Organization for Cooperation & Economic Development (OCSE) believes that the "wellness" of a country is closely linked to its economic situation. The difficulty of measuring a concept, which is highly subjective, has motivated researchers to give a much closer look at the PIL, Gross National Product, of various countries around the world, which measures the wealth and the services which each country provides.
The latest report of the OCSE measuring 34 member countries including 24 European, 4 American, 4 Asian and 2 Oceania region, focuses on 11 dimensions of wellbeing utilizing a variety of indicators. In Europe the profound financial crisis has generated a sharp increase in the poverty level especially among young adults. There has been a general decline in trusting governmental institutions among Europeans. On a positive note, women are finding more job opportunities even if they earn less than their male counterparts, work longer hours, and still have difficulty rising to managerial positions.
One of the most interesting findings is a study of the relationship between wellbeing and professional life.
This study indicates that those with a low level education, who earn a low level salary, also enjoy an inferior level of health and wellbeing. In Europe 50% of the workforce admits to working in disorganized environments with poor interpersonal relationships which they believe has a direct negative effect on their health. Italy is still slightly above the media for balance between professional and private life, economic conditions, and health of its citizens.
However there are other negative indicators for Italy including perceived wellbeing, quality of education, and the environment. It is hoped that these studies can motivate governments to better the lives of its citizens.
If for example a government works to decrease unemployment and increase minimum wages, without addressing workplace conditions and the environment, the individual citizen will probably be critical. OSCE reminds us that the level of wellbeing must necessarily respect the territory and financial situation in which it operates, otherwise the next generation will find itself paying for the previous one, and with the same set of problems. Let’s hope that Italy can start making the right choices.

A “New” Southern Question: Citizens of a Poisoned Paradise

Invite you to a Panel Discussion with
Pino Aprile & Antonio Giordano
April 4th, 2014
6:00 pm

Campania, terra di veleni il Sud Puzza
Author: Antonio Giordano - Giulio Tarro Author: Pino Aprile
campania_terra_di_veleni.jpg  Pino Aprile il Sud Puzza.2001.jpg

The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute
25 W. 43rd St., 17th floor
New York City, NY 10036

This event is free and open to the public

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