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Antonio Corrado
New York University Florence Graduate Student Read More ...
Marco Perduca
Representative of the Italian Radical Party at the United Nations and Former Italian Senator Read More ...
Italians of a Different Color: Sports, Citizenship, and Identity (student dialogue)
Antonio Corrado
New York University Florence Graduate Student

Pursuing a Master’s Degree in Italian Studies from New York University, Antonio Corrado has spent the past year in Florence, Italy. During this time, he has worked on numerous projects regarding the development of integration among the children of immigrant parents, the so-called ‘second generations,’ through the medium of sports. Elaborating on the current complexities facing Italy’s embrace of a multicultural society, his research has sought to resolve questions of citizenship policy and identity formation within Italy. The culmination of his work entitled, “Italians of a Different Color: Sports, Citizenship, and Identity, will first be presented in a conference held on behalf of La Pietra Dialogues, with the help of other notable speakers such as Dr. Mauro Valeri, Senator Marco Perduca, and former Olympian Ashraf Saber. It will also serve as the title of his thesis upon graduation in the fall of 2014. Previous projects he has realized through La Pietra Dialogues have included the documentary film entitled, “The Role of Women in Politics,” which was screened at the conference, An Era Of Political Sea Change: From the Transformation of Parties to the Role of Women, which took place in the fall of 2013. The project was designed to create a dialogue between NYU Florence students and students from the University of Florence regarding the role of women in politics. Having graduated summa cum laude from Lehman College in 2013, Antonio was also the recipient of the Fanny Cafferata Prize for Excellence in Italian and the Tusiani Scholarship. Antonio’s passion lies in the advancement and awareness of Italian-American studies. Upon graduating he aspires to work in the field of politics, in addition to pursuing a doctoral degree in Italian Studies.

Marco Perduca
Representative of the Italian Radical Party at the United Nations and Former Italian Senator

Marco Perduca is an Italian politician born and raised in the city of Dante. He has served as a senator from 2008 to 2013. His passion for politics began in the early nineties at the University of Florence, where after two years of doctoral studies in Pisa and Liverpool, he decided to move to New York in 1996. Upon his arrival he quickly began coordinating campaigns for the Nonviolent Radical Party, the Transnational and Transparty for the International Criminal Court, an international drug policy reform movement at the United Nations and to promote a universal moratorium on the death penalty. Taking a stand against violator’s of human rights, in 1998 he and 5 other fellow researches traveled undercover through the Balkans collecting evidence that a year later would help incriminate Slobodan Milosevic before the Tribunal for the Former Yugolsavia. In 2000, and again in 2002 and 2004, he directed the campaign that protected the rejection of the Radical Party from the UN, proposed by both Russia and Vietnam (a memoir of the ordeal will be published at the end of April). He served for a couple of years at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in 2008 he was elected to the Italian senate. He writes a blog on

Ashraf Saber
Italian Olympian Track and Field Athlete

Ashraf Saber, whose name in Arabic means “the most honest, among the honest,” is described in the book, Black Italians by Doctor Mauro Valeri as a pioneer who questions the established order and proposes one that is completely different. One of the most decorated Italian track and field athletes of recent times he has represented the Italian national team twenty-five times over a span of twelve years being the first Italian athlete to have won a Junior World Championship. Competing in the 400 meters and 400 meter hurdles, Saber holds numerous national records; he won the silver medal at the Indoor European Championships in 1998 in Valencia, Spain where he stopped the chronometer at 45”99, a time which has yet to be broken by any other Italian athlete. Saber also represented Italy in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta as well as the “azzurri” in both the European and World Indoor Championships and the “Fiamme Gialle” in the Military World Games. Saber has worked tirelessly to bridge the gap between the established and the different –he is one of the first athletes in Italy to speak openly about inter-race relations in sports.

Mauro Valeri
Ufficio Nazionale Antidiscriminazioni Razziali, Dipartimento per le Pari Opportunitą della Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri

Mauro Valeri graduated with a degree in the Sociology of Law from the University of Rome and received a PhD at the Department of Philosophy and Sociology of Law at the University of Milan. He has served in various roles in the Italian government’s Department for Social Affairs in Italy’s Presidency of the Council of Ministers from 1994 to 2002 as well as the Italian Ministry of Labor and Social Policies from 2002 to 2009. Since February 2010, he works for the National Office for Racial Antidiscrimination (Ufficio Nazionale Antidiscriminazioni Razziali- UNAR) at the Department for Equal Opportunity of the Council of Ministers, focusing on issues of anti-discrimination, racism, political asylum, minors and nomads, and the relationship between racism and sports. He coordinates the National Action Plan Against Racism, Xenophobia and Intolerance since 2012 and currently represents the Department of Equal Opportunity of the Italian Council of Ministers on the technical committee that monitors the application of Italian Immigration Law. He has also taught different courses and seminars in various Italian universities and authored numerous publications related to immigration, racism and anti-discrimination in Italy, with a focus on the condition of underage immigrants and racism in Italian football.

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