Italy in the White House


A symposium showcases Italian influences inside the White House over the centuries.

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Symposium shows Italy in the White House

Historical Association celebrates Italian influences

A symposium in the US capital on Tuesday highlighted the many influences Italy has had on the White House through the centuries, from Cicero’s ideal of the gentleman politician to the concept of equality espoused by Filippo Mazzei, which influenced Thomas Jefferson in guiding the nation’s founding principles.

The symposium “Italy in the White House: A Conversation on Historical Perspectives” was organised by the White House Historical Association in cooperation with the National Italian American Foundation, the Italian Institute of Culture and the Italian Embassy. The day-long event took place in the Association’s headquarters, the Decatur House, a historical home built in 1818 just steps from the White House.

The symposium gathered experts in the overlapping histories between the two nations, as well as diplomats and first-person witnesses to the relationships between Italy and the United States. Read more on ANSA…

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