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Cultural Interest

The Academy of American Poets
The Academy of American Poets was founded in 1934 to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry. To fulfill this mission, the Academy administers a wide variety of programs, including National Poetry Month (April), the largest literary celebration in the world; online educational resources providing free poetry lesson plans for high school teachers; the Poetry Audio Archive, a collection of over 700 recordings dating back to the 1960s; and, our award-winning website which provides a wealth of content on contemporary American poetry and receives a million unique users each month.

Amnesty International USA
Founded in London in 1961, Amnesty International is a Nobel Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with over 1.8 million members worldwide. Amnesty International undertakes research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience and expression, and freedom from discrimination, within the context of its work to promote all human rights. Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) is the U.S. Section of Amnesty International.

Arba Sicula: Journal of Sicilian Folklore and Literature
Arba Sicula is a Sicilian-American, nonprofit organization founded by Gaetano Cipolla, with the principle objective of preserving, studying and promoting the language and culture of Sicily. The name is ancient Sicilian for "Sicilian Dawn," representing the organizations's optimism for the future and preservation of Sicily's distinct cultural heritage in the face of assimilation into a more generic Italian milieu.

Arts & Letters Daily
Philosophy, aesthetics, literature, language, ideas, criticism, culture, history, music, art, trends, breakthroughs, disputes, gossip. A service of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The Association of Writers & Writing Programs
A nonprofit association working for the benefit of writers, writing programs, and teachers of writing. Since 1967 AWP has supported writers and writing programs around the world. AWP now supports over 28,000 writers at over 400 member colleges and universities and eighty-six writers' conferences and centers.

Chicago Historical Society
A privately endowed, independent institution devoted to collecting, interpreting, and presenting the rich multicultural history of Chicago and Illinois.

Chicago Review Press
Chicago Review Press is a cutting-edge independent publisher founded in 1973. Over the years we have grown into a dynamic midsize publisher with more than 900 titles in print. We currently publish around sixty new books annually under five imprints: Chicago Review Press, Lawrence Hill Books, Ball Publishing, Zephyr Press, and Academy Chicago.

Coastal Ecosystems Research Foundation
The Coastal Ecosystems Research Foundation is a Canadian non-profit organisation which conducts ecological research along the Pacific coast of North America. Its activities are currently centered around the grey and humpback whales of British Columbia and Baja California.

Earthwatch Institute
Earthwatch Institute engages people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment.

The Feminist Press
The Feminist Press is an independent nonprofit literary publisher that promotes freedom of expression and social justice. We publish exciting authors who share an activist spirit and a belief in choice and equality. Founded in 1970, we began by rescuing "lost" works by writers such as Zora Neale Hurston and Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and established our publishing program with books by American writers of diverse racial and class backgrounds. Since then we have also been bringing works from around the world to North American readers. We seek out innovative, often surprising books that tell a different story.

Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world. We stand with victims and activists to prevent discrimination, to uphold political freedom, to protect people from inhumane conduct in wartime, and to bring offenders to justice. We investigate and expose human rights violations and hold abusers accountable. We challenge governments and those who hold power to end abusive practices and respect international human rights law. We enlist the public and the international community to support the cause of human rights for all. Human Rights Watch is an independent, nongovernmental organization, supported by contributions from private individuals and foundations worldwide. It accepts no government funds, directly or indirectly.

Inside Higher Ed
Online source for news, opinion and career advice and services for all of higher education.

Italian American Studies Association
Our Association is devoted to the interdisciplinary study of the culture, history, literature, sociology, demography, folklore, and politics of Italians in America. IASA seeks to explore and disseminate authentic information and interpretation of the wide-ranging experiences of Italians in America.

Italian Notebook
A free daily email from Italy for Italy lovers everywhere.

i-Italy: Italian/American Digital Project
We are a group of journalists, academics and public intellectuals determined to create an authoritative point of encounter, information, and debate on the Internet concerning Italy and Italian America.

Magna GRECE: Ethno-Cultural Journal for People of Southern-Italian Descent
Magna GRECE is the online voice of Nuova Patria Meridionale (New Southern Homeland), a metapolitical think-tank dedicated to the traditional folkways of Europa with an explicit focus on Southern Italians and Sicilians. Our objective is to provide an English language forum on important issues concerning our historic communities, the most imperative of which is the realization of self-determination, the cornerstone of any group's ability to survive.

National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts is an independent federal agency that funds and promotes artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. An investment in America's living cultural heritage, the NEA serves the public good by nurturing the expression of human creativity, supporting the cultivation of community spirit, and fostering the recognition and appreciation of the excellence and diversity of our nation's artistic accomplishments.

PEN American Center
PEN American Center is the largest of the 141 centers of International PEN, the world's oldest human rights organization and the oldest international literary organization. International PEN was founded in 1921 to dispel national, ethnic, and racial hatreds and to promote understanding among all countries. PEN American Center, founded a year later, works to advance literature, to defend free expression, and to foster international literary fellowship.

Poetry Daily
Poetry Daily is an anthology of contemporary poetry which each day brings you a new poem from books, magazines and journals currently in print.

Poets & Writers
Poets & Writers, Inc., is the primary source of information, support, and guidance for creative writers. Founded in 1970, it is the nation's largest nonprofit literary organization serving poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers.

Una Storia Segreta: When Italian Americans Were 'Enemy Aliens'
Una Storia Segreta (the words in Italian mean both "a secret story" and "a secret history") was developed by the American Italian Historical Association's Western Regional Chapter. The site is dedicated to those who endured the confusions and losses of World War II largely in silence. By giving them voice now, we hope that others will be encouraged to fill out this story further -- one we believe is not only worth telling but crucial to understanding what has shaped us all.

Studs Terkel: Conversations with America
Studs Terkel's multifacted life has produced an equally rich and varied legacy of research materials. Conversations with America is a collection of the interviews he conducted for his books and for his radio program. It showcases the remarkable depth of his personal knowledge of his diverse subjects explored in his interviews and his ability to get others to talk about themselves and what they do best.

And They Came to Chicago: The Italian-American Legacy
And They Came to Chicago traces the 150-year history of Italian settlement in Chicago, from early arrivals who laid the foundations for burgeoning Italian enclaves to the Italian-American contribution to politics and labor, the arts, and culture. Combining rare historical footage and photographs, interviews with prominent Italian Americans, authors, historians, and individuals who came of age in Chicago's Little Italies, this documentary journeys to the heart of one of the city's most vibrant, and misunderstood, communities for an unforgettable look at Chicago's Italian-American legacy.

WomenWatch is a central gateway to information and resources on the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women throughout the United Nations system, including the United Nations Secretariat, regional commissions, funds, programmes, specialized agencies and academic and research institutions.

The Writer's Almanac
Poems and literary history of the day, from Garrison Keillor. Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

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