From Prof. Mary Watt:
The Senator invited me, along with several other professors from Florida universities to attend the reception that followed the passing of the resolution.
While we are not yet certain what this will mean for Italian studies in the state, it was a good opportunity to meet the Italian consul as well as other dignitaries and speak to them about our challenges, achievements and ongoing needs.
The presence of an “Italian caucus” in Florida is a promising sign, one that signals a willingness on the part of Italian American politicians to advocate for Italian culture. It would be great to have such allies in Canada!