Are talent shows the end of real music legends? by Fedra Gaudio

“The person in the executive chair may not be the final arbiter of taste for the entire population”, said Frank Zappa during an interview in 1987, announcing the decline of the recording industry. However, the contemporary music situation goes far beyond what Zappa could ever imagine. Nowadays, talent shows are really popular.  For example, America’s Got Talent,…

Sexual Harassment: the Elephant in the Room, by Veronica Fiacco

For a very long time, the concept of sexual harassment, especially in the workplace, was non-existent. Maybe because, as something that happened for the most part to women and young people, it didn’t register as an issue to society as a whole. Think of all those movies in which a powerful male employer is in…

Do Italians still write like Dante? by Bogna Kruk and Katerina Kruk

When we think about Italian writing, famous authors of the past such as Petrarca, Dante and D’Annunzio may automatically come to mind. Italy has a long and rich literary tradition and so you may well think of Italians in general as good writers. But how well do Italian students of today manage to write? Incredible…

Two wrongs don’t make a writer, by Brian Antonini

Did you ever think you would need to return to primary school at the age of 20? If your answer is “no way!” you may wish to rethink this, at least if you are attending university in Italy. As widely reported in the Italian press earlier this year, 600 lecturers from various Italian universities signed…

Funtional illiteracy has solutions, by  Martina Correani.

Italy is known as the cradle of western civilization for its high culture, history and art. Despite its glorious past, nowadays Italy is facing problems within the educational system. Recently it ranked second to last in Europe and fourth from last in the World in the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC),…

Eating disorders: the myth of perfection, by Alessia Anniballi

How often do you hear about eating disorder these days? Probably quite frequently. There are several blogs, articles and newspapers which talk about it, and they reflect the new distorted conception of perfection of young bodies. In the Middle Ages, people found it normal to believe in witches, wizard and magic. I think that today…

Abruzzo, a jewel in the middle of Italy, by Francesca Di Pasquale

Do you know a place, in the centre of Italy, where mountains and sea are less than a thirty-minute drive away? If you don’t, then you must visit Abruzzo! This smallish region in the centre of Italy is divided into a mountainous area to the west and a coastal area to the east, and encompasses…