Following the ceremony on
May 27th in
Rome, during which some distinguished representatives of the Italian
community in the United States were awarded with the Academic
Decoration, the European Academy for Economic and Cultural Relations
promoted a journey in the United States in order to testify directly
the solidarity of AEREC and its members with the victims of the
tragedy of last September 11th. The delegation was made up of the
President Dr. Ernesto Carpintieri, the President of Missione Futuro
Onlus Dr. Carmen Seidel, the Academics Senator Bruno Magliocchetti,
Dr. Francesco Grimi, Dr. Marcello Cerri and Dr. Catello Marra.
They arrived in New York on October 21st and after having visited the
most important sites of the City they paid their respects to the
victims of New York at Ground Zero.
In the afternoon of October 22nd they moved to the prestigious
“National Arts Club”, venue of the Academic Convocation, which is one
of the most exclusive private clubs of the city and in which the
attendance of the most important entrepreneurs of New York is
characterized by the cult of art and culture (it contains a very
prestigious and valuable collection of works of art). In this place,
AEREC organized an Extraordinary Academic Convocation in order to
Italian Americans who particularly distinguished themselves
in their profession with the Academic title.
The Neoacademicians who joined the Academy were: Dr. Angelo Campanile,
one of the most important builders in New York; Prof. Anthony Di Sanzo,
an eminent University Professor; Annibale Todesca, owner of one of the
most famous Italian restaurants in the United States and patronized,
among others, by the President George Bush and the Vice President Dan
Quayle; and last but not least the American Robert MacFarlane, one of
the most important entrepreneurs and constructors in the United States.
Two Academicians Dr. Emilia Nuccio and Dr. Catello Marra, received the
award “Italiani Operosi nel Mondo” (Italians active in the world)
sponsored by the National Body for the development of Industry,
Commerce and Handicraft.
The program of the International Academic Convocation of AEREC
continued with the transfer to
Philadelphia where the Academy was
officially invited to participate in the convention of the National
Italian-American Political Action Committee (NIA-PAC) presided over by
Dr. Amato L. Berardi, President of AEREC’S District of Pennsylvania.
Very distinguished persons, such as the Italian Consul in Philadelphia,
some senators of the Senate of the United States, Dr. Carlo Romano,
representative of the Campania Region, Dr. Costantino Lauria,
President of the “Antimoneylaundering Committee” of the Ministry of
Economics and Finance; the President of the Banca Popolare di Spoleto
Dr. Giovanni Antonini and a representative of ANCE (National
Association of Builders) Dr. Luciano Cesarini were present. During
this Convention the activities of AEREC in Italy and in the United
States were presented and Dr. Joseph Tarantino, member of the
Presidency of NIA-PAC and Dr. Antonio Giorideno joined the
On October 25th, the Italian delegation moved to Washington D.C. in
order to take part in the most important
event which annually involves
the Italian American Community, the NIAF (National Italian American
Foundation) Convention in the presence of the President of the Italian
Senate Prof. Marcello Pera.
The official participation of the AEREC delegation in the NIAF
Convention was the last appointment of a very positive journey during
which the Academy presented, beyond the seas, its activities of
economic and cultural exchange between the two countries as well as
its humanitarian projects that met deep interest.