“For the Greatest Benefit to Humankind” . . . In this spirit, the Nobel Prize has been awarded since 1901 in five categories: Chemistry, Literature, Peace, Physics, Physiology, or Medicine. In 1969, a sixth category, Economic Sciences, was added. Established by the will and bequest of Alfred Nobel, Swedish chemical engineer, inventor, businessman and philanthropist, this award has been considered as the ultimate recognition of innovative discovery, accomplishment and contribution to mankind. It is given annually on the anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s death, the 10th of December. The celebration is marked by a number of events and culminates in a Gala ceremony with the Nobel Foundation and the Royal Family of Sweden or Norway, during which each recipient receives his category gold medal, diploma, and a monetary award prize.

Reaching those heights over the years, among worldwide candidates, are 26 Italian and Italian American honorees. These include Italians who were born, lived and contributed notable work in Italy; native born Italians, whose contributions were made working in their respective fields in the United States, some of whom became United States citizens; and Italian Americans, who were born in the United States and who made their accomplishments there. It is impressive that they have been among those honored since the early years of the award to the current day.

The IHCC-NY’s Board of Directors is comprised of a volunteer group of leaders of the Italian and Italian American community, founded in 1976, with the mission of promoting, presenting and preserving Italian and Italian American culture in the Tri-State area. Its annual theme is mirrored by other states in their event programming through America.

During the year the IHCC-NY will host, coordinate or publicize theme related presentations, symposiums, seminars, a student essay contest, proclamations and tributes to Matera and its citizens in Basilicata and in the United States. Some board members have a direct connection with Matera as they have relatives or friends who live there. In addition, there will be a special recognition, the IHCC-NY’s highest honor, the da Vinci award.

The Committee’s publicly supported educational materials, including theme related posters, bookmarks and booklets, will continue to be distributed free to educational, cultural and public institutions, ensuring the Committee’s ongoing education of the general public about the merits of Italian and Italian American culture.


Donations are welcome in support of Italian Heritage and Culture, click below or mail to: IHCC-NY, Inc., 25 West 43rd St., 17th Fl., New York, NY 10036, Attn: Joan Marchi Migliori

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