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Study Italian Diaspora Culture in Calabria through a Unique Summer Program

This three-week summer program at the University of Calabria (Arcavacata di Rende) takes place June 15th through July 3rd and is designed to introduce participants (doctoral students and professors) to cultural studies of the Italian Diaspora from a variety of academic perspectives and to foster development of individual projects responding to the materials covered in the series of seminars in literature, film, and the social sciences. All participants will engage in a special research project.

The Italian Diaspora Studies Summer School is open to graduate students (Doctorate; advanced MA students may be considered) and professors from colleges and universities worldwide. This is a collaborative program between the University of Calabria and the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute / Queens College of The City University of New York. Professors from these two institutions and others will comprise the teaching faculty of the entire three weeks.

Cost of room, board, and tuition (6 UniCal credit hours): $3,000. Air and ground travel are additional. Application Deadline: March 1, 2015.

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Nancy Caronia, Louise DeSalvo, and Edvige Giunta at the Dec. 1 book launch event for Personal Effects:Essays on Memoir, Teaching, and Culture in the Work of Louise DeSalvo. Photograph courtesy Edvige Giunta.

Auguri to Joseph Sciorra and Edi Giunta on the publication of their co-edited collection Embroidered Stories: Interpreting Women's Domestic Needlework from the Italian Diaspora. A huge and appreciative crowd joined the editors and several contributors to the book for readings, discussion, and celebration at the Calandra Institute.

***NEW! Watch the entire event here.***

Roundtable discussion about the exhibition Tutta la Famiglia, photographs by Paul Cary Goldberg, on view in Calandra's Galleria through January 9, 2015. The panelists were: Sefatia A. Romeo Theken, Maria Cracchiolo, Giuseppe Cracchiolo, Enzo Russo, Ralph A. Puopolo, Jr., and Baldassare Noto.
Photograph courtesy Paul Cary Goldberg.


NEW: Click here to read the reviews from every edition of Italian American Review as well as the entire contents of the first two years of the relaunched journal.

Good news for students: The 2015 updated edition of the College Scholarship Handbook is now out. The handbook includes a vast number of scholarships for students of Italian descent and students studying various disciplines of Italian. The scholarships listed are awarded by organizations and universities all across the country. This is a wonderful resource for high-school seniors, undergraduates, and graduates looking for financial aid to pursue higher education. Have a look!

October 6, 2014, symposium celebrating the new academic relationship with Queens College faculty, Calandra, and the University of Calabria.

Reception for Tutta La Famiglia: a Photographic Exhibition of Community Life in Gloucester, Massachusetts, by Paul Cary Goldberg (on view through January 9, 2015)

Dr. Anthony Julian Tamburri, the Dean of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, has been named a Distinguished Professor by the CUNY Board of Trustees, effective September 1, 2014. In the words of Queens College Interim President Evangelos Gizis:

"Anthony Tamburri is regarded as a pioneer in the field of Italian American studies and a leading scholar of modern Italian literature and culture. The author or editor of 30 books, he has published roughly 90 journal articles or book chapters, has presented close to 200 conference papers, and is the co-founding editor of the journal VIA (Voices in Italian Americana). He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards from both sides of the Atlantic including, most recently, the 2013 Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of Teachers of Italian, which he has served as president. He has also been president of the American Italian Historical Association.

Dr. Tamburri is, in sum, an extraordinary researcher, author, and advocate for the cause of Italian and Italian American studies. Please join me in congratulating him on this honor."

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