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NEW! Click here to read the complete contents of the Italian American Review issues 5.1 and 5.2, now with the following articles available:

  • Efrem Bartoletti in the Mesabi Range: A Wobbly's Efforts fo Mobilize Immigrant Italian Miners, by Thierry Rinaldetti
  • The Afterlife of a Classical Text: Representing Ethnicity in the Stage Productions of Marty, by Jonathan J. Cavallero
  • Now, "That's Italian": Food, Culture, and the Gendering of Italian American Identity, by Annette Cozzi
  • Caffe au Lait to Latte: Charting the Acquisition of Culinary Capital by Italian Food in the United States, by Zachary Nowak
  • The Italian Roots of the Artisanal Food Movement in the United States, by Suzanne Cope

Plus: Read all the reviews from the most recent edition of the Review, 7.2, here. Click here to subscribe and support the IAR.

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Click here to watch video of this morning's historic signing of an agreement between the Calandra Institute and the Società Dante Alighieri, NY. For more information, click here. Auguri a tutti!

Panel discussion Tuesday, October 24: "Monuments, Public Memory, and Group Identity: The Cultural Politics of Italian America in the Twentieth-First Century." Laura E. Ruberto (Berkeley City College) (on screen) and Joseph Sciorra (John D. Calandra Italian American Institute) (left) on Columbus statues; Mary Anne Trasciatti (Hofstra University) (center) on the Triangle Fire Memorial; Fraser Ottanelli (University of South Florida) (right) on the Balbo Monument; and Fred Gardaphé (Queens College) (not pictured), discussant.

Helene Stapinski, left, and Marianne Leone at the Calandra Institute's October 18, 2017, edition of its Writers Read series. Stapinski read from her book Murder in Matera: A True Story of Passion, Family, and Forgiveness in Southern Italy, and Leone read from Ma Speaks Up: And a First Generation Daughter Talks Back. Joining them for a panel discussion and Q&A was Prof. Edvige Giunta of New Jersey City University.

Italian Diaspora Studies Summer Seminar

The fourth edition of the Italian Diaspora Studies Summer Seminar (IDSSS) will take place June 11-29, 2018, at Roma Tre University. This three-week summer program is designed to introduce participants (advanced graduate and/or 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.

This is a collaborative program between Roma Tre University 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 for the program.
Cost of room, board, and tuition: $3,000. Air and ground travel are additional. Scholarships are available.

For more information about the program schedule and faculty, contact Dean Anthony Julian Tamburri at 212.642.2094 or via email at

This is open to all doctoral students and/or faculty interested in the Italian diaspora, and not just to Italian Americans.

Click here to read the essay “Recontextualizing the Ocean Blue: Italian Americans and the Commemoration of Columbus,” by Laura E. Ruberto and the Calandra Institute's Joseph Sciorra, in the history blog "Process."

Click here to read the essay "Italy Between Past and Future," in the New York Times's "Lens" section, by the Calandra Institute's Director for Academic and Cultural Programs, Dr. Joseph Sciorra.

Celebrating the release of New Italian Migrations to the United States, Volume 1: Politics and History since 1945, edited by Joseph Sciorra and Laura Ruberto. To buy the book, click here.


Click here for the Call for Papers for the 2018 Calandra Annual Conference:

Corporeal Restrictions, Embodied Freedoms:
Italian Interventions on the Body

April 26–28, 2018


To relive the presentations and performances from the 2017 edition of the Calandra annual conference, "Italian Sonorities and Acoustic Communities: Listening to the Soundscapes of Italianità," click here for a playlist of videos from the spectacular two-day event.






NEW: Click here to read the Book, Film, Digital Media, and Exhibition reviews in the latest edition of the Italian American Review, 7.1. Click here to subscribe and support the IAR.





ITALICS: Television for the Italian-American Experience

ITALICS, hosted by Anthony J. Tamburri, Dean of the Calandra Institute, brings the best of the Italian-American community to your home each month on CUNY-TV, TW Ch.75 and RCN, Ch.77 in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and The Bronx.

ITALICS premieres the last Wednesday of every month at 10:00 AM, 3:00 PM, 11:00 PM. ITALICS will be rebroadcast on the first Saturday of every month at 8:00 PM and the first Sunday at 10:00 AM on CUNY-TV, Ch.75 and RCN, Ch.77 in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and The Bronx; and subsequently on demand at

Like the ITALICS Facebook Page to get updated information.

Watch previous editions of ITALICS on demand at and Web Extras on the ITALICS YouTube Channel.

Contact:  Lucia Grillo  212-642-2049    


On September 16, the restaurant Piccolo Fiore was the site of the landmark event "An Evening in Lazio," a benefit dinner for the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute. The evening's host was Dean Anthony Julian Tamburri, and in attendance were many notables from the community, including Queens College President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez and poet Robert Viscusi, among many others. Comedian Regina DeCicco did a comedy set. Below are a handful of photographs from the event. (Photographs courtesy Volney Fray.)


On Sunday, April19, at the 17th Annual Education Awards & Scholarship Celebration of the Association of Italian American Educators, two staff members of the Calandra Institute were honored. Cav. Joan Marchi Migliori, Director for Comminity and International Programs and CUNY/ITALY, was given the Promotion of Italian Culture and Exchange Award. Dr. Vincenzo Milione, AIAE Membership Director and Calandra's Director for Demographic Studies, received a citation from The Nassau County Executive Office in "recognition and heartfelt appreciation of dedicated and exemplary service to the community."

On October 25, 2014, Milione received a Certificate of Appreciation from Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano for helping the association of Italian American Educators develop into a vital multi-disciplinary association from the humanities to the sciences.

(Left to right: Cav. Joan Marchi Migliore, Andreina Colarullo, Cav. Josephine A. Maietta, Hon. Daniel A. Nigro, Michael D'Ambrosio,
Dr. Robert Placona Gardner, and Mario Costa)

At the most recent meeting (April 13, 2015) of the Calandra Community Book Club (CCBC) one of the club members brought homemade pizza rustica, the recipe and technique learned from her late father. It tasted as delicious as it looked! The group also savored a lively discussion of its latest book choice.

Founded in 2014, the CCBC has to date read and analyzed four pieces of worthwhile (and occasionally indispensable) Italian-American fiction: Paper Fish, by Tina De Rosa; Christ in Concrete, by Pietro di Donato; Ask the Dust, by John Fante; and 2AM at the Cat's Pajamas, by Marie-Helene Bertino. The Club's next selection will be Umbertina, by Helen Barolini.


Praise for Bordighera Press in the Stamford Advocate Sunday, March 8, 2015. Bordighera Press was co-founded by Dean Anthony J. Tamburri, Dr. Fred Gardaphé, and Paolo Giordano.


Calandra Institute staffers pose with giant cannoli at the 2014 San Gennaro Feast in Little Italy, 2014


Auguri! Queens College celebrated 40 years of Italian American Studies with a reception March 26, 2014. Queens College Interim President Evangelos Gizis, Professor Fred Gardaphe, Director of the Italian American Studies Program, Professor Anthony Julian Tamburri, Dean of the Calandra Institute and Professor of Italian, Professor Hermann Haller of the Italian Department, and Professor Peter Vellon of the History Department all spoke, and guests watched a short video presentation about past and present developments in Italian American Studies at Queens College.

The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute leads a workshop on Italian-American Studies in Bellagio, Italy, at the Rockefeller Center.

Thomas MacPherson's Portraits of a Sicilian Family opening, March 20, 2014, at the Calandra Institute. The exhibition ran in the Institute's Galleria March 20 through June 3, 2014. For more information, click here.


"International Migrants Day" at the United Nations, December 18, 2013: Calandra's Dean Anthony Julian Tamburri and CUNY Graduate Center's Distinguished Professor Richard Alba participate in the panel, co-sponsored by the Calandra Institute.

Artist Thomas Hirschhorn talks to Dean Anthony J. Tamburri about the generosity of the Calandra Institute in loaning library materials for the Gramsci Monument.

Professor Fred Gardaphe on Arise America talks about the origins, significance, and an alternative future for the celebration of Columbus Day.

Award-winning actor Annabella Sciorra thanks the Calandra Institute on the occasion of her being honored by the State of New York for her achievements in arts and culture at the 2013 Italian-American Heritage Day celebration.


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