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Dr. Joseph Sciorra teaching at Roma Tre University during the Calandra co-sponsored Italian Diaspora Studies Summer Seminar™. Photogrph courtesy of Vincent DiGirolamo.


Click here to read the call for papers for next year's Annual Conference.

At the final event of our regularly scheduled programming for the term, Incoronata Inserra presented her book Global Tarantella (University of Illinois Press, 2017), which ventures into the history, global circulation, and recontextualization of tarantella, a genre of Southern Italian folk music and dance. Examining tarantella’s changing image and role among Italians and Italian Americans, Inserra illuminates how factors like tourism, translation, and world music venues have shifted the ethics of place embedded in the tarantella cultural tradition.

Listen here to Dr. Joseph Sciorra on a new podcast, in conversation with Rachel Hopkin, about his 2018 publication with University of Tennesee Press Built with Faith.


NEW: Read all the reviews from the 8.1 edition of Italian American Review and all the articles and reviews from issue 6.1. Also, you may subscribe here to get the entire contents of the latest as well as all future issues of the journal.

A Symposium on Three Continents
Australia * United States * Italy

NEW: Click here for videos and PowerPoint audio recordings of sessions from the Melbourne session of this tri-part symposium.
Melbourne * April 2018 / New York * November 2018 / Genova * June 2019
With the patronage of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism


The second part of the symposium,  "Transnationalism & Questions of Identity," will take place in New York City * November 1-3, 2018, at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, 25 West 43rd Street, Suite 1700, New York, NY 10036.

"Transnationalism and Questions of Identity," the second chapter of the international conference Diaspore Italiane: Italy in Movement, will be held in New York City, the backdrop for discussions that explore ideas of identity building, claiming, maintaining, and maiming in the twenty-first century.  
Transnational contexts show cultural identities in motion as they react, adapt, and develop in reciprocal contact in reaction to changing notions of the individual nation in the world today. Transnational subjects, who, within varying degrees of structural constraint, navigate, evaluate, and negotiate different cultural options, emerge as the potentially rational agents of these changes. In parallel, cultural identities emerge as historical constructs affected by contemporary acts and this-worldly constructs of the human imagination.


The Italian Diaspora Studies Summer Seminar™ is a three-week summer program that takes place at Roma Tre University from June 11 to 29, 2018. It 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.

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





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: (212) 642-2094


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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A conversation with Marcella Bencivenni, the new editor of the Italian American Review.

Italian American Review

Marcella Bencivenni, Editor
The Italian American Review (IAR), a bi-annual, peer-reviewed journal of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, publishes scholarly articles about the history and culture of Italian Americans, as well as other aspects of the Italian diaspora. The journal embraces a wide range of professional concerns and theoretical orientations in the social sciences and in cultural studies. The journal entertains articles about such topics as migration, politics, labor, race and ethnicity, urban studies, gender studies, as well as various forms of cultural production (religious feasts, cinema, music, etc.), especially those addressing societal aspects. The IAR does not publish or review literary criticism or creative work such as poetry, fiction, or memoir. The IAR publishes book reviews, film and digital media reviews, and an occasional section of “Notes and Documents.” The IAR does not review creative work or literary criticism.
Social Science Journal
ISSN: 0535-9120


Editorial Office
Editor: Marcella Bencivenni: Hostos Community College
Associate Editor: Anthony Julian Tamburri, Dean, John D. Calandra Italian American Institute
Associate Editor: Fred Gardaphé, Distinguished Professor of English & Italian American Studies, Queens College
Editorial Director: Joseph Sciorra, John D. Calandra Italian American Institute
Managing Editor: Rosangela Briscese, John D. Calandra Italian American Institute
Assistant Editor: Siân Gibby, John D. Calandra Italian American Institute
Design and Production Manager: Lisa Cicchetti, John D. Calandra Italian American Institute
Book Review Editor: Robert Oppedisano, Independent Scholar
Film and Digital Media Review Editor (Interim): Joseph Sciorra, John D. Calandra Italian American Institute
Exhibition Review Editor: Melissa Marinaro, Senator John Heinz History Center
Subscription Manager: Marianna Prestigiacomo, John D. Calandra Italian American Institute
Copy Editor: Ernestine Franco, Pern Editorial Services

Editorial Board
Giorgio Bertellini, University of Michigan
Nancy C. Carnevale, Montclair State University
Donna Chirico, York College, CUNY
Simone Cinotto, Università degli Studi di Torino
Donna Gabaccia, University of Toronto Scarborough
John Gennari, University of Vermont
Jennifer Guglielmo, Smith College
Nicholas Harney, University of Windsor
Stefano Luconi, Università degli Studi di Padova
Leonard Norman Primiano, Cabrini University
Laura E. Ruberto, Berkeley City College

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