ITALICS: Italian Heritage & Culture Month Special #1 2015



ITALICS kicks off its 9th Season of Italian Heritage and Culture Month Special Episodes. This edition features Joseph Sciame, Chairman of the Italian Heritage and Culture Month Committee of New York, as well as Angelo Vivolo and Frank Fusaro of the Columbus Citizens Foundation.

Joseph Sciame is Vice President for Community Relations at St. John’s University. He is currently President of the Italian Heritage and Culture Committee, and the Chair of the Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations.

Angelo Vivolo is President of the Columbus Citizens Foundation. After a decade teaching, he became a third-generation restaurateur and is the owner of the Vivolo Restaurant Group in New York City, which includes Vivolo’s, Cucina, and Bar Vetro. Frank Fusaro is the Chair of the Board of Governors for the Columbus Citizens Foundation. He is Co-Founder and President of Forum Personnel. (Taped: 10/08/15)

Roberto Saviano, director of the critically-acclaimed 2008 film Gomorrah, speaks at the CUNY Graduate Center about the very real presence of the mafia in Naples, Italy, and Nancy Pelosi speaks at the signing for her new book Know Your Power: A Message to America's Daughters.
In memory of those who died in the September 11th, 2001 attacks, a delegation from Venice, Italy conveyed the sacred relics of Santa Barbara, the patron saint of firefighters, to the site of the World Trade Center.  Next, correspondent Lucia Grillo interviews Joseph Sciorra at the feast of the Madonna Nera di Tindari of the Sicilian community on Manhattan's Lower East Side.  Finally, we get a preview of upcoming events at the Calandra Institute for Fall 2008.
A re-broadcast of Philip Cannistraro's February 1997 interview with eminent immigration historian Rudolph Vecoli.
The National Organization for Italian-American Women hosts a Gala Luncheon honoring chef Rachael Ray and her mother, Elsa Scuderi.  Next, Dean Anthony Tamburri chats with Professor Peter Carravetta as he is officially appointed the first holder of the Alfonse M. D'Amato chair at SUNY Stony Brook University.  Then, footage from La Festa della Reppublica in honor of the new Republic of Italy founded in 1946 after World War II.  Finally, a special tribute to Rudolph J. Vecoli, professor of history at the University of Minnesota and founder of the American Italian Historical Association.
As the College Board considers eliminating the Advancent Placement exam in Italian, after just two and a half years of its existence, Dean Anthony Tamburri has a roundtable discussion with Honorable Francesco Maria Talo, Consul General of Italy in New York, and Joseph Sciame, President of the Italian Heritage and Cultural Committee of New York.
Anthony Tamburri, Ph.D., discusses Golden Door (2006) with director Emanuele Crialese and actor Vincenzo Amato, and Joseph Scelsa bids a fond farewell.
Dean Anthony Tamburri, Ph. D. interviews Donna Lopiano, former Chairwoman of the Women's Sports Foundation, and the National Organization of Italian American Women honors Janet DiFiore, District Attorney of Westchester County, and Vincenzo Luccarelli at a Gala Luncheon.
A recap of the National Italian American Foundation's 32nd Annual Conference and Gala Awards Dinner.  Honorees included Martin Scorcese, Nancy Pelosi, and Rudolph Giuliani, and the ceremonies were graced by such attendees as Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito and Anthony Scalia, CNBC anchorwoman Maria Bartiromo, and Yankee legend Yogi Berra.
Dr. Joseph Sciorra, noted folklorist, discusses present and upcoming events at the Calandra Institute, and Dr. Vincenzo Milione, expert demographer of Italian-American immigration, outlines the influence of Italian-Americans in the communities of New York.



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 cuny.tv/show/italics.

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