ITALICS January 28, 2014 Remembering Mario Cuomo



Mario Cuomo, son of immigrants, was the first elected Italian American - and longest-running democratic - Governor of New York State, courageously defending his political stances such as steadfastly upholding women’s rights to abortion and fighting the death penalty, despite risking votes. To commemorate the late statesman are John Calvelli, Executive Vice President of both the Wildlife Conservation Society, and the National Italian American Foundation; Joseph Sciame, Vice President for Community Relations at St. John’s University, and Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations; and Jeanne Zaino, Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Iona College.

Anthony J. Tamburri, Dean of the Calandra Institute, presents "Italics", the only TV magazine entirely devoted to Italian-American affairs.
Distinguished Professor Fred Gardaphe of the Calandra Institute speaks about the "controversy" that surrounded the MTV show "Jersey Shore" and the nature of the Italian-American phenomenon of the "Guido sub-culture".