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)
ITALICS continues its coverage on being LGBTQ in Italian America. As a follow-up to our January 2014 episode, “Gay in Italian America,” in this edition, correspondent Lucia Grillo talks with members of the LGBTQ community: Lailah Lancing is a singer-songwriter and actress, whose look inspired that of her friend, actress Laverne Cox, for the film “Grandma,” in theatres now; Margo Singaliese is a veteran actress who has appeared Off-Broadway and on TV in shows such as “The Sopranos;” and filmmaker Mikki del Monico came out while directing his first feature film, which recently had at run at Anthology Film Archives. (Taped: 09/30/15)
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In celebration of Italian American legend - Frank Sinatra - ITALICS goes to the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center for a conversation with author Charles Granata, amidst the official exhibition of the Frank Sinatra Centennial, “Sinatra: An American Icon,” curated by the GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. LIVE. Granata is author of “Sessions with Sinatra: Frank Sinatra and the Art of Recording;” producer of historic box sets “A Voice in Time, Frank Sinatra in Hollywood” and “Frank Sinatra: The Complete Recordings 1943-1952;” and producer and engineer for Nancy Sinatra’s weekly radio program, “Nancy for Frank,” on Sirius-XM. Granata discusses the vast musical legend the performer left behind as well as the man beyond the talent that earned Sinatra the sobriquet “The Voice:” his political activity and commitment to social justice for a period of his life.
Queens Poet Laureate, Maria Lisella, talks with Anthony Tamburri. Professoressa Margherita (Laura Caparrotti) teaches us Italian summertime words. Native New Yorker Maria Lisella is a journalist specializing in travel. She is also a poet: her latest poetry collection is titled “Thieves in the Family.” she has produced two chapbooks: “Amore on Hope Street” and “Two Naked Feet .” Maria co-curates the Italian American Writers Association readings in New York City; is vice president of the Vito Marcantonio Forum; and has recently been named Queens Poet Laureate.
ITALICS finds out how an old-school pizzeria in Williamsburg, Brooklyn alters tradition to accommodate its changing clientele. Marina Benedetto of Yeah Dawg talks to us about her vegan, gluten-free hot dogs. Celebrating its 43rd year, the New York Conference of Italian American State Legislators honors distinguished members of the community – actor Paul Sorvino, rock bassist John Regan, “tailor to the stars” Nino Corvato, and a Lifetime Achievement Award to Matilda Raffa Cuomo. ITALICS goes to the state capital – and is joined by governor Andrew Cuomo.
ITALICS visits personal histories of Italian Americans as well as the conditions all too real in present-day Italy. Genealogist Mary Tedesco of Origins Italy joins us in our studio to unlock the door to knowing from whence we came. Director Francesco Munzi talks about his latest film, “Black Souls (Anime nere),” in which a Calabrian family struggles with its place in society - grappling between retaining its power via the ‘ndrangheta and breaking free from archaically violent ways in a society that doesn’t leave much choice.  



Celebrating 35 Years of the Calandra Institute


230 EAST 44TH STREET, Manhattan

(between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)


Wednesday, September 16, 2015 
7pm to 9pm
Lazio is a region of central Italy bordered by the Tyrrhenian Sea, traversed by the waters of the Tiber River, and characterized by mountains and verdant hills that  slope down to the coast. It is the cradle of occidental civilization and Christian culture, a historic place of lakes and legends, of thermal spas and ancient roads. Its capital is Rome, Italy's largest and most beloved city.

$100 per person  

$200 limited seating at the Dean's table

* Each ticket includes dinner, one glass of wine, tax, and gratuity.
* Payment can be made by credit card via PayPal, or check made out to  
Friends of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute Foundation.


RSVP not later than September 10, 2015: (212) 642-2094
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The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute is the most renowned academic institution outside of Italy that is devoted to study of the Italian diaspora. Founded in 1979, the Calandra Institute engages in extensive academic research, counseling services, and demographic studies; oversees student internships and study abroad curricula; and produces public programming from seminars to television and online media. These key points of the Institute's mission serve as the foundation for all its endeavors. In recent years the Institute has produced significant new scholarship in these areas of Italian American studies and established initiatives in the United States, Calabria, and Umbria, as well as fostering ongoing partnerships with faculty and researchers from other universities in Italy. As a result, the Institute is situated at the forefront of Italian diaspora studies. The Calandra Institute invites you to celebrate these achievements and the exciting possibilities of the future.
REGINA DECICCO will perform stand-up comedy.   


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