November 2012: The Columbus Citizens Foundation

Host Anthony Julian Tamburri interviews President Frank Fusaro and Chairman Louis Tallarini of the Columbus Citizens Foundation. They discuss the Foundation's many contributions to the Italian community, such as running the Columbus Day Parade, as well as the history of the Foundation and its focus today.

On this episode of ITALICS, hosted by Dr. Anthony Julian Tamburri, we look back on the effects of hurricane Sandy, one year later. ITALICS correspondent Lucia Grillo reports from Long Beach, New York where she joins award-winning journalist, Anthony Rifilato, of the Long Beach Herald, to reflect and talk with members of the Long Beach Community affected by Hurricane Sandy.
On this special edition of ITALICS, the fourth – and final – of the 2013 series, host Dr. Anthony Julian Tamburri talks with Frank G. Fusaro, President, and Louis Tallarini, Chairman, of the Columbus Citizens Foundation, organizers of the annual Columbus Day Parade. Correspondent Lucia Grillo will report from the Red Carpet of the 69th Annual Columbus Day Parade. We’ll also talk with Vincenzo Marra, the President and founder of ILICA, the Italian Language Intercultural Alliance. And Lucia Grillo speaks with New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli at his annual 'Salute to Italian Heritage and Culture Month' event.
ITALICS, Italian American Television, celebrates its seventh season of four one-hour Special Episodes dedicated to Italian Heritage and Culture Month. On this edition of ITALICS, the third of the 2013 series, host Dr. Anthony Julian Tamburri talks with two iconic Italian American actors: Tony LoBianco and Danny Aiello, during recent visits to the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute. Our guests share details of their crafts and award-winning careers spanning decades, as well as some surprises!
On this edition of ITALICS, New York Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, President of the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators, joins us at the John D. Calandra Institute to talk with host Dr. Anthony Julian Tamburri about the annual Conference of the New York Legislators. Also joining Dr. Tamburri at the Calandra Institute is Professor Robert Viscusi of Brooklyn College/CUNY, sharing his experience in “becoming Italian,” portrayals of race and class, and other topics encompassed in his epic poem, “Ellis Island,” recently published by Bordighera Press.
On this special episode of ITALICS, Joseph Sciame, Chairman of the Italian Heritage and Culture Month Committee of New York joins us in our studios to talk with host Dr. Anthony Julian Tamburri about the significance of commemorating Italian heritage and culture, and will highlight some of the events happening in October. We’ll take you to the Italian Consulate in New York, where Dr. Tamburri will join us for a talk with the honorable Natalia Quintavalle, Consul General of Italy in New York.
Hosted by Anthony J. Tamburri, we’ll visit the “Gramsci Monument” installed in the heart of the Bronx’s Forest Houses and talk with the work’s creator, Thomas Hirschorn; we’ll take you to an exhibit, “Lo studio dei nipoti: Four Artists,” and hear from the artists during the opening reception at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute’s Galleria; and chat with New York University Professor Antonio Monda about his new book, “L’america non esiste.”
Lucia Grillo hosts this edition of ITALICS in a conversation with actor Michael Badalucco, as they talk about exploring Italian roots – on screen and off, portraying different Italian American characters in film, Badalucco’s start in his father’s footsteps as a props master, his stint in musicals, and being discovered twice by two celebrated actors, plus opera and the effect of “returning” to Italy. The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute Fall 2013 Series of events will also be announced: Documented Italians, the Philip V. Cannistraro Seminar Series in Italian American Studies, and Writers Read.
Dean Anthony Julian Tamburri, Prof. Donna Chirico, and Prof. Fred Garaphe discuss the latest successes and challenges in the burgeoning field of Italian American Studies.
On this edition of ITALICS, we'll talk with Annie Lanzillotto, author and performance artist, whose new book "L is for Lion, An Italian Bronx Butch Freedom Memoir," has recently been published by SUNY Press. Dr. Fred Gardaphe spoke with Ms. Lanzillotto about her book before the reading. Next on ITALICS we'll take you to The 29th Annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering and join Lucia Grillo as she reports on the event from Elko, Nevada.
On this edition of ITALICS, we'll introduce you to journalist and author David Evanier, who's new book, "All The Things You Are," is an in depth, unauthorized biography of Anthony Bennedetto, better known around the world as Tony Bennett, one of the greatest Jazz and Pop Vocalists of all time. Tony Bennett is still singing for new generations of music lovers, he's universally loved and respected for his vocal gifts, but recently we found out that Mr. Bennett is also an accomplished painter, his works in oil hang in serious Museums and sell in Art Galleries around the globe for many, many thousands of dollars.