Book Series

Book Series

Studies in Italian Americana

The Heart is the Teacher
Leonard Covello, with Guido D’Agostino (2013)

[Leonard] Covello’s accomplishments in creating a pedagogical strategy to meet the needs of the children of Italian immigrants and his identification of the need for language and cultural retention into the second- and third-generation, and beyond, place him at the very heart of Italian-American history. The applicability of his ideas and work to other immigrant groups inserts his life and efforts into the general history of immigration in America . . .  Covello proposed an alternative vision of how Italian-American and other immigrant cultures (and especially their languages) could endure and flourish in their new homeland.      — from the Afterword by Gerald Meyer

Social Science/Ethnic Studies
Studies in Italian Americana, Volume 8
ISBN  978-1-939323-02-6



Benessere Psicologico: Contemporary Thought on Italian American Mental Health
Edited by Dominick Carielli and Joseph Grosso (2013)
Contributing authors: Kathryn Alessandria, Christina Bruni, Donna Chirico, Donna DiCello, Gil Fagiani, Richard Gambino, Fred Gardaphé, Lucia Imbesi, Dana Kaspereen-Guidicipietro, Maria Kopacz, Lorraine Mangione, Rachel McBride, Anthony Tasso, Jennifer Tursi

The multicultural counseling movement, which began to flourish in the 1970s, put the melting pot theory to rest and paved the way for a focus on ethnic identity. Notably absent, however, has been research and discourse on white ethnic groups. With regard to Italian Americans, Benessere Psicologico: Contemporary Thought on Italian American Mental Health is an attempt to fill some of that void. The chapters herein cover a wide range of topics and viewpoints, from personal essays on experiences in therapy to theory and practice. This volume is an invaluable resource for both the researcher and practitioner, and an essential tool for any clinician working with the Italian American population.

Social Science/Ethnic Studies
Studies in Italian Americana, Volume 7
ISBN  978-1-9393203-00-2



New Directions in Italian and Italian-American History
Selected Essays from the Conference in Honor of Philip V. Cannistraro

Edited by Ernest Ialongo and William M. Adams (2012)

On November 5, 2011 the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute hosted a conference entitled “New Directions in Italian and Italian American History: A Conference in Honor of Philip Cannistraro.” Cannistraro’s work managed to revolutionize both the fields of Italian history and Italian American history, and set in motion a future generation of scholars who would take up many of the questions he began raising so many years ago and, in turn, would demand answers using the same rigorous methodology that characterized his own work . . . This was Cannistraro’s legacy: to force new questions and lines of research in his two fields.”        — from the Introduction

Italian and Italian American Studies
Studies in Italian Americana, Volume 6
ISBN 978-0-9703403-9-9



Italian Signs, American Politics
Edited by Ottorino Cappelli (2012)

This book analyzes intra-ethnic elections in the United States, in the circumstance of American politicians of Italian descent who ran against each other in the State of New York. The first part examines the 2010 gubernatorial campaign between Andrew M. Cuomo and Carl P. Paladino, the highest-level intra-Italian electoral contest in contemporary times. The second part addresses the Congressional races between James Lanzetta and Vito Marcantonio in East Harlem in the 1930s, and the 1950 New York City mayoral elections, where the three major candidates-Vincent Impellitteri, Ferdinand Pecora, and Edward Corsi-were all Italian-born. The third part investigates the relationship between social demographics and the success of Italian American politicians in hegemonic districts where intra-Italian elections occur frequently.


Current Affairs/Historical Perspective/Empirical Analyses
Studies in Italian Americana, Volume 5
ISBN: 978-0-9703403-8-2




Graces Received: Painted and Metal Ex-votos from Italy
Edited by Rosangela Briscese and Joseph Sciorra (2012)

Within Catholicism, ex-votos are votive objects presented in thanks for heavenly intercession with a misfortune such as an accident or illness. This book features two types of Italian ex-votos from the collection of Leonard Norman Primiano, dating from 1832 to 1959: metal objects in the shapes of people, afflicted body parts, or hearts, and painted narrative tablets depicting the dramatic moment of crisis for which intercession was requested. Collectively, the three essays address a history of ex-votos and their place within Catholic thought, their creation and use by Italian Americans, and finally, the ex-votos’ social life beyond their original religious context, in particular, as collectibles and inspiration for studio-trained artists.

Art History/Religious Studies
Studies in Italian Americana, Volume 4
ISBN: 978-0-9703403-7-5
Italian American Students in New York City, 1975-2000. A Research Anthology
Nancy L. Ziehler, Editor (2011)
Contributing Authors: Geraldine Lanzilli Battista, Audrey Blumberg, Lawrence V. Castiglione, Ciro T. De Rosa, Vincent J. Fuccillo, Jerome Krase, David E. Lavin, Vincenzo Milione, Itala Pelizzoli, James Perrone, Joseph V. Scelsa, Pierre Tribaudi, Nancy L. Ziehler
The ten research reports presented in this anthology examine the experiences of Italian-American high school, college and graduate students throughout New York City.  Culling more than thirty years of scholarship, Italian-American Students in New York City addresses a gap in the vast body of multicultural counseling literature pertaining to students of diverse populations and cultural contexts.  Readers will derive a prelimary understanding about a specific population whose experiences may differ substantially from their own and of the "standard American culture."  The data and analyses of these findings provide critical insights for counselors, psychologists, and educators of Italian-American students.
Social Science/Ethnic Studies
Studies in Italian Americana, Volume 3
ISBN: 978-0-9703403-5-1
Mediated Ethnicity: New Italian-American Cinema
Edited by Joseph Sciorra, Anthony Julian Tamburri, Giuliana Muscio, and Giovanni Spagnoletti (2010)
Contributing Authors: Emelise Aleandri, Giorgio Bertellini, Giuliana Bruno, Robert Casillo, George De Stefano, Emilio Franzina, Simona Frasca, Fred L. Gardaphé, Silvia Giagnoni, Anna Camaiti Hostert, Stefano Luconi, Anton Giulio Mancino, Giuliana Muscio, Emanuele Pettener, Veronica Pravadelli, Jacqueline Reich, John Paul Russo, Joseph Sciorra, Alessandra Senzani, Ilaria Serra, Anthony Julian Tamburri, Vito Zagarrio
Cinema/Ethnic Studies
Studies in Italian Americana, Volume 2
ISBN: 978-0-9703403-6-8
Uncertainty and Insecurity in the New Age
Vincent Parrillo, Editor (2009)
Contributing Authors: Rachele Benedetti, Rita Biancheri, Andrea Borhini, Dominic Candeloro, Rocco Caporale, Sofia Capuano, Luca Carbone, Michael Carosone, Valentina Cremonesini, Gabriele De Angelis, Simone Gabbriellini, Karyn Loscocco, Paul Magro, Vincenzo Mele, Stefania Milella, Vincenzo Milione, Noelle Molè, Sonia Paone, Gerardo Pastore, Itala Pelizzoli, Carmine Pizzirusso, Maria Grazia Ricci, Michele Rosa-Clot, Ino Rossi, Angelo Salento, Sarah Siciliano, Ferdinando Spina, Susanna Tardi, Mario Aldo Toscano, Christine Zinni
This collection of twenty-eight essays by Italian and Italian-American scholars explores the impact of globalization on individuals' lives in both Italy and the United States.  Examined are such concerns as the preservation of local cultures; the conflicting values resulting from social change; the maintenance of one's social identity and heritage; our resulting perceptions and political actions; and the effects on employment stability and workplace environment.
Social Science/Ethnic Studies
Studies in Italian Americana, Volume 1
ISBN: 978-0-9703403-4-4
Why Study Italian: Diverse Perspectives on a Theme
Edited by Roberto Dolci and Anthony Julian Tamburri (2012)

The idea for this editorial project was born out of discussions that paralleled those that were taking place around the re-implementation of the Advanced Placement Program in Italian, which the College Board had suspended after the 2010 administration of the Advanced Placement Exam in Italian. The goal of this collection is not to speak to the specifics of the Advanced Placement Program in Italian in any direct way. Instead, this compilation offers an array of different voices that address the general question, “Why study Italian,” which is presented here in its somewhat ambiguous manner. The phrase, “why study Italian,” may be understood as a statement or an interrogative. The underlying issue is that Italian is, today, a language very much alive, useful, and employed by many in a multitude of venues and sectors across the world.

Italian Language
Transactions, Volume 2
ISBN 978-1-939323-01-9



Sì, Parliamo Italiano: Globalization of the Italian Culture in the United States
Vincenzo Milione and Christine Gambino (2009)
This study constitutes a first of a kind, as it examines how we might arrive at a more accurate number of people who speak Italian in the United States. In so doing, Christine Gambino and Vincenzo Milione look at the social surveys available to the public and analyze those figures against the background of a century-long evolution of the speaking, studying, and teaching of Italian nationwide. The reader of this study will come to understand that the socio-linguistic landscape for Italian is much more broad than we might have thought, precisely because the current tools available to us are outdated and, to some degree, dismissive of the situation.
Italian Language
Transactions, Volume 1
ISBN: 978-0-9703403-3-7
Fuori Collana
Freeing the Angel from the Stone: A Guide to Piccirilli Sculpture in New York City
Jerry and Eleanor Koffler, Authors (2006)
"Jerry and Eleanor Koffler are consummate researchers who have brought life to the Piccirilli brothers.  In the late 1920s the Piccirilli brothers did dozens of beautiful stone carvings in the entrances, chancel screens, columns etc. at The Riverside Church [...] It is a great privilege to have this book available to our staff, tour guides, and researchers."      —Victor K. Jordan, Associate Archivist of The Riverside Church
Art/Italian Americana
Fuori Collana, Volume 2
ISBN: 978-0-9703403-2-0

The Italians of New York: Five Centuries of Struggle and Achievement
Philip V. Cannistraro, Editor (2000)

Italian immigrants made their homes in New York long before the Great Migration. Sometime in the 1640s a Venetian sailor named Cesare Alberti settled at the corner of Broad Street and Exchange Place in Manhattan and was perhaps the earliest Italian homeowner in the city. During the era of the American Revolution, farmers, merchants and musical artists followed Alberti's example, creating a small but noticeable Italian presence in the city.

In the mid-nineteenth century, Italian refugees fleeing political repression settled in New York. One early exile was the artist Nicolino Calyo, who painted street scenes. Lorenzo Da Ponte, Mozart's librettist, also settled here in 1830, helped to found the Italian Opera House and became the first Professor of Italian at Columbia University.

Perhaps the most prominent political exile to come to New York was Giuseppe Garibaldi, the military hero responsible for the unification of Italy. When the American Civil War broke out, Italians and other immigrants in New York formed the Garibaldi Guard, a volunteer group officially known as the 39th New York Regiment. Immigrant Luigi Palma di Cesnola fought in the Union army and received a Congressional Medal of Honor. After the conflict, di Cesnola served as United States Consul to Crete and in 1880 became the first director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Italian American Studies
Fuori Collana, Volume 1
ISBN: 0-9705737-0-7