June 24, 2008: Rachael Ray, Peter Carravetta, La Festa della Repubblica, and Rudolph J. 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.