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From the Dean’s Desk

News

Calandra’s Dean Tamburri and Dr. Joseph Sciorra on WBAI Talking Columbus
Calandra's Dean Anthony Julian Tamburri and Director for Academic and Cultural Programs Joseph Sciorra were interviewed on New York radio WBAI wiith Paul DeRienzo talking about Christopher Columbus and Columbus Day, Indigenous Peoples Day, and imperialism. Click here to listen to the sound cloud conversation.
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Romeyne Robert and Uguccione Ranieri Fellowship Grant
Extended deadline: November 15, 2021. This fellowship grant is promoted by the Romeyne Robert and Uguccione Ranieri Foundation (USA) and the Fondazione Ranieri di Sorbello (Perugia, Italy). The grant is co-sponsored with the John. D. Calandra Italian American Institute (CUNY). The grant is also in partnership with the University for Foreigners (Perugia, Italy). The Romeyne Robert and Uguccione Ranieri Fellowship Grant is designed to promote and support quality research and scholarly work related to the political, historical, economic, and cultural relationship between Italy and the United States, including public and private networks, institutions, and individuals. This fellowship seeks to strengthen and make visible scholarship on US-Italy relations and on issues of cultural exchange. Honoring the legacy of both Romeyne Robert and Uguccione Ranieri, the grant will be awarded to researchers of any nationality working on projects involving (but not limited to) themes and topics related to institutions active in fields such as:

US-Italy political, social and economic relations

Cultural diplomacy and promotion of Italian language and culture in the United States

Literary and artistic exchanges between Italy and the United States

Women's entrepreneurship and women's empowerment through education

The fellowship will provide for research support up to S10,000. The research should result in original scholarship; e.g., an academic essay, a book chapter, or a book-length manuscript. The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute has first rights of acceptance for intended publication. For additional information, visit the Sorbello Foundation website https://www.sorbellofoundation.org/fellowship/
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Italian Heritage and Culture Month Booklet
Click here to read the latest Italian Heritage and Culture Month brochure, listing all the area events and activities for this year.
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Dean Anthony Julian Tamburri Publishes Two New Books
Calandra's dean, Anthony Julian Tamburri, has published two new books this summer. Signing Italian/American Cinema: A More Focused Look (Ovunque Siamo Press). "The essays in this book all share a common notion that a greater awareness of the potentiality of signification of sign functions is an indispensable tool for a more extensive understanding of how a film might signify-indeed, about how any text might signify." (from the introduction) (You can buy the book here.) The Columbus Affair: Imperatives for an Italian American Agenda (Casa Lago Press). "The Columbus Affair engages in the intellectual, crisscrossing zigzag of a quagmire that is the Columbus Affair and demonstrates the major complexities of such argumentation. The goal, modest it may seem, is to examine aspects of each side, with the hopes of spurring on an even greater discussion among all parties within our Italian/American semiosphere." (from the introduction) (You can buy the book here.)
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New Approaches to Italian American Studies
Click here to watch a video discussion among Calandra Dean Anthony Julian Tamburri, Queens College Distinguished Professor of Italian American Studies Dr. Fred Gardaphé, Calandra's Director of Academic and Cultural Programs Dr. Joseph Sciorra, and York College Professor Dr. Donna Chirico on new directions scholars are taking while exploring the historical and contemporary experiences and output of the world's Italian diaspora. To watch all Italics programs on YouTube, click here.
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