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From the Dean’s Desk

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Book Launch and Commemoration for Gil Fagiani 1945–2018
Maria Lisella, wife of the late Gil Fagiani and poet laureate of Queens, reading at the event.
Last night Calandra Institute was fortunate to host, together with Bordighera Press and Queens Poet Laureate Maria Lisella, a book launch for the new collection of poems by the late poet Gil Fagiani, titled Missing Madonnas. You can purchase Missing Madonnas through Bordighera Press.
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Elizabeth Zanoni and Migrant Marketplaces
Dr. Elizabeth Zanoni
Elizabeth Zanoni, associate professor of history at Virginia's Old Dominion University, presented her new book Migrant Marketplaces: Food and Italians in North and South America (2018 University of Illinois Press) at the Institute on October 9. Her brilliant talk covered the intricate and fascinating links between Italian migration and foodways in both New York City and Buenos Aires. The relationships among all the factors are startling and rich. Autographed copies of the book were available for sale at a discount at the event (as is typically the case; another among many reasons to come to the Institute!), but you can still buy it here.
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New York City Columbus Day Parade 2018
Calandra's Dean Anthony Julian Tamburri interviews the parade's Grand Marshal Guy Chiarello. Photograph by Catalina Santamaria, Italics.
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Diaspore Italiane
A Symposium on Three Continents Australia * United States * Italy Melbourne * April 2018 / New York * November 2018 / Genova * June 2019 The second part of the symposium, "Transnationalism & Questions of Identity," will take place in New York City * November 1-3, 2018, at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, 25 West 43rd Street, Suite 1700, New York, NY 10036. This second chapter of the international conference Diaspore Italiane: Italy in Movement will be the backdrop for discussions of identity building, claiming, maintaining, and maiming in the twenty-first century. Transnational contexts show cultural identities in motion reacting, adapting, and developing in reaction to changing notions of the individual nation in today's world.Transnational subjects with varying degrees of structural constraint navigate, evaluate, and negotiate different cultural options, emerging as the potentially rational agents of these changes. In parallel, cultural identities emerge as historical constructs affected by contemporary acts and this-worldly constructs of the human imagination. This conference has a $50 fee. There will be a dinner on Saturday for $75 (pay in advance). Click here for dinner menu and information.
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Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism
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Italian Heritage and Culture Month 2018
Click here to see and/or download a complete listing of the events for this year's Italian Heritage and Culture Month.
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