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From the Dean’s Desk

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Christopher Sorrentino, Vanessa Pérez-Rosario, and Joseph Salvatore at Calandra
Sorrentino book reading at Calandra Institute
Image courtesy Rosaria Musco
Novelist Christopher Sorrentino did a book reading on May 10 from his new memoir Now Beacon, Now Sea: A Son's Memoir. With him were Vanessa Pérez-Rosario and Joseph Salvatore to discuss the book. Co-sponsored with Centro, The Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College, the event was live-streamed to dozens of viewers and also videotaped. In the book, Sorrentino excavates his own memories and family folklore in an effort to peel back the ways in which his mother Victoria seemed trapped between conflicting identities: the Puerto Rican girl identified on her birth certificate as Black, and the white woman she had decided to become.  
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Dean Tamburri Interviewed for “Tutto Italiano!” Radio Show
tamburri.jpgThe Tutto Italiano! radio show interviewed Dean Tamburri Sunday, May 15, 2022. Here is the episode description: "Join us with guest Anthony Julian Tamburri, Dean of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute (Queens College, CUNY) and Distinguished Professor of European Languages and Literatures. His research interests lie in literature, cinema, semiotics, interpretation theory, and cultural studies. Dr. Tamburri has divided his intellectual work evenly between Italian and Italian/American studies, authoring sixteen books and more than one hundred essays on both subject areas in English and Italian." And you can listen to the complete episode here: https://radiokingston.org/en/broadcast/tutto-italiano/episodes/anthony-julian-tamburri-dean-of-the-john-d-calandra-italian-american-institute
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Martin Scorsese on the Importance of Conserving Italian American Sheet Music
Martin Scorsese believes strongly in the need to conserve sheet music from the golden age of Italian song. Scorsese spoke via Zoom at the Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA) when Calandra's Dr. Joseph Sciorra gave a short presentation there on the topic. Click here to watch the video of his full remarks.
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Video of Claudia Durastanti’s Reading at Calandra
Writer Claudia Durastanti
Durastanti at Calandra
In April writer Claudia Durastanti came to the Calandra Institute to give a reading from her acclaimed book Strangers I Know as part of our regular Writers Read series, which has begun again in person for the first time since 2020. Joseph Salvatore interviewed her about the work and her life. Our cable TV show Italics crew were there to tape the event, and now you can watch the entire event here.
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Calandra Annual Conference Eco Italie: Material Landscapes and Environmental Imaginaries
The conference was a resounding success. Click here for the complete conference program. Check back soon for videos of the conference proceedings.
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