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From the Dean’s Desk

News

Dr. Joseph Sciorra Wins Studs Terkel Award
Photograph of Joseph Sciorra
Joseph Sciorra
As part of the Working-Class Studies Association Awards for work produced in 2020, this year’s Studs Terkel Award for Single Published Articles or Series, Broadcast Media, Multimedia, and Film in Media and Journalism goes to “Protesta Per Sacco & Vanzetti,” by the Calandra Institute's Director of Academic and Public Programs Joseph Sciorra. A judge writes that the piece includes “extensive research into the songs related to the men’s arrest, trial and executions,” a case they compare with the death of George Floyd. “The balm for xenophobia is knowledge, but the challenge is to bring people to that table. I’m there.” Also, a judge writes that Sciorra has “preserved a vital record of American anarchist history, giving credit to the working-class reproductions of this period’s emotive sounds and sensations of this historical moment.” The essay’s “focus on Italian language items provides an explicit example of working-class experience across languages, cultures, and people.”
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Tribute to Robert Viscusi Published
Bordighera Press has just published this volume of essays, a Festschrift for beloved colleague and friend of the Calandra Institute Robert Viscusi (1941–2020). In it scholars deal with an array of Bob's contributions to the worlds of letters and of academia.

This volume is available everywhere now for purchase. You may buy it at IAMBooks or at Barnes & Noble, among other booksellers. You may purchase the book directly from Bordighera Press by writing to info@bordigherapress.org.
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Calandra’s Olivia Tursi Wins Italian Writing Prize

The Calandra Institute's Olivia Tursi, LCSW-R, MA, has won the Borough of Manhattan Community College's II Micro Story Contest, sponsored by the college's Modern Languages Department. Congratulations, Olivia!

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New Scholarship Opportunity from Manhattan’s La Scuola d’Italia
La Scuola d'Italia, located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, has inaugurated new scholarship opportunities for students. Students interested in applying for a scholarship at La Scuola d'Italia "Guglielmo Marconi" can do so by sending a letter of presentation along with their CV focusing on their curricular and extracurricular activities. Knowledge of the Italian language is not required in order to obtain the scholarship. For more information, click here. Applications should be be emailed to slanfredini@lascuoladitalia.org.
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In Conversation with Francesco Ricatti
Calandra's Dean Anthony Tamburri spoke with Francesco Ricatti, senior lecturer in Italian studies at Australia's Monash University, about the academic field and why Italians sometimes get left out of anthologies. Watch the entire episode here. To watch all these casual conversations, click here.
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