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From the Dean’s Desk

News

Diversity in Italian Studies Conference
The Calandra Institute hosted a two-day conference January 17 and 18 on diversity in Italian studies. Participants came from all over the country and abroad to participate. The keynote speech was delivered by Dr. Deborah Parker of the University of Virginia. Topics covered in the several sessions included race and ethnicity, gender, sexuality, diversity statistics, and class. This conference focused on a set of issues located at the absolute cutting edge of the philosophy of education, and the presentations were exciting and absorbing. Stay tuned for videos from the sessions, which were Livestreamed and recorded by the Institute and CUNY TV for Italics. If you are interested in seeing the full program and reading presentation abstracts and finding out more about the presenters, click here.  
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Calandra’s Dr. Joseph Sciorra in New York Times on Italian American Folklore
Dr. Joseph Sciorra (Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times)
Click here to read Helene Stapinski's article for the New York Times about Joseph Sciorra's research on Italian American folklore and especially presepi (Nativity scenes). Also: Click here to read a Times article by Dr. Sciorra about a new book by photographer David Maialetti about the Italian town of Luzzara.
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Calabrian Rap Star Kento at Calandra
CUNY was privileged to host Francesco "Kento" Carlo at two events this past week, culminating in his presentation and panel discussion at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute Queens College on December 11. The Italian rapper talked about the influence of local Mafia branch 'Ndrangheta in Calabrian life throughout history, about being a political rapper, and about the critical importance of rap and music in general in making connections between people when the world is in dire trouble. He also gave the audience a sample of some new lines he'd recently written and answered questions from Dr. Joseph Sciorra and Dean Anthony J. Tamburri, as well as from members of the audience. Kento was in town to celebrate the publication of his new book Resistenza Rap, published by Bordighera Press. (Click here to see some music videos of Kento.)
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New IAR Content Now Available Online
Our Italian American Review online content access has just been updated. NEW! Now read the reviews from the latest issue, 8.2 and the complete contents of 6.2.
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The Elena Ferrante Phenomenon: Italics TV
Italics: Television for the Italian American Experience aired Tuesday, November 13, with a new episode on the Elena Ferrante Phenomenon. Here in the United States, Ferrante is best known for her New York Times best-selling Neapolitan Quartet of Novels, about two friends growing up in postwar Italy. One of the nation’s most beloved novelists today, Elena Ferrante has garnered great praise both in Italy and in the United States. To discuss this unprecedented cultural event with us are Giancarlo Lombardi, professor and executive officer of the Department of Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and Rebecca Falkoff, professor of Italian at New York University. Both guests have significant publications on Elena Ferrante. (Taped: 10/16/2018) Click here to watch the episode.  
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