Last night, November 6, 2019, authors Juliet Grames and Helene Stapinsky joined us at the Institute and in front of a sizable crowd to discuss Grames’s acclaimed novel. Stapinsky, author of the popular historical memoir-cum-murder mystery Murder in Matera, was present in the capacity of interlocutor. The two writers fielded a number of excellent questions from the audience. Buy The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna here. Buy Murder in Matera here.
Our latest episode of Italics is up now. Click here to watch.
In the studio with us this month are Dr. Stefano Albertini, clinical professor of Italian in New York University’s Department of Italian and director of its Casa Italiana, and Rossella Rago, host of the popular web TV series “Cooking with Nonna.” We will discuss today the notion of what constitutes “Real” and Non-“Real” Italians, a discussion that is long overdue, some might say.
Italics is hosted by Anthony Julian Tamburri, Dean of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute of Queens College/CUNY and Distinguished Professor of European Languages and Literatures.
Italics is now in its third decade serving the Italian-American community and those interested in Italian-American history and culture. Italics is co-produced in collaboration with the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute.
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Study Italian Diaspora Culture in Rome through a Unique Summer Program
The Italian Diaspora Studies Summer Seminar™ is a three-week summer program that takes place at Roma Tre University from June 15-July 3, 2020. It is designed to introduce participants (doctoral students and professors) to cultural studies of the Italian Diaspora from a variety of academic perspectives and to foster development of individual projects responding to the materials covered in the series of seminars in literature, film, and the social sciences. All participants will engage in a special research project.
The Italian Diaspora Studies Summer Seminar is open to graduate students (doctorate; advanced MA students may be considered) and professors from colleges and universities worldwide. This is a collaborative program between the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute / Queens College of The City University of New York and the Roma Tre University. Professors from these two institutions and others will comprise the teaching faculty of the entire three weeks. This is the sixth year of the Italian Diaspora Studies Summer Seminar.
The program will be accepting up to 20 participants for the 2020 summer program. Application forms can be found on-line at www.calandrainstitute.org.
Fellowships of $1,500 per participant are available.
Cost of room, board (breakfast and lunch), and tuition (12 Roma Tre credit hours): $3,000. Air and ground travel are additional. Click here for the application form and check back later for more information on the program schedule and faculty.
Application Deadline—February 24, 2020.
On Wednesday night, September 18, 2019, Dr. Joseph Sciorra joined filmmaker Antonino D’Ambrosio to screen D’Ambrosio’s 2017 documentary film Frank Serpico at the Swinging Sixties Senior Center in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Over the weekend, Dr. Joseph Sciorra presented his book Built with Faith: Italian American Imagination and Catholic Material Culture in New York City at the I Am Books bookshop in Boston.
You can see the recorded event here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vH3LilR6gGI.
Visual artist John Avelluto revels in mash-ups of sounds, images, products, and ideas where Italy and the United States converge. His multimedia work plays with Italian American culture and the existing linguistic and visual repertoire of vernacular references that have gone underappreciated and unexamined. It stands at a crossroads of what in Italian is referred to as contaminazione, those hybrid moments and places where ideas and idioms collide across ever-shifting borders to create innovative articulations. As part of the artistic process, this Brooklyn-born and raised artist employs a time-consuming method of layering numerous coats of acrylic paint to create strata of simulacrum imitating salami slices, dripping pizza, and other items that he augments and then applies to a flat surface.
On view May 7–September 13, 2019
GALLERY HOURS: MONDAY–FRIDAY, 9AM–5PM
Exhibition Opening: Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 6pm
CLICK HERE TO SEE THE EXHIBITION CATALOG.
You can watch all the sessions of this year’s event, Eye-Centricity and the Visual Cultures of Italy and Its Diaspora, via the following links:
Nota bene: Not every session will be livestreamed as some participators have opted out of the livestream.
Click here to read the complete conference program.