Italics: Mark Rotella

Host Anthony Tamburri interviews Mark Rotella, the author of Amore: The Story of Italian American Song and Stolen Figs and Other Adventures in Calabria, as Rotella describes how his search for his own Italian American identity led to the writing of both books.

Rotella’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Salon, Washington Post, and the Village Voice, among others.

Italics: Marino Auriti’s Encyclopedic Palace

On the latest edition of Italics, B.G. Firmani, author of Time’s a Thief, A Novel, is in conversation with the Calandra Institute’s Dr. Joseph Sciorra about her grandfather Marino Auriti, creator in the 1950s of the Encyclopedic Palace. Auriti’s sculptural model became the centerpiece and namesake of the Venice Biennale in 2013 and now is a part of the permanent collection at New York City’s American Folk Art Museum.

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Marino Auriti with his Encyclopedic Palace.
Marino Auriti with his Encyclopedic Palace.

Dean Tamburri Interviews Actor Edoardo Ballerini

Photograph courtesy the New York Times.

With us this month on Italics is Edoardo Ballerini, actor, audiobook narrator, writer, director, and film producer. Ballerini has appeared in more than fifty films and TV shows. He is best known for his work on The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire, and Dinner Rush. He is a prolific and award-winning audiobook interpreter. Since 2007 he has recorded nearly 300 titles.

Ballerini’s work as a narrator has garnered him international attention. He recently was profiled in a New York Times article titled “The Voice of God …”

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Book Presentation of Future: il domani narrato dalle voci di oggi

On February 4, 2020, at the Calandra Institute was a presentation of Future: il domani narrato dalle voci di oggi, edited by Igiaba Scego. The evening featured Calandra’s dean Anthony Julian Tamburri giving opening comments and serving as moderator; Candice Whitney, who gave a general presentation of the book; Camilla Hawthorne, who spoke on “The Significance of Future and ‘African Italy’”; and Marie Moise and Angelica Pesarini, who gave readings from the work.

New Episode of Italics: Who Are the “Real” Italians?

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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