This spring, instead of hosting our annual conference at the Calandra Institute offices on 43rd St. in Midtown Manhattan, we’ll be expanding our event space almost infinitely … online. All presentations and panels for this year’s conference—Italian Borderlands: Restrictions, Breaches, Encounters—will be held every weekday at 2pm EST April 5 through 21, 2021, on Zoom. Click here to see the complete conference program and to register for sessions/events.
As always, the conference, like all Calandra’s public programming, is free and open to everyone.
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 Calandra Corner episode here.
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With the COVID-19 pandemic, venues that devote resources to public programming, like the Calandra Institute, have had to switch things up a bit. Calandra Corner is a new and flexible means by which we have been able to continue with some of our scheduled events that could not take place in person as well as add other fun and informative online events. These new offerings are mostly shorter and more casual conversations with people in and around the Italian American community who continue to do exciting work. Click here to see all the Corner conversations to date, and check back often, because we are only doing more.
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.
Calandra Dean Anthony Julian Tamburri sat down for a Zoom conversation with Consul General Francesco Genuardi, a dear friend of the Institute’s, about COVID-19 and its many ramifications here and in Italy. Please click here to watch the conversation.
On April 24 Calandra’s Dean Anthony Julian Tamburri had a conversation with Italy’s ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Armando Varricchio, about the plan for the gradual reopening of Italy. Click here to see the video.
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.
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.