Calandra’s Stephen Cerulli Talks Italian Americans and Ethnicity on NYTN Podcast

Podcaster Danielle Romero invited Calandra college assistant Stephen Cerulli, who is getting his PhD in Modern History at Fordham University, to talk about matters relating to Italian Americans and ethnicity.

 

The Pietro “Pete” Panto Italian Diaspora Labor Dissertation Fellowship

SCOPE OF THE FELLOWSHIP

The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, a university-wide institute under the aegis of Queens College, The City University of New York, is offering a fellowship for graduate students who are writing their dissertation on any topic involving Italian emigrant and/or Italian ethnic labor and/or working-class life either in the United States or in the wider Italian diaspora. Submissions may come from all relevant fields of study in the social sciences and humanities, including, but not limited to, history, literary studies, film studies, gender studies, and political science.

The fellowship is named after dockworker and labor activist Pietro “Pete” Panto (1910–1939), who was murdered for leading rank-and-file stevedores in a struggle for safe and democratic working conditions on the Brooklyn waterfront, which had long been in the grip of mobsters and corrupt elements in the union.

The fellowship will run for six years with one award given each year. The fellowship award is $1,000 US per year, distributed by check or bank transfer after the awardee is announced.

ELIGIBILITY

Graduate students will need to have been registered at their university in the twelve months previous to the application deadline. Recently graduated students are eligible to apply as long as they were registered within the twelve months immediately previous.

Applicants must have passed their qualifying exams, been admitted to candidacy, and have submitted an accepted dissertation proposal. This status must be confirmed in the dissertation director’s letter (see below).

Graduate students who do not win in a given year but continue to work on their dissertation or thesis in the following year are welcome to apply again.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  • Application materials must be in English and submitted in .pdf format. The dissertation itself may be written in any language.
  • Project description: In no more than 750 words (double-spaced, Times New Roman 12-point font with 1-inch margins), provide a title and brief description of the dissertation project, your progress toward its completion, and an explanation of the project’s contribution to the field of diasporic Italian emigrant and/or ethnic labor and/or working-class life.
  • Curriculum vitae: The CV should include your current mailing address, email address, and telephone number and should focus on publications, courses taken and/or taught, professional activities, and awards. Maximum length not to exceed two pages.
  • Unofficial transcripts: Proof of good standing. There is no need for the transcript to be translated into English.
  • Two letters of reference: One letter must come from the dissertation director and explicitly address the relevance of your project to the furthering of Italian diaspora and labor/working-class studies. Both letters must be in English.

Please upload the documents in .pdf format to Submittable: https://bordigherapress.submittable.com/submit/285828/john-d-calandra-italian-american-institute-pietro-pete-panto-italian-diaspora

For any questions about the application process, please write to the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute at the following email: calandra@qc.cuny.edu.

DEADLINE

May 1, 2024. The announcement of this year’s winner will be made on September 2, 2024.

Exhibition Extended through April 2024: “A Legacy of Making: 21 Contemporary Italian American Artists”

“A Legacy of Making: 21 Contemporary Italian American Artists” currently on view at the John D Calandra Italian American Institute in Midtown Manhattan, will run until the end of April, 2024. Curated by Joseph Sciorra and Joanne Mattera, the exhibition features the work of artists based in New York City who are Italian American, or Italian born and and now living here, whose immigrant experience has informed them personally and artistically.
On Wednesday, December 13, artists in the exhibition will be present to speak informally in the gallery about their work, 6:00-7:30. You are invited. Come and see the show and engage with the artists.
Info:
. The Calandra Institute is at 25 W. 43 Street, 17th floor, New York City.
. Read a conversation between John Avelluto and Joanne Mattera in Two Coats of Paint: https://twocoatsofpaint.com/…/an-italian-american…
. See a walk-through of the show on Mattera’s blog: https://joannematteraartblog.blogspot.com/…/a-legacy-of…
. Artists were selected from the newly published book Italianità: Contemporary Art Inspired by the Italian Immigrant Experience: https://store.bookbaby.com/book/italianit%c3%a0

The Giovanni Schiavo Book Series Launch

On May 9, 2023, Bordighera Press republished The Italians in America Before the Revolution, by Giovanni Schiavo, as the first book in the Giovanni Schiavo Series.

On Wednesday, May 24, 2023, join Stanislao G. Pugliese, Marcella Bencivenni, and Stephen J. Cerulli at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute for a conversation on Schiavo, his legacy, and the practice of Italian American history.

Giovanni Schiavo is considered one of the pioneers of Italian American studies. He dedicated his life to highlighting Italian contributions to the United States of America. Schiavo published numerous volumes on Italian American history including: Italian-American History: Volume I; Italian-American History Volume II: Contribution to the Catholic Church; Four Centuries of Italian-American History; The Italians in America Before the Civil War; The Italians in America Before the Revolution; Antonio Meucci: Inventor of the Telephone; Italians in Missouri; and The Italians in Chicago.

The Giovanni Schiavo Series aims, in honor of its namesake, to “attempt to rescue from oblivion” the work of the founders of Italian American and Italian Diaspora studies as an academic discipline. The field has expanded greatly, especially during the last twenty-five years of the twentieth century; as a result, a plethora of contemporary works fill the shelves of scholars, readers, and university libraries. However, many of the classics remain out of print. Hence, in the spirit of Giovanni Schiavo, who sought to highlight the experience of Italian Americans’ forgotten past, we seek to do the same but with scholarly works on Italian American subjects.

Stanislao G. Pugliese is the Queensboro UNICO Distinguished Professor of Italian & Italian American Studies at Hofstra University. He specializes in modern Italy, Italian Fascism and anti-Fascism, the Holocaust, Italian Jews, Italian American history and culture, and modern Europe’s intellectual and cultural history. He is the author, editor, and/or translator of fifteen books on Italian and Italian American history. In 2009, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux published Bitter Spring: A Life of Ignazio Silone, which won the Fraenkel Prize in London, the Premio Flaiano in Italy, and the Howard Marraro Prize from the American Historical Association. He co-edited The Routledge History of Italian Americans with William Connell.

Marcella Bencivenni is a professor of history at Hostos Community College, CUNY. Her research focuses on the histories of im/migration, labor, and social movements in the modern United States, with a particular interest in the Italian diaspora. She is the author of Italian Immigrant Radical Culture: The Idealism of the Sovversivi in the United States, 1890–1940 (NYU Press, 2011, repr. 2014), and co-editor of Radical Perspectives on Immigration (Routledge, 2008), a special issue of the journal Socialism and Democracy of which she is an editorial board member. She is editor emerita of the Italian American Review.

Stephen J. Cerulli is the Bennet Distinguished Fellow at Fordham University, where he is a PhD candidate in modern history. He holds two appointments at The City University of New York as a Lecturer in Social Sciences at Hostos Community College (CUNY), and as a researcher at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College (CUNY). He sits on the board of the Italian Enclaves Historical Society. His writings on Italian America have appeared in La Voce di New York, Ovunque Siamo, and Pumarol.

In Scena! Theater and Identity: A Discussion among Italian and Italian American Playwrights

In Scena! presents an informal discussion among Italian and Italian American playwrights on the meaning and importance of identity in their work.
Guests: Tobia Rossi (Winner, Mario Fratti Award 2019), Luca Garello (Mario Fratti Award 2021), Frank J. Avella (playwright and screenwriter), Franco D’Alessandro (playwright), Joey Merlo (playwright), Francesca Spedalieri (translator and dramaturg)
Moderator: Laura Caparrotti
During the event, Francesca Spedalieri will present the book mPalermu, Dancers, and Other Plays (Swan Isle Press, 2020), written by Emma Dante and translated by Francesca Spedalieri. Emma Dante’s lyrical storytelling stems from a visceral need to undertake an irreverent subversion of the status quo. The seven plays anthologized in the volume confront familial and societal realities in contemporary Southern Italy, oscillating between the humorous and the tragic aspects of everyday life to challenge stereotypes and question economic disparity and gender inequality.
This event will take place at The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute. Free, open to the public, and held in person at the
Calandra Institute.
RSVP by calling (212) 642-2094.
Registration is required for all events in order to follow current CUNY COVID guidelines. Proof of vaccination and ID are required upon entry. Masks are encouraged but not required. We will continue to assess the latest data and public health guidance and to act in compliance with CUNY protocols.
Each year In Scena! presents a survey of the best Italian theater from Italy, in New York City. The festival features full productions that have already toured in Italy as well as readings of Italian plays in translation, lectures, and exchanges between Italian and International artists. The goal is to promote greater awareness of Italian theater and Italian artists among New York theatergoers and to build a bridge between the artistic scenes in Italy and New York. For info on the Festival go to www.inscenany.com.

Adriana Ink: In Conversation with Anthony Tamburri

Award-winning author Adriana Trigiani joins Calandra’s Dean Anthony Julian Tamburri live on Facebook for a conversation about his recent book Signing Italian/American Cinema: A More Focused Look (Ovunque Siamo, 2021). The conversation will be part of Trigiani’s Adriana INK: The World’s Biggest Book Club series.

https://www.facebook.com/AdrianaTrigiani