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Realities and Representations
of Organized Crime

The Calandra Institute's conference this year is titled MAFIAs: Realities and Representations of Organized Crime. This gathering of international scholars will take place April 25-26, 2014, at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and at the Calandra Institute. For more information, click here.

The Calandra Institute's Dr. Joseph Sciorra, director for Academic and Cultural Programs, gave a talk on April 2 on Italian-American folk culture to an appreciative crowd at Queens College's Rosenthal Library.

Click here for Dean Tamburri's interview about his new book Re-reading Italian Americana in La Voce di New York and here for a translation of the interview into English.


Auguri! Queens College celebrated 40 years of Italian American Studies with a reception March 26, 2014. Queens College Interim President Evangelos Gizis, Professor Fred Gardaphe, Director of the Italian American Studies Program, Professor Anthony Julian Tamburri, Dean of the Calandra Institute and Professor of Italian, Professor Hermann Haller of the Italian Department, and Professor Peter Vellon of the History Department all spoke, and guests watched a short video presentation about past and present developments in Italian American Studies at Queens College.

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The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute leads a workshop on Italian-American Studies in Bellagio, Italy, at the Rockefeller Center.

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Thomas MacPherson's Portraits of a Sicilian Family opening, March 20, 2014, at the Calandra Institute. The exhibition will run in the Institute's Galleria March 20 through June 3, 2014. For more information, click here.

Ciao a tutti!

We suggest that you check regularly the calendar on the upper left. At our many and varied events, we will explore topical issues, such as the Italian in America, be that person a member of the new migration or someone who has lived here for many decades: sports figures, businesspeople, tailors, entertainers, and writers are just some of the individuals we will discuss or with whom we will engage in conversation. Sign up to be on our mailing list, to your left, to receive whatever announcements we mail or email.

We look forward to seeing you at our events.

Arrivederci a presto!