Welcome to the Calandra Institute!


Friends visit from far and near: Roberto Frangione, Deputy Consul General, Italian Cultural Institute; Simone Baldelli, Vice Chairman of Italy's House of Representatives; Anthony J. Tamburri, Dean, Calandra Institute; Dr. Joseph Sciorra, Director for Academic and Cultural Programs, Calandra Institute; (seated) Chiara Saulle, Vice Consul, Italian Cultural Institute; Rosaria Musco, Associate Director of Administration, Calandra Institute.

Participants at Calandra's first "Writers Read" event of the semester, Rabbit Ears: TV Poems, edited by Joel Allegretti. Readers George Guida, Stephen Massimilla, Michael Palma, Maria Terrone, John J. Trause, and Angelo Verga read their own poems from the collection as well as those of other poets not present.

Announcing the new film and digital media review editor of
Italian American Review
We are happy to announce that JoAnne Ruvoli will be serving as the film and digital media review editor of the Italian American Review beginning January 2017.
Dr. Ruvoli's academic training and interests include American literary traditions, film and gender studies, as well as Italian American studies. She received her Ph.D. in American literature with an interdepartmental concentration in Gender and Women's Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2011. She currently teaches at Ball State University, in Indiana. She has extensive editorial experience, having worked as Assistant Editor at the fiction journal Other Voices. We are delighted to welcome her to the IAR.

Representing the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College, York College, and CUNY at the Annual Italian American State Legislators Conference in Albany, New York: Professor Fred Gardaphé; Dean Donna Chirico; Orsula Akawang; Dean Anthony Julian Tamburri.

The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute congratulates our beloved Rosaria Musco, Associate Director of Administration, on earning her Master of Public Administration degree from the CUNY School of Professional Studies.

Auguri! The latest issue, 6.1, of the Italian American Review is out. Click here to read the Introduction, by IAR Editor Joseph Sciorra, and here for reviews from the issue.

Coming soon:
Registration for

This three-week summer program at the University of Calabria (Arcavacata di Rende) takes place June 13 through July 1 and is designed to introduce participants (doctoral students and professors) to cultural studies of the Italian Diaspora from a variety of academic perspectives.

This will be the third year of the Italian Diaspora Studies Summer School, a collaborative program between the University of Calabria and the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute / Queens College of The City University of New York. Professors from these two institutions and others will comprise the teaching faculty.