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On September 16, the restaurant Piccolo Fiore was the site of the landmark event "An Evening in Lazio," a benefit dinner for the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute. The evening's host was Dean Anthony Julian Tamburri, and in attendance were many notables from the community, including Queens College President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez and poet Robert Viscusi, among many others. Comedian Regina DeCicco did a comedy set. Below are a handful of photographs from the event. (Photographs courtesy Volney Fray.)


On Sunday, April19, at the 17th Annual Education Awards & Scholarship Celebration of the Association of Italian American Educators, two staff members of the Calandra Institute were honored. Cav. Joan Marchi Migliori, Director for Comminity and International Programs and CUNY/ITALY, was given the Promotion of Italian Culture and Exchange Award. Dr. Vincenzo Milione, AIAE Membership Director and Calandra's Director for Demographic Studies, received a citation from The Nassau County Executive Office in "recognition and heartfelt appreciation of dedicated and exemplary service to the community."

On October 25, 2014, Milione received a Certificate of Appreciation from Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano for helping the association of Italian American Educators develop into a vital multi-disciplinary association from the humanities to the sciences.

(Left to right: Cav. Joan Marchi Migliore, Andreina Colarullo, Cav. Josephine A. Maietta, Hon. Daniel A. Nigro, Michael D'Ambrosio,
Dr. Robert Placona Gardner, and Mario Costa)

At the most recent meeting (April 13, 2015) of the Calandra Community Book Club (CCBC) one of the club members brought homemade pizza rustica, the recipe and technique learned from her late father. It tasted as delicious as it looked! The group also savored a lively discussion of its latest book choice.

Founded in 2014, the CCBC has to date read and analyzed four pieces of worthwhile (and occasionally indispensable) Italian-American fiction: Paper Fish, by Tina De Rosa; Christ in Concrete, by Pietro di Donato; Ask the Dust, by John Fante; and 2AM at the Cat's Pajamas, by Marie-Helene Bertino. The Club's next selection will be Umbertina, by Helen Barolini.


Praise for Bordighera Press in the Stamford Advocate Sunday, March 8, 2015. Bordighera Press was co-founded by Dean Anthony J. Tamburri, Dr. Fred Gardaphé, and Paolo Giordano.


Calandra Institute staffers pose with giant cannoli at the 2014 San Gennaro Feast in Little Italy, 2014


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.

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

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


"International Migrants Day" at the United Nations, December 18, 2013: Calandra's Dean Anthony Julian Tamburri and CUNY Graduate Center's Distinguished Professor Richard Alba participate in the panel, co-sponsored by the Calandra Institute.

Artist Thomas Hirschhorn talks to Dean Anthony J. Tamburri about the generosity of the Calandra Institute in loaning library materials for the Gramsci Monument.

Professor Fred Gardaphe on Arise America talks about the origins, significance, and an alternative future for the celebration of Columbus Day.

Award-winning actor Annabella Sciorra thanks the Calandra Institute on the occasion of her being honored by the State of New York for her achievements in arts and culture at the 2013 Italian-American Heritage Day celebration.


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