With initial assistance from RAI (the Italian television station in New York City) and CUNY-TV, the Institute was able to produce a pilot for an Italian-American magazine show, Italics, in June 1986. The reviews and interest generated by Italics from the Italian-American as well as the community-at-large provided the impetus to continue productions.
In 1991, Italics was granted endorsement as an "Official Quincentenary Project" by the Christopher Columbus Quincentenary Jubilee Commission in Washington, D.C. This designation insured that Italics would be a vital part of the celebration, entertaining and informing the audience and furthering the recognition of Christopher Columbus and his contributions to the world and its history. During the 1991-92 season, Italics featured at least one segment per program on a specific facet of the Columbus legacy or official events celebrating this history.
The year 1994-95 was a year of great expansion. The early part of the year saw a new collaboration forged between the Calandra Institute and the National Italian American Foundation, which helped to facilitate a more national prominence in both program content and program delivery
Currently, Italics is being televised on New York City cable stations and on numerous stations in New York State. Italics also has its Livestream and YouTube pages.
Italics is positioned to assume the role of national cable television voice for the Italian-American community.
We take you to the Calandra Institute for our annual conference, whose theme this year was "Re-Imagining White Ethnicity: Expressivity, Identity, Race." The Conference was held at The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute/Queens College/CUNY in Mid-town Manhattan, on April 26 through April 28. Next, we go to a recent reading of excerpts from Celluloid Activist, The Life and Times of Vito Russo, a new biography by Professor Michael Schiavi.
First on ITALICS we go to The National Italian American Foundation's annual East Coast Gala Dinner 2012, held in New York City at Cipriani's on 42nd Street. Next, we join The Remember The Triangle Fire Coalition and others at the 101st Commemoration of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire.
Dr. Aileen Riotto Sirey, Founder & Chair of The National Organization of Italian American Women talks with Dean Anthony J Tamburri about her 32 years in its leadership role as Founder and Chair. ITALICS takes you to “The Hon. Geraldine A. Ferraro, The Italian American Woman Who Made History," NOIAW’s 2012 Women History Month event, in collaboration with the Calandra Institute, dedicated to the memory and legacy of the late Congresswoman Geraldine A. Ferraro.
This entire episode of Italics is dedicated to acts of devotion, religious devotion and one's personal devotion to family.
First we'll look at religious devotion, through Graces Received, Painted and Metal Ex-votos from Italy, an exhibition held at the Calandra Institute in spring of 2012. Dr. Leonard Primiano speaks about his collection, which makes up the bulk of the exhibition. Our second look at devotion involves one's personal devotion to family. We'll talk with Chiara Montalto, writer and performer of "A Brooklyn Love Story: Emergency Used Candles."
On this edition dedicated entirely to Italian American Scholarship, we’ll talk with Dr Fred Gardaphe, Distinguished Professor of English and Italian American Studies at Queens College/CUNY and the Calandra Institute, who discusses some of his most recent publications. Next we’ll talk with Dr. Joseph Sciorra, Associate Director of Academic and Cultural Programs at the Calandra Institute, talking about his latest research and projects.
This special edition of ITALICS is dedicated entirely to the National Italian American Foundation's 36th Annual Weekend Conference and Gala Awards Dinner. We'll take you to the Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., where over 2,500 NIAF members and press convened to celebrate both Italian Heritage and Culture Month and the 150th Unification of the Republic of Italy. The highlight of the weekend conference's many events was President Barack Obama's Keynote Address.
First on ITALICS we join the thousands of people lining Fifth Avenue celebrating Italian Heritage and Culture at the 67th Annual New York City Columbus Day Parade. Next, we’ll go to a symposium titled “Italian American Mental Health : Research and Praxis”, held recently at the Calandra Institute.
Italics Season Premiere: Ricky Riccardi, Archivist at The Louis Armstrong House Museum & Author of What a Wonderful World, The Magic of Louis Armstrong's Late Career. Bruce Boyd Raeburn/Hogan Jazz Archives, discusses Italians in Jazz in New Orleans. La.
New York Conference of Italian American State Legislators at the State Capital in Albany, New York. The "Festa Italiana" from Troy, New York. An interview with Frank Maselli, Chairman of the new American Italian Community Center of New Orleans, and AICC's inaugural public event. Director Franco Nero discuss his new film Forever Blues.
"The 3 F's in Italian Cultures: Critical Approaches to Food, Fashion, and Film," the Calandra Institute's Annual International Conference. Exhibition of works by the artists of IAVANET, Italian American Visual Artists Network, at the Calandra Institute.