Latest Episode of ITALICS

ITALICS: Television for the Italian-American Experience

ITALICS, hosted by Anthony J. Tamburri, Dean of the Calandra Institute, brings the best of the Italian-American community to your home each month on CUNY-TV, TW Ch.75 and RCN, Ch.77 in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and The Bronx.

ITALICS premieres the last Wednesday of every month at 10:00 AM, 3:00 PM, 11:00 PM. ITALICS will be rebroadcast on the first Saturday of every month at 8:00 PM and the first Sunday at 10:00 AM on CUNY-TV, Ch.75 and RCN, Ch.77 in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and The Bronx; and subsequently on demand at

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Lucia Grillo hosts this edition of ITALICS in a conversation with actor Michael Badalucco, as they talk about exploring Italian roots – on screen and off, portraying different Italian American characters in film, Badalucco’s start in his father’s footsteps as a props master, his stint in musicals, and being discovered twice by two celebrated actors, plus opera and the effect of “returning” to Italy. The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute Fall 2013 Series of events will also be announced: Documented Italians, the Philip V. Cannistraro Seminar Series in Italian American Studies, and Writers Read.
Dean Anthony Julian Tamburri, Prof. Donna Chirico, and Prof. Fred Garaphe discuss the latest successes and challenges in the burgeoning field of Italian American Studies.
On this edition of ITALICS, we'll talk with Annie Lanzillotto, author and performance artist, whose new book "L is for Lion, An Italian Bronx Butch Freedom Memoir," has recently been published by SUNY Press. Dr. Fred Gardaphe spoke with Ms. Lanzillotto about her book before the reading. Next on ITALICS we'll take you to The 29th Annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering and join Lucia Grillo as she reports on the event from Elko, Nevada.
On this edition of ITALICS, we'll introduce you to journalist and author David Evanier, who's new book, "All The Things You Are," is an in depth, unauthorized biography of Anthony Bennedetto, better known around the world as Tony Bennett, one of the greatest Jazz and Pop Vocalists of all time. Tony Bennett is still singing for new generations of music lovers, he's universally loved and respected for his vocal gifts, but recently we found out that Mr. Bennett is also an accomplished painter, his works in oil hang in serious Museums and sell in Art Galleries around the globe for many, many thousands of dollars.
On this special episode of ITALICS we'll update you on new Graduate level course offerings at Queens College, and discuss the state of Italian American Studies at CUNY, SUNY and Universities & Colleges throughout the Nation, and in Italy. Dr. Anthony J. Tamburri is joined for this discussion by Dr. Mary Jo Bona, Professor of Italian American Studies & Women's and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University/SUNY, and Dr. Fred Gardaphe, Distinguished Professor of Italian American Studies and English at Queens College/CUNY.
ITALICS introduces you to Vincent Piazza, rising young actor, whose portrayal of "Lucky Luciano" on HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" has brought him great critical acclaim and public notice. Then we'll take you to a conference, Vito Marcantonio and the Puerto Rican People: Solidarity & Progress, sponsored by the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College/CUNY, the Vito Marcantonio Forum and the Italian American Studies Association.
Host Anthony Julian Tamburri interviews President Frank Fusaro and Chairman Louis Tallarini of the Columbus Citizens Foundation. They discuss the Foundation's many contributions to the Italian community, such as running the Columbus Day Parade, as well as the history of the Foundation and its focus today.
ITALICS joins The New York Conference of Italian American State Legislators as they celebrate "Italian American Day" in Albany, N.Y. Next we follow AS Roma, Italian soccer team on their recent summer tour of some of the great cities of the United States, bringing Calcio, or football, the beautiful game to America. Bill Schempp, former ITALICS producer reports from Red Bulls Arena in nearby Harrison, New Jersey.
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.