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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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.
Footage from the ceremony commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in Greenwich Village, NY. 
In tribute to the late Geraldine A. Ferraro, Dean Anthony Tamburri reminisces with Professor Doug Muzzio of Queens College on some of the many fine moments of Congresswoman Ferraro's career.  In addition, we rebroadcast our September 29, 2010 edition of Italics showcasing the dedication of the Geraldine A. Ferraro United States Post Office in Long Island City, NY.  Then, we join Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Members of the 112th U.S. Congress, and NIAF to officially recognize and honor Giuseppe Garibaldi and the Nation of Italy on the 150 Anniversary of its unification.