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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Lecture by the Honorable Francesco Maria Talo, Consul General of Italy to New York.  The presentation "From Pizza to Ph.D., From Dante to DNA" was delivered at the Coccia Institute at Montclair State University, New Jersey.  Dinner honoring Gianfranco Fini, President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies at the Grand Hyatt Regency.  Panel discussion at New York University that asks "Why (And Exactly How) New York Simply Loves 'Italian'."
An International Conference honors the legacy of the late NYPD Detective Joseph A. Petrosino, and examines the current status of the Italian Government's war against the Mafia in Sicily, one hundred years after Petrosino's murder there, and the National Organization of Italian American Women celebrates the holidays with their annual Epiphany event honoring Marietta DiChristina, Dr. Concetta M. Tomaino, and Maria T. Vullo, "Three Wise Women" from the community.
Italics investigates the phenomenon of MTV's "Jersey Shore" and the guido culture.  The National Italian American Foundation honors Mike and David Greco of "Mike's Deli" in the Arthur Avenue Market in Belmont, the newest Business Improvement District of New York.  A preview of Larry Racioppo's photo exhibition "Kitty and Lucky, Photographs of My Aunt Concetta and Uncle Augustine," at the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum in Staten Island.
The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute celebrates its 30th anniversary.  The event was hosted by CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein, Queens College president James Muyskens, John J. Calandra, Esq., son of the late Senator John D. Calandra, and Anthony Julian Tamburri, Dean and Executive Director of the Calandra Institute.  Honorees included former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, former New York First Lady Matilda Raffa Cuomo, and Senator Diane Savino.
The National Organization of Italian American Women celebrates the Honorable Geraldine A. Ferraro on the 25th anniversary of her nomination as candidate for vice-president and on her career as congresswoman and member of the U.S. House of Representatives; Dean Anthony Tamburri interviews her before the event.  Legendary poet reads the poem "La saggazza delle streghe/The Wisdom of Witches" from his recent work Subduing Demons in America.
The once-in-a-lifetime Galileo, The Medicis, and the Age of Astronomy exhibition at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia celebrates the 400th anniversary of Galileo's "invention" of the telescope.  Italics' Bill Schempp interviews Derrick Pitts, Chief Astronomer of the Franklin Institute.  The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum's Rededication ceremonies are held in Staten Island.  The National Italian American Foundation honors actor/singer Paul Sorvino at the annual East Coast Gala Awards.
The Conference on the State of the Teaching of the Italian Language in the United States is held at the Italian Embassy in Washington, DC.  Edo Zaffarto of AddioPizzo, a community based consumer organization in Palermo, Sicily, lectures at the Wolfe Institute at Brooklyn College on pizzo, the long legacy of mafia extortion of "protection" payments from local merchants. Receptions for "Si Parliamo Italiano?" the new book which asks "Who Speaks Italian?" written and published by members of the Calandra Institute.
The New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators hold their annual Weekend Conference at the State Capital in Albany, NY.  Giulio Terzi di Sant'Agata, Italian ambassador to the United Nations, gives a special lecture to the Coccia Institute at Montclair State University of New Jersey.  Then, an interview with the North East Conference of Teachers of Foreign Languages.
Dean Anthony Tamburri interviews Senator Joseph Addabbo.  NYC Councilmen Tony Avella and Vincent Gentile join with New York Italian Consul General Franceso Maria Talo in calling for aid and assistance to the victims of the recent earthquake in the city of L'Aquila.  A remembrance of the late New York State Senator Emeritus John J. Marchi.
The New Italian American Cinema Festival presents the films of Nancy Savoca, Maria Maggenti, and Marylou Tibaldi-Bongiorno for Women's History Month.  Also, Karen Tintori reads from her new book Unto the Daughters.