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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Dean Anthony Tamburri interviews the Honorable Diane J. Savino, New York State Senator.  Then to Montclair State University for the establishment of the Teresa and Lawrence R. Inserra Endowed Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies.
The National Organization of Italian American Women holds their Annual Epiphany/3 Wise Women Celebration, honoring Rosa DeLauro, Angelina Fiordelisi, and Dr. Silvia Formenti, M.D.  Also, Dean Anthony Tamburri explores the ramifications of the recent decision by the College Board to suspend the Advanded Placement Test in Italian.
Robert Tinnel reads from his graphic novel Feast of the Seven Fishes.  Then, Joseph Sciorra speaks with the Demeglie family of New Jersey about the Italian Christmas tradition of the presepio, or nativity scene.  Finally, Frances Paulo Huber, president of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Gardens in Staten Island, previews the Center's new Tuscan Gardens, modeled after the great gardens of Florence.
Dean Anthony Tamburri interviews Piero Bassetti, Italian politician, philanthropist, author, and social philosopher.  Then, Joseph Sciorra interviews Suze Rotolo about her book A Freewheelin' Time, A Memoir of Greenwich Village in the Sixties.
Roberto Saviano, director of the critically-acclaimed 2008 film Gomorrah, speaks at the CUNY Graduate Center about the very real presence of the mafia in Naples, Italy, and Nancy Pelosi speaks at the signing for her new book Know Your Power: A Message to America's Daughters.
In memory of those who died in the September 11th, 2001 attacks, a delegation from Venice, Italy conveyed the sacred relics of Santa Barbara, the patron saint of firefighters, to the site of the World Trade Center.  Next, correspondent Lucia Grillo interviews Joseph Sciorra at the feast of the Madonna Nera di Tindari of the Sicilian community on Manhattan's Lower East Side.  Finally, we get a preview of upcoming events at the Calandra Institute for Fall 2008.
A re-broadcast of Philip Cannistraro's February 1997 interview with eminent immigration historian Rudolph Vecoli.
The National Organization for Italian-American Women hosts a Gala Luncheon honoring chef Rachael Ray and her mother, Elsa Scuderi.  Next, Dean Anthony Tamburri chats with Professor Peter Carravetta as he is officially appointed the first holder of the Alfonse M. D'Amato chair at SUNY Stony Brook University.  Then, footage from La Festa della Reppublica in honor of the new Republic of Italy founded in 1946 after World War II.  Finally, a special tribute to Rudolph J. Vecoli, professor of history at the University of Minnesota and founder of the American Italian Historical Association.
As the College Board considers eliminating the Advancent Placement exam in Italian, after just two and a half years of its existence, Dean Anthony Tamburri has a roundtable discussion with Honorable Francesco Maria Talo, Consul General of Italy in New York, and Joseph Sciame, President of the Italian Heritage and Cultural Committee of New York.
Anthony Tamburri, Ph.D., discusses Golden Door (2006) with director Emanuele Crialese and actor Vincenzo Amato, and Joseph Scelsa bids a fond farewell.