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Setting up for the opening on February 18 of the new exhibit at Calandra's Galleria, Ancient Inspirations: Paintings by Vincent Baldassano. For more information about the opening and the show, click here. Assistant Director for Academic and Cultural Programs Rosangela Briscese (left, shown here with colleague Sian Gibby) designed and hung the show, together with artist Baldassano. (Photograph by Catalina Santamaria.)



Dinner Rush director Bob Giraldi and the movie's star Danny Aiello take questions after the film's screening (co-sponsored by the Calandra Institute and Italytime theater) February 9 in Greenwich Village. The screening was followed by the performance of the one-act play Five Years Later, by Paolo Tartamella. (Photograph by Rosaria Musco.)







This three-week summer program at the University of Calabria (Arcavacata di Rende) takes place June 13 through July 1 and is designed to introduce participants (doctoral students and professors) to cultural studies of the Italian Diaspora from a variety of academic perspectives.

This is the second year of the Italian Diaspora Studies Summer School, a collaborative program between the University of Calabria and the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute / Queens College of The City University of New York. Professors from these two institutions and others will comprise the teaching faculty.

The program will foster development of individual projects responding to the materials covered in a series of seminars in literature, film, and the social sciences. All participants will engage in a special research project. The Italian Diaspora Studies Summer School is open to graduate students (doctorate level; advanced MA students may be considered) and professors from colleges and universities worldwide. The course work will count for 6 UniCal credit hours.

Cost of room, board, and tuition: $3,000. Air and ground travel are additional. Click here for the application form and click here for more information on the program schedule and faculty.

Application deadline is March 1, 2016.

Director Alex Johnston and Hofstra University's Mary Anne Trasciati at the December 14 Calandra screening of Johnston's brilliant film Way Down in the Hole. The film deals with the thrilling events leading up to the famous Ludlow strike and the subsequent bloody Ludlow Massacre. The strike and the massacre involved miners and their families from numerous immigrant populations, including Italian Americans.

Assistant Director for Academic and Cultural Programs Rosangela Briscese introduces Kenyon Zimmer and Marcella Bencivenni before Zimmer's presentation of his new book, Immigrants Against the State.

Position opening: Student Psychological Counselor, John D. Calandra Italian American Institute. Click here for more information on this position and to apply.

Watch this beautiful video about the Summer study program in Calabria co-hosted by the University of Calabria and the Calandra Institute, Queens College, CUNY.

Click here to see photographs (courtesy Volney Fray) from the Calandra Institute's "An Evening in Lazio" event, held September 16 at Piccolo Fiore restaurant.

Click here to read about the traveling exhibit
"La Madonna Nera in Italy and Europe."

Calandra Institute's 2016 College Scholarship Handbook

We are pleased to announce the publication of the Calandra Institute's 2016 College Scholarship Handbook.

This directory provides information on well over one hundred scholarships available to Italian American students and students of Italian studies. Please be advised that the Calandra Institute does not provide additional scholarship information. Contact the sponsoring organization directly for more information.

Click here to view or download the pdf document.

Images from the annual Italian-American Day in Albany, New York, sponsored by the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators.

Left: Associate Director of Administration, Calandra Institute, Rosaria Musco; Italics Producer and Correspondent Lucia Grillo; York College Professor and Interim Dean for Arts & Sciences Donna Chirico.

Right: State Senator David Carlucci; Donna Chirico; Governor Andrew Cuomo.