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The latest episode of Italics! Featuring Queens College's Professor Peter Vellon, talking about his new book Great Conspiracy against Our Race: Italian Immigrant Newspapers and the Construction of Whiteness in the Early 20th Century.

The Calandra Institute's Prof. Fred Gardaphé interviews author and historian Maria Laurino about her book The Italian Americans: A History for iItaly.

The Carlo Bellini Dissertation Fellowship

On the occasion of its fortieth anniversary, the Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations calls for applications for the Carlo Bellini Dissertation Fellowship. The Fellowship will be offered every second year to a doctoral student (D.M.L.; Ed.D.; Ph.D.) writing a dissertation on a topic pertinent to Italy and its relationship to any aspect of the Italian diaspora in the United States. The winner of the Fellowship will be awarded at least $5,000 for the one-year program.


Students enrolled in a doctoral degree program at a not-for-profit U.S. university recognized by any of the regional accreditation agencies are eligible. Applicable fields of study may include but are not limited to the following: anthropology, art history, cinema, history, linguistics, literature, pedagogy, psychology, sociology, etc.


The winner of the Fellowship will be announced in the spring semester for the subsequent academic year. On completion of the program, the Fellow will deliver a lecture on his or her research before the Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations and invited guests.


Read the press release and download the fellowship application form below.


Press Release
Application Form




Study Italian Diaspora Culture in Calabria through a Unique Summer Program

This three-week summer program at the University of Calabria (Arcavacata di Rende) takes place June 15th through July 3rd and is designed to introduce participants (doctoral students and professors) to cultural studies of the Italian Diaspora from a variety of academic perspectives and to foster development of individual projects responding to the materials covered in the 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; advanced MA students may be considered) and professors from colleges and universities worldwide. This is 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 of the entire three weeks.

Cost of room, board, and tuition (6 UniCal credit hours): $3,000. Air and ground travel are additional. Application Deadline: March 1, 2015.

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