The Institute publishes two book series dedicated to all aspects of the Italian diaspora. Books may vary from single-authored studies to collections of essays.
Studies in Italian Americana
New Directions in Italian and Italian-American History
Selected Essays from the Conference in Honor of Philip V. Cannistraro
Edited by Ernest Ialongo and William M. Adams
On November 5, 2011 the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute hosted a conference entitled “New Directions in Italian and Italian American History: A Conference in Honor of Philip Cannistraro.” Cannistraro’s work managed to revolutionize both the fields of Italian history and Italian American history, and set in motion a future generation of scholars who would take up many of the questions he began raising so many years ago and, in turn, would demand answers using the same rigorous methodology that characterized his own work . . . This was Cannistraro’s legacy: to force new questions and lines of research in his two fields.”
— from the Introduction
Italian and Italian American Studies
Studies in Italian Americana, Volume 6
Italian Signs, American Politics
This book analyzes intra-ethnic elections in the United States, in the circumstance of American politicians of Italian descent who ran against each other in the State of New York. The first part examines the 2010 gubernatorial campaign between Andrew M. Cuomo and Carl P. Paladino, the highest-level intra-Italian electoral contest in contemporary times. The second part addresses the Congressional races between James Lanzetta and Vito Marcantonio in East Harlem in the 1930s, and the 1950 New York City mayoral elections, where the three major candidates-Vincent Impellitteri, Ferdinand Pecora, and Edward Corsi-were all Italian-born. The third part investigates the relationship between social demographics and the success of Italian American politicians in hegemonic districts where intra-Italian elections occur frequently.
Current Affairs/Historical Perspective/Empirical Analyses
Studies in Italian Americana, Volume 5
Within Catholicism, ex-votos are votive objects presented in thanks for heavenly intercession with a misfortune such as an accident or illness. This book features two types of Italian ex-votos from the collection of Leonard Norman Primiano, dating from 1832 to 1959: metal objects in the shapes of people, afflicted body parts, or hearts, and painted narrative tablets depicting the dramatic moment of crisis for which intercession was requested. Collectively, the three essays address a history of ex-votos and their place within Catholic thought, their creation and use by Italian Americans, and finally, the ex-votos’ social life beyond their original religious context, in particular, as collectibles and inspiration for studio-trained artists.
TransactionsWhy Study Italian: Diverse Perspectives on a Theme
Edited by Roberto Dolci and Anthony Julian Tamburri
The idea for this editorial project was born out of discussions that paralleled those that were taking place around the re-implementation of the Advanced Placement Program in Italian, which the College Board had suspended after the 2010 administration of the Advanced Placement Exam in Italian. The goal of this collection is not to speak to the specifics of the Advanced Placement Program in Italian in any direct way. Instead, this compilation offers an array of different voices that address the general question, “Why study Italian,” which is presented here in its somewhat ambiguous manner. The phrase, “why study Italian,” may be understood as a statement or an interrogative. The underlying issue is that Italian is, today, a language very much alive, useful, and employed by many in a multitude of venues and sectors across the world.
Transactions, Volume 2
The Italians of New York: Five Centuries of Struggle and Achievement
Philip V. Cannistraro, Editor (2000)
Italian immigrants made their homes in New York long before the Great Migration. Sometime in the 1640s a Venetian sailor named Cesare Alberti settled at the corner of Broad Street and Exchange Place in Manhattan and was perhaps the earliest Italian homeowner in the city. During the era of the American Revolution, farmers, merchants and musical artists followed Alberti's example, creating a small but noticeable Italian presence in the city.
In the mid-nineteenth century, Italian refugees fleeing political repression settled in New York. One early exile was the artist Nicolino Calyo, who painted street scenes. Lorenzo Da Ponte, Mozart's librettist, also settled here in 1830, helped to found the Italian Opera House and became the first Professor of Italian at Columbia University.
Perhaps the most prominent political exile to come to New York was Giuseppe Garibaldi, the military hero responsible for the unification of Italy. When the American Civil War broke out, Italians and other immigrants in New York formed the Garibaldi Guard, a volunteer group officially known as the 39th New York Regiment. Immigrant Luigi Palma di Cesnola fought in the Union army and received a Congressional Medal of Honor. After the conflict, di Cesnola served as United States Consul to Crete and in 1880 became the first director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Fuori Collana, Volume 1