Welcome to the Calandra Institute!

We very much hope to see you at our Annual Conference this Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30, but if you can't make it, please check out the live video of the conference, available at this URL:


Auguri! The latest issue, 6.1, of the Italian American Review is out. Click here to read the Introduction, by IAR Editor Joseph Sciorra, and here for reviews from the issue.

Historian Bénédicte Deschamps, of Paris Diderot University, speaks at Calandra about her most recent scholarship on Italian-language publications in the United States and their coverage of events such as the American Civil War.

Gene Giannobile, shown here with filmmaker Marco Curti, is one of the actual fighting paisanos featured in Curti's film of the same name, which screened at Calandra March 31.(photograph by Rosangela Briscese)

Chalking in commemoration of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, March 25, 1911.

Commemoration of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, March 23. The disaster took place on March 25, 1911.
(Photograph by Joseph Sciorra.)

Some images from the Calandra Institute's March 15, 2016, panel on Migration Emigration, Migration, and Self-Determination: Italians, Mexicans, and Puerto Ricans in Search of an American Dream. (Photographs by Paola Aurisicchio, i-Italy.)

Click here to read the program for the Calandra Institute's 2016 international conference, "Migrating Objects: Material Culture and Italian Identitites," which will take place at the Institute Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30; the conference is free and open to the public.



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.


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.

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.