Welcome to the Calandra Institute!

The latest episode of Italics: Women’s History Month, featuring interviews with Anna Pizzuti and Marcella Bencivenni.


Breaking Walls
an emigrant/immigrant journey through Southern Italy
Paintings and Ceramics by William Papaleo


An exhibition at the Calandra Institute April 20, 2017 through August 31, 2017.

Opening reception Thursday, April 20, 6PM. For more information, click here.







Michele Cinque (right), director of Sicily Jass: The World's First Man in Jazz (2015), talked about the film with George De Stefano at Calandra on April 19.

Transnationalizing Modern Languages: An Exhibit
March 27 to April 7, 2017

Opening Reception
Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 6:00 PM
The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute

Transnationalizing Modern Languages is a multi-year research project that examined how modern Italian culture has developed around the world, involving colleagues at Bristol, QMU, St. Andrews, Warwick, has been awarded £1.8million by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). From the insights it develops into transnational Italian cultures, the project intends to forge a new framework for the discipline of Modern Languages as a whole, with the interaction of languages and cultures at its core.

Project leaders Loredana Polezzi and Charles Burdett will be present, in conversation with Calandra staff members Fred Gardaphe and Joseph Sciorra. Event moderated by Anthony Julian Tamburri.

For more information, see the following link: http://www.transnationalmodernlanguages.ac.uk/…/exhibition-…

RSVP: 212-642-2094




More reason to get excited for Spring: Calandra's annual conference, this year titled "Italian Sonoritites and Acoustic Communities: Listening to the Soundscapes of Italianita." The conference will take place April 28 and 29. Click here to see the conference flyer.

This three-week summer program at the University of Calabria (Arcavacata di Rende) is now in its third edition. The Italian Diaspora Studies Summer Seminar (IDSSS) takes place June 12-30, 2017, and is designed to introduce participants (advanced graduate and/or 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.

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 for the program.

Cost of room, board, and tuition (6 UniCal credit hours): $3,000. Air and ground travel are additional. For more information about the program schedule and faculty, contact Dean Anthony Julian Tamburri at 212.642.2094 or via email at anthony.tamburri@qc.cuny.edu.

Please share with your colleagues within CUNY far and wide!

This is open to all CUNY doctoral students and/or faculty interested in the Italian diaspora, and not just to Italian Americans.