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The latest edition of ITALICS

Rosangela Briscese and Joseph Sciorra, who are in charge of Academic Affairs and Public Programming at the Institute, talk about what their work consists of.

Dean Anthony Julian Tamburri introducing Joseph Sciorra at the Institute on the occasion of the publication of Sciorra's new book, Built with Faith: Italian American Imagination and Catholic Material Culture in New York City.


Call for Papers
Calandra Institute International Conference 2016
"Migrating Objects: Material Culture and Italian Identities"

Call for Applications for the Position of Editor of the Italian American Review

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The Calandra Institute's Dr. Joseph Sciorra talks about his new book <i>Built with Faith: Italian American Imagination and Catholic Material Culture in New York City</i>. Dr. Sciorra presented the book and his research at the Institute on Thursday, May 7.

Watch now: Sessions from 2015 The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute Annual Conference

Friday, April 24 through Saturday, April 25. Click here to read the complete conference program. Free and open to the public.
The conference was a resounding success, with scholars from all over the country and abroad delivering papers on a wide range of children- and youth-related topics concerning the Italian diaspora. You can watch sessions from the two-day conference here.










“Italian-American Memoirs” panelists: Caroline Pari-Pfisterer, Phyllis Capello, and Joseph Cosco.










“Colonial Pursuits and Racial Paradigms” panelists: Rosario Pollicino, AnneMarie Tamis-Nasello, and Stefano Luconi.


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

The Italian Diaspora Studies Summer School is a three-week summer program at the University of Calabria (Arcavacata di Rende) that takes place June 15th through July 3rd. The Summer School is designed to introduce participants 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 of the five courses are taught by leading scholars in the field. Faculty includes: Marcella Bencivenni, Margherita Ganeri, Fred Gardaphe, Donato Santeramo, Joseph Sciorra, and Anthony Julian Tamburri. Lectures will be offered by leading scholars from a variety of disciplines.

The Italian Diaspora Studies Summer School is open to graduate students (Doctorate; advanced MA students may be considered), professors from colleges and universities worldwide, and independent scholars.

At this juncture, we have been able to garner 12 fellowships in the amount of $1,500 each. They are being awarded by the following Italian American organizations: National Italian American Foundation, the American Association of Teachers of Italian, the Italian American Studies Association, and the New York Grand Lodge Foundation, Inc., OSIA. The fellowship thus reduces the costs of the program by 50% for the three weeks.

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 comprise the teaching faculty of the entire three weeks.

The program will be accepting from 10 to 20 participants for the 2015 summer program.

Application Deadline—March 1, 2015.

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


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