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Auguri to Joseph Sciorra and Edi Giunta on the publication of their co-edited collection Embroidered Stories: Interpreting Women's Domestic Needlework from the Italian Diaspora. A huge and appreciative crowd joined the editors and several contributors to the book for readings, discussion, and celebration at the Calandra Institute.

Roundtable discussion about the exhibition Tutta la Famiglia, photographs by Paul Cary Goldberg, on view in Calandra's Galleria through January 9, 2015. The panelists were: Sefatia A. Romeo Theken, Maria Cracchiolo, Giuseppe Cracchiolo, Enzo Russo, Ralph A. Puopolo, Jr., and Baldassare Noto.
Photograph courtesy Paul Cary Goldberg.


NEW: Click here to read the reviews from every edition of Italian American Review as well as the entire contents of the first two years of the relaunched journal.

Good news for students: The 2015 updated edition of the College Scholarship Handbook is now out. The handbook includes a vast number of scholarships for students of Italian descent and students studying various disciplines of Italian. The scholarships listed are awarded by organizations and universities all across the country. This is a wonderful resource for high-school seniors, undergraduates, and graduates looking for financial aid to pursue higher education. Have a look!

October 6, 2014, symposium celebrating the new academic relationship with Queens College faculty, Calandra, and the University of Calabria.

Reception for Tutta La Famiglia: a Photographic Exhibition of Community Life in Gloucester, Massachusetts, by Paul Cary Goldberg (on view through January 9, 2015)

Dr. Anthony Julian Tamburri, the Dean of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, has been named a Distinguished Professor by the CUNY Board of Trustees, effective September 1, 2014. In the words of Queens College Interim President Evangelos Gizis:

"Anthony Tamburri is regarded as a pioneer in the field of Italian American studies and a leading scholar of modern Italian literature and culture. The author or editor of 30 books, he has published roughly 90 journal articles or book chapters, has presented close to 200 conference papers, and is the co-founding editor of the journal VIA (Voices in Italian Americana). He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards from both sides of the Atlantic including, most recently, the 2013 Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of Teachers of Italian, which he has served as president. He has also been president of the American Italian Historical Association.

Dr. Tamburri is, in sum, an extraordinary researcher, author, and advocate for the cause of Italian and Italian American studies. Please join me in congratulating him on this honor."

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The Calandra Institute's annual conference of international scholars MAFIAs: Realities and Representations of Organized Crime took place April 25-26, 2014, at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and at the Calandra Institute. To read the program, click here.

"... The MAFIAs conference offered a much-needed platform to discuss current trends, problems, and next steps to improve our understanding and dispel myths of organized crime. This conference offered an excellent environment for academics, researchers, and journalists worldwide to convene, showcase cutting-edge research, and reflect on national, international, and transnational organized crime from several perspectives, thereby offering a more holistic understanding of the phenomenon. ...

Additionally, three very important topics were addressed, namely, the role of gender; the impact of technology; and intersections with other crimes, such as environmental crimes. Each of these three areas has not received the attention it truly warrants, and learning that researchers and academics around the world are studying these topics was exciting indeed! ... [T]his conference offered a snapshot of several exciting and important research projects occurring in the broader discourse of organized crime; it was timely, refreshing, and of course, a real treat!"

Aunshul Rege, Ph.D.
Temple University