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The Calandra Institute hosted a commemorative event on the anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire; a panel discussion dealt with the reverberations of the tragedy more than 100 years later.

Marie-Helene Bertino's debut novel "2AM at the Cat's Pajamas" was a critical and audience success; she came to the Institute to read from her funny and affecting book and to chat with Calandra's Rosangela Briscese about the writing of it and her Italian-American upbringing.

This latest episode of Italics focuses on Italian-American women in the public eye. Kay Turner (The New School) and Chris Cuomo (University of Georgia) discuss Madonna, the “Material Girl,” as an Italian-American woman. Valerie Smaldone, one of America’s favorite voices, talks about her career as a media personality and entrepreneur, and about women in the media.

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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