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  • Artist William Papaleo in front of his oil paintings
    The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute is currently hosting a fascinating art exhibition entitled “Breaking Walls: An Emigrant/Immigrant Journey through Southern Italy” which features the work of American artist, William Papaleo.
  • Art & Culture
    Anthony Julian Tamburri(November 25, 2014)
    In order for Italian Americans to tackle head-on the discourse of race and ethnicity we should abandon the implicitly exclusionary term “tolerance,” which implies something distasteful, if not outright negative. We should embrace instead the more inclusive term “acceptance,” which underscores assent of a condition or situation—in this case, someone’s difference (e.g., race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality)—without attempting to disapprove or modify it.
  • Now, effective this past September 1, Anthony Julian Tamburri, Dean of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute is a CUNY Distinguished Professor. The status is conferred by the City University of New York Board of Trustees in recognition of special scholarship merits and commitment to teaching. Tamburri is Queens College’s 15th distinguished professor, and the first in his department, European Languages and Literatures, to achieve this title.
  • We accompanied Laura Boldrini on her visit to the Museum of Emigration at Ellis Island. Her guides: rangers Franco Paolino and Danielle Simonelli, and Professor Anthony J. Tamburri. These were emotional moments on the strip of land at the estuary of the Hudson River, which speaks of the emigration of the past, yet bringing us back to the present. In hope of a future, which knows how to use the migration processes as great resource.
  • In occasion of International Migrants Day, the 18 of December at United Nation there will be a discussion about the important relationship between migration and development. We interviewed Professor A. J. Tamburri, who will be one of the panelists at the conference
  • Constructive dialogue at John Jay College. Italian and Italian American authors discussed the changing nature of Italian and Italian American culture in contemporary society. Interview with Anthony Julian Tamburri, Professor and Dean of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute of Queens College: “The Italians tend to speak more in terms of geography, while the Italian-Americans much less under those terms.”
  • 2012 New York International Holocaust Remembrance Day
    

Reflections on indifference and forgetfulness between musical notes as the names of families deported to Auschwitz are read on Park Avenue. Against the ever-present risk of non-acceptance of the “Other.”
  • At the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute roundtable discussion with book editors William Connell and Fred Gardaphé to discuss stereotypes, prejudice, and assimilation experienced by Italians and Americans of Italian ancestry

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