ANTHONY JULIAN TAMBURRI is the Dean of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute (Queens College, CUNY) and Distinguished Professor of European Languages and Literatures. His research interests lie in literature, cinema, semiotics, interpretation theory, and cultural studies.
He has divided his intellectual work evenly between Italian and Italian/American studies, authoring fourteen books and one hundred essays circa on both subject areas in English and Italian.
You may contact me either via email on the right side of this page or by phone. If I am not available, I promise to get back to you in a timely fashion.
L’argomento del giorno...
The topic of the day — "l'argomento del giorno" — may indeed remain here for some time. Of course, I invite any and all responses, which can be sent to my email address here.
With regard to the relationship between Italian and Italian diasporic (read, also, ”Italian American”) Studies, a number of us find it intriguing, to say the least, that just about all programs in ”Italian Studies” within the U.S. have totally ignored the topic of the Italian diaspora as it pertains to the United States.
In these past few years we have seen new graduate programs in ”Italian Studies” spring up around the country, all of them touting a certain interdisciplinarity. Of course, what is a glaring absence is any reference to the Italian diaspora and its impact on the United States. This is not all that unexpected, given that in Italy itself, large-scale establishment references to the diaspora are far and few in between. But things seem to be changing.
In March 2014, the Rockefeller Foundation Center in Bellagio, Italy hosted a three-day workshop on Italian/American Studies in both Italian and American universities. From that workshop, the Italian-American Studies Network (IASN) was born: "The overarching goal of the IASN is to maintain an ever-widening collaboration between organizations and individuals who hold a strong interest in the study of the history, culture, and future developments of manifestations of italianità — the ways in which this process undergirds and, to a certain degree, complicates the transformative history of migration both within and beyond the geo-political and geo-cultural borders of what we know as Italy today."
In fall 2014, the University of Calabria, in collaboration with the Calandra Institute, formalized a course entitled "Cultura e letteratura italiana americana" (CLIA), a required course for those students enrolled in the Laurea Magistrale program of modern and contemporary Italian literature.
In the summer of 2015, the Calandra Institute and the University of Calabria launched the Italian Diaspora Studies Summer School with seventeen participants (eight advanced graduate students and nine professors). What two wonderful events! And it all happened in Italy!
And so, I say, ”Alla riscossa!” For while much has been done in both worlds, oh so much more needs to be accomplished; and only through a collaborative effort of dialogue and debate will we be able to move forward in a constructive and productive manner...
Cav. Anthony Julian Tamburri, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of European Languages and Literatures
Dean, John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College, CUNY