I hold the title of Dean of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute (Queens College, CUNY) and Distinguished Professor of European Languages and Literatures. My research interests lie in literature, cinema, semiotics, interpretation theory, and cultural studies.
I have divided my intellectual work evenly between Italian and Italian/American studies, authoring fifteen books and more than 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."
In the summer of 2015, the Calandra Institute, together with the University of Calabria, launched the Italian Diaspora Studies Summer Seminar with seventeen participants (eight advanced graduate students and nine professors). Sessions 2016 and 2017 proved equally successful. In summer 2018 the Calandra Institute created a new partnership with Roma Tre University.
This dialogue between Italy and the United States — read, Italian America — is ever so important. Three years ago we instituted an agreement with the University of Naples l’ ”Orientale” and began another close relationship with the University of Roma Tre with an excellent conference in May 2016, whjihc led to our eventuial partneship with the IDSSS.
The irony in all of this is that Italian/American studies and Italian Diaspora studies cannot find a home in any PhD program within The City University of New York. Only at the departmental level at Queens College can somoene study Italian/American studies at the graduate — read, MA — level. Nowhere else in CUNY is this possible.
Much more in the future!
Anthony Julian Tamburri, Ph.D.
Dean, John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College, CUNY
Distinguished Professor of European Languages and Literatures
Cavaliere dell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana