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Forum Italicum:
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Last update: January 12 2011

Spring 2011 Events ~ Preliminary Calendar


16, Sunday, 2:30 p.m.

Concert by the Morningside Chamber Players of New York City: A special recital in honor of the Center’s 25th Anniversary. Program will include music by Piazzolla, Donizetti, Ludwig van Beethoven, Ludwig Thuille of Bolzano and opera selections by Verdi and Puccini. Performers: Kay Cynamon: piano; Ralph Kirmser, oboe; Jack Chan, bassoon; Marc Wager, French horn; Steve Loffredo, clarinet, Roger Brooks, flute. All are invited. Free and open to the public. Location: Stony Brook University’s Staller Center Recital Hall. Call 631-632-7444 for additional information.


27, Sunday,2 p.m.

Book Presentation: Shot Down over Italy with author John Lanza. Location: Long Island State Veteran’s Home, 100 Patriots Road, Stony Brook. All are invited. Books will be available for purchase and autographing by author.


18, Friday, (9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.)
19, Saturday, (10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.)

Conference: organized by the Alfonse M. D’Amato Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies: Conference Topic: The Theatre of the Mind, The Stage of History: Italian Legacies Between Europe, the Mediterranean, and North America on the 150th Anniversary of Unification. This conference is dedicated to Mario Mignone on the occasion of his 70th birthday and in recognition of his outstanding achievements as Distinguished Service Professor of Italian, founder and director of the Center for Italian Studies at Stony Brook University and editor of the journal, Forum Italicum. All are invited. Free and open to the public. For a detailed program and additional information, contact Peter Carravetta (631) 632-6141 or email Also, Jo Fusco, 631-632-7444.

Friday’s Session will be held in the Center for Italian Studies, Frank Melville Memorial Library, Rm.E4340.

Saturday’s Session will be held in the Wang Center, Little Theatre.

25, Friday, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Twenty-seventh Annual Secondary School Poetry Contest: Recitation of Italian Poems. Sponsored by LI Chapter, American Association of Teachers of Italian in collaboration with Stony Brook University’s Center for Italian Studies. Recitations by students of Italian from participating local secondary schools followed by award ceremonies. Please note Location: SUNY College at Old Westbury. Call 631-632-7444 for additional information.

29, Tuesday, 6 p.m.

Join Us as We Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Center for Italian Studies at Flowerfield, St. James, NY

Honorees are: Peter Kalikow, President, H.J. Kalikow & Co. and

The Honorable Kenneth P. LaValle, New York State Senate

$125 per person

For sponsorship information or journal advertising, please contact

Josephine Fusco at (631) 632-7444 or


Date/Time/Details: to be announced:

Lecture by /professor/author, Richard Gambino. Topic: Cultural Authenticity and Personality: the Italian American Example.


15, Sunday 2:00 p.m.

Presentation/Discussion with writer/director, Gianfranco Norelli and screening of his film, Pane Amaro (Bitter Bread) which documents the tribulations and success of the Italian American Immigrant Experience.

“One of the goals,” Norelli tells us about making this film, “was to demonstrate, through several concrete episodes, how this experience has universal value and relevance. It can be applied to other communities that have been discriminated against, that have had difficulty integrating, and that have paid a high price to assimilate, such as loss of their culture, language, and contact with their country of origin.”

All are invited. Free /open to the public. Location: Center for Italian Studies, Frank Melville Memorial Library, E4340.

To contact the Center for Italian Studies:
Address: Stony Brook University, 11794-3358
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