Upcoming Events Calendar


Center for Italian Studies Fall 2014 Preliminary Calendar

(Updated October 15, 2014)

Events and activities are free and open to the public. All are invited.




September 9, Tuesday, 2:30 p.m.

Presentation by Massimo Tommasoli, Permanent Observer for International IDEA to the UN, Topic to be announced. Location: Stony Brook University's Harriman Hall, Room 137.

September 22, Monday, 5:00 p.m.

Book Presentation:Tweeting Da Vinci: An exploration of how Italy's volcanic geology has affected its history, art, religion, medicine and culture. With author Ann Pizzorusso, Geologist and Renaissance Scholar. Location: Stony Brook University's Center for Italian Studies in the Frank Melville Memorial Library, Room E4340. Books will be available for sale and autographing by the author at a reception following the presentation.


September 28, Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Robert D. Cess Concorso d'Eleganza IX
Annual Celebration of Italian Vehicle Excellence and Beauty

A display of "art forms on wheels" as a means of illustrating one form of Italian culture. Display vehicles will rally at Stony Brook University campus on the lawn adjacent to the Graduate Physics Building and directly across from the Sports Complex off John S. Toll Drive. Participation and viewing are free and open to the public. Owners of Italian vehicles interested in participating in this display, please contact the Center for Italian Studies, (631) 632-7444 or josephine.fusco@stonybrook.edu.


Concorso d'Eleganza 2014 poster



October 7, Tuesday, 2:30 p.m.
Presentation by Fred Kudjo Kuwornu, Italian-Ghanian filmmaker. Lecture with screenings from documentaries on the theme: Ethnicity, National Identity and Multiculturalism in Contemporary Italy. Location: Stony Brook University's Harriman Hall, Room 137.

October 7, Tuesday, 4:00 p.m. *Please note new day & time*
Book presentation: Born in Sicily: Famous in the World with author Felicia La Bara. The event will be in Italian. Location: Stony Brook University's Center for Italian Studies in the Frank Melville Memorial Library, Room E4340.

October 17, Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Conference: Celebrating the 450th Anniversary of Galileo Galelei's Birth, offered in collaboration with Stony Brook's Simons Center for Geometry and Physics and the Office of International Academic Programs. Location: Simons Center for Geometry and Physics. All sessions are open to the public and free except for the optional mid-day luncheon activity at the Simons Cafe which require advance reservations (631-632-7444) and payment at the register for menu selections.


 Galileo Galilei


Located in and enhanced by the impressive settings of the Simons Center Facility,

the conference program will  feature the following array of presentations by internationally renowned scholars.


8:30 AM ~ Registration and Breakfast Coffee 
      Simons Center Lobby

9:00 AM ~ Welcome and Greetings ~
Simons Center Lecture Hall 102
Mario B. Mignone, Director of the Center for Italian Studies
Dennis Assanis, Provost, Stony Brook University
Maria Froehlich, Representative, Simons Center for Geometry 
                          and Physics

9:30 - 11:00 AM ~Session I ~ Presentations 
Simons Center Lecture Hall 102
Moderator: Professor Anthony Phillips, Department of Mathematics, 
Stony Brook University

Mark A. Peterson, Professor of Physics and Mathematics, 
Mount Holyoke College
Author of Galileo’s Muse
Galileo’s Evolving Sense of What Mathematics is

Robert Crease, Professor, Philosophy Department
Stony Brook University
Columnist, Physics World
Co-Editor-in-Chief, Physics in Perspective
Galileo and the Humanities


11:00 - 11:15 AM Coffee Break ~ Simons Center Lobby


11:15 AM - 12:30 PM Session II ~ Presentations
Simons Center Lecture Hall 102
Moderator: Salvatore Rotella, Chancellor Emeritus
Riverside Community College, CA

Crystal Hall, Visiting Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities at Bowdoin College
Galileo’s Library and the Computational Lens

Nick Wilding, Associate Professor, Department of History, 
Georgia State University
Underground Astronomy: Publishing Galileo's Sidereus Nuncius

12:301:30 PM
Optional Lunch in the Simons Cafe; Payment at the Register for Menu Selections.

1:30 PM ~ 3:15 PM ~ Session III – Presentations 
Simons Center Lecture Hall 102
Moderator: Christopher Herzog, Professor, C.N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics, Stony Brook University.

Richard Gambino, Professor Emeritus, CUNY/Queens College
Visiting Professor, Stony Brook University, (1994-1997)
Galileo: Mathematics and Nature

Reverend George V. Coyne, S.J.
Director of Vatican Observatory (VO)-1978-2006.
Director Emeritus and President of the 
Vatican Observatory Foundation, 2006-2012.
Since 2012, McDevitt Chair of Religious Philosophy
Le Moyne College
Galileo and His Times

Luigi Fontanella, Professor, European Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Stony Brook University
Lutenist, Christopher Morrongiello, Music Department, Hofstra University
Galileo: Poetry and Music

3:15 ~ 3:30 PM
~ Break~ Simons Center Lobby

3:30 ~ 5:00 PM Performance – Simons Center Auditorium
Moderator: Nicholas Rzhevsky, Chairman, Department of European Languages, Literatures and Cultures, 
Stony Brook University
Staged Reading by Students from the 
Stony Brook University Theatre Arts Department:
Selections from Berthold Brecht’s Play, “Galileo”
Directed by Steve Marsh,
Theatre Art Department, Stony Brook University 

5:00 PM ~ Closing Remarks 
and Expressions of Appreciation



 followed by

Closing Remarks and Expressions of Appreciation at a

 Farewell Wine and Cheese Reception

in the Simons Center Lobby

Simons Center

October 23, Thursday, 4:00 p.m.
Award Ceremony: Gradiva-New York Poetry Prize, 2014. Recipient, Maurizio Cucchi for his book, Malaspina, bilingual poetry readings by Maurizio Cucchi and Michael Palma. Musical intermezzo and reception following ceremonies. Location: Stony Brook University's Center for Italian Studies in the Frank Melville Memorial Library, Room E4340. Co-hosted by the Gradiva International Poetry Society, Inc.


October 25 & 26, Saturday & Sunday, 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Eleventh Annual Center for Italian Studies Italian Film Festival at Stony Brook University.

Film Festival Listing II

Screening with English subtitles of some recently produced Italian films along with some favorites from the past. Remarks and Q & A sessions conducted by Stony Brook Director. Location: Stony Brook University's Wang Center Theatre. Additional information to be posted as it is available.

October 29, Wednesday, 3:00 p.m.

Presentation: Stefano Vaccara, Journalist, Author & Director of LA VOCE: will talk about "The Creation of LA VOCE" which he describes as:


"An independent daily online newspaper that caters to all the readers who in the Italian language and culture have found the passion for life. Without any ideological or partisan connotation, the VOICE New York is the agora to the debate and the free expression of ideas, without exceptions or censorship. With employees around the world it covers topics that go well beyond the U.S. and Italy and aims to become the Italian voice in the world."

Location: Stony Brook University's Center for Italian Studies, Frank Melville Memorial Library, E-4340. This event is offered in collaboration with Stony Brook University's School of Journalism.


November 2, Sunday, 2:00 p.m.
Book Presentation: Shifting and Shaping a National Identity: Transnational Writers and Pluriculturalism in Italy Today with author/editors Grace Russo Bullaro (Professor of English, CUNY/Lehman College) and Elena Benelli (Lecturer in Italian Studies, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada),
and with the participation of Amara Lakhous, Algerian born writer of Italian novels. Location: Stony Brook University's Center for Italian Studies in the Frank Melville Library, Room E4340. A reception will follow the presentation when books will be available for purchase and autographing by the authors.

November 8, Saturday, 2:00 p.m.

Film presentation: Perlasca: The Courage of a Just Man (Un eroe italiano). The incredible story of an ordinary and humble man who did his best so save the lives of thousands of Jews during the last months of World War II in Budapest. Offered with the collaboration of the OSIA, Commission of Social Justice with commentary provided by CSJ representative Vincent Marmorale. Film is in Italian with English subtitles. Location: Stony Brook University's Center for Italian Studies in the Frank Melville Library, Room E4340.

November 13, Thursday, 2:30 p.m.
Lecture by Amara Lakhous, Algerian-born writer who has been living in Rome since 1995 and fueled by his passion for Italian culture, has written novels, all set in Italy in a language described as "Arabicized Italian and Italianized Arabic." He is the recipient of the prestigious Premio Flaiano in 2006, as well as Algeria's Prix des libraires in 2008. Topic to be announced. Location: Stony Brook University's Harriman Hall, Room 137.

November 20, Thursday, 4:00 p.m.

Presentation by poet-author Francesco Paolo Tanzj, from Molise Italy, of his publication: "From Italy: Poems and Beauty from the Heart of Italy" with bilingual readings and multimedia (music and video). An event offered in collaboration with the Gradiva International Poetry Society. Location: Stony Brook University's Center for Italian Studies in the Frank Melville Library, Room E4340.



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