Upcoming Events Calendar


Center for Italian Studies Spring 2014 Preliminary Calendar

(Updated April 29, 2014)

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



3, Thursday, 1:00 p.m.
Gradiva International Poetry Society Event: Lecture: Anthony J. Tamburri, Dean, Calandra Institute at Queens College. Topic: Christ in Concrete by Pietro Donato, from Novel to Film. Stony Brook University's Frank Melville Memorial Library, Room E-4115.


7, Monday, D’Amato Chair Invited Lectures:

  2:30 p.m. Professor Emeritus Gerald Meyer (Hostos Community College) Presentation on the topic: Fiorello LaGuardia: Urban Populist

  4:00 p.m. Professor Paolo Fasoli (Hunter College). Lecture Title: Rakes' Progresses: Early Libertinism in 17th Century Venice

Location: Stony Brook University’s Center for Italian Studies in the Frank Melville Memorial Library,

Room E4340.

15, Tuesday, 4:00 p.m.
Lecture (In Italian) by Filippo La Porta, Italian Essayist, Journalist and Literary Critic, entitled: “Sui tic dellalingua quotidiana in Italia come sintomi di una trasformazione del costume e della mentalita’.   Co-sponsored by the Gradiva International Poetry Society, Inc.  Location: Stony Brook University’s Center for Italian Studies in the Frank Melville Memorial Library, Room E4340.

**Cancelled: Will Be Rescheduled At A Later Date**
15, Tuesday, 4:00 p.m.

D'Amato Chair Invited Lecture: Presentation by Erica Benner (Yale University). Topic: Macchiavelli's Ideal Statesman.  Location: Stony Brook University's Humanities Institute, Humanities Building, Room 1013.


21, Monday, 5:30 p.m.

Joseph Tromba Lecture Series Event: Vincenzo Pascale, Ph.D. Lecture Topic: Italian Politics and Immigration in North and South America (1861-1914). Location: Stony Brook University’s Center for Italian Studies in the Frank Melville Memorial Library, Room E4340.

**Cancelled: Will Be Rescheduled At A Later Date**
23, Wednesday, 6:00 p.m.
D'Amato Chair Invited Lecture. Presentation by Ron Scapp (College of Mount Saint Vincent). Topic: The Assault on Ethnic Studies: An Assault on Democracy?   Location: Stony Brook University's Wang Center, Room 201.


24, Thursday, 4:00 p.m.

Joseph Tromba Lecture Series Event:

Book Presentation: Long Island Italian Americans: History, Heritage and Tradition

Join author, Dr. Salvatore LaGumina, Professor Emeritus, Nassau Community College, to discover the remarkable contributions and vibrant culture of Italians and Italian Americans on Long Island.

Author’s Note: “ For Italian immigrants and their descendants, moving from "the city" to Long Island was more than a change of address. It signaled that the family had achieved the American dream, and in turn, elements of Italian values and culture are visible all over the Island. Italians helped to build Long Island as contractors, brought culinary traditions and opened markets and restaurants and made indelible impact in such diverse fields as medicine, politics, theater, education and wine-making, among others.”

Location: Stony Brook University’s Center for Italian Studies, Frank Melville Memorial Library, Room E4340.

30, Wednesday, 4:00 p.m.Film Presentation: Finding the Mother Lode: Italian Immigrants in California with Directors: Gianfranco & Suma Norelli. A companion piece to Pane Amaro (Bitter Bread) on the Italians of the East Coast. The experience of Italian immigrants in California has been markedly different from that of their compatriots elsewhere in the United States. Initially part of the Gold Rush, these immigrants turned to farming, fishing, viniculture, and commerce. Through stories set in seven Italian-American communities throughout California, Finding the Mother Lode examines how economic and social mobility became possible for many Italian Americans in the Golden State. Post screening discussion with the directors, Gianfranco & Suma Norelli. Location: Stony Brook University's Center for Italian Studies, Frank Melville Memorial Library, E-4340.



Stony Brook University and the Florence University of the Arts are very pleased to announce the 6th Annual Conference that will take place in Florence on 7th and 8th November 2014.


The international conference is entitled:






How does a great city enrich the lives of those who live there? How does the environment ignite the spark of innovation? To grasp the dialectical exchange between individual intellectual endeavor and the socio-cultural environment, this conference explores the relationship between Galileo Galilei and Florence in all its dimensions.






The conference goal is to examine Florence as a city capable of inspiring its citizens with the desire to inquire, discover, create and innovate. The conference will focus on the relationship between the cultural, social and historical environment of Florence so as to identify the elements providing the city's intellectual dynamism and creativity. At the same time the conference aims to discuss more generally the kinds of influence political and religious powers and institutions might still exercise in support or in opposition to the inception of new ideas. In the conference we would like to give particular prominence to the figure of Galileo Galilei. His research and publications have not only redefined the cosmology of his time but have laid the foundations of modern science. Furthermore Galilei’s intellectual endeavors embraced the appreciation of poetry and literature, grasping in the symmetries of language the same elegance observed in his experimental inquiries. In the 450th anniversary of his birth the conference would like to explore the many meanings and dimensions attached to the philosophy of his scientific inquiry.


Suggested topics include but are not limited to:




  • Modern science and scientific inquiry in Florence's social and cultural landscape

  • Creative processes, inspiration and realization in arts and communication

  • Galileo as a symbol of the scientific method and discovery through direct experience

  • The relationship between literature and science and their mutual influences

  • The importance of the senses and physical perception applied to arts and taste

  • Florence's capability to innovate and redefine practices and established beliefs






To apply, please send a one-page abstract of not more than 300 words in English and a CV to tbrownlees@fua.it The deadline for applications is June 30, 2013. Paper presentations, may be given only in English, and should be no longer than 20 minutes. Both abstracts and submitted papers will be examined by the Conference Scientific Committee. Selected papers will be published in an online volume of the conference proceedings.






Palazzo Doni, Via Magliabechi 1, Florence, Italy






Thomas Brownlees, Academic Coordinator tbrownlees@fua.it


Massimo Coppetti, Logistics Coordinator mcoppetti@apicius.it



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