italian studies


Benvenuti al nostro sito! Welcome to our site!

Since its establishment in 1985, the Center for Italian Studies has become an integral part of the Italian and Italian-American community on Long Island. Its mission is multifaceted:

  • to stimulate interdisciplinary research by the local academic community on issues that encourage a better understanding of Italy and of Italian Americans

  • to become a national and international focus for Italian and Italian American affairs

  • to promote a better understanding of Italy and of Italian Americans by bringing the latest scholarly findings on Italy and Italian Americans to the general public as well as by organizing cultural activities of general interest

The Center for Italian Studies takes pride in its efforts to focus on scholarly endeavors as well as cultural enrichment for the community. We are located in the Frank Melville Jr. Library, fourth floor, Room E-4340. If you would like to visit us, please contact Josephine Fusco, our Executive Director, at (631) 632-7444 or via email at 

Director Mario B. Mignone had the honor of presenting Explorers, Emigrants, Citizens: A Visual History of the Italian American Experience from the Collections of the Library of Congress at the Camere dei Deputati (Italian Parliament), Rome. Sponsored and published by the Library of Congress, the book was released in Italian by Anniversary Books with the title Trovare l'America. The presentation was presided over by the Honorable Stefano Dambruoso with the participation of Deputy Fucsia Nissoli FitzGerald, Prof. Marcello Saija and publisher Paolo Battaglia. Visit our Facebook page for more photos of the event »

Rome Book Presentation
On Oct. 16, 2013, the book presentation of Explorers, Emigrants, Citizens took place at the Consolato Generale d'Italia in New York. The book is a visual history of the Italian Experience from the Collections of the Library of Congress, by Linda Barrett Osborne & Paolo Battaglia, Foreword by Martin Scorsese, Introductions by Mario B. Mignone & Antonio Canovi. Visit our Facebook page for more photos of this event »

Book Presentation 1
The Center celebrated its 25th Anniversary Celebration on Tuesday, March 29, 2011. Pictures from the event (and many others) can be found on our Facebook page »

The Center has also been featured in Happenings, Stony Brook's Online Newsletter. Click here to take a look at the article »

CONGRATULAZIONI to Rick Nasti for being knighted by the Italian Republic! Click here to read all about it »

Rick Nasti Knighting 2012

The Center for Italian Studies   |   Melville Library, Fourth Floor, Stony Brook University   |   Phone: (631) 632-7444
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