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:

-first, to stimulate interdisciplinary research by the local academic community on issues that encourage a better understanding of Italy and of Italian Americans;
-second, to become a national and international focus for Italian and Italian American affairs;
-and third, 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 both on scholarly endeavors as well as cultural enrichment for the community.

The Center for Italian Studies is located at Stony Brook University, in the Frank Melville 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 the book on the Italian American Experience at the Camere dei Deputati (Italian Parliament), Rome. Sponsored and published by the Library of Congress, Explorers, Emigrants, Citizens: A visual History of the Italian American Experience from the Collections of the Library of Congress, the book was released in Italian by AnniversaryBooks with the title Trovare l'America. The book presentation was presided by the Honorable Stefano Dambruoso with the participation of Deputy Fucsia Nissoli FitzGerald, Prof. Marcello Saija and publisher Paolo Battaglia. Click this link to 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 pictures 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

Rick Nasti Knighting 2012

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