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September 18, 2022
Stony Brook University Campus

Robert D. Cess Concorso d'Eleganza XVI 

Each year, the Center for Italian Studies presents the Robert D. Cess Concorso d'Eleganza Annual Celebration of Italian Vehicle Excellence and Beauty. The show is a display of 
"art forms on wheelsas a means of illustrating one form of Italian culture. Various Italian vehicle groups will be represented. The show is free and open to the public and will take place on the lawn adjacent to the Physics Building, across Toll Drive from the Island Federal Arena. Download a map to the show here.

The show was canceled in 2020 due to COVID but returned last year with almost 100 cars and motorcycles on display.  Click here to watch The Donna Drake Show attend the annual event in 2021!

Owners of Italian vehicles interested in participating can contact Josephine Fusco at or 631-632-7444.



October 2022 - April 2023
Dates and times vary
Remote series

Italian Classes for the Community 2022-2023

Would you like to speak Italian and learn about Italian culture? Do you have some knowledge of Italian but you would like to learn more? Would you like to retain your language skills by practicing with other students?

If you answered 'yes' to any of the questions above, we have an Italian class for you!

The Center for Italian Studies is pleased to sponsor our Italian Classes for the Community. These courses are designed to expose students to Italian language and culture according to prior knowledge and individual needs. 

Please visit our Community  tab for more information!

Thursday, October 20, 2022 
Center for Italian Studies

Publications Ceremony

Please join us for the ceremony to announce and recognize the winner of this year's Gradiva's Internationa Poetry Contest. Conducted by Professor Luigi Fontanella, Editor of Gradiva Publications, the celebration will include bilingual poetry readings, a musical interlude, and a reception. All are invited.

Location: Center for Italian Studies, Frank Melville Library, E4340

Additional program details and link to join the event to be announced

November 10-12, 2022 
Program Details: TBA
Center for Italian Studies
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Conference in Honor of Mario Mignone

The Center for Italian Studies is pleased to announce that it is hosting a memorial conference in honor of its founder, Mario Mignone, here at Stony Brook University. The program is currently being organized to include presentations by this family, friends, colleagues, scholars, University associates, and government officials who are looking forward to remembering him and recalling his life's achievements.

Program details will be formally announced and made available as soon as all arrangments are finalized.