Whereas - Italy Culture Month

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Whereas - Italy Culture Month

ContentsOpen Letter from the Chairperson 3Mission Statement 5Members of the Board 7Acknowledgments 9Financial Supporters 11Leonardo da Vinci Award Recipients 14Official Proclamation from the Governor ofthe State of New York 16Official Proclamation from the 19Comptroller of the State of New YorkOfficial Proclamation from the 21Council of the City of New YorkOfficial Proclamations from theBorough Presidents of the City of New York 26Official Events andProclamation Ceremonies 36Borough Contact Persons 40Calendar of Events 43Participating SchoolsElementary through Secondary 109Participating Colleges and Universities 113Italian and Italian American Institutionsin New York 114Related References 117


generosity of benefactors, among which are the ColumbusCitizens Foundation, the Office of the Consul General ofNew York and many other individuals and contributors.You are enthusiastically and wholeheartedly invited to joinus in this celebration to partake of, and participate in, asmany activities listed in the calendar of events as you areable. With us, the members of the Italian Heritage andCulture Committee – NY, Inc., a Board second to none in itsenthusiasm and grace of life as “Italophiles” - I encourageyou to celebrate our rich heritage!Grazie a tutti e buon divertimento!Joseph Sciame(Cav.) Uff. Joseph SciamePresident/ChairpersonMese Della Cultura ItalianaItalian Heritage and Culture Committee of New York, Inc.4


AcknowledgmentsWe wish to express our deep gratitude to:Dott. Renato Miracco, Director of the Italian CulturalInstitute of New York and Cav. Dott. Berardo Paradiso,President of IACE, for the hospitality and use of theInstitute for the purpose of holding our meetings andconducting our administrative operations;Dr. Anthony J. Tamburri, Dean and Professor of theJohn D. Calandra Italian American Institute, QueensCollege of The City University of New York andIHCC-NY, Inc. Board Member, and his staff fortheir technical assistance and use of the Institute’sfacilities in the preparation of the calendar of events,specifically Cav. Joan Migliori, Dr. Maria LaRusso,Marianna Prestigiacomo, Olga Pappas, CarminePizzirusso and Rosaria Musco.John Battista De Santis, Vice President of WebbCommunications, Inc. and IHCC-NY, Inc. BoardMember for generously donating the art work anddesign of the theme, and graphic services for the variouspublications and website www.italyculturemonth.org;John Dabbene, President and CEO of the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum and IHCC-NY, Inc. Board Memberfor developing the bookmark and special GalileoGalilei and Giuseppe Petrosino brochure;Cav. Uff. George Altomare, UFT and IHCC-NY, Inc.Board Member, for facilitating the distribution ofposters and bookmarks to the New York City PublicSchools;MaryAnne Re, Ph.D., Secretary IHCC-NY, Inc.Board Member for coordinating the tribute ceremonyin honor of Dr. Rocco Caporale, former member ofthe IHCC-NY, Inc. Board;9


10. Zusammenarbeit mit anderen InstitutionenFür die Familien ergänzenden pädagogischen Aufgaben in unserer KTE ist dieZusammenarbeit mit verschiedenen Institutionen unbedingt erforderlich.Hier sind nur einige der Institutionen beispielhaft aufgeführt: ASD (Allgemeiner, sozialer Dienst im Jugendamt) Frühförderstelle, Neurologe, Logopädie, Motopädie Erziehungsberatung (regional, gegebenenfalls auch überregional) Verwaltung Grundschule Zahnärztlicher Dienst, Gesundheitsamt Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie der Stadt und des Landes Unfallkasse NRW Lungenklinik Hemer Feuerwehr/Polizei Bäckereien Einzelhandel Altersheim „Villa Brökelmann“ Öffentlichkeitsarbeit (Weltkindertag) Musikschule Ordnungsamt Bauhof Presse Fachreferenten Vertreter verschiedener Religionsgemeinschaft Sozialpädagogische Fachschule Schulpraktikanten Weiterführende Schulen der von uns betreuten Schulpraktikanten Fortbildungseinrichtung (regional und überregional)


PROCLAIMED, that State Comptroller ThomasP. DiNapoli does hereby recognize and applaud theoutstanding accomplishments of Galileo Galilei andGiuseppe Petrosino; and be it furtherPROCLAIMED, that during this month of October,two thousand nine, Comptroller DiNapoli doesjoin with the people of New York in honoring theremarkable achievements of generations of Italiansand Italian Americans, and celebrating the rich legacybequeathed to us by them.Thomas P. DiNapoliState Comptroller20


WHEREAS: In observing October as NationalItalian-American Heritage Month, the Council of theCity of New York unites in goodwill to foster a greaterappreciation of the extraordinary roles Italian andItalian-Americans have played in shaping New YorkCity and the world. Today, millions of Italians andAmericans of Italian ancestry continue to enrich ourcommunity and we are proud to join all Americansin celebrating their distinguished contributions;andWHEREAS: Galileo Galilei was one suchindividual. Galileo Galilei was born in Pisa onFebruary 15, 1564, son of Vincenzo Galilei, a musicscholar, and Giulia Ammannati. He studied at theUniversity of Pisa, where he held the mathematicschair from 1589-1592. He was then appointed to thechair of mathematics in the University of Padua,where he remained until 1610; andWHEREAS: Galileo is credited with no less thanestablishing the modern method of experimentation.He was the first scientist and thinker to try to proveor disprove theory by conducting tests and observingthe results. Prior to Galileo, scientific theory waspurely based on hypothesis and conjecture. It wasin the interest of conducting accurate tests and inmaking precise observations that Galileo developed21


a number of inventions, including the hydrostaticbalance (a device designed to measure the density ofobjects), in about 1586, and the thermometer (one ofthe first measuring devices to be used in science), in1593. In the Padua years, he conducted studies andexperiments in mechanics, built the thermoscope,and invented and built the geometric and militarycompass. In 1594, he developed a water-liftingmachine; andWHEREAS: The invention most widely credited toGalileo is the telescope, however he did not originatethe instrument, but rather improved it in 1609. Hewas also the first to use a telescope to study the skies,which led him to a series of discoveries, all in 1610:the Moon shines with reflected light, the surface ofthe Moon is mountainous, the Milky Way is madeup of countless stars and Jupiter has four largesatellites. He was even able to correctly estimate theperiod of rotation for each of these moons, which henamed “Medicean stars” for his benefactor, Cosimode Medici. Galileo was also the first to observe thephases of Venus, which are similar to the Moon’s,and to discover sunspots; andWHEREAS: Before these astronomical discoveries,Galileo had already made significant contributionsto science. In 1589, when he was 25 years old, hehad published a treatise on the center of gravity insolids. From 1602 to 1609, he had studied the motionof pendulums and other objects along arcs andinclines. From these observations, he concluded thatfalling objects accelerate at a constant rate. This lawof uniform acceleration later helped Isaac Newton(1642-1727) derive the law of gravity. Galileo alsodemonstrated that the path of a projectile is aparabola; andWHEREAS: Galileo Galilei enrichedour community with his presence and he is worthyof the esteem of all New Yorkers; now, therefore22


BE IT KNOWN: That the Council of theCity of New York most gratefully honorsGalileo Galileifor his outstanding contributions to the community.Signed this 12th day of October in the year TwoThousand and Nine.TONY AVELLAChairItalian American Caucus23


WHEREAS: In observing October as NationalItalian-American Heritage Month, the Council of theCity of New York unites in goodwill to foster a greaterappreciation of the extraordinary roles Italian andItalian-Americans have played in shaping New YorkCity and the world. Today, millions of Italians andAmericans of Italian ancestry continue to enrich ourcommunity and we are proud to join all Americansin celebrating their distinguished contributions;andWHEREAS: Mr. Giuseppe Petrosino was onesuch individual. Giuseppe “Joe” Petrosino wasan NYPD officer who was a pioneer in the fightagainst organized crime. The various crime fightingtechniques that he pioneered during his lawenforcement career are still practiced by variousagencies in the fight against crime; andWHEREAS: In 1874, Officer Petrosino and hisfamily emigrated to the U.S. from Padula insouthern Italy. On October 19, 1883 he joined theNew York City Police Department, thereby becomingfriends with the Police Commissioner of New YorkTheodore Roosevelt. On July 20, 1895, Rooseveltpromoted him to Detective Sergeant of the homicidedivision, making him the first Italian-Americanto lead this division. The pinnacle of his careercame in December 1908 when he was promoted to24


Lieutenant and was placed in charge of the Italiansquad, an elite corps of Italian-American detectivesspecifically assembled to deal with the criminalactivities of organizations like the Mafia, whichOfficer Petrosino saw as a shame to decent Italians;andWHEREAS: After being tragically killed in theline of duty, Officer Petrosino’s funeral was heldin Manhattan on April 12, 1909 and was attendedby 250,000 people. New York City declared the dayof his burial a holiday to allow citizens to attendhis funeral. A small plaza north of the old NYPDheadquarters at 240 Center Street was renamed inhis memory. Another recognition includes a smallpark in Greenwich Village, NY, formerly knownas Kenmare Square, renamed Lieutenant JosephPetrosino Square Park in 1987; andWHEREAS: Officer Petrosino enriched ourcommunity with his presence and he is worthy ofthe esteem of all New Yorkers; now, thereforeBE IT KNOWN: That the Council of theCity of New York most gratefully honorsGiuseppe Petrosinofor his outstanding contributions to the community.TONY AVELLAChairItalian American Caucus25


Whereas: The Italian Heritage and CultureMonth has been celebrated for more than a quartercentury with special events, exhibits, lectures andproclamations to commemorate Italy’s history andculture; andWhereas: The 33rd Italian Heritage and CultureMonth is being celebrated city-wide in honorof two important figures: Galileo Galilei, Father ofModern Astronomy; and Giuseppe Petrosino, an Italian-AmericanCrime fighter; andWhereas: I extend my gratitude and appreciationto the Italian Heritage and Culture Committeeand its dedicated members for keeping alive thelegacy of the Italian culture.Now, therefore, I, Ruben Diaz Jr., President of theBorough of The Bronx, pay tribute to our Italian-American community and the cultural political, andscientific contributions Italian-Americans have made26


to our great borough, city and country. I do herebyproclaim October 2009 as“Italian Heritage andCulture Month”Ruben Diaz Jr.27


Whereas, Brooklyn is still, and will always be, oneof the largest Italian-American centers in the UnitedStates – and the largest when we include the residentsof Brooklyn’s southwestern suburb: Staten Island – it ismost fitting to recognize our Italian-American communityand take note of the important cultural, culinary, political,and social aspects of Italian heritage that have greatlyenriched the quality of life in our borough; andWhereas, in honor of the 33rd Anniversary of ItalianHeritage and Culture Month – and in recognition ofGalileo Galilei, credited with establishing the modernmethod of experimentation, the father of modernastronomy; and Giuseppe “Joe” Petrosino, a NYPDofficer who was a pioneer in the fight against organizedcrime – Brooklyn residents gather to celebrate the richItalian heritage found throughout our great borough,and to pay tribute to the distinguished citizens of Italiandescent who have made outstanding contributions tothe betterment of our borough, state and nation fromunsurpassed restaurants to all areas of public service andbeyond; andWhereas, benvenuti é saluti dai due milione e mezzodi cittadini di Brooklyn, cuore della communita Italianain America; President and Chairman Cav. Uff. JosephSciame, and the officers and members of the ItalianHeritage and Culture Month Committee of New York,Inc., I salute and commend Galileo Galilei – the firstscientist and thinker to prove or disprove theory byconducting tests and observing the results – Giuseppe“Joe” Petrosino – the first Italian American to lead the28


homicide division appointed by then Police CommissionerTheodore Roosevelt – and our borough’s proud Italian-American community, as we honor and acknowledge thegreat significance of their contributions during ItalianHeritage and Culture Month;Now, therefore, I, Marty Markowitz, President of theBorough of Brooklyn,do hereby proclaim the month of October, 2009Italian Heritage and Culture Monthin Brooklyn, USAIn witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand andcaused the seal of the Borough of Brooklyn to be affixedthis 1st day of October, 2009.President of the Borough of Brooklyn29


Whereas: We are proud to commemoratethose cultures that preserve the diversity of ourCity and foster the multifaceted identity that has soenriched our civic identity; andWhereas: New York State is home to moreItalian Americans than any other state in the union,and the proud influence of Italian culture on our cityis one that we hold in great regard; andWhereas: Italian Heritage and CulturalCelebration Month affords us an opportunity eachyear to reflect on the contributions of Italians andItalian Americans to the culture of New York, just asthis year we will honor the life and accomplishmentsof two proud historical figures, Galileo Galilei andGiuseppe Petrosino; andWhereas: New York is made strong by anappreciation for and celebration of our manycultural influences, and we are grateful to the ItalianHeritage & Cultural Committee of New York for allof their work putting together this year’s events andprograms;30


Now therefore, I, Scott M. Stringer, herebydeclare this October 2009“Italian Heritage & CulturalCelebration Month”in the Borough of ManhattanIn witness whereof I have hereuntoset my hand and caused the seal ofthe Borough of Manhattan to beaffixed.Scott M. StringerPresident, Boroughof Manhattan31


Greeting:Where as, the theme of this year’s ItalianHeritage and Culture Month celebration recognizestwo outstanding individuals, the gifted scientist andthinker, Galileo Galilei and the pioneer in the fightagainst organized crime, NYPD Officer Giuseppe “Joe”Petrosino; andWhere as, Galileo developed a number of inventionsincluding the thermometer and an improved telescopethat led to a series of discoveries. Officer Petrosinocourageously placed his life in jeopardy to protectfamous and ordinary citizens from extortion and deaththreats. Both Galileo and Officer Petrosino in their ownways, contributed to the growth and wellbeing of allmankind; andWhere as, there are more than 26 million Americansof Italian decent living in the United States and Queensis said to have the largest number of Italian Americansliving outside of Italy; andWhere as, the Italian Heritage & Culture Committee ofNew York, Inc. for more than thirty years has organizedevents, concerts, exhibits and lectures, celebrating Italianculture.Now, therefore, I, Helen M. Marshall, President of theBorough of queens in the City of New York, do herebyproclaim the month of October, 2009 as32


Italian Heritage & Culture MonthIn Queens.Done at Queens Borough Hall, Kew Gardens, in the Cityof New York, on this the first day of October in the yeartwo thousand and nine.Helen M. MarshallPresident of the Borough of Queens33


Whereas:Staten Island is home to more Italian-Americans than any other County in the United Statesof America; andWhereas:To celebrate the myriad contributionsItalian-Americans have made to the social, cultural,and economic well-being of our City, State, and Nation,the Borough President’s Office created Staten Island’sColumbus Day Parade in 1991, which has become afavorite October tradition for all those who are Italian-American, or just Italian at heart; andWhereas:Each year, the Board of Directors ofthe Italian Heritage and Culture Committee ofNew York, Inc., selects a theme, and this year they willfocus on two important men, “Galileo Galilei: Father ofModen Astronomy,” and “Giuseppe Petrosino: Salutingan Italian American Crime Fighter”; andWhereas:Staten Islanders of all ethnicbackgrounds applaud Italian-American New Yorkersfor their commitment to sharing the wonders of Italianculture with us, for their status as model citizens and fortheir remarkable record of service to our City,34


NOW, THEREFORE, I, JAMES P. MOLINAROPresident of the Borough of Staten Island, by virtueof the power and authority vested in me by the laws ofthe City and State of New York, do hereby proclaim theMonth of October 2009 asITALIAN HERITAGE ANDCULTURE MONTHin the Borough of Staten Island.IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set myhand and affixed the seal of the Borough of StatenIslandthis 4 th day of October in the year of Our Lord,Two Thousand and Nine.James P. MolinaroOFFICE OF THE PRESIDENTBOROUGH OF STATEN ISLANDCITY OF NEW YORK35


2009 Official Events andProclamation CeremoniesStaten Island Borough President James P.Molinaro’s Italian Heritage and Culture MonthCeremonyOctober 4 11:00 amCeremony celebrating Italian Heritage and CultureMonth with honorary guest Grand Marshal, Hon.Thomas D’Addona, Mayor of Crespina, Tuscany.Situated in the Province of Pisa, Crespina is the“Sister City” to Staten Island. Join Staten Islandersto celebrate the special relationship with Crespinaand its residents. Sponsored by Staten IslandBorough President James Molinaro.New Dorp High School465 New Dorp Lane, Staten IslandAdmission: (by invitation only)Annual Staten Island Columbus Day ParadeOctober 4 12:00 pmGrand Marshal, Hon. Thomas D’Addona, Mayor ofCrespina, Italy. Sponsored by Staten Island BoroughPresident James Molinaro.Beginning at New Dorp High School, New DorpLane and Mill Road, Staten IslandAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Joanne Nuzzo (718) 816-2133jnuzzo@statenislandusa.comNew York City Mayor’s Italian Heritage andCulture ReceptionOctober 7 7:00 pmMayor Michael R. Bloomberg welcomes membersof the New York City community to Gracie Mansionfor a reception celebrating Italian Heritage andCulture Month. Sponsored by Office of the Mayorand the Columbus Citizens Foundation(by invitationonly).36


Nassau County Italian Heritage and CultureMonth Proclamation CeremonyOctober 13 5:00 pmHonorable Thomas R. Suozzi, Nassau CountyExecutive, celebrates Italian Heritage and CultureMonth at a ceremony and reception honoring JosephDiTrapani, National President, Order Sons of Italy inAmerica (OSIA) and Salvatore Lanzilotta, President,Grand Lodge of New York, OSIA.Theodore Roosevelt Executive & LegislativeBuilding1550 Franklin Avenue, Mineola, NYAdmission: (by invitation only)Contact: Carolyn Reres (516) 358-5010reres@optonline.netNew York State Comptroller’s Salute to GalileoGalilei and Giuseppe PetrosinoOctober 14 6:00 pmNew York State Comptroller, Hon. Thomas P.DiNapoli, will hold a special “Salute to 2009’sItalian Heritage and Culture Month theme “GalileoGalilei: Father of Modern Astronomy”and“Giuseppe Petrosino: Saluting an Italian-AmericanCrime Fighter” highlighting the achievements ofItalian Americans.St John’s University – Manhattan CampusThe Atrium101 Murray Street at West Street, ManhattanAdmission: (by invitation only)Contact: Cav. Uff. Joseph Sciame (718) 990-1941)sciamej@stjohns.eduBrooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz’sItalian Heritage and Culture MonthProclamation CeremonyOctober 15 6:00 pmThe Honorable Marty Markowitz, BrooklynBorough President, will host a proclamationceremony in honor of Italian Heritage and CultureMonth to celebrate the contributions of GalileoGalilei and Joseph Petrosino. Sponsored by37


Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.Brooklyn Borough Hall209 Joralemon Street, BrooklynAdmission: open to the public (reservationsrequired)Contact: Camille Socci (718) 802-4047csocci@brooklynbp.ny.govQueens Borough President Helen Marshall’sItalian Heritage and Culture CeremonyOctober 19 7:00 pmAn annual tribute to the year’s theme to honor theaccomplishments of Galileo Galilei and GiuseppePetrosino. Hon. Helen M. Marshall, QueensBorough President, presents awards to distinguishedindividuals in the Borough of Queens. Sponsored bythe Office of the Borough President and coordinatedby the Italian Heritage and Culture MonthCommittee of Queens.St. John’s University Marillac Terrace8000 Utopia Parkway, Queens, New YorkContact: Cav. Uff. Joseph Sciame (718) 990-1941or (718) 990-5892sciamej@stjohns.eduBronx Borough President Ruben Diaz’sItalian American Heritage and Culture MonthCelebrationOctober 22 6:00 pmThe Honorable Ruben Diaz, Bronx BoroughPresident, will host the Bronx’s Annual Italian-American Heritage and Culture Month celebrationto honor individuals who foster Italian-Americanculture through literature, arts and public service.Sponsored by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz.Belmont Library610 East 186 th Street, BronxAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Sonia Malave (718) 590-3989smalave@boedc.org38


New York City Council-Italian American CaucusAnnual Italian Heritage and Culture MonthCelebrationOctober 28 5:30 pmJoin Council Speaker Christine Quinn, CouncilMember Tony Avella, Chair of the Italian AmericanCaucus, and Council Members at a celebration ofItalian Heritage and Culture Month at City Hall.The Italian American Caucus will honor ItalianAmericans who have contributed to New York Citywith a City Council Proclamation. Sponsored by theNew York City Council Italian-American Caucus.City Council Chambers,City Hall, ManhattanAdmission: (by invitation only)Contact: Xavier San Miguel (718) 747-2137xsanmiguel@council.nyc.govManhattan Borough President Scott M.Stringer’s Proclamation Celebration andReception for Italian Heritage and CultureMonthDate to be announcedManhattan Borough President, Hon. Scott M.Stringer, celebrates the accomplishments of GalileoGalilei and Giuseppe Petrosino with a ceremony,honoring distinguished honorees, related to the twothemes, for their contributions to Italian heritageand culture and to New York City. Sponsored byManhattan Borough President, Scott M. Stringer, incollaboration with the Italian Heritage and CultureCommittee of New York, Inc.City Council ChamberCity Hall, ManhattanAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Nancy Indelicato (212) 662-8264 or MaggiPayton (212) 669-2728naindel @hotmail.com39


Borough Contact PersonsPosters, bookmarks and Calendar of Events can bepicked up through the following contact persons:BronxFrances FuscoEnrico Fermi Cultural Center, Belmont Branch ofthe New York Public Library610 East 186 th Street, Bronx, NY 10458(718) 933-6410Patricia FilomenaUFT Bronx Borough Office2500 Halsey StreetBronx, NY 10461(718) 379-6200BrooklynAnthony SclafaniUFT Brooklyn Borough Office335 Adams StreetBrooklyn, NY 11201(718) 852-4900ManhattanJames MorganIstituto Italiano di Cultura686 Park AvenueNew York, NY 10021(212) 879-4242Rosaria MuscoJohn D. Calandra Italian American Institute25 West 43 rd Street, 17 th floorNew York, NY 10036(212) 642-209440


Nancy J. Indelicato310 West 106 th StreetNew York, NY 10025(212) 662-8264Cav. Uff. George AltomareUFT Headquarters52 Broadway, 12 th FloorNew York, NY 10004(212) 598-7771QueensCav. Uff. Joseph SciameVice President for Community RelationsSt. John’s University, Administration BuildingNewman Hall, Room 1558000 Utopia ParkwayQueens, NY 11439(718) 990-1486/1941Mary VaccaroUFT Queens Borough Office97-77 Queens Boulevard, 5 th FloorRego Park, NY 11374(718) 275-4400Angie MarkhamFederation of the Italian American Organizations ofQueens, Inc.29-21 21 st AvenueAstoria, NY 11105(718) 204-2444Staten IslandJohn DabbeneGaribaldi-Meucci Museum420 Tompkins AvenueStaten Island, NY 10305(718) 442-160841


Calendar of EventsThe following events are arranged in chronological order.Art Exhibition: “Universal Language”by Franca MariniSeptember 9 – October 30 Monday – Thursday 9:00am – 8:00 pm; Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pmSeptember 10 4:00 pm Lecture by Artist FrancaMariniSeptember 16 6:00 - 8:00 pm Reception with ArtistsNicos Alexiou and Sophia VourkoukisMarini’s “Universal Language” exhibit was inspiredspecifically by the unique physical shape of the QueensCollege Art Center gallery. Marini, from Siena, Italy iscurrently based in New York and is a multimedia artistwhose work plays with the dimensions of urban lines,transculture and the importance of written language.Sponsored by Queens College Art CenterBenjamin S. Rosenthal Library, 6 th floor65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, NYAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Alexandra de Luise (718) 997-3748alexandra.deluise@qc.cuny.eduLecture: “Art and History of L’Aquila, Abruzzo”by Joseph PagnozziSeptember 9 8:00 pmJoseph Pagnozzi, President of the Montfort Academy,will present a portrait of the devastation and destructionto the history, art and residents of L’Aquila as a resultof the recent earthquake. Sponsored by Kensico ItalianAmerican Society.1 Town Hall Plaza, Tower Room, 3 rd floor, Valhalla, NYAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Brigida Colitto (914) 769-8846MoliseBC#@aol.comItaliano MangiandoClassroom lessons: September 9, 23; October 7, 21;November 9; December 2, 16Kitchen lessons: September 16, 30; October 14, 28;November 18; December 9Wednesdays 6:00 – 7:30 pm. For students who completedlevel III or with a good understanding of the Italian43


language. Classes will alternate between language classesand practical conversation classes held in the WICCstate of the art kitchen while preparing and enjoying ahomemade dinner. Instructor: Cathy Blanco. Sponsoredby Westchester Italian Cultural Center.One Generoso Place, Tuckahoe, NYAdmission: Adult fee: Members $525; Non-Members$575; Senior Citizen’s fee: Members $470; Non-Members$515; 2 nd Family Member (spouse, child): Members $470;Non-Members $515Contact: Patrizia Calce (914) 771-8700 ext 109pcalce@wiccny.orgPrimi Passi in Italiano, Mommy & MeSeptember 9 – December 16 (Wednesdays)10:00 – 11:00 am; 11:30am – 12:30 pm; 1:00 – 2:00 pmLanguage and cultural enrichment classes for childrenages 2 ½ to 4 and caregiver. Teacher: Leslie Poole Petit.13 classes. Sponsored by Westchester Italian CulturalCenter.One Generoso Place, Tuckahoe, NYAdmission: Members $375; Non-Members $470; 2 ndChild: Members $337.50; Non-Members $423Contact: Patrizia Calce (914) 771-8700 ext 109pcalce@wiccny.orgLecture: “Rosario Candela: An Immigrant Architectin New York” by Andrew AlpernSeptember 10 6:00 pmRosario Candela, an immigrant from Sicily, was anarchitect who achieved renown through his apartmentbuilding designs in New York City. Andrew Alpernwill discuss Candela’s influence in defining the city’scharacteristic terraced setbacks and signature penthouses.Sponsored by the John D.Calandra Italian AmericanInstitute, Queens College/CUNY.25 West 43 rd Street, 17 th floor (between 5 th & 6 th Avenues),ManhattanAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Rosangela Briscese (212) 642-2094calandra@qc.edu44


Language Course for Adults – Italian ISeptember 10 - December 3 (Thursdays)6:00 – 7:00 pmThis class provides students with a sound grammaticalbasis while teaching everyday communication skills.13 classes. Instructor Prof. Aldo Belardo. Sponsored byWestchester Italian Cultural Center.One Generoso Place, Tuckahoe, NYAdmission: Members $375; Non-Members $470; SeniorCitizens: Members $337.50; Non-Members $423Contact: Patrizia Calce (914) 771-8700 ext 109pcalce@wiccny.orgLanguage Course for Adults – Italian IISeptember 10 - December 3 (Thursdays)7:15 – 8:15 pmThis class focuses on practical communication, increasingvocabulary and improving language comprehension.13 classes. Instructor Prof. Aldo Belardo. Sponsored byWestchester Italian Cultural Center.One Generoso Place, Tuckahoe, NYAdmission: Members $375; Non-Members $470; SeniorCitizens: Members $337.50; Non-Members $423Contact: Patrizia Calce (914) 771-8700 ext 109pcalce@wiccny.orgLanguage Course for Adults – Italian IIISeptember 10 - December 3 (Thursdays)6:00 – 7:00 pmThis class emphasizes active communication in Italian.Reviewing expanding and perfecting pronunciation,structure and vocabulary for the purposes of active oraland written communication. 13 classes. Instructor CathyBlanco. Sponsored by Westchester Italian Cultural Center.One Generoso Place, Tuckahoe, NYAdmission: Members $375; Non-Members $470; SeniorCitizens: Members $337.50; Non-Members $423Contact: Patrizia Calce (914) 771-8700 ext 109pcalce@wiccny.orgLanguage Course for Adults – ConversazioneSeptember 10 - December 3 (Thursdays)6:00 – 7:00 pmThis class is based on guided conversation designedfor students who completed level II or with a moderate45


understanding of the Italian language. 13 classes.Instructor: Prof. Aldo Belardo. Sponsored by WestchesterItalian Cultural Center.One Generoso Place, Tuckahoe, NYAdmission: Members $375; Non-Members $470; SeniorCitizens: Members $337.50; Non-Members $423Contact: Patrizia Calce (914) 771-8700 ext 109pcalce@wiccny.orgLecture: “Pompei AD 79 – Beneath Vesuvio, City ofthe Underworld” by Professor Aldo BelardoSeptember 11 6:30 pmA city and a culture buried under the ashes of the eruptionof Mt. Vesuvio. History comes to life. The most wellpreserved and revealing aspects of Roman life throughthe exploration of the ruins and the history of Pompei.Lecture conducted in English. Sponsored by WestchesterItalian Cultural Center.One Generoso Place, Tuckahoe, NYAdmission: Members $20; Non-Members $25; seniorCitizens: Members $15; Non-Members $20; Studentswith ID: freeContact: Patrizia Calce (914) 771-8700 ext 109pcalce@wiccny.orgUmbria Arte e Sapore – Food, Wine & Art ShowSeptember 12 2:00 pmEnjoy an afternoon with live jazz music and a delicioustasting of Umbrian food and wine. Authentic regionalproducts, truffles and selected wines. Opening ofphotographic exhibition depicting the Umbria regionby Patrizia Bufagna. Sponsored by Westchester ItalianCultural Center.One Generoso Place, Tuckahoe, NYAdmission: Members free with card; Non-Members $10Contact: Patrizia Calce (914) 771-8700 ext 109pcalce@wiccny.orgPoetry Reading by Louisa Calio, Director of the PoetsPiazza, Hofstra UniversitySeptember 12 5:00 – 7:00 pmJoin award winning poet Louisa Calio. Also featuredpercussionist Lezardo from the Manhattan TheatreSource. Open mic for individuals interested in reading apoem, prose or sharing a song.46


Small Jazz Club Lit Series183 West 10 th Street, ManhattanContact: (212) 252-5091louisacalio.1@juno.comBocce TournamentSeptember 12 and 13 3:00 pmBocce Tournament. Sponsored by Kensico ItalianAmerican Society.Community Center Bocce CourtsLozza Drive, Valhalla, NYAdmission: free; members onlyContact: Brigida Colitto (914) 769-8846MoliseBC#@aol.comGirotondoSeptember 12 – December 12 (Saturdays)10:15 – 11:15 am; 11:45 am – 12:45 pmLanguage and cultural enrichment classes for children 4and 5 years of age. Teacher: Leslie Poole Petit. 13 classes.Sponsored by Westchester Italian Cultural Center.One Generoso Place, Tuckahoe, NYAdmission: Members $375; Non-Members $470; 2 ndChild: Members $337.50; Non-Members $423Contact: Patrizia Calce (914) 771-8700 ext 109pcalce@wiccny.orgArcobalenoSeptember 12 – December 12 (Saturdays)10:15 – 11:45 am; 12:00 noon – 1:30 pmLanguage and cultural enrichment classes for children6 – 8 years old. Teacher: Almira Bubesi. 13 classes.Sponsored by Westchester Italian Cultural Center.One Generoso Place, Tuckahoe, NYAdmission: Members $375; Non-Members $470; 2 ndChild: Members $337.50; Non-Members $423Contact: Patrizia Calce (914) 771-8700 ext 109pcalce@wiccny.orgNavigandoSeptember 12 – December 12 (Saturdays)10:15 – 11:45 am; 12:00 noon – 1:30 pmLanguage and cultural enrichment classes for children9 – 12 years old. Teacher: Cathy Blanco. 13 classes.47


Sponsored by Westchester Italian Cultural Center.One Generoso Place, Tuckahoe, NYAdmission: Members $375; Non-Members $470; 2 ndChild: Members $337.50; Non-Members $423Contact: Patrizia Calce (914) 771-8700 ext 109pcalce@wiccny.orgItalian Cinema Sotto le Stelle – Film Under the StarsEnjoy the screening of an Italian movie in the square(bring your own chair).September 12 7:30 pm: La Vita è Bella (1997) Directedby Roberto Benigni. In Italian with English subtitles.September 19 7:30 pm: Il Postino (1994) Directedby Michael Radford. In Italian with English subtitles.Sponsored by Westchester Italian Cultural Center.One Generoso Place, Tuckahoe, NYAdmission: freeContact: Patrizia Calce (914) 771-8700 ext 109pcalce@wiccny.orgRadio Show Celebrating UmbriaSeptember 13 10:00 am – 12:00 pmJoin the live studio audience at WICC or tune intoWFAS AM 12:30 or www.wfasam.com Sponsored byWestchester Italian Cultural Center.One Generoso Place, Tuckahoe, NYContact: Patrizia Calce (914) 771-8700 ext 109pcalce@wiccny.orgMichael J. Agovino Reads from The Bookmaker: AMemoir of Money, Luck, and Family from the UtopianOutskirts of New York CitySeptember 14 6:00 pmThe Bookmaker is a memoir about how a kid likeAgovino, who grew up in Co-op City housing in theBronx, became a journalist. Made of memories, research,and family interviews, The Bookmaker is a testamentto how an atypical Italian-American upbringing canlead to the creation of a typical American story. Joinauthor Michael Agovino as he reads excerpts from hiscompelling text. Sponsored by the John D. CalandraItalian American Institute, Queens College/CUNY.25 West 43 rd Street, 17 th floor (between 5 th & 6 th Avenues),48


ManhattanAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Rosangela Briscese (212) 642-2094calandra@qc.eduValeria Parella Reads from Per Grazia RicevutaSeptember 14 6:00 pmAuthor Valeria Parella will read excerpts from her textPer Grazia Ricevuta in English. Michael Reynolds,Europe Editions, Gabriella Romani, Seton Hall Universityand Anna Fiore, Principal of La Scuola D’Italia GugliemoMarconi will offer commentaries and discussion.Italian Cultural Institute686 Park Avenue, ManhattanContact: (212) 879-4242www.iicnewyork.orgCinema ItaliaSeptember 15 2:00 pmEnjoy the screening of an Italian movie, lightrefreshments will be served. Sponsored by theWestchester Italian Cultural Center.One Generoso Place, Tuckahoe, NYAdmission: free for members, registration is required;Non-member $5Contact: (914) 771-8700programs@wiccny.orgFashion Show – La Moda di Brunello CucinelliSeptember 18 12:00 noonLuncheon and fashion show preview of spring/summercollection 2010. Acclaimed Italian designer BrunelloCucinelli will showcase his fall/winter 2009 collectionat a luncheon to benefit the Westchester Italian CulturalCenter. Sponsored by the Westchester Italian CulturalCenter.One Generoso Place, Tuckahoe, NYAdmission: $75 and $100; advanced reservationsrequired. Please call for information or tickets.Contact: Patrizia Calce (914) 771-8700 ext 109pcalce@wiccny.org49


Lecture: “Difficult Genealogy Cases” by TonyLaurianoSeptember 19 10:00 amHave you hit a road block in your genealogy research?Using actual case studies genealogist Tony Laurianowill provide a sample of successful research when littleinformation or only sparse family stories are known.Sponsored by the Westchester Italian Cultural Center.One Generoso Place, Tuckahoe, NYAdmission: free; registration is requiredContact: Patrizia Calce (914) 771-8700 ext 109pcalce@wiccny.orgDava Sobel Reads from Galileo’s DaughterSeptember 19 2:00 – 4:30 pmMs. Sobel will discuss the relationship of Galileo’sdaughter - a nun - with the Father of Modern Astronomy.Sponsored by American Italian Cultural Roundtable.Fordham University, Lincoln Center, Atrium113 West 60 th Street , ManhattanAdmission: $15; open to the publicContact: Frances Bologna (212) 571-5697Concorso d’Eleganza IV: Fourth Annual Celebrationof Italian Automotive Excellence and BeautySeptember 20 (Rain date: September 27)10:00 am – 1:00 pmA display of art forms on wheels as a means of illustratingone form of Italian culture. Various Italian car andmotorcycle clubs will be represented. Display vehicleswill rally at Stony Brook University campus on thelawn directly across from the Sports Complex, John S.Toll Drive. Owners of Italian automobiles interested inparticipating in this display, please contact Center forItalian Studies, (631) 632-7444 or jfusco@italianstudies.org Sponsored by Center for Italian Studies at StonyBrook University.Stony Brook UniversityNicolls Road (County Route 97), Stony Brook, NYAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Jo Fusco (631) 632-7444jfusco@italianstudies.org50


Poets and Writers Piazza at Hofstra UniversitySeptember 20 12:00 – 4:30 pmAn afternoon of literary readings to celebrate the Italianexperience in America. Readers include: Louisa Calio,Tammy Nuzzo Morgan, Annie Lanzillotto, StanislaoPugliese, Giulia Melucci, Marisa Laborzetto, MarisaFrasca, Leo Greco, Rosetta D’Angelo, Michael Palma,George Guida, Luigi Bonafini and Nino Provenzano.Book sales and signings. Sponsored by the Association ofItalian American Educators.Hofstra University, The Jerry Spiegal TheaterSouth Campus, Hempstead, NYAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: louisacalio.1@juno.com or Robert Spiotto:culrts@hofstra.eduChippers (2008) Directed by Nino TropianoSeptember 21 6:00 pmDocumentary film depicting life and the demanding workof Italians living in Dublin who owned and operated fishand chip shops dating back to the 1900s. Sponsored bythe John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, QueensCollege/CUNY.25 West 43 rd Street, 17 th floor (between 5 th & 6 th Avenues),ManhattanAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Rosangela Briscese (212) 642-2094calandra@qc.eduSecret Recipes of a Great Italian Chef – CulinaryDemonstration, Sapori D’UmbriaSeptember 22 6:30 pmAn elegant tribute to the taste, color and fragrance of theland of Umbria containing unique products that reflectthe quality and authenticity of the Green Heart of Italy.A complimentary glass of wine will be served during theprogram. Presented by Chef Alessandro D’Alessi fromCasa Brusco, Eastchester, New York. Sponsored by theWestchester Italian Cultural Center.One Generoso Place, Tuckahoe, NYAdmission: Members $49.95; Non-Members $59.95Contact: Patrizia Calce (914) 771-8700 ext 109pcalce@wiccny.org51


Signature Lecture Series 6:30 pmA series of three lectures by Professor in ResidenceAntonio Rutigliano from New York University. Thelectures presented in English may be purchased separatelyor as a series.September 23: “Men of the South: Aldo Moro” (pleasevisit www.wiccny.org for time and location for thislecture)October 30: “The Hidden History: Italian AmericanInternment During World War II” – presented withProfessor Josephine DeCaro.December 4: “Dante and the Zohar”Sponsored by Westchester Italian Cultural Center.One Generoso Place, Tuckahoe, NYAdmission: Series fee: Adult Members $50; Non-Members $75; Senior Citizens: Members $30; Non-Members $35; Students with ID freeAdmission: Individual lecture: Members $20; Non-Members $25; Senior Citizens: Members $15; Non-Members $20Contact: Patrizia Calce (914) 771-8700 ext 109pcalce@wiccny.orgLecture: “Between Power and Poverty: Silone andthe South of Italy” by Professor Stanislao Pugliese,Hofstra UniversitySeptember 24 1:00 pmAn event in the invitational lecture series will exploreIgnazio Silone’s fiction and the poor peasant world ofsouthern Italy. Sponsored by Alfonse M. D’Amato Chairin Italian and Italian American Studies and Center forItalian Studies at Stony Brook University.Stony Brook University Center for Italian AmericanStudies Meeting Room,Frank Melville Memorial Library, Room E4340Nicolls Road, Stony Brook, NYAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Jo Fusco (631) 632-7444jfusco@italianstudies.orgMusical Program: Giada Valenti – Tribute to LoveSeptember 24 7:30 pmGiada Valenti’s new show is a unique and entertainingprogram that appeals to the romantic spirit. With hergreat storytelling and emotional vocal skills Giada takesher audience on a virtual trip through the most romantic52


places on earth, performing timeless songs as “SpeakSoftly Love” (theme from The Godfather). Her selectionsare a blend of the past and present. Sponsored by ItalianAmerican Museum.DiCapo Theatre184 East 78 th Street, ManhattanContact: (212) 965-9000 for ticketsSymposium: 5 th Annual Italian Language Inter-Cultural Alliance Cultural Event (ILICA CE)“Saving Venezia & Protecting New Orleans – MOSE– The Debate Surrounding Italy’s Most InnovativeTechnology”September 25 9:00 am -5:00pmModerator: Prof. Anthony Julian Tamburri, Dean, JohnD. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College,CUNY. Speakers: Prof. Ing. Patrizio Cuccioletta,President of Venice Water Authority (Italian Ministryof Infrastructure and Transportation); Ing. GiovanniMazzacurati, President of Consorzio Venezia Nuova;Prof. John Day, Prof. Oceanography & Coastal Sciencesat LSU; Ing. Maria Teresa Brotto, Director, Dept. DesignMose Project, Consorzio Venezia Nuova; Prof. FabioCarrera, Prof. Interdisciplinary & Global Studies at WPI;Prof. Paola Malanotte-Rizzoli, Prof. Oceanography inDept. of Earth, Atmospheric, & Planetary Sciences atMIT. Award winning filmmakers Bongiorno Productionspresent film project WATERMARK (Venezia & NewOrleans). A taste of culinary delights from the VenetoRegion will be served at lunchtime. Please visit web-siteat www.ilicait.org or email:ilicait@aol.com for furtherinformation. Sponsored by ILICA.St. John’s University, Saval AuditoriumManhattan Campus, 101 Murray Street, ManhattanAdmission: free; open to the publicFesta della VendemmiaSeptember 25 6:30 pmDisplay of wine press and related accessories employedin the art of winemaking. Wine contest using productsmade by our members. Dinner will follow. Sponsored byKensico Italian American Society.Hayden Hall, Hawthorne Reformed Church65 Broadway, Hawthorne, NYAdmission: $25; open to the publicContact: Brigida Colitto (914) 769-8846MoliseBC@aol.com53


Mercer County Italian American FestivalSeptember 25 - 27 Noon – 10:00 pmThe festival celebrates the rich heritage and culture ofItalian Americans. The festival includes, Food Piazzafeaturing regional Italian restaurants; Italian Market withItalian specialty products; Heritage Pavilion with art,memorabilia and historical artifacts; Cultural Theater withcooking demonstrations and authors; entertainment ontwo stages including national recording acts; amusementrides; Italian games including bocce; children’sentertainment; and fireworks. Picture a picnic with100,000 of your closest friends sharing food, laughter,music and a good time and you will capture the essence ofthe Mercer County Italian American Festival. Named oneof the Mid-Atlantic region’s top events by aaaworld.comSponsored by Mercer County Italian American FestivalAssociation.Mercer County ParkOld Trenton Road, West Windsor, NJAdmission: Adults - $3; Children 12 years of age andunder – free; open to the publicContact: Barry Chiorello (609) 695-5007barry@barrychiorello.comFeast of Padre PioSeptember 25, 26, 27Festival honoring St. Padre Pio featuring mass, luncheonand street fair with Italian entertainment. Processionwill take place on September 25 (time TBD). Street fairfeaturing Italian vendors and entertainment all three days.Sponsored by Columbus Day Committee of Eastchester-Tuckahoe in conjunction with the Generoso PopeFoundation and the Rosary Altar Society of the Church ofthe Assumption, Tuckahoe, NY.Mass at Church of the Assumption, Tuckahoe; processionfrom church to Depot Square1 Generoso Pope Place, Tuckahoe for the festival.Admission: free; open to the publicContact: Antoinette Martino (914) 961-7531Mjmre2@aol.comSouvenir D’Italia Radio Interview with Cav. Uff.Joseph Sciame - WRHU 88.7FMSeptember 26Listen as Giovanna Auriemma, host of Souvenird’Italia interviews Cav. Uff. Joseph Sciame, President/Chairperson, Italian Heritage and Culture Committee54


of New York, as he discusses this year’s theme, whichcelebrates two great men: Galileo Galilei and GiuseppePetrosino.Hofstra University Radio every Saturday at 10:00 amContact: (516) 463-WRHUNOIAW Fall Gala LuncheonSeptember 26 11:30 am – 2:30 pmAnnual luncheon honoring distinguished NOIAWmember, Geraldine A. Ferraro, for Lifetime Achievementon the 25 th Anniversary of her Vice PresidentialNomination. Reception and Silent Auction. Sponsored byThe National Organization of Italian American Women.Waldorf=Astoria301 Park Avenue, ManhattanAdmission: $200 for members; $250 for non-membersContact: Maria Tamburri (212) 642-2003mtamburri@noiaw.orgLecture: “The Galileo Affair” by Dr. Anne PaolucciSeptember 26 1:00 pmA presentation exploring the relationship between PopeUrban VIII and Galileo highlighting the astronomer’scontroversial theories and relationship with the Church.Henry Paolucci’s collection of writings on the subject willalso be discussed. Sponsored by Bell’Italia Mia.Christ the King High SchoolAnne and Henry Paolucci International Conference Center68-02 Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village, NYAdmission: $5; open to the publicContact: Diego Lodico (718) 426-1240 or Dr. ClaraSarrocco (718) 821-3916Bellaitaliamia@mail.comTV Program: Italics. The Italian American TVMagazineSeptember 29 10:00 am, 3:00 pm, 11:00 pmOctober 2 8:00 pmOctober 3 10:00 amMonthly show (30 min.) featuring: an interview with NYState Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli; the re-dedicationof the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum of Staten Island.Sponsored by the John D. Calandra Italian AmericanInstitute, Queens College/CUNY and CUNY TVChannel 75 (Time Warner); Channel 77 (RCN).55


Book Presentation: Supplications: Immediate Poems ofLoss and LoveSeptember 29 2:00 pmA new collection of poems by Franco D’Alessandrowhose poetry possesses a high degree of emotionalhonesty and keen wit. D’Alessandro is a two timerecipient of the prestigious Edward Albee artists residencyaward. His Roman Nights is headed for the silver screenin 2010. Presented in collaboration with the ItalianAmerican Writers Association www.iawa.net Sponsoredby Westchester Italian Cultural Center.One Generoso Place, Tuckahoe, NYAdmission: free registration is requiredContact: Patrizia Calce (914) 771-8700 ext 109pcalce@wiccny.orgItalian Cultural Film – Italian-Americans II – ABeautiful SongSeptember 30 11:15 amThis documentary celebrates the particular Italian wayof understanding life and explores what it means to beItalian in America. Celebrities, business leaders, sportsand television personalities share their personal storiesand celebrate what many express as the “privilege” ofgrowing up in an Italian American family. Sponsored bythe Italian Club of Westchester Community College.Westchester Community CollegeClassroom Building Room 100, (Parking Lot 4)78 Grasslands Road, Valhalla, NYAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Prof. Carlo Sclafani (914) 606-6790Carlo.sclafani@sunywcc.eduExhibit: From Petrosino to Giuliani: A Century ofItalian Americans in Law EnforcementSeptember 30 – November 22Wednesdays – Sundays 11:00 am – 6:00 pm; Fridays11:00 am – 8:00 pm. This exhibition will feature notableItalian Americans in law enforcement. Among thoseshowcased will be Giuseppe Petrosino, Frank Serpico,as well as Judge John Sprizzo. Original documents,photographs, service weapons, and other artifacts will bedisplayed. Sponsored by the Italian American Museum.Italian American Museum.155 Mulberry Street (corner of Mulberry and GrandStreets), Manhattan56


Admission: free; suggested donation $5; open to thepublic.Contact: Dr. Joseph V. Scelsa (212) 965-9000info@italianamericanmuseum.orgSerata Italiana e Tributo a Galileo Galilei/An ItalianEvening and a Tribute to Galileo GalileiTBA7:30 pmUna serata all’Italiana per celebrare i pregi della nostrabella cultura a tempo di musica, specialità culinarie eTarantella. Sequirà una presentazione sul lavoro di GalileoGalilei e nomina onoraria per l’eroe Giuseppe Petrosino.[An Italian evening to celebrate the rich and beautifulculture with music, culinary specialties, and dance(Tarantella) followed by a presentation on the work ofGalileo Galilei and hero Giuseppe Petrosino]. Sponsoredby Associazione Culturale Pugliese – Figli Maria S.S.Addolorata.St. Athanasius’ School Auditorium6120 Bay Parkway, BrooklynAdmission: $20Contact: Lucrezia Nardulli (917) 509-2803Lucrezianardulli@yahoo.comlBocce TournamentSeptember 10:00 amBocce Tournament. Sign up at 9:00 am, tournament at10:00 am. Four person teams. Individuals will be assigneda team. Light refreshments. Prizes. Sponsored by Circoloda Vinci.Downing ParkYorktown Heights, NYAdmission: $80 per team; $20 per personContact: Serafina Mastro (914) 245-3833Ven41250@aol.comStudy Abroad Information and Welcome BackReceptionDate, Time and Location: TBASponsored by the Center for Italian American Studies atBrooklyn College. Fore more information on this eventand other activities during Italian Heritage and CultureMonth, visit the Center’s web site at http://depthome.brooklyn.cuny.edu/iacenter.57


Exhibit: “Iconi Italiani” Italian IdolsMonth of October 9:00 am - 5:00 pmThis month-long exhibit features the extraordinary worksof artist “Gabe” Perillo who was the feature sports artistfor “Ring Magazine.” Opening day reception Sunday,October 4 at 3:30 pm in Horrmann Library. Sponsored byDaVinci Society.Wagner CollegeHoward Avenue, Staten IslandAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Betty McComiskey (718) 420-4014emccomis@wagner.eduLearn to DanceOctober (Every Monday and Friday Night)Learn to dance tango, mazurka, tarantella with ballroomdance instructor Sal Escott. Demonstrate your talent atSaturday night showcase in the beautiful Ballroom of theItalian Charities of America Inc.83-20 Queens Boulevard, Elmhurst, NYAdmission: $10Contact: Pres. Rose Sproviero (718) 478-3100 (evening)Presentazione di Quattro Autori Aquilani(Four writers from L’Aquila)October 6:00 pmThree books by four writers from L’Aquila includingMario Fratti, Emanuela Medoro, Goffredo Palmerini; andSandro Cordeschi. Sponsored by Italian Theatre in NewYork.AIA Theatre314 West 54 th Street, ManhattanAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Mario Fratti (212) 582-6697Dramatic Readings of New Italian PlaysOctober – (Mondays) 7:00 pmPresentation of plays by Marcla Boggio, Ennio Flaiano,Franco Celenza, Renato Giordano, Leonardo Franchini,Aldo Formoso, and others. Sponsored by Italian Theatrein New York.ATA Theatre314 West 54 th Street, ManhattanAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Mario Fratti (212) 582-6697mariofratti@aol.com58


The Botto House: An Italian Immigrant Home in 1908October (Wednesday – Saturday) 1:00 – 4:00 pm &by appointmentIn celebration of Italian Heritage and Culture Month, theAmerican Labor Museum offers special tours of the BottoHouse. This National Landmark highlights the domesticlife of the Botto family, Italian immigrant silk millworkers and unionists who settled in Haledon, New Jerseyin 1908. Their home became the meeting place for over20,000 striking mill workers during the 1913 PatersonSilk Strike. Sponsored by American Labor Museum/BottoHouse National Landmark.83 Norwood Street, Haledon, NJAdmission: $5; $3 Seniors; Members and Children – freeContact: Angelica Santomauro (973) 595-7953labormuseum@aol.comConcert with Pino DanieleOctober 1 8:00 pmFor the first time in the United States, self taught guitaristPino Daniele will perform his music which has capturedworld wide attention. Defined as “Taramblu,” Daniele’smusic is a fusion of Tarantella, Blues and Rumba. Forfurther information visit: www.iicnewyork.esteri.itSponsored by Italian Cultural Institute.Apollo Theatre253 West 125 th Street, ManhattanFor ticket information contact: Ticketmaster (212) 307-4100Lecture: “Italian-Americans in Organized Labor”by Andy PallottaOctober 1 8:00 pmThis lecture will trace the history of Italian-Americans inthe American Labor Movement and explore contemporaryItalian-American labor leaders and their contributionsto American society. Sponsored by the Italian Club ofWestchester Community College.Westchester Community CollegeClassroom Building Room 100, (Parking Lot 4)78 Grasslands Road, Valhalla, NYAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Prof. Carlo Sclafani (914) 606-6790carlo.sclafani@sunywcc.edu59


Exhibit(s): “Joe DiMaggio The Yankee Clipper”and “Gardens of Tuscany”October 1 – December 23Check website for details: www.snug-harbor.orgRichmond County Savings Foundation Tuscan Gardenat Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanic Gardens,Building P1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten IslandContact: (800) 770-1270Lecture: “Galileo Galilei” by Elisa InfosinoOctober 2 2:00 pmOctober 8 2:00 pmThe year 2009 marks the 400 th anniversary of Galileo’sfirst use of the telescope. This presentation on theRenaissance scientist will involve a two-part series.Sponsored by Brooklyn Public Library.New Utrecht Branch, 1743 86 th Street, BrooklynAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: (718) 236-4086Lecture Series: “Artists of the Renaissance”Fridays 6:30 pmA series of six lectures on artists of the Renaissanceconducted in English by Professor Aldo Belardofrom Pace University. The lectures may be purchasedseparately or as a series.October 2: Leonardo da VinciOctober 9: Gian Lorenzo BerniniOctober 23: Michelangelo BuonarottiNovember 6: Benvenuto CelliniNovember 13: CaravaggioNovember 20: Artemisia GenileschiSponsored by Westchester Italian Cultural Center.One Generoso Place, Tuckahoe, NYAdmission: Series fee: Adult Members $110; Non-Members $135; Senior Citizens: Members $70; Non-Members $80; Students with ID: freeAdmission: Individual lecture fee: Adult Members $20;Non-Members $25; Senior Citizens: Members $15; Non-Members $20; Students with ID freeContact: Patrizia Calce (914) 771-8700 ext 109pcalce@wiccny.org60


Stony Brook University/Center for Italian StudiesHomecoming Weekend/BreakfastOctober 3 9:30 – 11:00 amAn opportunity for Stony Brook Alumni to gather at theCenter for Italian Studies for hospitality. Faculty, students,and community welcome to become familiar with theresources of the Center for Italian Studies. Exchangestudents from Italy will be present to help host thisoccasion. Sponsored by Center for Italian Studies at StonyBrook University.Center for Italian Studies, Frank Melville MemorialLibrary, Room E4340Stony Brook UniversityNicolls Road (County Route 97), Stony Brook, NYAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Jo Fusco (631) 632-7444jfusco@italianstudies.orgMario Lanza Tribute ConcertOctober 3 8:00 pmConcert in remembrance of Mario Lanza. Proceeds tobenefit Snug Harbor Cultural Center, the Riverside OperaCompany and the Sempre Avanti Organization. A specialdedication to Damon Lanza, Mario’s son by long timefamily friend and “Brother” Mr. Bob Dolfi. Featuringguest emcee Al Martino, Tenor, Dominic Mantuano,Maestro Alan Auriela and the Richmond CountyOrchestra; Douglas Barbiero Composer, Arranger, Pianist;Soprano Ms. Yuriko Nonada and other special guests andcelebrities.Richmond County Savings Foundation Tuscan Gardenat Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanic Gardens inMusic Hall.1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten IslandAdmission: $80; Orchestra $100 includes cocktailreception before and after the performanceContact: (800) 770-1270Cinema Italia: Fratello Sole, Sorella LunaOctober 4 3:00 pmMore a poem than a biography, the film exalts Francis ofAssisi’s spirit and message. A dramatization of the eventsin the life of St. Francis of Assisi prior to his conversionexperience through his audience with the pope, includinghis friendship with St. Clare. Nominated for three Oscars,won the David of Donatello award for Best Director.61


(1972) Directed by Franco Zeffirelli. In Italian withEnglish subtitles. Discussion in English by Author andDirector Franco D’Alessandro. Sponsored by WestchesterItalian Cultural Center.One Generoso Place, Tuckahoe, NYAdmission: Members $20; Non-Members $20; Studentswith ID freeContact: Patrizia Calce (914) 771-8700 ext 109pcalce@wiccny.orgMass and Procession in Honor of St. Francis of Assisi,Patron of ItalyOctober 4 3:00 pmAnnual diocesan celebration of Italian-American faith andculture with Mass celebrated by the Bishop of Brooklynand a Procession with hymns and prayers in honor of St.Francis of Assisi. Sponsored by the Italian Apostolate ofthe Diocese of Brooklyn.Our Lady of Guadalupe Church1701 15 th Avenue, BrooklynAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Rev. Steven J. Aguggia (718) 326-1911saguggia@stmargmv.comOpera Pops ConcertOctober 4 3:00 pmA 2-hour concert of operatic favorites featuring soloistsof Regina Opera. The concert will present selections byPuccini, Verdi, Donizetti and other beloved composers.Sponsored by Regina Opera Company.Regina Hall65 th Street and 12 th Avenue, BrooklynAdmission: $10Contact: Fran Garber-Cohen (718) 259-2772reginaopera@yahoo.comCinema Italia: Divorce Italian StyleOctober 4 5:00 pmThis wonderful Italian film never loses its appeal.The comedy directed by Pietro Germi tells the storyof a married Sicilian nobleman who wants to divorceand remarry. Frank Polizzi will moderate a discussionregarding the issue of divorce in Italy. Sponsored byDaVinci Society.Wagner College, Spiro Hall62


1 Howard Avenue, Staten IslandAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Betty McComiskey (718) 420-4014emccomis@wagner.eduFood and Wine Tasting SeriesOctober 4 3:00 – 5:00 pmItalian Cooking Demonstration, food and wine tasting byTrattoria Romano.October 11 3:00 – 5:00 pmItalian Renaissance Gardening Lecture, food and winetasting by Trattoria RomanoOctober 18 3:00 – 5:00 pmWine and Food Tasting by Vino de Vino and local Italianrestaurants with entertainment by Tenor DominickMantuanoOctober 25 3:00 – 5:00 pmWine and food tasting by Vino de Vino and localrestaurants with entertainment by Tenor DominickMantuano.The last week in October (date TBA) will be theofficial ribbon cutting for the Richmond CountySavings Foundation Tuscan Garden and will featurefood by Trattoria Romano, wines by Vino de Vino andRenaissance themed entertainment. Check website formore details: www.snug-harbor.orgRichmond County Savings Foundation Tuscan Gardenat Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanic Gardens,Building P1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten IslandContact: (718) 448-2500Study Abroad in ItalyOctober 5 12:15 pmThe Education Abroad Office at Queens Collegefacilitates a range of short-term summer and winterprograms to several Italian cities. Learn more aboutthese exciting opportunities to visit and study in Italy.These programs are open to all. Sponsored by the JohnD. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College/CUNY and the Office of Education Abroad at QueensCollege.Queens College6530 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, NYAdmission: freeContact: Joseph Grosso (718) 997-5769joseph.grosso@qc.cuny.edu63


Tribute to Lt. Joseph PetrosinoOctober 5 8:00 pmCelebrating Italian Heritage and Culture Month withcitation awards to Italian American NYPD officers– collation. Special presentation to OSIA NYS GrandLodge President Salvatore Lanzilotta. Sponsored by theCellini Lodge #2206, OSIA of New Hyde Park.Clinton Martin Park1601 Marcus Avenue, New Hyde Park, NYAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Jean Gagliardo (516) 935-5084jeangag@verizon.netPress ConferenceOctober 6 11:00 amOpening ceremony to celebrate Columbus WeekCelebrations (through October 17). Sponsored byColumbus Citizens Foundation.Grand Central Terminal42 nd Street at Park Avenue, ManhattanAdmission: freeContact: (212) 249-9923ccf@columbuscitizens.orgJohn Giorno Reads from Subduing Demons inAmerica: Selected Poems 1962-2007October 6 6:00 pmAn innovator of poetry and performance, JohnGiorno’s career spans 50 years and is intertwinedwith contemporaries such as Andy Warhol, William S.Burroughs, and Brion Gysin. Sponsored by the John D.Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College/CUNY.25 West 43 rd Street, 17 th floor (between 5 th & 6 th Avenues),ManhattanAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Rosangela Briscese (212) 642-2094calandra@qc.eduDomenic J. Pulera Reads from Green White and Red,The Italian American Success StoryOctober 7Author Domenic J. Pulera will read excerpts from histext Green, White and Red which traces the economicand social progress of Italian immigrants and their64


descendants in the United States. Anecdotes andreflections highlight the value of “hard work” in theface of poverty and discrimination encountered in theassimilation to America.Carmela’s Italian Restaurant912 Hempstead Tpke, Franklin Square, NYAdmission: $45Contact: Bart Calia (516) 488-9898Italian Cultural Film – In Search of History: The TrueStory of Sacco and VanzettiOctober 7 11:15 amDocumentary by Peter Miller narrates the story of thetrial, conviction and execution of Sacco and Vanzetti, twohighly publicized Italian-Americans in the early 1900s.Sponsored by the Italian Club of Westchester CommunityCollege.Westchester Community CollegeClassroom Building Room 100, (Parking Lot 4)78 Grasslands Road, Valhalla, NYAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Prof. Carlo Sclafani (914) 606-6790carlo.sclafani@sunywcc.eduItalian American Club Information MeetingOctober 7 12:15 pmThe Italian American Club at Queens College has a longand vibrant history. Learn more about the club, theirplanned activities at this informational meeting andrecruitment drive. Sponsored by the John D. CalandraItalian American Institute, Queens College/CUNY andQueens College’s Italian American Club.Queens College6530 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, NYAdmission: freeContact: Joseph Grosso (718) 997-5769joseph.grosso@qc.cuny.eduLecture: “Pope Celestine V between Historyand Legend” by Professor Laura Benedetti,Georgetown UniversityOctober 7 5:00 pmPope Celestine V led the Church for only a few monthsbefore he resigned, but his decision to choose hisconscience over worldly power had enormous resonance.65


From Dante to Ignazio Silone, writers have beenfascinated by a figure whose life seems to epitomize thecontradictions of the Middle Ages, a time of holinessand intrigue, of celestial longings and brutal realities.Sponsored by the Modern Language Department,Pluralism and Diversity Program.College of Staten Island, Building 2S – Room 2212800 Victory Boulevard, Staten IslandAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Winnie Brophy (718) 982-2597Winnie.brophy@csi.cuny.eduStar Gazing on the BeachOctober 7 7:00 pmOpening ceremony in honor of the father of modernastronomy, Galileo Galilei. Telescopes outside theMarina Academic Center will be available for viewingwith guided imagery. Followed by music, singers andrefreshments. Sponsored by Kingsborough CommunityCollege/ Italian Club and Italian America Club.Marina Academic Center2001 Oriental Boulevard, BrooklynAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Angela A. Toscano (718) 368-5810aatm500@aol.comLecture: “Superstitions in the Lives of Italians andItalian Americans” by Professor Salvatore PrimeggiaOctober 7 8:00 pmLecture on the role and significance of religion andsuperstition in the lives of Italians and Italian Americans.Professor Primeggia will explore traditional and nontraditionalreligious practices. Sponsored by KensicoItalian American Society.Mount Pleasant Town Hall, Tower Room, 3 rd floor1 Town Hall Plaza, Valhalla, NYAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Brigida Colitto (914) 769-8846MoliseBC@aol.comLecture: “Beyond April 6, 2009: Rebuilding L’Aquila”by Professor Laura Benedetti, Georgetown UniversityOctober 8 12:30 pmThe earthquake that struck the capital of the Abruzziregion on April 6, 2009 is a human and cultural66


catastrophe of exceptional magnitude. The historicalcenter has been closed off and its population forced torelocate. If L’Aquila was born in the Middle Ages outof the desire to bring together the communities of thesurrounding mountains and valleys, this tragic turn ofevents has turned the clock back, scattering the Aquilanifar from their homes. The solidarity of the Italian-American community can play an important role in thereconstruction. Sponsored by the Pluralism and DiversityProgram.College of Staten Island, Conference Room, Center forthe Arts (1P-116)2800 Victory Boulevard, Staten IslandAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Winnie Brophy (718) 982-2597Winnie.brophy@csi.cuny.eduSocietà Italiana Open HouseOctober 8 1:00 pmSocietà Italiana, the Italian and Italian American studentorganization of Baruch College/CUNY is sponsoringan open house during club hours. This is a wonderfulopportunity to meet new friends and learn about the cluband its activities. We invite you to join us and become anew member. All students, faculty and staff are welcome!Sponsored by Società Italiana and the John D. CalandraItalian American Institute, Queens College/CUNY.Vertical Campus, Room 10-17555 Lexington Avenue, ManhattanAdmission: freeContact: Dr. Nancy Ziehler (646) 312-2164nancy_ziehler@baruch.cuny.eduLecture: “Traces of Sicily’s Arab Culture” byProfessor Gioacchino BalducciOctober 8 2:20 pmIllustrated presentation will explore the traces andinfluences of Arab culture to the development of science,agriculture, architecture, language, folklore and customsin Sicily. Sponsored by Stony Brook University’s Centerfor Italian Studies.Stony Brook University’s Harriman Hall, Room 137Nicolls Road, Stony Brook, NYAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Jo Fusco (631) 632-7444jfusco@italianstudies.org67


Gianni Salvo Futurist PerformanceOctober 8 6:00 pmGianni Salvo, director and actor, from the Piccolo Teatrodi Catania, will give a performance to initiate a series ofevents exploring the Futurist movement. Sponsored byItalian Cultural Institute.Italian Cultural Institute686 Park Avenue, ManhattanContact: (212) 879-4242www.iicnewyork.orgItalian Mayor for the DayOctober 9 10:00 amThe City of Waterbury and UNICO honors an Italian-American who has distinguished him/herself with serviceto the Waterbury community, and the legacy of Columbus.The day begins with Mass, short procession to City Hallwith flag raising and luncheon to follow. Sponsored by theWaterbury Chapter of UNICO National.Waterbury City Hall236 Grand Street, Waterbury, ConnecticutContact: Dr. Joanne D’Angelo (203) 598-0501dg joanne@yahoo.comRaising of the Italian and American Flags to HonorGalileo Galilei and Giuseppe PetrosinoOctober 9 11 AMCav. Uff. Joseph Sciame, President of the Italian Heritageand Culture Committee of New York, (IHCC-NY, Inc.)will officiate at ceremony to honor Galileo Galilei andGiuseppe Petrosino. Special salute to IHCC-NY, Inc.Board Member John Battista De Santis, Vice President ofWebb Communications, Inc. The Hon. Minister FrancescoMaria Taló, Consul General of Italy, will deliver specialremarks. Sponsored by the Bowling Green Association.Bowling Green at the famous Charging Bull sculptureby Arturo DiModica (near the U.S. Customs House),Downtown Manhattan.Admission: freeContact: Arthur Piccolo (212) 809-4615artpiccolo@earthlink.net68


Facing RighthandBookmarkpageso9A.qxd 8/12/09 7:25 PM Page 2Italian Heritage & Culture Month BookmarkCut along dotted LIneItalian Heritage & Culture Month BookmarkCut along dotted LIneITALIAN HERITAGE & CULTURECOMMITTEE OF NEW YORK, INC.Galileo Galilei was born in Pisa on February 15,1564, son of Vincenzo Galilei, a music scholar,and Giulia Ammannati. He studied at theUniversity of Pisa, where he held the mathematics chairfrom 1589-1592. He was then appointed to the chair ofmathematics in the University of Padua, where heremained until 1610.Science and MathematicsGalileo is credited with no less than establishing the modernmethod of experimentation. He was the first scientistand thinker to try to prove or disprove theory by conductingtests and observing the results. Prior to Galileo,scientific theory was purely based on hypothesis and conjecture.It was in the interest of conducting accurate testsand in making precise observations that Galileo developeda number of inventions, including the hydrostaticbalance (a device designed to measure the density ofobjects), in about 1586, and the thermometer (one of thefirst measuring devices to be used in science), in 1593.In the Padua years, he conducted studies and experimentsin mechanics, built the thermoscope, and inventedand built the geometric and military compass. In1594, he developed a water-lifting machine.The invention most widely credited to Galileo is the telescope;however, he did not originate the instrument, butrather improved it in 1609. He was also the first to use atelescope to study the skies, which led him to a series ofdiscoveries, all in 1610: the Moon shines with reflectedlight, the surface of the Moon is mountainous, the MilkyWay is made up of countless stars and Jupiter has fourlarge satellites. He was even able to correctly estimate theperiod of rotation for each of these moons, which henamed “Medicean Stars” for his benefactor, Cosimo de


Bookmarkpageso9A.qxd 8/12/09 7:25 PM Page 1Medici. Galileo was also the first to observe the phases ofVenus, which are similar to the Moon's, and to discoversunspots.Before these astronomical discoveries, Galileo had alreadymade significant contributions to science. In 1589, whenhe was 25 years old, he had published a treatise on thecenter of gravity in solids. From 1602 to 1609, he hadstudied the motion of pendulums and other objects alongarcs and inclines. From these observations, he concludedthat falling objects accelerate at a constant rate. This lawof uniform acceleration later helped Isaac Newton (1642-1727) derive the law of gravity. Galileo also demonstratedthat the path of a projectile is a parabola.The InquisitionTrouble began for Galileo in 1613 when he publishedLetters on the Solar Spots, in which he advocated theCopernican system of the universe, which proposed thatthe Earth, along with other galactic bodies, revolvedaround the Sun. This view ran contrary to the RomanCatholic Church, whose long-held astronomical beliefswere based on Ptolemy's theory that the Earth was thecenter of the universe. Thus, in 1616, the Pope issued adecree declaring the Copernican system to be “false anderroneous,” and Galileo was ordered not to support thattheory. When the new Pope, Urban VIII, was installed in1624, Galileo traveled to Rome to make an appeal that theedict against the Copernican theory be revoked. The Popedeclined to do so, but he did give Galileo permission towrite about the Copernican system, under the conditionthat he not give it preference over the church-sanctionedPtolemaic model. In 1632, Galileo published “TheDialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems.”which contained unconvincing objections to theCopernican view. The church objected and summonedGalileo to Rome to stand before The Inquisition. Galileowas accused of violating the original edict of 1616, wasput on trial for heresy, and was found guilty. Though hewas ordered to recant, at some point, it is believed, that heuttered the famous statement, “And yet it moves.” Eppursi muove (DeMotu) a reference to the Copernican theorythat the earth rotates on its axis.Galileo was supposed to be imprisoned, but the Popecommuted his sentence to house arrest at Galileo's homein Arcetri, near Florence, where he died blind at the ageof 78.In 2008 the Vatican announced that it would re-examinethe Galileo affair and name Galileo the “patron” of thedialogue between faith and reason._______________Italian Heritage & Culture Committee of New York, Inc.For more than thirty years the IHCC has organizedevents, concerts, exhibits and lectures, celebratingItalian culture. Each year a theme representative ofthe history and culture of Italy and ItalianAmericans is highlighted.Web Site - www.italyculturemonth.orgThe IHCC promotes Italian culture by focusing onschools and taking a leadership role in promotingItaly and its cultural contributions.www.italyculturemonth.orgItalian Heritage & Culture Month BookmarkCut along dotted LIneCut along dotted LIne© 2009 Italian Heritage and Culture Committee of New York, Inc. All Rights ReservedThis text is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.


Facing RighthandBookmarkpagesgp.qxd 8/12/09 7:28 PM Page 2Italian Heritage & Culture Month BookmarkCut along dotted LIneItalian Heritage & Culture Month BookmarkCut along dotted LIneITALIAN HERITAGE & CULTURECOMMITTEE OF NEW YORK, INC.Giuseppe “Joe” Petrosino was a NYPD officerwho was a pioneer in the fight against organizedcrime. The various crime fighting techniquesthat he pioneered during his law enforcementcareer are still practiced by various agencies in the fightagainst crime.EARLY YEARS: In 1874, Petrosino and his family emigratedto the U.S. from Padula in southern Italy. OnOctober 19, 1883 he joined the New York City PoliceDepartment, thereby becoming friends with the PoliceCommissioner of New York Theodore Roosevelt. OnJuly 20, 1895, Roosevelt promoted him to DetectiveSergeant of the homicide division, making him the firstItalian-American to lead this division. The pinnacle ofhis career came in December 1908 when he was promotedto Lieutenant and was placed in charge of theItalian squad, an elite corps of Italian-American detectivesspecifically assembled to deal with the criminalactivities of organizations like the Mafia, whichPetrosino saw as a shame to decent Italians.THE BLACK HAND & ENRICO CARUSO: When thefamous Italian tenor Enrico Caruso was performing atthe Metropolitan Opera House and was blackmailed formoney in exchange for his life, it was Petrosino whoconvinced Caruso to help him catch those behind theblackmail.ASSASSINATION OF WILLIAM MCKINLEY: A secondnotable case in Petrosino's stint with the Italian squad


Bookmarkpagesgp.qxd 8/12/09 7:28 PM Page 1was his infiltration of the Italian-based anarchist organizationthat assassinated King Umberto I of Italy. Duringhis mission, he discovered evidence that the organizationintended to assassinate President William McKinleyduring his trip to Buffalo. Petrosino warned the SecretService, but McKinley ignored the warning and as aresult was assassinated by Leon Czolgosz on September6, 1901.LATER YEARSPetrosino's investigations into Mafia activities led him toDon Vito Cascio Ferro, the “Godfather of New York.” In1903, Petrosino arrested him on suspicion of murder,but Cascio Ferro was acquitted. He later returned toSicily, where he became increasingly involved with theSicilian Mafia.In 1909, Petrosino made plans to travel to Palermo,Sicily, on a top secret mission. However, due to the misjudgmentof New York Police Commissioner ThomasBingham, the New York Herald published the story ofPetrosino's mission on February 20, 1909.On March 12, 1909, after arriving in Palermo, Petrosinowas to meet an informant at the city's Piazza Marina.While waiting for the informant to arrive, Petrosino wasshot to death by Mafia assassins. Vito Cascio Ferro wasarrested and acquitted. Ironically, Ferro died in prisonafter serving 16 years for a murder he probably did notcommit.On April 12, 1909, Petrosino's funeral, which wasattended by 250,000 people, was held in Manhattanand then buried in Calvary Cemetery, Queens.New York City declared the day of his burial a holidayto allow citizens to attend his funeral. A small plazanorth of the old NYPD headquarters at 240 CenterStreet was renamed in his memory.Another recognition includes a small park in GreenwichVillage, NY, formerly known as Kenmare Square,renamed Lieutenant Joseph Petrosino Square Park in1987.__________________________________________Italian Heritage & Culture Committee of New York, Inc.For more than thirty years the IHCC has organizedevents, concerts, exhibits and lectures, celebrating Italianculture. Each year a theme representative of the historyand culture of Italy and Italian Americans is highlighted.Web Site - www.italyculturemonth.orgThe IHCC promotes Italian culture by focusing onschools and taking a leadership role in promoting Italyand its cultural contributions.www.italyculturemonth.orgItalian Heritage & Culture Month BookmarkCut along dotted LIneCut along dotted LIne© 2009 Italian Heritage and Culture Committee of New York, Inc. All Rights ReservedThis text is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.


Film: Joe PetrosinoOctober 9 6:00 – 9:00 pmDirected by Alfredo Peyretti, RAI Productions. Sponsoredby National Organization of Italian American Womenand the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute. Tobe followed by a panel discussion with prominent ItalianAmericans in law enforcement.Hunter College, Lang Theater695 Park Avenue (entrance on 68 th Street between Parkand Lexington Avenues), ManhattanAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: RSVP at noiaw@noiaw.org or (212) 642-2003Piano Concert with Giovanni AlleviOctober 9 7:30 pmPerformance by Giovanni Allevi, pianist and composer.Sponsored by Italian Cultural Institute.Carnegie Hall, Zanken Hall881 7 th Avenue, ManhattanContact: (212) 879-4242www.iicnewyork.orgOcean County Columbus Day Paradeand Italian FestivalOctober 9 - 11Three-day festival (Friday 4:00 – 10:00 pm; Saturday10:00 am – 10:00 pm; Sunday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm).Day-long events include entertainment, food, crafts andexhibitions. Parade, Sunday at 1:00 pm, includes over20 bands, floats, various organizations, antique cars andmilitary units. Special guest performers from Italy will beparticipating in the parade. Sponsored by Ocean CountyColumbus Day Parade Committee, Inc.Italian Festival – Grant Avenue, Seaside Heights, NewJerseyColumbus Day Parade route – The Boulevard, SeasideHeights, NJAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Michael Blandina (732) 477-6507Symposium Entitled: FuturismOctober 9 and 11Symposium will explore the contributions of FilippoTommaso Marinetti to Futurism and the Futuristmovement in the U.S. Poster Exhibit will also be on69


display. Sponsored by Italian Cultural Institute andPrinceton University.Contact: (212) 879-4242www.iicnewyork.orgThe 30 th Annual Queens Columbus Day ParadeOctober 10 12:00 pmParade route: Steinway Street left to 30 th Avenue rightto 33 rd Street, ends at reviewing stand on Astoria Blvd.and 31 st Street, Columbus Triangle. Grand Marshal:NYC Police Sergeant Frank Ventura, President of NYPDColumbian Association and Co-Marshal: Brother StephenLa Mendola, CSC, President, Holy Cross High School,Queens. Sponsored by the Federation of Italian AmericanOrganizations of Queens, Inc.Contact: (718) 204-2444fiao@juno.comBrooklyn Columbus Day ParadeOctober 10 1:00 pmAnnual parade in celebration of Italian culture andheritage. Open to the entire community. Sponsoredby Federation of Italian American Organizations ofBrooklyn, Ltd.Along 18 th Avenue (Cristoforo Colombo Boulevard) from60 th Street to 84 th Street, BrooklynAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Barbara Pascarella (718) 259-2828info@fiaobrooklyn.orgItalian American Writers Association (IAWA)Literary ReadingsOctober 10 5:45 – 7:45 pm(2 nd Saturday each month)IAWA represents the longest running literary readingsseries at the venerable Cornelia St. Café set in the heartof Greenwich Village. The format includes an open micand two features. IAWA also sponsors special bilingualevenings in concert with Luigi Bonaffini’s Journal ofItalian Translation. Sponsored by Italian AmericanWriters Association (IAWA).Cornelia St. Café29 Cornelia Street, between West 4 th and Bleecker Street,ManhattanAdmission: $7 admission and one drink; open to the70


publicContact: Maria Lisella (718) 777-1178mljourneys@aol.com65 th Annual Columbus Celebration GalaOctober 10 6:30 pmBlack tie dinner. Sponsored by Columbus CitizensFoundation.Waldorf=Astoria301 Park Avenue, ManhattanAdmission: $1,000; $10,000 per tableContact: (212) 249-9923ccf@columbuscitizens.orgWreath Laying Ceremony at Columbus CircleOctober 11 9:00 amJoin the Columbus Citizens Foundation as it honors civilservants in a ceremony at Columbus Circle. Sponsored byColumbus Citizens Foundation.Columbus Circle59 th Street and Central Park West, ManhattanAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: (212) 249-9923ccf@columbuscitizens.orgKensico Italian American Society ColumbusDinner DanceOctober 11 3:00 pmHonoring Westchester County Legislator John Nonna andMount Pleasant Town Supervisor Robert Meehan. Musicby Bella Bianca Productions with tenor Anthony Piraniowho will present favorite Italian songs and operatic arias.Sponsored by Kensico Italian American Society.Villa Barone Hilltop Manor466 Route 6, Mahopac, NYAdmission: $90; open to the publicContact: Brigida Colitto (914) 769-8846MoliseBC@aol.comMusical Program of Italian Love SongsOctober 11 5:00 pmFeaturing Neapolitan Tenor Antonio Guarna accompaniedby Alba Mazza. These wonderful songs will make youwant to sing along. Sponsored by DaVinci Society71


Wagner College, Student Performance CenterHoward Avenue, Staten IslandAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Betty McComiskey (718) 420-4014emccomis@wagner.eduColumbus Day BreakfastOctober 12 9:00 amColumbus Day Breakfast held at Roosevelt Hotelhosted by Italian American Political Action Committee(IAMPAC) and Petrosino Association in America.Roosevelt HotelMadison Avenue at 45 th Street, ManhattanAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: James C. Lisa (718) 592-2196JCL@giamondo.comColumbus Day MassOctober 12 9:30 amHis Excellency, Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, Celebrantand Homilist. Sponsored by the Italian Apostolate ofthe Archdiocese of New York in cooperation with theColumbus Citizens Foundation. Contact the Archdioceseof New York for reserved seating tickets – robert.aufieri@archny.orgSt. Patrick’s Cathedral50 th Street and 5 th Avenue, ManhattanContact: Rev. Robert Aufieri (212) 371-1000 ext. 305565 th Annual Columbus Day ParadeOctober 12 11:30 amLeading the parade along Fifth Avenue from 47 th Streetto 79 th Street, in Manhattan, will be the Grand Marshal,Kenneth G. Langone, Co-founder of Home Depot,former director of the New York Stock Exchange, and anactive philanthropist. Sponsored by Columbus CitizensFoundation.Grand Central Terminal42 nd Street at Park Avenue, ManhattanAdmission: freeContact: (212) 249-9923ccf@columbuscitizens.org72


TV Program: Italics. The Italian American TVMagazineOctober 12 10 – 11:00 pmItalics, in association with CUNY TV, has producedfour hour-long specials to air in October and November.Each special will highlight the various activities andpersonalities of our Italian American community at large.Sponsored by the John D. Calandra Italian AmericanInstitute, Queens College/CUNY and CUNY TVChannel 75 (Time Warner); Channel 77 (RCN).DIZZI’S JAZZITALIAOctober 12 - 16Enjoy a week of Italian Jazz with Marco Panascia,Nicola Angelucci, Rosario Giuliani, Giampaolo Casati,Antonio Ciacca, Jody Di Francesco, Gray Burk, JerryBergomazomi, Luca Santamiello, John Lepore, GiuseppeTazanzi and the performances by Terrores d’Oniferi fromSardinia. Sponsored by Italian Cultural Institute.October 12 - 14Lincoln Center70 Lincoln Center PlazaNew York, NY 10023October 15 - 16Italian Cultural Institute686 Park Avenue, ManhattanContact: (212) 879-4242www.iicnewyork.orgItalian Heritage Day 2009October 13 10:00 am – 4:00 pmA day of celebration including performances byAlessandra Belloni and I Giullari di Piazza, paneldiscussion on Galileo Galilei, folk music anddocumentary movie about Giuseppe Petrosino. Sponsoredby Italian Heritage Month Committee at BMCC.Borough of Manhattan Community College/CUNY,Richard Harris Terrace199 Chambers Street, ManhattanAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Maria Enrico (212) 220-8000 ext 7245menrico@bmcc.cuny.edu73


Cinema ItaliaOctober 13 2:00 pmEnjoy the screening of an Italian movie, lightrefreshments will be served. In Italian with Englishsubtitles. Sponsored by the Westchester Italian CulturalCenter.One Generoso Place, Tuckahoe, NYAdmission: free for members, registration is required;Non-member $5Contact: (914) 771-8700programs@wiccny.orgLecture: “Competing Understandings of Media in theHistory of Anti-defamation” by Professor Laura CookDennisOctober 13 6:00 pmProfessor Cook Dennis from George WashingtonUniversity will explore the similarities and differencesregarding media images in the 1950s TV show TheUntouchables and the 1970s film The Godfather.Sponsored by the John D. Calandra Italian AmericanInstitute, Queens College/CUNY.25 West 43 rd Street, 17 th floor (between 5 th & 6 th Avenues),ManhattanAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Rosangela Briscese (212) 642-2094calandra@qc.eduLt. Giuseppe Petrosino DocumentaryOctober 13 – 23The New York Police Department (NYPD) celebratesthe life and work of Lt. Giuseppe Petrosino. Openingceremony on October 13 at 6:00 pm will include GiovanniAvanti, President of the Province of Palermo, Italy, andauthor Anna Maria Corradini whose text chronicles thecareer of Lt. Petrosino. Sponsored by the New York CityPolice Department.Conference entitled: Italian Americans in LawEnforcement from Petrosino to the PresentOctober 14 9:00 am – 12:30 pmSession I: “The Petrosino Legacy in New York City” willdocument the role that Italian Americans have played inAmerica’s law enforcement activities. Discussion led byJoseph Sciame, Cav. Uff. Vice President for CommunityRelations, St. John’s University and Dr. Anne Romano.74


Session II: “Italian Americans in Law Enforcement:Focus Nassau County.” Panel members include: Prof.Salvatore J. La Gumina; Prof. Joanne Lecci; Prof. A.Ottomano; Prof. J. Caracci; Prof. Janine Ferraro; andCarmine Soldano, President Nassau County ColumbianAssociation, and will explore the contributions of ItalianAmericans to the Criminal Justice system. Sponsored byCenter for Italian American Studies and American ItalianHistorical Association/Long Island Chapter.Nassau Community College, College Center Room 252-2531 Education Drive, Garden City, NYAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Dr. Salvatore J. LaGumina (516) 798-8256sallagumina@yahoo.comLecture: “Stereotyping of Italian Americans inthe Media” by Valerie Franco, Film Director andProducerOctober 14 11:15 amDirector Valerie Franco will examine female and maleItalian-American stereotypes including Madonna andWiseguy images in various forms of the media. Sponsoredby the Italian Club of Westchester Community College.Westchester Community CollegeClassroom Building Room 100, (Parking Lot 4)78 Grasslands Road, Valhalla, NYAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Prof. Carlo Sclafani (914) 606-6790carlo.sclafani@sunywcc.eduArt Exhibition: “Silence” by Michele CaccioferaOctober 14 6:00 pmOpening of “Silence” exhibit by Sicilian artist MicheleCacciofera. Sponsored by Italian Cultural Institute incooperation with the Region of Sicily.Italian Cultural Institute686 Park Avenue, ManhattanContact: (212) 879-4242www.iicnewyork.org75


Lecture: “Umbria Sacred Arts and Architecture”by Professor James ShieldOctober 14 6:30 pmSacred art and architecture provide a compelling narrativefor explaining the ways religious belief and practicecontribute to the regional, national, religious and culturaltraditions. Presented in English. Sponsored by theWestchester Italian Cultural Center.One Generoso Place, Tuckahoe, NYAdmission: Members $20; Non-Members $25; SeniorCitizens: Members $15; Non-member $20; Students withID freeContact: Patrizia Calce (914) 771-8700 ext 109pcalce@wiccny.orgRe-Dedication of the Lt. Joseph Petrosino ParkOctober 15Particulars forthcoming. Sponsored by Lt. Det. JosephPetrosino Association in America.Lafayette and Grand Streets, ManhattanAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: James C. Lisa (718) 592-2196JCL@giamondo.comCelebrating Italian American Feasts in theTri-State AreaOctober 15 12:45 – 2:15 pmTommaso Cuccia, a photo folklorist representing AmerigoItaliano, Inc., will present a slide show and discussion ofhis work documenting the celebration of Italian Americanfeast days in the tri-state area. All are invited! Sponsoredby Società Italiana of Baruch College/CUNY and the JohnD. Calandra Italian American Institute of Queens College/CUNY.Baruch College Vertical Campus, Room 10-17555 Lexington Avenue, ManhattanAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Dr. Nancy Ziehlernancy_ziehler@baruch.cuny.eduWorkshop: TARANTATA, Italian Folk DanceOctober 15 1:30 – 3:00 pmAlessandra Belloni dancer and percussionist will teachparticipants about southern Italian folk dances and rituals.This workshop will examine how movement, dance and76


music help release anxiety and stress. Participants willbe barefoot and women should wear skirts (if possibleeveryone should wear white clothing). Sponsored byStudent Gov. and Pluralism and Diversity Program.College of Staten Island, CUNYBuilding 1P, Room 1162800 Victory Blvd., Staten IslandAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Winnie Brophy (718) 982-2597Winnie.brophy@csi.cuny.eduWineappeal.it: Art in a BottleOctober 15, 22, 27 (series of 3 events)These events have been developed to promote Italian artand culture in different forms: Visual Art (hand paintedlabels from 35 Italian artisans), food and wine (the winebottles, themselves, along with food pairings), and music.It is a blend of several elements of fine Italian culture.The opening event on October 15 th will include live music(jazz, opera and spirituals) and buffet style refreshments.The event will be filmed for a documentary on newart and artists, to be submitted for consideration to theTribeca Film Festival Committee. Please see website foradditional information: www.wineappeal.it Sponsoredby Vanvakys Art International, Inc., SicilyWine.com,Vero Uomo Men’s fashion and apparel Englewood, NewJersey.National Arts Club15 Gramercy Park South, ManhattanAdmission: $46 - $60; open to the publicContact: Salvatore Cottone (917) 406-4102vanvakys@gmail.comConference entitled: Italian Folklore and FestivalOctober 16 and 17 6:00 pmAnnual conference of Italian folk groups fromthroughout the United States gather to share folk musicdance, customs and heritage. Participants will choosefrom workshops on Italian folk dance and music, andtraditional Italian folk instruments, costumes, and crafts.The conference culminates with the Saturday eveningFesta Folcloristica Italiana. The Festa begins with adinner, an exhibition of authentic Italian folk costumes,and a presentation of folk song and dance performancesby Italian folk troupes from across the United States andguest performers from Italy, followed by social dancing77


until midnight. For further information or to registerand make reservations, please visit the website: www.italianfolkartfederation.org Sponsored by the Italian FolkArt Federation of America (IFAFA).The Riviera Hotel’s “Top of the Riviera” BallroomLas Vegas, NevadaContact: Meri DeLorenzo (702) 327-9386italianfolk@lycos.comInternational Conference entitled: FuturismOctober 16 and 17International conference at the Florence University ofthe Arts in Florence, Italy on Futurism on the occasionof the centenary of the publication of the first “Manifestoof Futurism”(1909) by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti.Academicians and scholars from the United States andEurope will be presenting papers on this theme duringthe two-day conference. Examples of the prolific outputof drawings, photographs, films, performances, paintingssculptures, and publications related to this movement willbe on view in the Painting and Sculpture Gallery of theFlorence University of the Arts. Sponsored by the Centerfor Italian Studies in collaboration with Stony BrookUniversity’s International Academic Programs Office.Contact: Jo Fusco (631) 632-7444jfusco@italianstudies.org2009 Shining Star AwardsOctober 16 and 23 7:30 pmHonoring several outstanding Italian Americans from theCatholic Migration Office, Diocese of Brooklyn, 125865 th Street, Brooklyn. Sponsored by the Italian Apostolateof Brooklyn and Queens.Gargiulo’s RestaurantConey Island, BrooklynAdmission: $150Contact: Deacon Vincenzo La Gamba (718) 474-5923VJIM19@AOL.COMItalian Welfare League - Autumn in New YorkLuncheonOctober 17 11:00 amHonoring Dr. Joseph W. Polisi, President, the JulliardSchool; Isabella M. Germana, MD, Professor ofNeurosurgery, Director, Stereotactic and Brain TumorProgram, Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Luncheon andsilent auction at the St. Regis Hotel. Proceeds to benefit “I78


Nostri Bambini” campaign to assist children with healthproblems and families in crisis. Sponsored by the ItalianWelfare League.St. Regis Hotel2 East 55 th Street, ManhattanAdmission: $200Contact: (212) 861-8480iwlinc@msn.comDance of the Spider – Tarantella DanceOctober 17 2:30 pmListen to the history and story of dance, make musicalinstruments and learn dance steps. For children andadults. Sponsored by the Cellini Lodge #2206, OSIA ofNew Hyde Park.Marcus Christ HallJericho Turnpike and New Hyde Park Road, New HydePark, NYAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Jean Gagliardo (516) 935-5084jeangag@verizon.netTribute to Mario LanzaOctober 17 7:00 pmConcert for the 50 th Anniversary from the death of thegreat Tenor Mario Lanza (Alfred Arnold Cocozza) fromMolise (Filignano – Italy), born in Philadelphia. Tofamiliarize the present audience and the Italian-Americancommunity with the life, opera and cinematographicactivity of Mario Lanza, internationally famous in thehumanitarian and artistic fields. Performance by theItalian Tenor Luciano Lamonarca. Briefing of the artisticand cultural value of the Italian-American community.Sponsored by Enrico Caruso Museum of America,Pugliesi Federation, Coccia Foundation and the John D.Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College/CUNY.Scandinavia House, Victor Borge Hall58 Park Avenue at 38 th Street, ManhattanAdmission: $15; open to the publicContact: Victoria McGann (212) 847-9719tributetomariolanza@gmail.com79


Musical Program: Giada Valenti – Tribute to LoveOctober 17 8:00 pmGiada Valenti’s new show is a unique and entertainingprogram that appeals to the romantic spirit. With hergreat storytelling and emotional vocal skills Giada takesher audience on a virtual trip through the most romanticplaces on earth, performing timeless songs as “SpeakSoftly Love” (theme from The Godfather). Her selectionsare a blend of the past and present.Atlantic City Hilton Casino ResortBoston Avenue and the Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJContact: (609) 340-7200 or visit: www.hiltonac.comColumbus Day Celebration ConcertOctober 18 2:45 pmExperience an afternoon of great Italian music! EnjoyItalian marches and operatic selections performed bythe 30 piece Yonkers Concert Band under the directionof Joseph Stamboni. Sing-along to the band’s signaturepiece of twelve Neapolitan favorites – lyrics providedto the audience. Appearance by Miss Columbus 2009.Sponsored by the Yonkers Columbus Day CelebrationCommittee in cooperation with the City of Yonkers,Philip A. Amicone, Mayor and the Yonkers Department ofParks, Recreation and Conservation.Saunders High School183 Palmer Road, Yonkers, NYAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Lucille Catapano-Sciacca (914) 423-3592yocolumbuscncrt@aol.comHighlights of Italian Opera Featuring theNew Rochelle Opera CompanyOctober 18 3:00 pmA selection of famous arias of Italian operas by Puccini,Verdi, Leoncavallo, Rossini, Mascagni and Cilea will beperformed by renowned artists of the New Rochelle OperaCompany. Sponsored by the Italian Club of WestchesterCommunity College.Westchester Community CollegeAcademic Arts Theatre78 Grasslands Road, Valhalla, NYAdmission: $20; $17 Seniors; $10 WCC Credit Students;open to the publicContact: Prof. Carlo Sclafani (914) 606-6790carlo.sclafani@sunywcc.edu80


Joy of Italian OperaOctober 18 5:00 pmA “must” for opera lovers. This program features thegreats of Italian opera. Moderated by well knownmusicologist Louis Barella. Sponsored by DaVinciSociety.Wagner College, Spiro HallHoward Avenue, Staten IslandAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Betty McComiskey (718) 420-4014emccomis@wagner.eduStudying Italian Language and Culture in PerugiaOctober 19 12:15 pmQueens College and the John D. Calandra ItalianAmerican Institute sponsor a program to study Italianlanguage and culture in Perugia, Italy. These low-cost4-week or 8-week programs give students and thecommunity the opportunity to earn 6 or 12 credits inItalian, in one of the most beautiful medieval cities inItaly. Sponsored by the John D. Calandra Italian AmericanInstitute, Queens College/CUNY and Queens College’sItalian Department.Queens College6530 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, NYAdmission: freeContact: Joseph Grosso (718) 997-5769joseph.grosso@qc.cuny.eduCooking with NonnaOctober 19 8:00 pmTraditional and authentic Italian recipes prepared andpresented in a series of webisodes hosted by RossellaRago on the Cooking with Nonna Web TV Show.This webisode is part of a series that runs every week.Sponsored by Cooking with Nonna.www.CookingWithNonna.comAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Vito Rago (973) 263-4558vr@cookingwithnonna.comTV Program: Italics. The Italian American TVMagazineOctober 19 10 – 11:00 pmItalics, in association with CUNY TV, has producedfour hour-long specials to air in October and November.81


Each special will highlight the various activities andpersonalities of our Italian American community at large.Sponsored by the John D. Calandra Italian AmericanInstitute, Queens College/CUNY and CUNY TVChannel 75 (Time Warner); Channel 77 (RCN)Italian Language Week: Italian in Art, Science andTechnologyA series of events dedicated to Italian language studies.October 19 - 28October 19 6:00 pmOpening event “La Scuola D’Italia Guglielmo MarconiDay” performance featuring students and teachers.Italian Cultural Institute686 Park Avenue, ManhattanContact: (212) 879-4242www.iicnewyork.orgOctober 21 6:00 pmLecture: “Marinetti’s Role in the Creation of BritishModernism” by Professor Frederick LangSponsored by Italian Cultural Institute.Italian Cultural Institute686 Park Avenue, ManhattanContact: (212) 879-4242www.iicnewyork.orgOctober 22 6:00 pmLecture: “Swiss Foundation Pro Venice” by ProfessorGiordano Zeli and Architect Paola Piffaretti. Sponsoredby Italian Cultural Institute in collaboration with SwissCultural Institute and Swiss Consulate General.Italian Cultural Institute686 Park Avenue, ManhattanContact: (212) 879-4242www.iicnewyork.orgOctober 25 - 29International Symposium entitled “New Voices on PrimoLevi.” Program includes lectures and film presentationon Primo Levi’s humanism and social commitment tounderstand the world we inhabit.Sponsored by Centro Primo Levi and the Italian CulturalInstitute.October 25, 27, 29Italian Studies at the Center for Jewish StudiesCentro Primo Levi15 West 16 th Street, ManhattanContact: (917) 606-8202info@primolevicenter.orgprimolevicenter.org82


October 28 6:00pmLecture entitled: “Primo Levi, Reader of Galileo.”Sponsored by Centro Primo Levi and the Italian CulturalInstitute.Italian Cultural Institute686 Park Avenue, ManhattanContact: (212) 879-4242www.iicnewyork.orgA Tribute to Giuseppe PetrosinoOctober 20 3:00 pmA speaker from the NYPD, and a documentary movieregarding the life of Lieutenant Petrosino will befeatured. Music and refreshments to follow. Sponsored byKingsborough Community College/CUNY.Marina Academic Center2001 Oriental Boulevard, BrooklynAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Angela A. Toscano (718) 368-5810aatm500@aol.comDiscover Umbria – Travel PresentationOctober 20 6:30 pmIn the spring wildflowers transform the rolling Umbriancountryside into a rainbow of colors, but still one’seye is drawn upward, to the tops of the surroundinghills, to the walled towns perched above. Perhapsthe most distinguishing feature of the region, thesefortified medieval hill towns are rich in art, history andarchitecture, and many are relatively untouched bytourism. Sponsored by the Westchester Italian CulturalCenter.One Generoso Place, Tuckahoe, NYAdmission: Members $20; Non-Members $25; SeniorCitizens: Members $15; Non-member $20; Students withID freeContact: Patrizia Calce (914) 771-8700 ext 109pcalce@wiccny.orgThe Great EarthquakeOctober 20 7:00 pmProfessor Salvatore LaGumina tells the story of the greatearthquake forgotten for 100 years and aid from USAoffered to help and assist the disaster. Sponsored by theCellini Lodge #2206, OSIA of New Hyde Park.83


Marcus Christ HallJericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park Road, New Hyde Park,NYAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Jean Gagliardo (516) 935-5084jeangag@verizon.netLecture: “Gravitation: From Galileo to Einstein andBeyond” by Dr. Eugenio Coccia, Director of GranSasso National Laboratory (L’Aquila, Italy)October 20 7:30 pmGravitation is responsible for keeping the Earth and theother planets in their orbits around the sun, for keepingthe Moon in its orbit around the Earth, and for heating theinteriors of stars to very high temperatures allowing theformation of the chemical elements we need for life. Thetalk will describe the breakthroughs of Galileo Galileiand Isaac Newton, and the vision of Albert Einstein whodescribed gravity as a curvature of spacetime, makingit possible for us to understand fascinating cosmicphenomena like gravitational waves, black holes and‘spaghettification.’ Sponsored by College of Scienceand Mathematics and Coccia Institute for the ItalianExperience in America at Montclair State University.Alexander Kasser TheaterOne Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJAdmission: open to the publicContact: Mary Ann Re, Ph.D. (973) 655-4038rem@mail.montclair.eduLearning Italian Through SongOctober 20 8:00 pmParticipation in musical language lessons and singingin Italian and English. Sponsored by the Cellini Lodge#2206, OSIA of New Hyde Park.Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park Road, New Hyde Park,NYAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Jean Gagliardo (516) 935-5084jeangag@verizon.netItalian Cultural Film – Famous Italians of theMillenniumOctober 21 11:15 amA documentary depicting famous Italians who havemade a special contribution to humanity during the last84


millennium (1000 AD – 1999 AD). This documentary alsodepicts the trial, conviction and execution of Sacco andVanzetti, two highly publicized Italian-Americans in theearly 1900s. Sponsored by the Italian Club of WestchesterCommunity College.Westchester Community CollegeClassroom Building Room 100, (Parking Lot 4)78 Grasslands Road, Valhalla, NYAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Prof. Carlo Sclafani (914) 606-6790Carlo.sclafani@sunywcc.eduCinema Italia: Fellini’s 8 ½October 21 12:15 pmFederico Fellini’s great comic fantasy in the genre ofautographic filmmaking. The movie director, playedby Marcello Mastroianni, is unable to find inspirationto begin a new production at the peak of his career. Heescapes from the pressures of reality and retreats to thesafety of his personal fantasies. Sponsored by the JohnD. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College/CUNY.Queens College6530 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, NYAdmission: freeContact: Joseph Grosso (718) 997-5769joseph.grosso@qc.cuny.eduLecture: “Leaving Little Italy: Last Words on aLocale” by Professor Fred GardapheOctober 21 2:30 – 3:30 pmAs long as there were Little Italys occupied by Americansof Italian descent, the histories and stories never died.Oral traditions were kept alive through regular and ritualinteraction among families and friends. This is no longerthe case. Now that the great majority of Americans ofItalian descent no longer live in Little Italys, it is the jobof culture, and not geographic space, to help maintain andtransmit a cultural identity we can call Italian American.This presentation uses storytelling and non-fictionaltechniques to dramatize and historicize the life and deathof U.S. Little Italys and to present a case for the impactthese changes have had on Italian American culture.The representation of Little Italys in the United Statesby journalists and social scientists, in art, documentaryand dramatic films, and in the prose and poetry of Italian85


American writers will be discussed. Sponsored by thePluralism and Diversity Program.College of Staten Island2800 Victory Boulevard, IP – 116, Staten IslandAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Winnie Brophy (718) 982-2597Winnie.brophy@csi.cuny.eduSecret Recipes of a Great Italian Chef –Culinary Demonstration, Cena d’AutunnoOctober 22 6:30 pmSeasonality is the heart and soul of Italian cooking, freshingredients bursting with flavor. Guests are surprised byevery dish. Chef Dean Vivolo from Trattoria Vivolo inHarrison will share with you the secrets of his recipes.Learn hands on how to prepare delicious agnolottiaccompanied by a succulent porchetta arrosto! Acomplimentary glass of wine will be served during theprogram. Sponsored by the Westchester Italian CulturalCenter.One Generoso Place, Tuckahoe, NYAdmission: Members $49.95; Non-Members $59.95Contact: Patrizia Calce (914) 771-8700 ext 109pcalce@wiccny.orgItalian Regional Foods, Dinner and SocialOctober 23 6:30 pmServing culinary specialties from various regions of Italyprepared by master cooks. Sponsored by Kensico ItalianAmerican Society.Hayden Hall, Hawthorne Reformed Church65 Broadway, Hawthorne, NYAdmission: members $10; non-members $20; open to thepublicContact: Brigida Colitto (914) 769-8846MoliseBC@aol.comCrachesi del Nord America Reunion OpeningReceptionOctober 23 6:30 pmEvening cocktail reception and reunion for individualsinterested in the culture, traditions and history of the townof Craco, Region of Basilicata, Italy. Sponsored by theCraco Society.Sirico’s86


8015-23 13 th Avenue, BrooklynAdmission: open to the publicContact: Frederick Spero (508) 888-5992memberservices@thecracosociety.orgCrachesi del Nord America Historical SeminarOctober 24 9:30 amNarratives from Brooklyn residents describing theCrachesi migration from Manhattan to Brooklyn enclaves.Concurrent sessions of book signing by authors and oralhistory recordings of Crachesi immigrants. Sponsored bythe Craco Society.Knights of Columbus1305 86 th Street, BrooklynAdmission: open to the publicContact: Frederick Spero (508) 888-5992memberservices@thecracosociety.orgGenealogy WorkshopOctober 24 10:00 amLearn from experienced genealogists how to locatevaluable genealogical information utilizing the Center’sextended genealogical database and computers. Space islimited. Sponsored by the Westchester Italian CulturalCenter.One Generoso Place, Tuckahoe, NYAdmission: Members $20; Non-Members $25; SeniorCitizens: Members $15; Non-Members $20Contact: Patrizia Calce (914) 771-8700 ext 109pcalce@wiccny.orgCulinary Classes for Children – Pasta alla ChitarraOctober 24 2:00 pmMaccheroni all Chitarra is a famous recipe from theAbruzzo region. A pasta, naturally made at home, using aspecial tool that looks like a guitar! Parents are welcometo sign up with their children. Appropriate for ages 5to 100! Sponsored by the Westchester Italian CulturalCenter.One Generoso Place, Tuckahoe, NYAdmission: Children: Members $30; Non-Members $38;Parent & Child: Members $40; Non-Member $50Contact: Patrizia Calce (914) 771-8700 ext 109pcalce@wiccny.org87


Crachesi del Nord America Reunion Brooklyn TourOctober 24 3:00 pmA tour that departs from the Knights of Columbusincludes local neighborhood landmarks and dinner.Sponsored by the Craco Society.Knights of Columbus starting point1305 86 th Street, BrooklynAdmission: open to the publicContact: Frederick Spero (508) 888-5992memberservices@thecracosociety.orgUna Serata ItalianaOctober 24 7:00 pmAn evening to celebrate Italian heritage through musicfrom the 50s – present, karaoke in Italian, dancing, andsocializing with Italian and Italian Americans from theneighborhood and beyond. Sponsored by New UtrechtHigh School.1601 80 th Street, BrooklynAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: David Zambito (917) 693-3737zdd72@verizon.netCinque Anni di FesteOctober 24 7:00 pmThe fifth annual Italian Festa (Dinner Dance) celebratingItalian Heritage and Culture Month. Antipasto at thetable. Hot and cold buffet, imported wine, beer and soda,pastries, cookies and expresso and assorted coffee table.Favors and 50/50 raffle. Black Velvet Band and guestappearance of Fred Lando, Italian singer. Sponsored bythe Parish of St. Benedict.Father Albert Hall2968 Bruckner Boulevard, BronxAdmission: $50Contact: Loretta Zaino (718) 828-3403italysts@aol.comApulian Jazz NightOctober 24 8:00 pmA night of jazz featuring Apulian pianist NicolaAndrioli. Sponsored by United Pugliesi Federation of theMetropolitan Area.Greenwich House46 Barrow Street, Manhattan88


Admission: free; open to the publicContact: Davide Zannoni (212) 414-1780davidezannoni@aol.comSixth Annual New Italian Film FestivalOctober 24 & 25 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm(both days)Screening of six new films will be presented duringthis two-day festival. Brief commentaries by professorsof film studies will be included in the program. Filmselections to be determined. Contact (631) 632-7444 forupdated program information. Sponsored by the Centerfor Italian Studies at Stony Brook University.Stony Brook University, Wang Center TheaterNicolls Road, Stony Brook, NYAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Jo Fusco (631) 632-7444jfusco@italianstudies.orgItalian Charities of America Inc.Annual Dinner Dance GalaOctober 25The Italian Charities of America, Inc. will honorprominent Italian Americans at its annual dinner gala.Please RSVP.Roma View Restaurant106-05 CrossBay Boulevard, Howard Beach, NYAdmission: $85Contact: Pres. Rose Sproviero (718) 478-3100 (evening)Crachesi del Nord America Reunion San VincenzoBreakfastOctober 25 9:30 amInformal breakfast sampling classic Italian pastries ata century old landmark prior to celebrating the SanVincenzo Mass. Sponsored by the Craco Society.Ferrara Café195 Grand Street, ManhattanAdmission: open to the publicContact: Frederick Spero (508) 888-5992memberservices@thecracosociety.org89


Crachesi del Nord America ReunionSan Vincenzo MassOctober 25 12:00 pmSpecial Mass celebrating the feast day of San Vincenzo,Martire, the patron saint of Craco, Italy at the Churchof St. Joseph which holds a century old statue and amillennium-old relic. Sponsored by the Craco Society.Church of St. Joseph5 Monroe Street, ManhattanAdmission: open to the publicContact: Frederick Spero (508) 888-5992memberservices@thecracosociety.orgCrachesi del Nord America ReunionSan Vincenzo LuncheonOctober 25 1:30 pmA lunch event to celebrate the feast of San Vincenzo,Martire and the patron saint of Craco, Italy. Sponsored bythe Craco Society.Forlini’s Restaurant99 Baxter Street, ManhattanAdmission: open to the publicContact: Frederick Spero (508) 888-5992memberservices@thecracosociety.orgFrom Naples to Newark, Celebrating NeapolitanHeritage and CultureOctober 25 2:00 pmEnjoy an afternoon of Neapolitan serenade and thecustoms of Naples featuring the Coro d’Italia. Please callfor ticket information and group rates.Montclair Art MuseumMontclair, NJContact: Della Romano (973) 743-0257 or (973) 461-9624ditalianj@yahoo.comThe Richmond County Savings Foundation TuscanGarden GalaOctober 25 4:00 - 8:00 pmThe Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Gardenwill be celebrating the opening of The Richmond CountySavings Foundation Tuscan Garden. There will be acocktail reception followed by a sit-down dinner andentertainment.90


Richmond County Savings Foundation Tuscan Gardenat Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanic Gardens,Building P1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten IslandAdmissions: $175 per person (Reservations requested)Contact: Miriam Camera (718) 425-3502mcamera@snug-harbor.orgwww.snug-harbor.orgChoir Concert Viva ItaliaOctober 25 4:00 pmThe nationally acclaimed Wagner College Choir directedby Dr. Roger Wesby will perform a range of musicalselections. Sponsored by DaVinci Society.Wagner College, Student Performing CenterHoward Avenue, Staten IslandAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Betty McComiskey (718) 420-4014emccomis@wagner.eduDocumentary film entitled: My Name is PetrosinoOctober 26 2:00 pmDirected by Anthony Giacchino. Film clips of My Nameis Petrosino tells the dramatic, yet forgotten, story ofLt. Joseph Petrosino, an Italian immigrant who, in theearly 1900s, became one of NYC’s most well-knowndetectives. From 1904 to 1909 Petrosino headed theItalian Squad, a special unit of the NYPD responsible forinvestigating crime in the Italian communities of NewYork City. Post-screening discussion with Director willbe co-led by Dean Anthony Julian Tamburri, the John D.Calandra Italian American Institute and Vice PresidentRobert Pignatello, John Jay College. Sponsored by JohnJay College of Criminal Justice and the John D. CalandraItalian American Institute, Queens College/CUNY.John Jay College, Lobby of the Gerald W. Lynch Theater899 Tenth Avenue, ManhattanAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Dr. Maria La Russo (212) 642-2001Film: The Tree of Life (2008)October 26 6:00 pmDirector Hava Volterra travels to Italy to come to termswith her father’s death and piece together the story of herItalian Jewish ancestors. Post-screening discussion with91


the director led by Sara Regver. Sponsored by the JohnD. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College/CUNY.25 West 43 rd Street, 17 th floor (between 5 th & 6 th Avenues),ManhattanAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Rosangela Briscese (212) 642-2094calandra@qc.eduIncontro con l’Arcivescovo Francesco Alfano daSant’Angelo di Lombardo(An Encounter with Archbishop Francesco Alfanofrom Sant’Angleo di Lombardo)October 26 7:00 pmHis Excellency Archbishop Francesco Alfano willcelebrate mass in honor of those individuals whosuffer from Alzheimer’s disease. Benefit dinner tosupport services provided by Alzheimer’s Resource andConsultation. Sponsored by La Società MorningStar – Stella Mattutina.Lido Restaurant101 City Island Avenue, City Island, NYAdmission: $65; (reservations required)Contact: Dr. Luigi Miele (914) 636-6670drmiele@aol.comwww.morningstarsociety.orgLa Società Morning Star- Stella Mattutina invita tuttiLunedì 26 Ottobre, ore 7 pm al Lido RistoranteDi City Island, Santa Messa con L’Arcivescovo FrancescoAlfano dall’Arcidiocesi di Sant’Angelo Lombardi,un’area di 30 paesi. Cena completa – Buffet, Bevandee Musica regionale $65. Telefonate per informazioni eprenotazioni Dr. Luigi Miele al: (914)636-6670Seventh Annual Savoy History Lecture: “When ThereWas an Italian Archbishop of Canterbury: The SavoyDynasty in Medieval England”October 27 6:00 pmA lecture by Dr. Christopher Pyerman, lecturer inmedieval history at Hertford College and New CollegeOxford, followed by reception and dinner. Sponsoredby the American Foundation of Savoy Orders and St.George’s Society.Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium of the Colonial Damesof America417 East 61 st Street, Manhattan92


Admission: $120; open to the publicContact: Marco Grassi (212) 226-6616mgrassi@earthlink.netLecture: “Presepio” & Opening of Presepio ExhibitOctober 27 6:30 pmJoin us for the opening of the WICC Presepio and enjoya lecture by professional photographer Anita Sanseverinowho explores its origin and traditions. Although aChristmas tradition throughout Italy, the Presepe hasa distinct Neapolitan flavor and this can be seen in heraccompanying photographic exhibit. Live music andreception will follow. Sponsored by the WestchesterItalian Cultural Center.One Generoso Place, Tuckahoe, NYAdmission: free; registration is requiredContact: Patrizia Calce (914) 771-8700 ext 109pcalce@wiccny.orgTV Program: Italics. The Italian American TVMagazineOctober 28 10:00 am, 3:00 pm, 11:00 pmOctober 30 8:00 pmOctober 31 10:00 amMonthly show (30 min.) featuring the various activitiesand personalities of our Italian American community inthe greater NY metropolitan area. Sponsored by the JohnD. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College/CUNY and CUNY TV Channel 75 (Time Warner);Channel 77 (RCN).Lecture: “Those Marvelous Madcap (Italian)Mannerists!” by Lynne Mayocole, Artist,Lecturer at LargeOctober 28 11:15 amFollowing the Renaissance, the Italian art world explodedonto a wide variety of styles. Through this illustrated slidelecture, be amazed, amused and dazzled by the artistryof Parmigianino, Archimboldo, Rosso Fiorentino andothers as they – and we - explore new directions in art.Sponsored by the Italian Club of Westchester CommunityCollege.Westchester Community CollegeClassroom Building Room 200, (Parking Lot 4)78 Grasslands Road, Valhalla, NY93


Admission: free; open to the publicContact: Prof. Carlo Sclafani (914) 606-6790carlo.sclafani@sunywcc.eduDiscovering the Regions of ItalyOctober 28 12:15 pmTravelogues will highlight several regions in Italy forplanning a trip or reliving a past experience. Florenceand Rome are among the cities that will be highlighted.Sponsored by the John D. Calandra Italian AmericanInstitute, Queens College/CUNY.Queens College6530 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, NYAdmission: freeContact: Joseph Grosso (718) 997-5769joseph.grosso@qc.cuny.eduPoetry Reading by Peter CovinoOctober 28 4:00 pmPoet Peter Covino will read and discuss his poems.Sponsored by English Department, Saint Joseph College.Saint Joseph College, second floor reception room,BruyetteWest Hartford, ConnecticutAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Dennis Barone (860) 231-5379dbarone@sjc.eduEvening of Italian CultureOctober 28 7:00 pmAn evening celebrating Italian culture through music,literature, video, and Italian culinary sweets. Sponsoredby Michael Valente Lodge #2667, OSIA.Island Park Library176 Long Beach Road, Long Beach, NYAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Patricia Edick (516) 867-1766Pattyo415@verizon.netCinema Italia: Cinema ParadisoOctober 29 12:30 pmA 1989 Academy Award winner for Best ForeignLanguage Film, Cinema Paradiso is the poignant andtouching story of a young boy from a small Italian village94


and his childhood pastime and life-long love affair withthe movies. The film is presented in Italian with Englishsubtitles. All are welcome. Sponsored by the Departmentof Modern Languages and Comparative Literatureof Baruch College and the John D. Calandra ItalianAmerican Institute, Queens College/CUNY.Baruch College, Vertical Campus55 Lexington Avenue, ManhattanAdmission: freeContact: Dr. Nancy Ziehler (646) 312-2164nancy_ziehler@baruch.cuny.eduLecture: “Italian Expatriates to the USA:A Reconsideration” by Professor Vincenzo Pascale,Rutgers UniversityOctober 29 1:00 pmLecture will provide insight into the experience of Italianexpatriates. Sponsored by the Center for Italian Studies atStony Brook University.Center for Italian Studies Meeting RoomFrank Melville Memorial Library, Room E4340Stony Brook, NYAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Jo Fusco (631) 632-7444jfusco@italianstudies.orgItalian Wine Tasting DinnerOctober 29 6:30 pmThis annual dinner is the highlight of Italian Culture andHeritage month at Wagner College. Enjoy an exquisitefive course Italian meal complete with wonderful Italianwines. Sponsored by DaVinci Society.Wagner College, Faculty Dining Room, Student Union 1Howard Avenue, Staten IslandAdmission: $110; open to the publicContact: Betty McComiskey (718) 420-4014emccomis@wagner.eduMusic Program to Celebrate Italian Culture andHeritageOctober 30 8:00 pmSongstress Giada Valenti and radio personality FloydVivino will perform among others. Sponsored by Lt. Det.Joseph Petrosino Association in America. You can obtainticket by calling Queens Theatre (718) 760-0064 or go to95


www.giadavalenti.comQueens Theatre in the ParkFlushing Meadows Corona Park, Corona, NYAdmission: $33 Non Members, $28 Members; Seniors$31 and Students $20; open to the publicContact: James C. Lisa (718) 592-2196JCL@giamondo.comConcert, Music and DanceOctober 30 8:00 pmTarantelle e canti d’amore. Southern Italian folk musicand dances presented by Alessandra Belloni and I Giullaridi Piazza, celebrating 30 th anniversary. Sponsored byWorld Music Institute.Symphony SpaceBroadway and 95 th Street, ManhattanAdmission: $30/35Contact: Robert Browning (212) 545-7536ABelloni@aol.comMario Lanza Tribute DinnerOctober 31 8:30 pmA dinner in commemoration of the 50 th anniversary of thegreat tenor’s death with musical performances and fineItalian specialties. Sponsored by Mario Lanza Institute.High Note Café1547 S. 13 th Street, Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaAdmission: $65; open to the publicContact: William Ronayne (718) 338-8662wjronayne@juno.comItalian Serenade – Beautiful Love Songs –Old and NewEnjoy beautiful musical compositions from Italy thatcontinue to delight American audiences.Brooklyn, To be announcedContact: Alba Mazza (718) 921-7290 for informationitaliandawn@msn.comCasa Italiana Zerilli-MarimòNew York UniversityOctober EventsFor scheduled programs check website.Contact: casa.italiana@nyu.edu96


Lecture: “Sicilian Culture”by Professor Carlo SclafaniNovember 1 3:00 pmLecture will explore Sicily’s art, poetry and music.Reception with foods from the region. Sponsored bythe Sophia and Joseph Abeles Endowed Chair for theModern Languages Department and the Italian Club ofWestchester Community College.Westchester Community CollegeClassroom Building Room 200, (Parking Lot 4)78 Grasslands Road, Valhalla, NYAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Prof. Carlo Sclafani (914) 606-6790carlo.sclafani@sunywcc.edu48h Annual Mario Lanza BallNovember 1 5:00 – 10:30 pmAnnual fund raiser with Mistress of Ceremonies ElaineMalbin and special guest performer tenor GiuseppeTaormina. The evening includes a cocktail hour, thefinals of the 2009 Mario Lanza Scholarship auditions,video presentation, dinner and dancing for all to enjoy.Sponsored by Mario Lanza Institute.DoubleTree Hotel237 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PAAdmission: $135; open to the publicContact: William Ronayne (718) 338-8662wjronayne@juno.comLia Levi Reads from: The Jewish HusbandNovember 3 6:30 pmIt is 1938 and fascist Italy has imposed its infamous racelaws. A young Jewish professor entertains a tormentedpassion for the beautiful and enigmatic Sonia. She iseverything that his is not: the privileged daughter of afamily that is wealthy, prominent and, above all, gentile.He wins her affections, but the price is great. He mustdeny his origins in order to enter her family and friends.Winner of the Moravia Prize for Fiction. Presented byauthor Lia Levi. Sponsored by the Westchester ItalianCultural Center in collaboration with Centro Primo Leviand NOIAW.One Generoso Place, Tuckahoe, NYAdmission: free; registration is requiredContact: Patrizia Calce (914) 771-8700 ext 109pcalce@wiccny.org97


Lecture: “Italy Today: Facing the Challenges of theNew Millennium” by Professor Mario MignoneNovember 4 11:15 amDr. Mario Mignone will explore the two most criticalissues Italy is facing today: immigration and the lowbirth rate. He will demonstrate how these two issues aretransforming the demographics of Italy. Sponsored by theItalian Club of Westchester Community CollegeWestchester Community CollegeClassroom Building Room 100, (Parking Lot 4)78 Grasslands Road, Valhalla, NYAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Prof. Carlo Sclafani (914) 606-6790carlo.sclafani@sunywcc.eduSalvatore Scibona Reads from The End: A NovelNovember 4 6:00 pmThe End chronicles the lives of six Italian immigrantsat an Ohio carnival. Against a backdrop of immigration,racial hostility, broken loyalties, the tale follows thecharacters across seven preceding decades and looks intothe heart of a crime that interweaves all of their lives.National Book Award Finalist. Sponsored by the JohnD. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College/CUNY25 West 43 rd Street, 17 th floor (between 5 th & 6 th Avenues),ManhattanAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Rosangela Briscese (212) 642-2094calandra@qc.eduLia Levi Reads from The Jewish HusbandNovember 4 6:30 pm Reception; 7:00 pm ProgramAward winning author, Lia Levi, will be reading fromher latest novel, The Jewish Husband (Europa Editions,2009). Books will be available for purchase and signing.Sponsored by The National Organization of ItalianAmerican Women and Hadassah in collaboration with theItalian Cultural Institute of New York, La Scuola D’Italiaand the Westchester Italian Cultural Institute.Center for Jewish History15 West 16 th Street, ManhattanAdmission: free to NOIAW and Hadassah members; $5to friends of members; $10 General AdmissionContact: Maria Tamburri (212) 642-2003mtamburri@noiaw.org98


Milena Petrarca and Other PaintersNovember 4 – November 28 10:00 am – 5:00 pmSeveral new paintings – the best of Italy – will be onexhibit. Sponsored by Magna Grecia - New York City.Jadite Galleries413 West 50 th Street, ManhattanAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Mario Fratti (212) 582-6697mariofratti@aol.comPoetry Celebration: Bordighera Poetry Prize,11 th EditionNovember 5 6:30 pmThe Bordighera Poetry Prize is generously funded byThe Sonia Raiziss-Giop Charitable Foundation. Theevent includes the book presentation of the 2008 winner,Michael Steffen, and the official announcement of the2009 winner, to be determined by the end of September.Both authors will be present and will read from theirwork. Sponsored by Sonia Raiziss-Giop CharitableFoundation, Bordighera Press, and the John D. CalandraItalian American Institute, Queens College/CUNY.John D. Calandra Italian American Institute25 West 43 rd Street, 17 th floor (between 5 th & 6 th Avenues),ManhattanAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: RSVP (212) 642-2094calandra@qc.eduConcert by the New York City Morningside WindQuintetNovember 6 7:30 pmChamber Music Concert by the New York CityMorningside Winds Quintet; Ralph Kirmser, Oboe;Maureen O’Brien, Flute; Kate Sheeran, French Horn,Danielle Stopek, Basoon, Stephen Poppel, Clarinet.Sponsored by Center for Italian Studies at Stony BrookUniversity.Center for Italian Studies, Frank Melville MemorialLibrary, Room E4340Stony Brook University, Tabler Center for the Arts,Culture, and HumanitiesTabler Drive, Stony Brook, NYAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Jo Fusco (631) 632-7444jfusco@italianstudies.org99


Film: Le Cirque: A Table in Heaven (2009)November 9 6:00 pmDocumentary directed by Andrew Rossi follows SirioMaccioni and his family as they prepare to re-open LeCirque in NYC’s Bloomberg Tower. Post-screeningdiscussion with director led by Cara De Silva. Sponsoredby the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute,Queens College/CUNY.25 West 43 rd Street, 17 th floor (between 5 th & 6 th Avenues),ManhattanAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Rosangela Briscese (212) 642-2094calandra@qc.eduTV Program: Italics. The Italian American TVMagazineNovember 9 10 – 11:00 pmItalics, in association with CUNY TV, has producedfour hour-long specials to air in October and November.Each special will highlight the various activities andpersonalities of our Italian American community at large.Sponsored by the John D. Calandra Italian AmericanInstitute, Queens College/CUNY and CUNY TVChannel 75 (Time Warner); Channel 77 (RCN).Cinema ItaliaNovember 10 2:00 pmEnjoy the screening of an Italian movie, lightrefreshments will be served. In Italian with Englishsubtitles. Sponsored by the Westchester Italian CulturalCenter.One Generoso Place, Tuckahoe, NYAdmission: free for members, registration is required;Non-member $5Contact: (914) 771-8700programs@wiccny.orgSecret Recipes of a Great Italian Chef – Cooking Classand Demonstration, Tartufo & Prodotti di BoscoNovember 10 6:30 pmHands on in the preparation of dishes in which the“Precious Tuber” is the protagonist. Tasting of the cookeddishes and a glass of wine will conclude this fantasticexperience. Sponsored by the Westchester Italian CulturalCenter.100


One Generoso Place, Tuckahoe, NYAdmission: Members $49.95; Non-Members $59.95Contact: Patrizia Calce (914) 771-8700 ext 109pcalce@wiccny.orgItalian Opera Company Salutes Galileo GalileiNovember 11 6:40 pmWorks of the great masters of opera featuring arias, duetsand choral ensembles of Verdi Puccini, Donizetti andMascagni. Sponsored by Dr.s Parisi and Patel, and theItalian Historical Society.1935 75 th Street, BrooklynAdmission: free; open to the public (Wheelchairaccessible, Community Medical Associates)Contact: Nina Di Gregorio (718) 232-8162mail@italianhistorical.orgKensico Italian American Society Meeting andCultural PresentationNovember 11 8:00 pmMeeting and cultural presentation honoring all veteransof the society. Sponsored by Kensico Italian AmericanSociety.Mount Pleasant Town Hall, Tower Room, 3 rd floor1 Town Hall Plaza, Valhalla, NYAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Brigida Colitto (914) 769-8846MoliseBC@aol.comSymposium: Beyond Futurism: F.T. Marinetti, WriterNovember 12 - 13November 12 from 9:30 am – 6:00 pm at the ItalianAcademy (Columbia University)November 13 from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm at the ItalianCultural Institute of New YorkThe centennial anniversary of the foundation of theItalian avant-garde movement, which was famouslyinaugurated by Marinetti in the French paper Le Figaroin 1909, is an auspicious occasion for a renaissance ofFuturist studies, contemplating the figure of Marinettias a writer. This two-day symposium will bring togethera variety of international critical perspectives to begina general process of redefinition and rediscovery of theItalian Novecento on an international scale, going beyonddefeatist clichés.101


Sponsored by the Department of Italian (ColumbiaUniversity); “The Italian Poetry Review” (Columbia U.),the Italian Academy (Columbia U.); Fondazione Cassadi Risparmio (Bologna); Centro Studi “Aldo Palazzeschi(Università degli Studi Firenze); the Italian CulturalInstitute (NY, NY); Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò (NYU);Crossroads Cultural Center (NY, NY); and Performa (NY,NY).Italian Academy, Columbia University1161 Amsterdam Avenue, ManhattanItalian Cultural Institute of New York686 Park Avenue, ManhattanAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Allison Jeffrey (212) 854-8942aj211@columbia.eduCulinary Classes for Children – Pane e FocacciaNovember 14 2:00 pmWho does not like the simple and delicious FocacciaBread! Parents can sign up with their children and learntogether how to prepare simple healthy everyday snacks.Use focaccia bread to make delicious Italian sandwichesand start a new tradition! Appropriate for ages 5 to 100.Sponsored by the Westchester Italian Cultural Center.One Generoso Place, Tuckahoe, NYAdmission: Children: Members $30; Non-Members $38;Parent & Child: Members $40; Non-Member $50Contact: Patrizia Calce (914) 771-8700 ext 109pcalce@wiccny.orgRadio Show – Holiday ShowNovember 15 10:00 am – 12:00 noonJoin the live studio audience at WICC or tune in to WFASAM 12:30 or www.wfasam.com Sponsored by theWestchester Italian Cultural Center.One Generoso Place, Tuckahoe, NYContact: Patrizia Calce (914) 771-8700 ext 109pcalce@wiccny.orgCinema Italia: Come le FormicheNovember 15 3:00 pmThis film takes place on the lush Umbrian hills. The storyof one family, devoted to wine (2007). Directed by IlariaBorelli. Running time: 85 min. In Italian with Englishsubtitles. Discussion in English by Author and Director102


Franco D’Alessandro. Sponsored by the WestchesterItalian Cultural Center.One Generoso Place, Tuckahoe, NYAdmission: Members $20; Non-Members $25; SeniorCitizens: Members $15; Non-Members $20; Studentswith ID freeContact: Patrizia Calce (914) 771-8700 ext 109pcalce@wiccny.orgItalian Cultural Film – The Leopard (Il Gattopardo)Directed by Luchino ViscontiNovember 15 3:00 pmThis epic film directed by Luchino Visconti recreates theyears of the Italian “Risorgimento,” when the aristocracylost its grip and the middle classes rose to form a unifieddemocratic Italy. The story is told through the eyes of theaging prince (Burt Lancaster) as he watches his culturewane in the face of a new generation, represented by hisupstart nephew (Alain Delon) and his fiancé (ClaudiaCardinale). Sponsored by the Italian Club of WestchesterCommunity College.Westchester Community CollegeClassroom Building Room 200, (Parking Lot 4)78 Grasslands Road, Valhalla, NYAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Prof. Carlo Sclafani (914) 606-6790carlo.sclafani@sunywcc.eduCity of HopeNovember 15 6:30 pmConcert City of Hope to celebrate the 20 th anniversaryof the United Pugliesi Federation of the MetropolitanArea and to raise funds for the special project “City ofHope,” founded in Mazabuka, Zambia, by a SalesianNun. Concert performed by Tenor Luciano Lamonarcaand Pianist Pasquale Iannone, and with singer ValentinaPopa and Soprano Brigid Berger. Sponsored by MinisteroItaliano della Gioventù, Consolato Italian di New York,Assessorato alla Cultura, Pace e del mediterraneo dellaRegione Puglia, Provincia di Bari, United PugliesiFederation, Puglia Center USA Inc, the John D. CalandraItalian American Institute, Queens College/CUNY,Unione Regionale delle Camere di Commercio dellaPuglia.Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Gardens1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island103


Admission: free; open to the publicContact: John Mustaro (718) 837-0876info@pugliacenterusa.comLecture: “Lost Boys, Recovered Memories: LorenzoCarcaterra’s Sleepers” by Christopher WilsonNovember 16 6:00 pmProfessor Christopher Wilson from Boston College willdiscuss the uses of ethnic, literary and political memory inCarcaterra’s memoir. Sponsored by the John D. CalandraItalian American Institute, Queens College/CUNY.25 West 43 rd Street, 17 th floor (between 5 th & 6 th Avenues),ManhattanAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Rosangela Briscese (212) 642-2094calandra@qc.eduTV Program: Italics. The Italian American TVMagazineNovember 16 10 – 11:00 pmItalics, in association with CUNY TV, has producedfour hour-long specials to air in October and November.Each special will highlight the various activities andpersonalities of our Italian American community at large.Sponsored by the John D. Calandra Italian AmericanInstitute, Queens College/CUNY and CUNY TVChannel 75 (Time Warner); Channel 77 (RCN).Cinema ItaliaNovember 17 2:00 pmEnjoy the screening of an Italian movie, lightrefreshments will be served. Sponsored by theWestchester Italian Cultural Center.One Generoso Place, Tuckahoe, NYAdmission: free for members, registration is required;Non-member $5Contact: (914) 771-8700programs@wiccny.orgRichard Vetere Reads from BaroqueNovember 17 6:30 pmBaroque is a historical novel about true events and people.It follows the lives of several men and women who hadtheir portraits painted by Caravaggio and how their livesintersect in Rome in the early 1600s. Presented by Author104


Richard Vetere. Sponsored by the Westchester ItalianCultural Center.One Generoso Place, Tuckahoe, NYAdmission: freeContact: (914) 771-8700programs@wiccny.orgThe Harvest, Wine Lecture and TastingNovember 19 6:30 pmJoin experienced sommelier Cynthia Goddeau as sheguides you through the workings of an Italian Harvestfrom early traditions to modern techniques as we learnto pair and taste wine to compliment our own holidaytraditions. Light refreshments will accompany the tasting.Sponsored by the Westchester Italian Cultural Center.One Generoso Place, Tuckahoe, NYAdmission: $40 - $48Contact: (914) 771-8700programs@wiccny.orgThe Italian American ExperienceNovember 20 6:30 pmOral history presentation by members of the societyhighlighting their emigration experience. Sponsored byKensico Italian American Society.Heydorn Hall, Hawthorne Reformed Church65 Broadway, Hawthorne, NYAdmission: $15; open to the publicContact: Brigida Colitto (914) 769-8846MoliseBC#@aol.comConference Entitled: Myth in Etruria:Images and InscriptionsNovember 20 5:00 – 7:00 pmNovember 21 9:00 am – 7:00 pmIn contrast to the Greek and Roman worlds, ourknowledge regarding the diffusion and use of mythologyin Etruria is not primarily based on literature, but onmaterial evidence, images and inscriptions. Far frombeing a limitation, this feature is not only instructiveas regards the specific channels of the transmission ofmyths, but also suggests an object – and context-orientedapproach to their study. Through the interdisciplinaryfocus on iconography and epigraphy, the conferenceaims at fully exploiting the peculiarities of mythological105


evidence in Etruria in order to explore two key traitsof Etruscan religious and cultural practice: seeing/interpreting, and writing. Moreover, the built-incomparative perspective determined by the Etruscans’relationship with the Greeks will provide an optimalbackground for the broader historical assessment ofmythology’s role within Etruscan culture. Sponsored bythe Center for the Ancient Mediterranean.Italian Academy at Columbia University, Fine ArtsDepartmentWest 116 St. New YorkAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Larissa Bonfante (212) 866-2960lb11@nyu.eduLecture: “Got the $64,000 Genealogy Question?November 21 10:00 amYou have the questions, we have the answers! Bring yourgenealogical questions to our experienced researcherson what to do, and where to go. Sponsored by theWestchester Italian Cultural Center and the WestchesterChapter of the Italian Genealogical Group.One Generoso Place, Tuckahoe, NYAdmission: free registration is requiredContact: (914) 771-8700programs@wiccny.orgChristmas in Italy Concert with Cristina FontanelliNovember 29 3:00pmAward winning international recording artist CristinaFontanelli will perform Italy’s best-loved folk songs,Neopolitan songs, arias and Christmas classics with piano,mandolin, and accordion accompaniment. Sponsored byFontanelli Productions.Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Center129 West 67th Street, ManhattanAdmission: ticket requiredContact: www.kaufman-center.org or 212-217-6181 forticket informationGenealogy WorkshopDecember 5 10:00 amLearn from experienced genealogists how to find valuablegenealogical information utilizing the Center’s extendedgenealogical database and computers. Space is limited.106


Sponsored by the Westchester Italian Cultural Center.One Generoso Place, Tuckahoe, NYAdmission: Members $20; Non-Members $25; SeniorCitizens: Members $15; Non-Members $20Contact: Patrizia Calce (914) 771-8700 ext 109pcalce@wiccny.orgCulinary Classes for Children – A Sweet ChristmasTreeDecember 5 2:00 pmChristmas season is famous for Struffoli. A recipe that hasbeen passed down by generations. Made the day beforeChristmas Eve and shaped like a Christmas tree. Learnhow to prepare it with your child and treasure it as afamily tradition. Appropriate for ages 5 to 100! Sponsoredby the Westchester Italian Cultural Center.One Generoso Place, Tuckahoe, NYAdmission: Children: Members $30; Non-Members $38;Parent & Child: Members $40; Non-Member $50Contact: Patrizia Calce (914) 771-8700 ext 109pcalce@wiccny.orgLecture: “Natale (Christmas)…Made in Italy” byLouis BrunelliDecember 9 11:15 amBrunelli will explore the historical significance ofChristmas. Sponsored by the Italian Club of WestchesterCommunity College.Classroom Building Room 100, (Parking Lot 4)78 Grasslands Road, Valhalla, NYAdmission: free; open to the publicContact: Prof. Carlo Sclafani (914) 606-6790carlo.sclafani@sunywcc.eduRadio Show - Leonardo Da VinciDecember 13 10:00 am – 12:00 noonJoin the live studio audience at WICC or tune in toWFAS AM 12:30 or www.wfasam.com Sponsored by theWestchester Italian Cultural Center.One Generoso Place, Tuckahoe, NYContact: Patrizia Calce (914) 771-8700 ext 109pcalce@wiccny.org107


Italian Music: Moreno FruzzettiDecember 13 3:00 pmMoreno Fruzzetti will entertain with a wide selection ofChristmas music and Italian melodies. Sponsored by theItalian Club of Westchester Community College.Westchester Community CollegeAcademic Arts Theatre (Parking Lot 2)78 Grasslands Road, Valhalla, NYAdmission: $12; $10 Seniors; $5 WCC Credit Students;open to the publicContact: Prof. Carlo Sclafani (914) 606-6790carlo.sclafani@sunywcc.eduCinema ItaliaDecember 15 2:00 pmEnjoy the screening of an Italian movie, lightrefreshments will be served. In Italian with Englishsubtitles. Sponsored by the Westchester Italian CulturalCenter.One Generoso Place, Tuckahoe, NYAdmission: free for members, registration is required;Non-member $5Contact: (914) 771-8700programs@wiccny.org108


Participating SchoolsElementary through Secondary2009ITA/AATI ProgramsThe Italian Teachers’ Association of Westchester willcelebrate Italian Heritage and Culture Month with aseries of cultural activities. Dates and programs will beannounced on the AATI website: www.aationline.org580 White Plains Road, Eastchester, NYContact: Lucrezia Lindia, Chairperson of ForeignLanguages (914) 793-6130, ext.4285LGLINDIA@HOTMAIL.COM orLLINDIA@eastchester.k12.ny.usP.S. 42 Honors Italian Heritage and Culture andFosters Cross Cultural AppreciationThroughout OctoberIn-depth studies with an interdisciplinary approach willfocus on the life, work and contributions of a great Italianscientist, Galileo Galilei and a distinguished ItalianAmerican crime fighter, Giuseppe Petrosino.Sponsored by P.S. 42, the Benjamin Altman School71 Hester Street, ManhattanContact: Rosa Casiello ODay, Principal (212) 226-8410rcasiel@schools.nyc.govIllustrated Presentation on Galileo Galilei andGiuseppe PetrosinoOctoberThe Bay Academy, IS 981401 Emmons Avenue, BrooklynAdmission: freeContact: M. Zito-Bucca (718) 891-9005Film SeriesDate and Time: TBAItalian cultural films featuring guest speakers. In Italianwith English subtitles. Followed by discussion andrefreshment. Sponsored by EHS Italian Honor Society.Eastchester High School Library580 White Plains Road, Eastchester, NYAdmission: free109


Contact: Lucrezia Lindia, Chairperson of ForeignLanguages (914) 793-6130, ext.4285LGLINDIA@HOTMAIL.COM orLLINDIA@eastchester.k12.ny.usScopriamoci in America: Incontro e interviste confamiglie italo-americane sugli antichi sapori dellagente di Calabria con la testata giornalistica ilQuotidiano della Calabria e gruppo folkloricoOctober 3 6:00 pmSponsored by the Italian Club of Eastchester High School,the Giuseppe Garibaldi Lodge, OSIA, and the WestchesterItalian Cultural Center. Please RSVP.580 White Plains Road, Eastchester, NYContact: Lucrezia Lindia, Chairperson of ForeignLanguages (914) 793-6130, ext.4285LGLINDIA@HOTMAIL.COM orLLINDIA@eastchester.k12.ny.usThe Life of Galileo GalileiOctober 6 10:00 amThe Ninth Graders will learn about the accomplishmentsof Galileo Galilei and his impact on Modern Astronomy.East Islip High SchoolContact: Joseph Tursi, Jr. (516) 581-1600Culinary Italian Dishes by Lucrezia Lindia andLucietta MartinoOctober 6 3:00 pmJoin us in making and tasting fresh pasta while sharingamusing anecdotes. Sponsored by the International Clubof Eastchester Middle School.580 White Plains Road, Eastchester, NYAdmission: freeContact: Lucrezia Lindia, Chairperson of ForeignLanguages (914) 793-6130, ext.4285LGLINDIA@HOTMAIL.COM orLLINDIA@eastchester.k12.ny.usCristoforo Colombo Visits Robbins LaneOctober 12Colombo will greet the students as they arrive to school.For students only.Robbins Lane School157 Robbins Lane, Syosset, NYContact: Cav. Josephine A. Maietta (516) 364-5804110


Lesson and Open Games of BocceOctober 13 3:00 pmSponsored by the International Club of EastchesterMiddle School.Eastchester Middle School Field580 White Plains Road, Eastchester, NYAdmission: freeContact: Lucrezia Lindia, Chairperson of ForeignLanguages (914) 793-6130, ext.4285LGLINDIA@HOTMAIL.COM orLLINDIA@eastchester.k12.ny.usLecture: “Galileo Galilei: Father of ModernAstronomy”October 14For students only.Robbins Lane School157 Robbins Lane, Syosset, NYContact: Cav. Josephine A. Maietta (516) 364-5804Lecture: “A Tribute to Galileo Galilei: Father ofModern Astronomy”October 20 3:00 pmIn honor of the 400 th anniversary of Galileo Galilei’sastronomical discoveries, Francesco Lindia will present alecture about the Italian Renaissance period and Galileo.This presentation is open to teachers of Italian as well aslocal high school students. Sponsored by the EHS ItalianHonor Society.Eastchester High School, Classroom Library580 White Plains Road, Eastchester, NYAdmission: freeContact: Lucrezia Lindia, Chairperson of ForeignLanguages (914) 793-6130, ext.4285LGLINDIA@HOTMAIL.COM orLLINDIA@eastchester.k12.ny.usGiuseppe Petrosino: Saluting an Italian AmericanCrime FighterOctober 21For 4 th graders onlyRobbins Lane Italian Enrichment ClubRobbins Lane School157 Robbins Lane, Syosset, NYContact: Cav. Josephine A. Maietta (516) 364-5804111


Countdown: Happy Birthday Pinocchio 120 Years Old(2010)October 28Simona Rodano, international artist, will trace thedevelopment of the Adventures of Pinocchio by CarloCollodi and discuss the musical written by I Pooh topremiere in Milan (November). For students only.Robbins Lane Italian Enrichment ClubRobbins Lane School157 Robbins Lane, Syosset, NYContact: Cav. Josephine A. Maietta (516) 364-5804112


Participating Colleges and Universities(Activities listed in Calendar of Events)Adelphi UniversityBaruch College/CUNYBorough of Manhattan Community College/CUNYBrooklyn College/CUNYCollege of Staten Island/CUNYColumbia UniversityCUNY Graduate CenterHofstra UniversityHunter College/CUNYJohn Jay College/CUNYKingsborough Community CollegeLehman College/CUNYMontclair State UniversityNassau Community CollegeNew York UniversityPace UniversitySt. John’s UniversitySaint Joseph CollegeStony Brook/SUNYQueens College/CUNYWagner CollegeWestchester Community College/SUNY113


Italian and Italian American Institutionsin New YorkManhattanConsulate General of Italy in New York690 Park Avenue, NY 10021(212) 439-8600, info.newyork@esteri.itwww.consnewyork.esteri.itIstituto Italiano di Cultura686 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10021(212) 879-4242, segr@italcultny.orgwww.iicnewyork.orgItalian Trade Commission33 East 67 th Street, New York, NY 10065(212) 848-0300, newyork@newyork.ice.itwww.italtrade.comItaly-America Chamber of Commerce730 Fifth Avenue, Suite 600, New York, NY 10065(212) 459-0044, info@italchamber.orgwww.italchamber.orgItalian Government Tourist Board630 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10065(212) 245-5618www.italiantourism.comCasa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, New YorkUniversity24 West 12 th Street, New York, NY 10011(212) 998-8739, casa.italiana@nyu.eduwww.nyu.edu/pages/casitalianaThe Italian Academy for Advanced Studies inAmerica at Columbia UniversityCasa Italiana, 1161 Amsterdam Avenue, New York,NY 10027(212) 854-2306, itacademy@columbia.eduwww.ItalianAcademy.columbia.edu114


John D. Calandra Italian American InstituteQueens College/CUNY25 West 43 rd Street, 17 th floor, New York, NY 10036(212) 642-2094 calandra@qc.eduwww.qc.edu/calandraItalian American Museum155 Mulberry StreetNew York, NY 10013(212) 965-9000 info@italianamericanmuseum.orgwww.ItalianAmericanMuseum.orgi-Italy (Italian/American Digital Project)25 West 43 rd Street, 17 th floor, New York, NY 10036(212) 642-2094 editors@i-italy.orgwww.i-italy.orgBronxEnrico Fermi Cultural Center, Belmont Branchof the New York Public Library610 East 186 th Street, Bronx, NY 10458(718) 933-6410www.arthuravenuebronx.com/enrico_fermi.htmBrooklynEnrico Caruso Museum of America1942 East 19 th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11229(718) 368-3993 CarusoMuseumNY@aol.comwww.EnricoCarusoMuseum.comQueensItalian Language Inter-Cultural Alliance (ILICA)27-28 Thompson Avenue, Suite 441Long Island City, NY 11101(718) 392-2020 ilica@aol.com115


Staten IslandGaribaldi-Meucci Museum,Order Sons of Italy in America420 Tompkins Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10305(718) 442-1608info@garibaldimeuccimuseum.orgwww.GaribaldiMeucciMuseum.orgSnug Harbor Cultural Center &Botanical Gardens1000 Richmond TerraceStaten Island, NY 10301718 448 2500 info@snug-harbor.orgwww.snug-harbor.orgWestchesterWestchester Italian Cultural CenterGeneroso Pope PlaceTuckahoe, NY 10707(914) 771-8700 info@wiccny.orgwww.wiccny.org116


Related ReferencesGalileo Galilei Father of Modern Astronomy:The International Year of Astronomy 2009Galileo Galilei was the author of severalprincipal works (in Italian and Latin with Englishtranslations). Below are titles of original workswith date of first edition or approximate date ofcomposition:La Bilancetta (The Little Balance), 1586De Motu (On Motion), c. 1590Le Mecaniche (Mechanics), c.1600Siderius Nuncius (The Starry Messenger), 1610Intorno Alle Macchie Solari (Letters on Sunspots),1613Lettera a Madam Cristina di Lorena Granduchessadi Toscana (Letter to the Grand Duchess Christina),1636Discorso sul flusso e reflusso del mare (Discourse onthe Tides), 1616Discorso Delle Comete (Discourse on the Comets),1619Il Saggiatore (The Assayer), 1623Dialogo sopra i due massimi sistemi del mondo(Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief WorldSystems), 1632Discorsi e Dimostrazioni Matematiche, intorno adue nuove scienze (Discourses and MathematicalDemonstrations Relating to Two New Sciences),1638117


Collections of modern Galilean studies include thefollowing:BibliographyGalileo Courtier: The Practice of Science in theCulture of Absolutism, 1993Galileo’s Instruments of Credit: Telescopes, Images,Secrecy, 2006Mario BiagioliRevolutionizing the Sciences: European Knowledgeand its Ambitions, 1500-1700Peter R. DearGalileo: A Very Short Introduction, 1980Galileo: Pioneer Scientist, 1990Discoveries and Opinions of Galileo, 1957Stillman DrakeGalileo and the Catholic Church, 2003Galileo: For Copernicanism and for the Church,2003Annibale FantoliThe Galileo Affair: A Documentary History, 1989Retrying Galileo: 1633-1992, 2005The Essential Galileo, 2008 (translated fromGalileo)Maurice A. Finocchiaro“Astronomy” in The Encounter between Christianityand ScienceEd., Richard H. Bube,William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company1968, pages 109-133Owen GingerichGalileo’s New Universe: The Revolution in OurUnderstanding of the Cosmos, 2009Stephen P. Maran and Laurence A. MarschallThe Church and Galileo, 2005Ernan McMullinGalileo’s Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science,118


Faith and Love, 1999Dava SobelDramatic WorksBertolt Brecht: Galileo, premiered 1943Barrie Stavis: The Lamp at Midnight, premiered1947Children’s BooksGalileo for Kids: His Life and Ideas, 25 Activities,2005Richard Panchyk and Buzz AldrinAlong Came Galileo, 1999Jeanne BenedickGalileo Galilei: First Physicist, 1997James MacLachlanGalileo’s Journal (1609-1610), 2006Jeanne PettenatiStarry Messenger: Galileo Galilei, 2000Peter SisEnglishFranklin Institutewww.fi.eduWebsitesInternational Year of Astronomy 2009www.astronomy2009.orgItalian Heritage and Culture Monthwww.italyculturemonth.orgJohn D. Calandra Italian American Institute, QueensCollege/CUNYwww.qcpages.qc.cuny.edu/calandra/index.htmlPBS Nova Online: Galileo’s Battle for the Heavenswww.pbs.org119


The Galileo Project, Rice Universitywww.rice.eduWikepediawww.wikepidia.orgEnglish/ItalianENIT Italian Tourist Boardwww.enit.itIstituto Italiano di Culturawww.iicnewyork.esteri.itIstituto e Museo di Storia della scienza (Institute andMuseum of the History of Science)www.imis.fi.itPalazzo Strozziwww.galileo.firenze.itVatican Secret Archivesasv.vatican.vaItalianRai TVwww.rai.it120


Related ReferencesGiuseppe Petrosino: Saluting an Italian AmericanCrime Fighter1860-1909Listed below is a sampling of publications andcinematic productions regarding Lt. GiuseppePetrosino:Joe PetrosinoArrigo Petacco, 1974BibliographyNo Place to Be a Cop, 1974Kill Petrosino, 1975Frederick NolanElizabeth Street: A Novel Based on True Events,2006Laurie FabianoFrom Caesar to the Mafia: Persons, Places, andProblems in Italian Life, 2002Luigi BarziniFilmographyThe Adventures of Lieutenant Petrosino,1912 (silent film)Director, Sidney M. GoldinPay or Die, 1960Director, Richard Wilson, starring Ernest BorgnineThe Black Hand, 1973Director, Antonio Racioppi, starring Lionel StanderWebsitesArchives of the New York Times (1909)www.query.nytimes.com121


The Perils of Petrosino: How the Black HandGained a Foothold in AmericaRev. A. R. Parhurst (comic book series based onarticles published in Italy)Washington Post (obtained from N.Y. Herald) 1914www.washingtonpost.com (click on “search articles”on bottom right, then type in “Petrosino” starting onpg. 3)NYPD approaches 100 th anniversary of its onlyoverseas deathN.Y. Daily News, 2009John Marzulliwww.dailynews.com“A Martyr to Duty: Remembering Joe Petrosino, theOriginal Untouchable”Joe Avella, June 4, 2003www.buhner.com (click “columns” then click JoeAvella 6/4/03)A number of short featuresYou Tube-Joe PetrosinoItalian television series Joe Petrosinostarring Beppe Fiorellowww.international.rai.itThe Officer Down Memorial Page, Inc.www.odmp.org (click on “officers” then in “search”type in “Petrosino”)ItalianAssociazioneInternationale Petrosinowww.joepetrosino.org122


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Try the puzzle and discover the universe enfolding before youthrough Galileo.The Life and Times ofGalileo Galilei1594-1642124


DOWN:2. Title in Medici Court, Chief Mathematician and _3. Occupation of Father4. Which Anniversary of Telescope (2 wds.)7. Integral Role in What Revolution9. Profession of Daughters with heavenly names, Maria Celeste andArcangela10. Interrogated by What Official Religious Body11. Committee (Abbrev.) Celebrating Galileo12. His Sentence (2wds.)13. University Where Was Mathematics Chair14. Number of Children18. Where born19. Dialogue Concerning the _ _ _ (3 wds.)21. Experiments on Laws of _24. Changed the View of the _125ACROSS:1. Major Instrument Designed5. Eclipse Expedition Name, 19656. Profession of Son7. In What Century Lived8. Heavenly Body First Observed15. First Major Writing (Latin) (2 wds.)16. Space Telescope of 20th Century17. Subject First Studied20. City of Museum of Science in Italy21. Last Name of Italian American Astronaut22. Which Theory Confirmed23. Two Planets Observed (2 wds.)25. 2009 Designation (4 wds.)26. Institute Site of U.S. Major Galileo Exhibit (with 1 of 2 extantGalilean telescopes)27. Country Which Initiated U.N. Celebration28. Last Name of Playwright, Author of Galileo29. Known as “Father of _ _ (2 wds.)


Try the puzzle and be inspired by a true Italian Americanhero.The Life and Timesof Giuseppe Petrosino1860-1909126


DOWN:1. Newspaper which printed article about “secret” trip (3 wds.)2. Considered a _3. Badge Number (3 wds.)4. In Italy on What Assignment8. Profession of Descendants (2 wds.)9. Which President He Warned Of Danger10. With Whom Came To U.S.12. Assoication in U.S. and Italy for Him13. Police Rank Promoted To14. Place Named After Him in NYC15. First Police Title (2 wds.)17. Method to Rid NYC of Criminals21. Wife and Daughter’s Name25. Where Born26. What Burial Day Was Declared127ACROSS:3. Years on Police Force (2 Wds.)5. Squad he developed, used today6. High Profile Case of Singer (2 wds.)7. Known as a _ _ (2 wds.)11. Where Buried16. Name of New Italian Squad (2 wds.)18. Where Emigrated To (Abbrev.)19. Master of _20. Name of Special Squad He Led22. What Anniversary of Death (3 wds.)23. From What Did He Save an Innocent Man24. Police Commissioner, 1895 (2 wds.)27. Event IHCC sponsored March 12, 2009 (2 wds.)28. Where Assassinated in 1909 and Where Statue Erected in 200929. # of People Attending His Funeral (4 wds.)30. Only Police Officer Killed Outside of the _ _ (2 wds.)


128ACROSS:1. Telescope5. Galileo6. Lawyer7. Seventeenth8. Moon15. Siderius Nuncius16. Hubble17. Medicine20. Florence21. Massimino22. Copernican23. Jupiter Venus25. International Year of Astronomy26. Franklin27. Italy28. Brecht29. Modern Astronomy”DOWN:2. Philosopher3. Lutenist4. Four Hundred7. Scientific9. Nuns10. Inquisition11. IHCC12. House Arrest13. Padua14. Three18. Pisa19. Chief World Systems21. Motion24. UniverseAnswers to The Life and Times ofGalileo Galilei1594-1642Congratulations on uncovering the 17th Century events that changed ourunderstanding of the cosmos and joining the worldwide celebration of TheInternational Year of Astronomy 2009!


Answers to The Life andTimes of Giuseppe Petrosino1860-1909Congratulations on learning more about this great Italian American and joining the celebrationin saluting one of the greatest crime fighters in history!129ACROSS:3. Twenty-Five5. Bomb6. Enrico Caruso7. Crime Fighter11. Calvary16. Italian Legion18. NYC19. Disguises20. Italian22. One Hundred Years23. Execution24. Theodore Roosevelt27. Wreath Laying28. Palermo29. Two Hundred Fifty Thousand30. United StatesDOWN:1. New York Herald2. Hero3. Two Hundred Eighty-Five4. Undercover8. Law Enforcement9. McKinley10. Family12. Petrosino13. Lieutenant14. Park15. Detective Sergeant17. Deportation21. Adelina25. Padula26. Holiday


PROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING GALILEOGALILEI (1564-1642)Commemorating the 400 th anniversary ofthe first use of the telescope for astronomicalobservation by the Italian scientist GalileoGalilei:Whereas, 2009 is the 400 th anniversary of thefirst use of the improved telescope capable ofastronomical observations by its developer, theItalian Renaissance scientist Galileo Galilei, and.Whereas, Galileo, born in Pisa, Italy, in 1564,was educated at the University of Pisa where hebecame Professor of Mathematics, andWhereas, he attained life tenure as Chair ofMathematics at University of Padua, andWhereas, Galileo was appointed ChiefPhilosopher and Mathematician to the Grand Dukeof Tuscany, Cosimo de’ Medici II, his patron, andWhereas, Galileo had an integral role in theScientific Revolution of the 17 th Century due to hismajor contributions as a physicist, mathematician,astronomer and philosopher, andWhereas, Galileo is universally regarded asthe “Father of Modern Astronomy”, “Fatherof Modern Physics” and “Father of ModernScience”, andWhereas, his experiments on the laws ofmotion, falling bodies, and the parabolic paths ofprojectiles and his observations of astronomicalbodies were scientific advances and,Whereas, his inventions, the enhanced telescope;hydrostatic balance; geometric and militarycompass; thermoscope (thermometer); perfected130


compound microscope; pulsilogium (pulsiometer),enabled practical applications in the fields ofmilitary and civil engineering, navigation,medicine and astronomy, andWhereas, his newly designed instruments ofmeasurement, coupled with his theory that thenatural world was written in the language ofmathematics, laid the groundwork for modernscientific method and research, andWhereas, Galileo’s use of his telescope, thecentral instrument of the Scientific Revolution,enabled his discovery of certain features of thesurface of the moon, the moons of Jupiter, thephases and motion of Venus and sunspots, andWhereas, these findings confirmed that theCopernican Sun Centered Solar System wasplausible, andWhereas, this changed human understanding ofthe cosmos, andWhereas, Galileo published his theories andfindings in several treatises, letters and books,most importantly, Siderius Nuncius and theDialogue Concerning the Two Chief WorldSystems, andWhereas, Galileo’s body of work enabledsubsequent generations, in particular in the UnitedStates, to build on the tradition of scientificresearch, to be in the forefront of new scientificendeavors, specifically in medicine, technologyand space exploration, resulting in the bettermentof mankind, andWhereas, the United States of America haspreviously honored the scientist through naminga research aircraft, “Galileo”, commissioned forthe Eclipse Expedition in 1965, and naming one131


of its major interplanetary missions, the GalileoExpedition to Jupiter, launched in 1989 andending its 14 year odyssey in 2003, andWhereas, America also has built on the legacyof Galileo with NASA’s most successful longterm science mission, the launch in 1990 of theHubble Space Telescope, which contributes to ourunderstanding of the universe, andWhereas, as part of NASA’s tribute to Galileo,a replica of Galileo’s telescope, provided by theIstituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, Florence,Italy, was carried into space by Italian Americanastronaut, Michael Massimino, on the May 2009Atlantis mission to repair and update the orbitingHubble telescope, andWhereas, 2009 also marks the 40 th anniversaryof the moon landing by the Apollo 11 astronauts,which gave mankind first hand knowledge ofthe moon’s surface, first observed in detail whenGalileo turned his telescope to the sky in 1609,andWhereas, the United Nations “The InternationalYear of Astronomy 2009” is a global effort withover 140 countries participating, initiated by theInternational Astronomical Union (IAU) andUNESCO, at the request of Italy, Galileo’s nativecountry, andWhereas, organizations, educational institutions,government entities, most notably in Italy, Istitutoe Museo di Storia della Scienza and in the UnitedStates, NASA, Smithsonian Institution, FranklinInstitute in Philadelphia, Italian Embassy andItalian Consulates, National Italian AmericanFoundation and Italian Heritage and CultureCommittee of New York, Inc., are celebrating thegenius of Galileo Galilei and “The InternationalYear of Astronomy 2009” with numerous publicprograms, publications, symposia, proclamation132


ceremonies and tributes to Galileo and his legacy,nowBE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, thatthe Congress of the United Stated of Americacommemorates the 400th anniversary of thefirst use of the telescope by Galileo Galilei forastronomical observation and marks this discoveryas one of the major events impacting mankind,and expresses its gratitude for Galileo’s expansionof the universe and mankind’s understanding ofhis place in the cosmos, and that the Congressof the United States of America joins the worldin celebration of “The International Year ofAstronomy 2009”133


Friday, May 1, 2009Memorial Service in honor ofRocco Caporale, Ph.D.Past Member, Board of Directors, IHCC-NY,Inc.Left to Right: Taina Elg, wife of Dr. Caporalewith family members and Mary Ann Re,Ph.D., Member and Board Secretary, andJoseph Sciame, President/Chair, IHCC-NY,Inc.


Saturday, March 7, 2009Honoring Giuseppe PetrosinoCeremony honoring the 100 th Anniversary of Lt.Giuseppe Petrosino at the New York City PoliceMemorial Wall, Battery Park, New YorkLeft to Right: NYC Police Honor Guard with ConsulGeneral Francesco Maria Talò and IHCC-NY, Inc.President/Chair Cav. Uff. Joseph Sciame.


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