• 11 Mar 2019 by Alan Gravano


    25th AISNA Biennial Conference

    This 2019 marks the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), the universal genius, the twofold engineer of defense walls against the enemy as much as swing-bridges for overtaking them; of impenetrable dams for stopping natural waterways as much as artificial water-channels for the penetration of commerce and the mixing of peoples and cultures; of barricades for puzzling the enemy on the ground as much as flying machines and futuristic prototypes of inspection drones, anticipating our transcontinental connections. By electing Leonardo da Vinci’s anniversary as symbol and metaphor of all the statics and dynamics of the world we live in, AISNA invites you to participate to its 25th International Biennial Conference by joining the following call for panels:


    Gate(d)Ways. Enclosures, Breaches and Mobilities Across U.S. Boundaries and Beyond

    SDS of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Ragusa, September 26-28, 2019



    Call for Panels

    This is a time in which walls and fortifications, either physical or metaphorical, are put up as a response to the mobilization of the Global South. This fosters a necessary reflection upon the role of barricades in our contemporary times. Indeed, walls are a concrete and ideal impediment to the free circulation of peoples and cultures, their existence necessarily imposing the creation of borders, with the implicit corollary of liminality, periphery, ex-centricity and the obvious distinction between what/who is inside and what/who is outside.

    After exactly 30 years from the collapse of the Iron Curtain divide, the growing appearance of border walls and barriers across the world - from 7 in 1961 to 77 in 2019 - according to the New York Times and USA Today - shows that their occurrence keeps separating warring people, protecting trade and communication routes, and patrolling the flow of migrants and refugees. At the figurative level, the capital importance of the WWW, for instance, must elicit consideration on the virtual barriers of network security systems erected against the access to knowledge and its availability to people, such as firewalls.

    However, history also shows that walls, apart from sealing off communication and connections, can be structural elements instrumental to the creation of long-lasting edifices, parts of a theoretical founding for a different future. They invite intense interrogations on trans-border dynamics across, under, above and along boundaries and passageways, thus promoting new challenges on exchange and interaction.

    The 25th AISNA Biennial Conference proposes to reflect critically on issues of seclusion and openness to transit on both U.S. national and global stages, and on the complex scenarios that the loosening and/or forting up of borders generate.

    Panel proposals are solicited in all areas and disciplinary fields of AISNA. Possible questions/issues to address can be related but not limited to:



    1. - To which extent are walls intimately related to the concept of visibility/to the gaze? We build walls to prevent people from looking at us, from casting their gaze onto us, and we build a wall mentality/social walls to prevent people from looking inside our own personal and political spaces. The wall-scopic nexus also invites to look beyond, to look differently.
    2. - What is the effective power of walls on people, what do walls do and how do they shape all those people enclosed/entrapped/secluded in, and at the same time, protected by national barriers?
    3. - How does a “wall mentality” continue to be nurtured and cultivated by border humanities in order to secure one’s identitarian, historical and political boundaries?
    4. - Ideological and material walls function as a metonymy of a “fortress” ready to resist siege: to which extent an “under siege mental state” prevents critical thinking from embracing a more complex view of concrete and ideological boundaries? Is wall rhetoric more problematic and somehow powerful in its exclusionary potential than a real, concrete wall?


    Keywords and expressions:

    Forting up - Gated communities - Limes - Guarded barriers - Contested territories/No man’s lands - Living/Dwelling in walls - Frontier and Frontera - Walls and ladders/walls as bridges - Waterwalls and waterways – Securitization – Patrolling – Hybridization – Barricades–Fences.


    Topics include but are not limited to:

    North American and World Literature - Translation: new metaphors and challenges - Trans-border textualities - Geopolitical strategies of containment/securitization/patrolling/governmentality - International relations and protectionism - New aspects of Colonialism - The WEB and digital infrastructures - Border, Hemispheric Studies - Race relations, ethnicities and multiculturalism - Gender Studies - Globalization and its never-ending power of expansion - Domesticity/Public sphere - Communities and collective identities - Conflict management – “Breaking the fourth wall” in visual culture, theatre and literature - Supernatural passages across enclosures (in Gothic Literature, Ghost Stories, Science Fiction) - Mirrors on walls: identity and self-reflectivity.

    The deadline for panel proposals is April 20, 2019. The submitted proposals will be reviewed by the conference organizer committee and the AISNA board. A selection of max. 20 panels will be issued by May 5, notified to the submitters by email, and published on the Conference website.


    Submissions should be written in English and include:

    • a panel title
    • a clearly stated description of the proposed topic in no more than 300 words
    • contact details of the panel’s coordinator or coordinators (max. 2), including professional affiliation.

    Each panel will host no less than two and no more than four papers, including the coordinator’s or coordinators’. We remind aspiring coordinators that their task will include a brief introduction of the speakers, a strict monitoring of the observance of the allotted 20-minute time for each presentation, and a supervision of the following question and answer session, aimed to stimulate a fruitful discussion in the last but essential part of each panel.


    All panel proposals should be sent by e-mail to the conference organizer, Gigliola Nocera (noceragi@unict.it), as well as to the secretary of AISNA, Simone Francescato (segretario- aisna@unive.it).


    Scientific Committee: Aisna Board:

    Elisabetta Vezzosi, University of Trieste, President

    Simone Francescato, University of Venice “Ca’ Foscari”, Secretary Daniela Ciani, University of Venice “Ca’ Foscari”, Vice-president

    Gigliola Nocera, University of Catania, SDS of Languages, Ragusa, Vice-President Sabrina Vellucci, University of “Roma Tre”, Treasurer

    Gianna Fusco, University of L’Aquila, Board Member Fiorenzo Iuliano, University of Cagliari, Board Member

    Marina Morbiducci, University of Rome “Sapienza”, Board Member Matteo Pretelli, University of Neaples “L’Orientale”, Board Member


    Local Commettee:

    Gigliola Nocera, Angloamerican Language and Literatures Santo Burgio, Comparative Philosophy

    Antonino Di Giovanni, History of the Americas, History of the Unites States Raffaella Malandrino, Angloamerican Language and Literatures

    Marco Petrelli, Angloamerican Language and Literatures

    Salvatore Torre, Comparative Geography, Environmental Geography



  • 27 Mar 2018 by Alan Gravano

    Position Announcement

    Queens College of The City University of New York invites applications for a Lecturer-Doctoral Schedule Position in its Counselor Education graduate program beginning in August 2018.  After five years of service, the Lecturer is eligible for a certificate of continuous employment (CCE), which is the equivalent of tenure for faculty hired to teach and perform related faculty functions.  The 60-credit Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) degree leads to New York State Certification in School Counseling.  The 60 credit Master of Science (M.S.) degree in mental health counseling is registered with New York State and leads NY State licensure (LMHC). Candidate must have an earned doctoral degree in in Counselor Education from a CACREP accredited program. Excellent ABD candidates with a firm completion date preferably before July 1, 2018, will be considered. Candidates who are licensed or license eligible as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in New York State, are preferred.

    Responsibilities include (1) teaching nine [9] graduate courses each academic year in the Counselor Education graduate program (mental health and school counseling) in areas including Counseling Techniques, Developmental Psychology, Counseling Foundations, Mental Health and/or School Counseling Internship, Child and Adolescent Counseling, and Counseling Theories and Methods; (2) supervise and monitor students and supervisors in practicum and internship seminars; (3) liaise with outside agencies to establish new practicum and internship sites; (4) coordination of fieldwork experiences, including performing site visits as needed; (5) student advising and (6) university service. The following qualifications are highly desirable: (1) Two or more years of teaching experience within a Counselor Education graduate program, (2)  Two or more years of experience mentoring and advising graduate Counselor Education graduate students, (3) Two or more years of experience in university-based supervision of fieldwork of Counselor Education graduate students, and (4) Interest and experience in working in urban, multicultural and multilingual settings.. Strong collaborative and organizational skills are required. Competitive salary and benefits commensurate with qualifications and experience. Summer teaching is possible.  

    To apply, go to https://cuny.jobs/, in the box under "What," enter "18412." Click on "Counselor Education Lecturer – Doctoral Schedule." Click on the "Apply Now" button and follow the instructions.

  • 01 Apr 2019 by Alan Gravano

    Student Athletics Program Coordinator in QueensNew York


    Job Title: Student Athletics Program Coordinator

    Job ID: 20416

    Location: Queens College

    Full/Part Time: Full-Time

    Regular/Temporary: Regular


    Reporting to the Athletics Director, the Student Athletics Program Coordinator will assist with the planning, coordination and administrative duties associated with the Queens College Summer Camp and other year round community recreation programs. In addition to the CUNY Title Overview, specific duties include, but are not limited to:• Work closely with the Athletics Director to support summer camp planning and operations• Assist with the purchasing of supplies for the summer camp and other department student and community programs• Run frequent reports on program registration data and communicate information to the Athletics Director • Assist in the creation of annual budgets for summer camp and all community based programs• Maintain and organize purchasing, invoicing paperwork for submission to the Athletic Department Finance Manager• Assist with program evaluation processes to increase and improve services• Stay up-to-date on all NYC Board of Health summer camp codes and regulations• Collaborate with the Office of Communications on the development of promotional materials for programs and assist with the promotion of summer camp programming at Open House events• Coordinate the hiring and payroll processes for part-time summer camp support staff


    Bachelor's degree required.PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS• Two year’s work experience in a summer camp or intercollegiate athletics setting• Experience in children’s educational or recreational setting• Marketing/ promotional experience a plus • Demonstrated ability in and a commitment to educational values• Strong interpersonal skills and customer service orientation• A flexible schedule is expected to include working some nights and weekends as necessary• Knowledge/experience with Windows and Microsoft office


    Supports the administration of College athletic programs.

    • Assists with compliance programs activities required by the CUNYAC (CUNY Athletic Conference) and external bodies

    • Serves student-athletes through providing advising services and enrichment programs

    • Organizes student-athlete communications and activities, and other department work such as calendars, materials, reports, handbooks, and compliance manuals

    • Performs related duties as assigned.


    Assistant to HEO




    Salary $39,282 - $53,758 (commensurate with education and experience).CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.


    If you are viewing this job posting on any website other than CUNYfirst, please follow the instructions below:- Go to cuny.jobs- In the box under "job title/ keyword", enter "20416" - Click on "Student Athletics Program Coordinator" - Click on the "Apply Now" button and follow the instructions.Please note that the candidates must upload a cover letter describing related qualifications and experience, resume, and the name and contact information of three (3) professional references as ONE DOCUMENT in any of the following formats: .doc, .docx, or .pdf format.**Please use a simple name for the document that you uploaded, for example: JDoeResume. Documents with long names cannot be parsed by the application system.


    April 17, 2019


    CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional


    CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

  • 08 Jan 2019 by Alan Gravano

    Job Vacancy Notice

    Job Title:                     Faculty Open Rank (Assistant/Associate/Full Professor) in Special Education

    Job ID #:                      9382


    Location:                     Queens College Regular/Temporary: Regular


    Often referred to as "the jewel of the CUNY system," Queens College is a place of contrasts: An urban school in a suburban setting, where a large and diverse student body receives personalized attention. This formula has made us one of New York's premier educational institutions.

    With a mission to prepare students to become leading citizens of an increasingly global society, we offer a rigorous education in the liberal arts and sciences under the guidance of a faculty dedicated to both teaching and research. Our liberal arts, science, and pre-professional programs earn us high rankings in prestigious college guides such as The Princeton Review America's Best Value Colleges. Our students graduate with the ability to think critically, address complex problems, explore various cultures, use modern technologies and information resources, and have won prominence in nearly every field.

    The Graduate Programs in Special Education (GPSE) are housed in the Department of Educational and Community Programs (ECP), a multidisciplinary graduate department in the Division of Education at Queens College, CUNY. We are seeking candidates for an Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor position in special education, beginning in the fall of 2015. The successful candidate will be expected to fulfill teaching and related duties, carry out a research agenda, and participate in curriculum development and program initiatives.

    The mission of the GPSE is to prepare educators and scholars to effectively teach and support people with disabilities to be self-determined, included, and respected members of their schools and communities. The GPSE are also committed to influencing research, practice, and policy related to people with disabilities at the international, national, state, and local levels.

    This appointment includes expectations for teaching courses, engaging in research, scholarly activities, and grantsmanship. As well, the candidate will be expected to provide academic advisement to GPSE candidates and service to GPSE, the department (ECP), and the College. For more information about our program, please visit our website at http://wv.w.qc.cuny.edu/Academics/Degrees/Educatio n/ECP/Specia!Ed /Pages /default.aspx.


    An earned doctoral degree in special education or a related field, teaching experience in P-12 schools that support students with disabilities, and experience in postsecondary special education teacher preparation. Candidates should have expertise in and a strong record of research depending on rank, as evidenced by publications , preferably in special education curriculum and instruction.

    It is highly desirable that candidates have: strong interest in and experience working in urban, multiethnic and multicultural settings; knowledge of research validated instructional practices to successfully include students with disabilities in the general education curriculum at the secondary level; and experience modifying and adapting curriculum/i nstruction , differentiating instruction, and use of assistive technology in public school settings.



    CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs. We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.

    Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.


    If you are viewing this job posting on any website other than CUNYfirst, please follow the instructions below:

    • Click "Search job listings"
    • Click on "More options to search for CUNY jobs"
    • Search by Job Opening ID number
    • Click on the "Apply Now" button and follow the instructions.

    Please note that candidates must upload ONE DOCUMENT in any of the following formats:

    .doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf, or text format, consist of (1) a cover letter describing related qualifications, experience, and research agendas; (2) curriculum vitae; and (3) the names and contact information of three (3) professional references. Please use a simple name for the document that you upload, for example, JDoeResume. Documents with long names cannot be parsed by the application system.


    60 days.


    CUNY Job Posting: Faculty


    We are committed to enhancing our diverse academic community by actively encouraging people with disabilities, minorities, veterans, and women to apply. We take pride in our pluralistic community and continue to seek excellence through diversity and inclusion. EO/AA Employer.

  • 06 Nov 2018 by Alan Gravano


    Italian  Diaspora Studies

    Writing Seminar — Heritage and Memory

    Calabria-Lucania, May 15-29, 2019

    Have you ever fancied wanting to write your history or the history of your family, sifting through childhood memories, digging into your roots and past lives of people close to you? Have you ever started a writing project of any type, but could not complete? Are you intrigued by the study of origins and the phenomenon of mass diaspora in the world? Have ever wanted to explore hidden parts of South Italy and its rich culture, and to learn more about the Italian diaspora?

    For all of the above and other related pursuits, The University of Calabria’s Italian Diaspora Studies Seminar is pleased to launch a new residential program dedicated to the topic of Cultural Heritage and Memory.

    Whether you are of Italian origin or not, this program offers you an incomparable opportunity to sojourn in Calabria and Lucania to live a unique experience than will enhance your life, enrich your culture and stimulate your creativity.

    With the Patronage of the Canadian Embassy of Rome, and with the expected renewal of the Patronage of the US Consulate Naples, this seminar, from now on referred to as IDs, will be held in the northern part of Calabria and in Lucania, with a day-trip in Matera, European Capital of Culture 2019, from May 15th to May 29th, 2019.

    It is a two-week program. The first week is held in Morano Calabro (CS), in the National Park of Mount Pollino, and the second week in Albidona (CS), on the Ionian Coast of Calabria, at the border with Lucania, with several planned field trips in the surrounding areas.



    Building on the past activities, this year’s IDs is aimed at establishing a broad transnational perspective on the Italian diaspora, through a Community-Engaged Scholarship program characterized by the mission of focusing on the South of Italy and on the importance of material culture and of historical heritage that can be experienced only by visiting the specific locales of the diaspora, such as landscapes, spaces, food, music, and dance. Our program is founded on an intersectional perspective and relies on the interpretative tools of Gender, Class and Ethnicity.

    In this transnational, interdisciplinary program, participants will experience the vibrant feeling of being immersed in a platform of dialoguing, comparing and networking with different Italian diasporas across the globe, connecting regional spaces where the issues of past migration are still present today. Formal and informal talks will create a lively and engaged program that will stimulate the creativity regarding memory and writing, and will also offer participants a unique opportunity to visit the beautiful and historically rich regions of Calabria and Lucania.



    IDs 2019 is directed by Professors Margherita Ganeri and Vito Teti, assisted by Connie Guzzo McParland.

    It is an intensive seminar on creative writing. It offers a principal writing workshops, in English, with Maria Mazziotti Gillian. Entitled: The Power of the Past: Writing Poetry to Save Your Life, this will concentrate on writing about ancestries and histories. Participants will be encouraged to believe that their stories and memories are rich sources for poetry. They will be incited to take risks in their writing by taking “deep dives” into the past and by getting in touch with their truest and bravest selves.

    Other sessions, taught by Margherita Ganeri, Connie Guzzo MacParland and Vito Teti, will be dedicated to the anthropology and literary culture of the South of Italy and of its diasporic history and literatures, in the light of the so-called Southern Question. Field trips will be preceded by lectures, some of them inspired by the well-known Carlo Levi’s novel Christ Stopped at Eboli. Other names of writers and scholars TBA.


    How does it work?

    Classes will be held in the mornings. Some afternoons will be dedicated to field trips, other will be left free for writing. During the two weeks of full immersion, even moments of leisure are planned to stimulate creativity through the acquired knowledge of local traditions and its context. Participants will be guided in the writing of creative works, be it poetry, short stories, parts of novels or memoirs, and they will read their writings in public in convivial late evening spaces. The works will be published in a dedicated volume, including an eBook format, by Rubbettino Editore.

    The program is bilingual (English-Italian). It is preferable, though not necessary, to have a command of both languages, but the writing will be created in the language of choice.

    The University of Calabria will provide a certificate of attendance. On request it is possible to issue a certificate with a value of six credits from The University of Calabria.


    Who can apply?

    IDs is not a purely academic program. It is opened to anyone interested in learning about the Italian diaspora in the world and about Italy, and to visit the places of the emigrants’ departures, immersing oneself in an all-encompassing experience, including the sensory, in the real and cultural spaces of South Italy.

    Why apply?

    IDs promises to be a life-changing experience. It is a cultural endeavor, an occasion to search for roots and identity, and to be connected with the source, while closely interacting with well-known writers and scholars. It is also a great opportunity to visit Calabria and Lucania in a not-simply- touristic way, and at the lowest possible cost for a quality stay.

    Our program is carried out in the territory involving local villages, people and institutions, in order to better present their life and their rich history and beauty, and to promote a process of cognitive growth through immersion – visual, audible, linguistic, culinary – in the places from which the diaspora began and has left many traces.

    The territory is now marked by the presence of immigrants, as is demonstrated in the case of the town of Riace, made famous all over the world. Therefore, the immersion in the villages  and the local communities will offer encounters with the present-day reality of immigration and the new Italian multiculturalism. The objective of the program is to construct a pathway of experiential cultural formation, destined to change, in the participants, the image of South Italy and the meaning of Italian origin.


    Accomodations and Meals

    The accommodations are in refined hotels.

    The first week will be spent in Morano Calabro, a medieval borgo in the center of Pollino National Park, on the list of the “Borghi più belli d’Italia” and “Bandiera arancione” del Touring Club Italiano.

    We will be staying in the albergo diffuso “Il Nibbio”, in the historical center, whose apartments are exquisite and very well restored.

    The cuisine will be local, seasonal and organic.

    Lessons in show cooking and local recipes are also planned. http://www.ilnibbio.it/ospitalita-diffusa/

    The second week will be held in the “Masseria di Torre Albidona”, an ecological farm of about 80 hectares, on a panoramic setting overlooking the Ionian Sea, with  its  own  private beach, surrounded by a pine forest, and a swimming pool. The rooms are located in ancient farmhouses philologically restored. The cuisine, which bears the name of the chef Pietro Acciardi, combines tradition with innovation. The raw materials, strictly local and seasonal, are of high quality.


    Field Trips

    Field trips in Calabria include:

    • The National Park of Pollino is a treasure chest of archaeological sites, sanctuaries, and castles. The Pollino’s mountains, along with its very ancient routes from the Tyrrhenian to the Ionian Seas, have been at the center of economic, religious, and cultural activities of many autochthonous peoples and settler colonialism’s civilizations. On the Pollino’s mountainous range there is the only Italian population of Bosnian pine (imported by the ancient Greek colonialism), other plants, and rare animals, as well as the Egyptian vulture.


    • The museum of Byzantine Icons of Frascineto. Since the fifteenth century, Frasnita is a stronghold of the culture, language, and religion of the arbëreshë diaspora. Moreover, the Italo-Albanian Byzantine Catholic Church is a unique hybrid religion.
    • Civita was another arbëreshë settlement. Çifti old town is set among the Raganello’s canyon, offering a visit to museums, mills, churches, and palaces from the Calabrese multi- ethnic Renaissance.
    • The Palaeolithic site of Papasidero is an archaeological park and a museum that show a thousand-year diasporic civilization. Since 12000 years ago, Calabria and Basilicata have been crossed by the obsidian trade routes, from the rich deposits of the Aeolian Islands to Africa, Asia, and Europe. The Bos primigenius’ graffiti (along with bones) testifies the very ancient presence of the extinct bovine breed from which the domesticated cows descends.
    • Among the Palaeolithic ports of obsidian, the Greek and then Roman colonies, the towers of the Carthaginians, Vandals, Goths, Longobards, Byzantines, Normans, Saracens, Spaniards, French, etc., Maratea and the Tyrrhenian coast of Basilicata offer high rocks overlooking the sea, strewn with ancient stories of emigration, immigration, and colonialism.
    • In classical antiquity, Cosenza was the capital of the Brettii, mixed-race from the ancient Greek settlers and the aboriginal Oenotrians. Today it is the provincial capital, home to museums, churches, palaces, and architecture that represent two thousand and five hundred layers of history. In the countryside around Cosenza, where grapevines and olive trees have been cultivated for four thousand years, the University of Calabria is the largest campus in the region.

    Field trips in Basilicata, following the reading of Carlo Levi’s Christ Stopped at Eboli,


    • At the time of the ancient Romans, Praedium Allianum had already been inhabited since the Neolithic, being a route of trade between Oenotrians, Greeks, and Etruscans. Aliano was a camp of the Pyrrhus army and shelter for Basilian monks refugees who fled from iconoclastic persecution. Carlo Levi was confined to Aliano, where he was buried.
    • Bernalda is a medieval village where the castle overlooks the precious churches, squares, monuments, and palaces designed with a millennium of architectural different styles from three continents. The grandparents of Francis Ford Coppola emigrated from Bernalda.
    • Matera was the first UNESCO site in southern Italy. The karst ravines have hosted the Paleolithic and Neolithic civilizations. The rock-cut architecture of the ancient city was cohabitated by many Mediterranean civilizations that have been here for thousands of years. Matera was the contact zone between the native Oenotrians and Mycenaean civilizations, the Magna Graecia and the Lucanians and Iapygians, the Romans and the Lombards, the Saracens, the Byzantines, the Franks of Louis II of Italy. Various other colonialisms have sown in this ancient agricultural land, up to being the first city in southern Italy raised in arms against Nazi-fascism. This year Matera is the European capital of culture, hosting a year of celebrations, exhibitions, shows, and concerts.


    • The Metaponto's archaeological parks and museum preserve a civilization begun in the 7th century BCE. The powerful colony of Sybaris (in Calabria) organized the construction of a buffer state close to the border with the strong Spartan colony of Taras (Latin: Tarentum). The settler colonialism of the Achaeans was centered on the production of barley for export. Pythagoras founded his own school in the city. Metapontum hosted the troops of Pyrrhus, Hannibal, and Spartacus. Although the Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque religious and civil architectures of the area were built with the remains of the Greek city, the abundance of archaeological remains is astonishing.
    • The Nostoi’s legends, the heroes of the Trojan war dispersed, emigrated or exiled in the south of Italy echoes the historical evidence of the Mycenaean emporiums within the Oenotrians villages. Between the 8th and 7th centuries BCE, the Greek colonists founded Siris. The city declined with the defeat of the powerful Sybaris. Around 434 BCE, after a long war, the inhabitants of Taranto and Thurii (Sybaris refounded by Athens) founded Heraclea Lucania, in a point not far from Siris. Heraclea was the capital of the Italiotes League, battlefield between Tarentum and Rome, a refuge for Hannibal and Spartacus. The subsequent medieval town of Policoro rose around the castle.


    Tuition Fee and other details Cost of tuition: EUR 3000 Duration: 15 days

    Dates: May 15-29, 2019.

    May 15 Arrival day — May 30 Departure day. Maximum participants: 20

    Apart from the workshops, tuition cost includes: 1) Transportation from the airport of Lamezia Terme to the locations of the program and back, or to the railway station of Paola (CS) and back, in the following dates: May 15, 21 and 30. It does not include transportation from different airports or railway stations and transportation in different dates. 2) Accommodations in single rooms with private bathrooms. 3) Breakfast and two meals a day for two weeks, with the exception of the last dinner before departure. 4) Field trips and tickets to museums.


    How to Apply

    If you’d like to apply, please indicate, in a few lines, the reasons for your interest in the program, the genre of writing that interests you most, and in which language, by writing to:

    Margherita Ganeri: italiandiasporastudies@gmail.com Connie Guzzo MacParland: conniemcparlandids@gmail.com

    Deadline to apply: January 15

    Payment of the first instalment of EUR 1500 must be made by January 20th; the second instalment by March 15th.

    Requests to enroll in the program for one week will be taken into consideration. In this case the total cost of tuition will be EUR 1500 to be paid in two installments of EUR 750 each by the same deadlines.

    Depending on room availability, we accept requests for accompanying family and friends not registered in the program. Costs for accommodation, meals and field trips will be communicated upon request.

    More Info, Bios and Photos at: https://italiandiasporastudies.com/ https://www.facebook.com/ItalianDiasporaStudies/


    Italian  Diaspora Studies

    Writing Seminar — Heritage and Memory

    Calabria-Lucania, 15-29 maggio 2019

    Hai mai pensato che vorresti scrivere la tua storia o la storia della tua famiglia, ripescando nella memoria ricordi della tua infanzia o del passato di persone a te vicine? Hai mai iniziato un progetto di scrittura, e poi non lo hai portato a termine? Ti interessa riflettere sui temi dell’origine e sui fenomeni dell’emigrazione di massa nel mondo? Ti piacerebbe scoprire il Sud Italia e la sua ricca cultura, e approfondire la conoscenza della diaspora italiana?

    Per tutto questo e altro, il Seminario permanente “Italian Diaspora Studies” dell’Università della Calabria annuncia il lancio di un nuovo programma residenziale, dedicato al tema dell’eredità culturale e della memoria

    Anche se non sei di origine italiana, questo programma ti offre l’occasione irripetibile di un soggiorno in Calabria e Lucania per vivere un’esperienza unica, che ti cambierà la vita, arricchendo la tua cultura e stimolando la tua creatività.

    Con il patrocinio dell’Ambasciata del Canada di Roma, e con l’attesa riconferma del patrocinio del Consolato USA di Napoli, il seminario, da ora in avanti indicato con l’acronimo IDs, si svolgerà nella Calabria settentrionale e in Lucania, con una tappa di un giorno a Matera, Capitale europea della cultura 2019, dal 15 al 29 maggio 2019.

    IDs dura due settimane. Nella prima, la residenza è prevista a Morano Calabro (CS), nel Parco Nazionale del Pollino; nella seconda ad Albidona (CS), sulla costa ionica al confine con la Lucania, con varie visite guidate nel circondario.



    In continuità con le precedenti attività del Seminario, IDs 2019 persegue la costruzione di un'ampia prospettiva transnazionale sulla diaspora italiana, attraverso un programma Community- Engaged, focalizzato sul Sud d'Italia e sull'importanza della cultura materiale e dell’eredità culturale, che si possono esperire solo visitando gli specifici spazi della diaspora, come i paesaggi, gli ambienti, il cibo, la musica, la danza. Il nostro programma si fonda, in prospettiva intersezionale, sulle griglie interpretative di genere, classe ed etnia.

    In questo programma transnazionale e interdisciplinare, i partecipanti sperimenteranno la vibrante sensazione di sentirsi immersi in una piattaforma di dialogo e confronto tra diverse diaspore italiane in tutto il mondo, collegate agli spazi regionali in cui le tracce delle passate migrazioni sono ancora presenti. L’alternarsi di momenti formali e informali darà vita a un programma vivace e impegnato, che stimolerà la creatività della memoria e della scrittura, offrendo al contempo ai partecipanti un'occasione unica per visitare Calabria e Lucania, due regioni ricche di storia e di bellezze artistiche e naturali.



    IDs 2019 è co-diretto da Margherita Ganeri e Vito Teti, coadiuvati da Connie Guzzo McParland.

    Si tratta di un seminario intensivo di scrittura creativa, che offre un workshop principale di scrittura, in inglese, tenuto da Maria Mazziotti Gillian. Intitolato: The Power of the Past: Writing Poetry to Save Your Life, il workshop si concentra sul tema della scrittura sulle storie personali e familiari. I partecipanti saranno incoraggiati e convincersi che le loro storie e memorie sono fonti di ispirazione per la scrittura poetica. Saranno incitati a rischiare nelle loro scritture, andando a scavare in profondità nel loro passato ed entrando perciò in relazione con i loro strati interiori più reali e validi.

    Altri workshops, tenuti da Margherita Ganeri, Connie Guzzo McParland e Vito Teti, saranno dedicato alla cultura antropologica e letteraria del Sud Italia e alla sua storia diasporica, alla luce della cosiddetta questione meridionale. Le gite in Calabria e Lucania saranno preparate da lezioni, alcune articolate intorno alla lettura di pagine scelte del celebre romanzo di Carlo Levi Cristo si è fermato a Eboli.

    Altri nomi di scrittori e studiosi saranno annunciati a breve.


    Come funziona?

    Le lezioni saranno solo di mattina, i pomeriggi saranno dedicati alle gite o saranno lasciati liberi, per scrivere. Durante le due settimane di full immersion, in cui anche i momenti di svago sono pensati per stimolare la creatività attraverso la conoscenza dei contesti e delle tradizioni locali, i partecipanti saranno guidati nella redazione di testi creativi – poesie, racconti, nuclei di romanzi e di memoirs –, e li presenteranno in pubblico in momenti conviviali serali. Gli scritti saranno pubblicati in un volume apposito, anche in formato ebook, presso l’editore Rubbettino.

    Il programma è bilingue inglese-italiano. È preferibile, ma non necessario, padroneggiare entrambe le lingue. Si scriverà però solo in una sola delle due, a scelta.

    L’Università della Calabria consegnerà un attestato di frequenza. A richiesta è possibile ottenere un certificato attestante l’erogazione di sei crediti dall’Università della Calabria.


    Chi si può iscrivere?

    IDs non è un programma puramente accademico. È aperto a chiunque sia interessato a conoscere la storia e le culture della diaspora italiana nel mondo, e a visitare i luoghi di partenza degli emigrati, immergendosi in un’esperienza a tutto campo, anche sensoriale, negli spazi reali e culturali del Sud Italia.


    Perché iscriversi?

    IDs potrebbe cambiarti la vita. Promette di essere un’avventura culturale, un’occasione per andare alla ricerca delle radici e dell’identità, e di connettersi con le origini, mentre si interagisce molto da vicino con famosi scrittori e studiosi. Inoltre, ti offre la grande opportunità di visitare la


    Calabria e la Lucania in un modo non banalmente turistico, e al costo più basso possibile per un soggiorno di qualità.

    Il nostro programma si svolge nei territori, coinvolgendo borghi, persone e istituzioni locali, per presentarne la ricca storia e la bellezza, e per favorire un processo di crescita conoscitiva tramite immersione - visiva, sonora, linguistica, culinaria -, nei luoghi da cui è cominciata la diaspora e in cui ha lasciato molte tracce.

    Il territorio è segnato dalla presenza degli immigrati, come dimostra il caso di Riace, noto in tutto il mondo. Ne discende che l’immersione nei borghi e nelle comunità locali offrirà anche incontri con la realtà dell’immigrazione e con il nuovo multiculturalismo italiano. L’obiettivo del programma è costruire un percorso di formazione culturale di tipo esperienziale, destinato a cambiare, nei partecipanti, l’immagine del Sud Italia e il significato dell’origine italiana.


    Alloggi e pasti


    Gli alloggi sono previsti in alberghi raffinati.


    Nella prima settimana la sistemazione alberghiera sarà a Morano Calabro, un borgo medievale al centro del Parco Nazionale del Pollino, che figura nella lista dei “Borghi più belli d’Italia” ed è “Bandiera arancione” del Touring Club Italiano.


    Saremo ospitati nell’albergo diffuso “Il Nibbio”, nel cuore del centro storico; gli appartamenti sono eleganti e restaurati ad arte.


    La cucina è tradizionale, con prodotti freschi rigorosamente a Km 0, e a coltivazione organica.


    Sono previste lezioni di cucina di ricette del luogo. http://www.ilnibbio.it/ospitalita-diffusa/

    Durante la seconda settimana alloggeremo presso la “Masseria di Torre Albidona”, una fattoria ecologica di circa 80 ettari, in posizione panoramica sul mar Ionio, con una spiaggia privata, circondata da una pineta, e una piscina. Le camere si trovano all’interno di antichi casolari contadini restaurati filologicamente.


    La cucina, sotto la direzione dello chef Pietro Acciardi, combina tradizione e innovazione, utilizzando solo ingredienti rigorosamente freschi e di stagione, di alta qualità.





    Le gite in Calabria includono:


    • Il Parco Nazionale del Pollino è uno scrigno di siti archeologici, santuari e castelli. Le montagne del Pollino, insieme alle sue antichissime rotte dal Tirreno al Mar Ionio, sono state al centro di attività economiche, religiose e culturali di molti popoli autoctoni e civiltà coloniali. Sulla catena montuosa del Pollino c'è l'unica popolazione italiana di pino loricato (importato dal colonialismo magnogreco), altre piante e animali molto rari, così come l’avvoltoio capovaccaio.
    • Il museo delle icone bizantine di Frascineto. Dal XV secolo, Frasnita è una roccaforte della cultura, della lingua e della religione della diaspora arbëreshë. Inoltre, la Chiesa cattolica italo-albanese è una religione ibrida di culti e credi cattolici e ortodossi.
    • Civita fu un altro insediamento arbëreshë. Il centro storico si trova tra le gole del Raganello, offrendo una visita a musei, mulini, chiese e palazzi del multietnico rinascimento calabrese.
    • Il sito paleolitico di Papasidero contiene un parco archeologico e un museo che espongono una civiltà diasporica millenaria. A partire aa 12000 anni fa, la Calabria e la Basilicata sono state attraversate dalle rotte commerciali dell'ossidiana, dai ricchi giacimenti delle Isole Eolie sino all'Africa, Asia e ed Europa. Io graffito del Bos primigenius (insieme alle ossa) testimonia l'antichissima presenza della razza bovina estinta da cui discendono le mucche addomesticate.
    • Tra i porti paleolitici dell'ossidiana, le colonie greche e poi romane, le torri dei cartaginesi, i vandali, goti, longobardi, bizantini, normanni, saraceni, spagnoli, francesi, ecc., Maratea e la costa tirrenica della Basilicata offrono alte rocce a picco sul mare, cosparso di antiche storie di emigrazione, immigrazione e colonialismo.
    • Nell'antichità classica, Cosenza era la capitale dei Bretti, razza mista formatasi dagli antichi coloni greci e dagli aborigeni enotri. Oggi è la capitale della provincia, sede di musei,  chiese, palazzi e architetture che rappresentano duemilacinquecento strati di storia. Nella campagna intorno a Cosenza, dove viti e olivi sono coltivati da quattromila anni, l'Università della Calabria è il più grande campus della regione.

    Le visite sul campo in Basilicata, in seguito alla lettura di Cristo si è fermato a Eboli, di Carlo Levi, includono:


    • Al tempo degli antichi romani, il Praedium Allianum era già stato abitato fin dal Neolitico, essendo una via di scambio tra Enotri, Greci ed Etruschi. Aliano fu un accampamento dell'esercito di Pirro e rifugio per i monaci basiliani profughi della persecuzione iconoclasta. Carlo Levi fu confinato ad Aliano, dove fu sepolto.
    • Bernalda è un borgo medievale dove il castello si affaccia su preziose chiese, piazze, monumenti e palazzi progettati con un millennio di stili architettonici diversi provenienti da tre continenti. I nonni di Francis Ford Coppola emigrarono da Bernalda.
    • Matera fu il primo sito UNESCO nel meridione d’Italia. Le gole carsiche hanno ospitato civiltà paleolitiche e neolitiche. L'architettura scavata nella roccia della città antica è stata coabitata da molte civiltà mediterranee che le hanno abitate per migliaia di anni. Matera era la zona di contatto tra gli indigeni enotri e le civiltà micenee, la Magna Grecia, i Lucani e Apuli, Romani ei Longobardi, Saraceni, Bizantini, i Franchi di Luigi II d'Italia. Vari altri


    colonialismi hanno seminato in questa antica terra agricola, fino ad essere la prima città del sud Italia ad aver sollevato le armi contro il nazifascismo. Quest'anno Matera è la capitale europea della cultura, ospitando un anno di celebrazioni, mostre, spettacoli e concerti.

    • I parchi e il museo archeologico di Metaponto custodiscono una civiltà iniziata nel VII secolo BCE. La potente colonia di Sibari (in Calabria) organizzò la costruzione di una sottocolonia cuscinetto, vicino al confine con la forte colonia spartana di Taras (latino: Tarentum). Il colonialismo degli Achei era incentrato sulla produzione di orzo per l'esportazione. Pitagora fondò la sua scuola in città. Metaponto ospitò le truppe di Pirro, Annibale e Spartaco. Sebbene le architetture religiose e civili romana, medievale, rinascimentale e barocca del circondario siano state costruite con i materiali di spoglio della città greca, l'abbondanza di resti archeologici è sorprendente.
    • Le leggende dei Nostoi, gli eroi della guerra di Troia dispersi, emigrati o esiliati nel meridione d'Italia riecheggiano le prove storiche degli empori micenei nei villaggi enotri. Tra l'VIII e il VII secolo aC, i coloni greci fondarono Siris. La città declinò con la sconfitta della potente Sibari. Verso il 434 aC, dopo una lunga guerra, gli abitanti di Taranto e Thurii (Sybaris rifondata da Atene) fondarono Eraclea, in un punto non lontano da Siris. Eraclea fu la capitale della Lega Italiota, campo di battaglia tra Taranto e Roma, rifugio per Annibale e Spartaco. La successiva città medievale di Policoro sorse attorno al castello.


    Costo e altri dettagli Costo di iscrizione: Euro 3000. Durata: 15 giorni.

    Date: 15-29 maggio 2019 (arrivo il 15 maggio, partenza il 30 maggio). Il programma verrà chiuso a 20 iscritti.

    Oltre ai workshops previsti, la tassa di iscrizione include: 1) trasporto da e per l’aeroporto di Lamezia Terme e-o dalla stazione ferroviaria di Paola (CS) verso le destinazioni alberghiere del programma, nelle seguenti date: 15, 21 e 30 maggio 2019. Non include i costi del trasporto da altri aeroporti o altre stazioni ferroviarie, né il trasporto in giorni diversi da quelli citati.  2)  sistemazione in camere singole con bagni privati. 3) colazione, pranzo e cena tutti i giorni per due settimane, con l’eccezione dell’ultima cena del 29 maggio, che precede la partenza. 3) Le gite e i biglietti dei musei.


    Come iscriversi

    Chi è interessato a iscriversi è gentilmente pregato di contattare via mail una o entrambe le direttrici del programma agli indirizzi qui riportati, spiegando in poche righe le ragioni per cui vorrebbe partecipare, il genere di scrittura che predilige, e la lingua in cui vorrebbe scrivere:

    Margherita Ganeri: italiandiasporastudies@gmail.com

    Connie Guzzo MacParland: conniemcparlandids@gmail.com


    Le iscrizioni si chiuderanno il 15 gennaio 2019

    La tassa di iscrizione dovrà essere versata in due rate da Euro 1500: la prima entro il 20 gennaio 2019, la seconda entro il 15 marzo 2019.

    Prendiamo in considerazione richieste di iscrizione a una sola settimana del programma. In questi casi il costo di iscrizione è di Euro 1500, pagabile in due rate da Euro 750 entro le stesse date di scadenza sopra indicate.

    In base alle disponibilità delle camere, accettiamo richieste di accoglienza di familiari o amici accompagnatori non iscritti al programma. I relativi costi per alloggio, pasti e gite saranno comunicati su richiesta.

    Ulteriori informazioni, biografie e foto ai seguenti link: https://italiandiasporastudies.com https://www.facebook.com/ItalianDiasporaStudies/


  • 23 Oct 2018 by Alan Gravano

    The English Department in Queens College is currently conducting a search for Associate Professor in Eighteenth-Century British Literature in a Global Context beginning Fall 2019. Preference will be given to candidates who can also teach Romantic Literature, Global Arabic Literature, and Global Early Modernism.  The teaching load is 18 credits per year. The selected candidate will teach required courses in the English Major as well as undergraduate and graduate courses in Eighteenth-Century British Literature and is also expected to participate in research and perform advising duties in the English department. The selected candidate will also share departmental committee responsibilities and take on other administrative duties if needed. For more information about this full-time position, please visit CUNYFirst here.

    Equal Employment Opportunity

    CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply.  At CUNY, Italian-Americans are also included among our protected groups.  Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity.  EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.​

  • 14 Sep 2018 by Alan Gravano

    Queens College, City University of New York

    The Department of Political Science at Queens College invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the level of Assistant Professor in the field of International Relations, to begin in the Fall 2019 semester.  We are looking for individuals who combine a strong record of scholarship with a commitment to excellence in teaching in an extraordinarily diverse environment.  We are especially interested in applicants who can teach courses in International Political Economy and Europe. The successful applicant is also expected to participate actively in the department’s advisement and service responsibilities. The Ph.D. is required by the date of appointment.  Candidates should send a letter of interest, a writing sample, evidence of teaching effectiveness, a graduate school transcript, three letters of recommendation, and curriculum vitae to: Professor John Bowman, Department of Political Science, Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, NY 11367.   Applications must be received by October 1, 2018.  In addition, in order for their application to be considered complete, applicants must upload a CV to CUNYfirst, the City University’s human resources and service system.  To do so, go to www.cuny.edu and place your cursor on “About;” click on “Employment;” scroll down and click on “Browse Job Openings;” in the job title box, enter 19166 and click on “Find Jobs;” click on “Assistant Professor—International Relations;” click on “Apply Now,” and follow instructions. 

    CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply.  At CUNY, Italian-Americans are also included among our protected groups.  Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity.  EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

  • 14 Sep 2018 by Alan Gravano

    The City University of New York Career Opportunity


    Rank:  Assistant Professor

    Queens College—City University of New York

    Employment level: Tenure Track

    Category: Media Studies, Communication

    Website: http://www.qc.cuny.edu

    The Department of Media Studies at Queens College seeks an assistant professor with expertise in critical political economy of media, with demonstrated interest in the role information and communication technologies play in the global political economy, and which engages with issues of social power. Research background should also demonstrate the ability to teach courses on the history of media technologies, digital economics, advertising and marketing, and media policy.  The ideal candidate will be prepared to teach large introductory courses and upper level seminars to undergraduates as well as graduate seminars on capitalism and media, digital economics, and research methods. 

    APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open until filled, with review of applications to begin October 21, 2018.

    For more information on the position and instructions on how to apply, please visit the Queens College Human Resources website and click on Job ID “19258.”http://www.qc.cuny.edu/HR/Pages/JobListings.aspx


    Equal Employment Opportunity


    CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply.  At CUNY, Italian-Americans are also included among our protected groups.  Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity.  EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

  • 14 Sep 2018 by Lorraine Mangione

    You gotta be startin' somethin'

    "You wanna be startin' somethin', you gotta be startin' somethin'," sang Michael Jackson on the album Thriller. Well, here we go startin' somethin'.

    Last week we announced we were working on IDEA Boston, an Italian-inspired festival that will take place on Nov. 2-3. Now we are ready to share with you our program and the amazing speakers we have lined up for this one-of-a-kind event. 

    This thing is so big, we had to dedicate a new website to it, too! So please go over to ideaboston.com and check out the numerous panels, speakers and more that will make up IDEA Boston. 

    Just to give you a sense of what we have in store, here are a few numbers regarding the festival:

    • 18 presentations
    • 3 workshops
    • 1 theatrical performance
    • 1 silent film screening
    • 40+ speakers
    • 10 actors
    • 6 musicians
    • 1 grand final party!

    We hope you are excited as we are about IDEA Boston. Please help us spread the word by letting friends and family know about the festival.

    To stay up to date, you can subscribe to the festival-specific newsletter here, or you can follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

    We look forward to seeing you in November at IDEA Boston! 

    Nicola Orichuia & Jim Pinzino
    Co-founders, I AM Books

  • 02 Oct 2018 by Alan Gravano

    Queens College, City University of New York

    Lecturer in Political Science

    The Department of Political Science invites applications for a position as Lecturer to begin in the Fall 2019 semester.  Lectureships at the College are defined as primarily teaching positions, carrying a 27 hour per year teaching load.  Responsibilities include teaching, curricular development, advisement, and participation in departmental and College governance.  Although lectureships are not tenure-track positions, lecturers who complete five years of service may apply for a Certificate of Continuous Employment, which provides job protection comparable to tenure.  We are looking for individuals with a commitment to excellence in teaching in an extraordinarily diverse environment and who can offer courses across several subfields. We are particularly interested in candidates who can teach courses in Political Theory, International Relations, and Civic Engagement.   Candidates should send a letter of interest, evidence of teaching effectiveness, a graduate school transcript, three letters of recommendation, and curriculum vitae to: Professor John Bowman, Department of Political Science, Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, NY 11367.  In addition, in order for their application to be considered complete, applicants must upload a CV to CUNYfirst, the City University’s human resources and service system.  To do so, go to www.cuny.edu and place your cursor on “About;” click on “Employment;” scroll down and click on “Browse Job Openings;” in the job title box, enter 19200 and click on “Find Jobs;” click on “Lecturer;” click on “Apply Now,” and follow instructions. The position will remain open until filled, with the review of applications beginning on September 23, 2018.

    CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply.  At CUNY, Italian-Americans are also included among our protected groups.  Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity.  EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

  • 12 Jul 2018 by Alan Gravano

    Proposed Vacancy Announcement (ECP Series)

    The Office of the Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs at Queens College is currently conducting a search for an Associate Provost for Research and Faculty Affairs.

    The Associate Provost for Research and Faculty Affairs reports to the Provost and is a senior member of her leadership team. The Associate Provost acts as the Provost’s deputy and, in her absence, may be authorized to act on her behalf. As a representative of the Provost, the Associate Provost is expected to have a deep understanding of the College’s Strategic Plan, and to make decisions and implement changes in terms of the context that it provides. For further details as well as instructions for how to apply, please click on http://www2.cuny.edu/employment/ and search for position number 18711. Review of applications to begin after August 8, 2018.

    Equal Employment Opportunity

    CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian-Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

  • 30 Apr 2018 by Margherita Ganeri

    The Fulbright scholar will teach one courses, Seminar style, at Graduate, Master level, 6 hours per week, Average class size: 40 students.

    Course and syllabus requirements: Detailed syllabus provided in advance with reading materials provided via pdf. Students will have to write a paper of 10 pages on an individual topic decided with the instructor.

    Other activities: Student advising and tutorials.

    In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation. To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars will be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities‎.
    Three months

    March 10, 2020


    University of Calabria, Department of Humanities, www.unical.itwww.disu.unical.it

    Please see Specializations below

    Italian-American Studies: the experience of Italians and Italian-Americans within the United States. This is an interdisciplinary field that intersects with History, Anthropology, Folklore, American Literature, Italian Literature, Cinema, Media, Music, Economy, Law and more. We welcome applications from scholars of any of these fields, and in particular of Italian Studies, English Literature, Anthropology, Folklore, Cinema and Media Studies, Music and Performing Arts, Diaspora Studies, Sociology, Working-Class Studies, Labor Studies, Community-Engaged Scholarship (CES), History, Memory and Heritage Studies.


    Research and Collaboration with peers;Teaching or guest lecturing at other university departments and other institutions in the city of affiliation of the scholar; Introduction and interaction with the local and university community.

    Other opportunities: Conference organization and participation both at the University of Calabria and at other institutions in the South of Italy. Opportunity to be involved in the advanced international two-week seminar: Italian Diaspora Studies Spring Seminar, that takes place at the University of Calabria at the end of May–beginning of June.

    Application Requirements

    A letter of invitation should not be sought

    English, no other language is needed for lecturing.

    Applicant Profile

    Open to academics and appropriately qualified professionals outside of academia

    Preference will be given to Full and Associate professors, but lower ranks will be accepted, too, on the basis of original and innovative proposals for the course syllabus required within the application. Minimum 7.years of teaching experience after PhD. Outstanding professionals/non-academics will be considered. A research record is required but can be replaced by an artistic and/or a professional record.

    Additional Information


    Academic calendar: The Academic year is divided in two semesters. The second one goes from March 5 to June 6 2020. Academic Calendars are available on UniCal Website at the beginning of each academic year.

    Information about visas: U.S. grantees must apply for a Study Visa (D) at the Italian Embassy or Consulate having jurisdiction in the State where they reside. The Commission will support their application with a letter that will be sent to grantees after they have signed the official grant authorization, but will not be able to assist grantees in their application procedures. Italian embassy and consulates are the sole authorities in matters pertaining visa issues.

    Due to restrictions in the Italian Immigration Law, there are potential challenges related to the duration of grantees’ stay in Italy, and to the visa and permit-to-stay for their dependents.

    The requested duration of grantees’ stay in Italy should not be much longer than the official grant period.  In case of significant discrepancy (more than 30 days overall), the Consulate may reject the grantees visa request.

    Grantees who wish to be accompanied to Italy by their family dependents should be aware that the Commission cannot sponsor their dependents’ visas. Available options are:

    1.              Dependents may stay in Italy without a visa for a period of 90 days

    2.              Dependents may enroll in an Italian language course and apply for their own study visa (the Commission cannot assist in identifying the course nor does it have the funding to allocate to this purpose)

    3.              Dependents could apply for a Ricongiungimento Familiare. The procedure entails that grantees travel to Italy on their own and once they arrive in Italy they must request a nulla osta per il ricongiungimento familiare. The nulla osta will be issued within 180 days from the request which may exceed their grant length. Only then dependents will be able to travel to Italy to join the grantees and to apply for a permit to stay for ricongiungimento familiare.


    CLIA Website

    CLIA Facebook Page

    Italian Diaspora Studies

    Italian Diaspora Studies Facebook Page

    Additional information about this award and the University of Calabria

    Information about the Italian higher education system and Italian universities: CIMEAMIUR 

    Contact person at the U.S.-Italy Fulbright Commission: Barbara Pizzella, Senior Program Officer, bpizzella@fulbright.it










    The cost of accommodation is on the visiting scholar. UniCal provides assistance in finding the best apartment according to her/his needs among the many residential centers on campus, and offers it at a very competitive cost: one bedroom apt costs 150 euro a month all included. For larger units, the price increases up to 250 euro a month. All the apartments are furnished with bed(s), dresser(s), closet(s), desk(s) and chairs. They are equipped with bed linen and towels, have WiFi, and a separate kitchen without supplies. There is access to laundry facilities (with extra charge). A weekly cleaning service is included (replacement of towels and bed linen, cleaning of washrooms, vacuum and dusting/wiping of surfaces).

    UniCal offers an on-campus kindergarten service for children up to 4 years old. Dependents are welcome either for free or at discounted rates to enrolling into the Sport Center and in the activities on campus such as seminars, conferences, cinemas, theatres, library, museums.

    UniCal’s Language Center offers courses in Italian and other languages at no cost for visiting scholars. 

    Secretarial/student assistance, a graduate student is hired as tutor of the course in Italian-American Culture and Literature.

    Access to library facilities and office space, personal computer available upon request.

    Access to computer network and other IT resources, access to university canteen with a plan of up to two meals a day at the cost of 9 euro per day.

    Facilitated access to UniCal’s sport center. Occasional discounts are available on tickets for the seasons of UniCal’s two theatres and cinemas.

    Please refer to the figures above for an estimate of Fulbright award benefits. Benefits may include a monthly base stipend, living and housing allowances, and additional one-time allowances. Benefits may vary based on a scholar's current academic rank (or professional equivalent), the city of placement, the type of award (teaching, teaching/research, or research), and the number of and duration of stay of accompanying dependents. In most cases, dependent housing and living allowances will not be provided to Flex grantees. Final grant amounts will be determined prior to the start of the 2019-2020 academic year and are subject to the availability of funds. The United States Department of State reserves the right to alter, without notice, participating countries, number of awards and allowances.

    The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers up to 20 grants across ten award categories, including an All Disciplines award and a Distinguished Chair award. 

    Two Fulbright-Schuman awards are offered at the European University Institute in Florence in the field of European Union studies.


    The program in Italy is open to scholars and professionals from all disciplines; preferences are indicated under individual award descriptions and on the U.S.-Italy Fulbright Commission's website. Scholars may be invited to give occasional lectures or seminars at various Italian universities. Some of the awards offer accommodations or a financial contribution to offset housing costs.

    The academic calendar is November 1 to June 20, with the first semester from November to February and the second semester from March to June.

    Selected grantees must enter Italy on a study or, in some cases, a research visa covering the authorized length of grant. Basic information about the two visas and their application process is available at the Italy Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. The U.S.-Italy Fulbright Commission will also publish an informational note on its website. The possibility to stay for longer periods and/or being accompanied by dependents is subject to the provisions and restrictions of Italian Law.

    Prospective applicants may visit the U.S.-Italy Fulbright Commission website. For further information, contact Barbara Pizzella, Senior Program Officer at the Commission, at bpizzella@fulbright.it.

  • 25 May 2018 by Alan Gravano

    Proposed Vacancy Announcement

    (HEO Series)

    The Art Department in Queens College is currently conducting a search for an aHEO position as an Administrative Coordinator. For more information about this full-time position, please visit:


    Equal Employment Opportunity

    CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply.  At CUNY, Italian-Americans are also included among our protected groups.  Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity.  EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

  • 16 Apr 2018 by Alan Gravano

    Baseball Italian Style brings together the memories of major leaguers of Italian heritage whose collective careers span almost a century, from the 1930s up to today. In these first-person accounts, baseball fans will meet at an intimate level the players they cheered as heroes or jeered as adversaries, as well as coaches, managers, front-office executives, and umpires. The men who speak in this collection, which includes eight Hall of Famers (Yogi Berra, Phil Rizzuto, Ron Santo, Craig Biggio, Mike Piazza, Tom Lasorda, Tony La Russa, and Joe Torre) go beyond facts and figures to provide an inside look at life in the big leagues. Their stories provide a time capsule that documents not only the evolution of Italian American participation in the national pastime but also the continuity of the game and the many changes that have taken place, on and off the field. At a time when statistical analysis plays an increasingly prominent role in the sport, the monologues in this book are a reminder that the history of baseball is passed on to future generations more eloquently, and with much greater passion, through the words of those who lived it than it is by numerical data.

    About the Author:

    Lawrence Baldassaro, professor emeritus of Italian at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, is the author of Beyond DiMaggio: Italian Americans in Baseball, editor of Ted Williams: Reflections on a Splendid Life, and coeditor of The American Game: Baseball and Ethnicity. He has published articles in numerous sports encyclopedias and journals, has been a contributing writer for the Milwaukee Brewers’ Gameday magazine since 1990, and wrote the chapter on sports for The Routledge History of Italian Americans. He resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

  • 21 Mar 2018 by Alan Gravano

    With deepest sorrow, we send this brief tribute on behalf of our dear colleague, JoAnne Ruvoli, who passed away unexpectedly on March 15, 2018. Diagnosed in December with a severe strain of leukemia, JoAnne was completing a second round of chemo, feeling tired but hopeful about full recovery.

    Those of us who knew her well or had met her for the first time knew JoAnne Ruvoli to be a deeply generous person, and a brilliant scholar and creative thinker. After completing a dissertation on Italian American literary culture in 2011 at the University of Illinois—Chicago, JoAnne was recipient of a prestigious Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at UCLA, where she developed classes in Italian American Studies, worked with archivists, ran conferences, and illuminated her wide-ranging talents as an interdisciplinary scholar across fields and genres.  JoAnne’s profound dedication to teaching continued in her work at Ball State University where she shared her excitement about Italian American literature with students who truly appreciated her intense love for heritage culture and the beauty of language.

    As a long-time member of the Italian American Studies Association (formerly AIHA), JoAnne Ruvoli’s work on behalf of this organization was prolonged and innovative as she delivered our website to the twenty-first century, her technical virtuosity only one of the skill sets she possessed.  The papers she delivered at IASA conferences (and our sister conference at Calandra Institute) were gems in the making and many were ultimately published in a variety of journals, one just released in the journal, MELUS (which was also another beloved organization to which JoAnne contributed so much).  Recent essays on Italian American history for Routledge and on Alison Bechdel for the MLA Teaching Approaches Volume are just two examples of JoAnne’s dedication to intersecting fields of history, literature, and film. An adept intellect fueled by unending curiosity, JoAnne was at the epicenter of a disparate and multifarious community of writers, teachers, and scholars. Countless texts--conference papers, articles, books, syllabi--came to be or were much improved by way of the conversations she led or engaged in with those of us fortunate enough to know her. JoAnne raised the level and widened the field of any discourse. And she did so with humility and grace, with innocent enthusiasm and hard-earned wisdom.

    But JoAnne Ruvoli was more than a listing of her sundry accomplishments to be placed on a curriculum vita.  She knew how important publishing, teaching, and service were and she epitomized a surfeit of generosity in each area. Yet she knew something else was more vital, more necessary to her living in the world as one of the most decent and virtuous women we have had the honor of knowing. She knew that kindness couldn’t be bargained with, and she was kind. She knew that maintaining close relationships were the most important way to love in the world. And JoAnne illuminated that love in all walks of life: with her husband, Henry, and her twin sister, JoEllen: these beloved relationships enhanced JoAnne’s capacity for love for her parents and brothers, and for her friends and colleagues. 

    We are heartbroken by JoAnne’s passing; we know that her death diminishes us. We thank her for the depth of her knowledge, the generosity of her being, and her sterling self.

    A memorial celebration will take place in Chicago on April 14, 2018, which is also JoAnne’s birthday. Further details will be sent out when made available.

    By Mary Jo Bona & Jessica Maucione

  • 21 Mar 2018 by Alan Gravano

    Last week the Italian-American community of scholars and teachers lost a dear friend. JoAnne Ruvoli succumbed to her battle with cancer on Friday, March 17. JoAnne was an assistant professor of English at Ball State University. Previously, a Mellon postdoc and visiting assistant professor at UCLA. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago where she specialized in multi-ethnic American literature and also earned an Interdepartmental Concentration in Gender and Women’s Studies. She had published articles on D. W. Griffith, Women Screenwriters of Early Cinema, Mario Puzo, Carole Maso, and Jane Addams’ Hull-House. She co-edited a 2008 special issue of Voices in Italian Americana that focuses on “Reconsidering Mario Puzo,” and previous to that project, for four years, was Assistant Editor at the now-defunct fiction journal Other Voices. In 2007, she won the Frederick Stern Award for Excellence in Teaching at University of Illinois at Chicago where she taught American literature courses in multi-ethnic literature, gender in literature, and writing.

    Mary Jo Bona has agreed to write a few words about JoAnne's connections to the American Italian Historical Association and the Italian American Studies Association and will be posted in a few days. 

    JoAnne, you will be missed. I am lucky to have known you.

    With deepest sympathies, 

    Alan J. Gravano, President

    JoAnne Ruvoli (r.) with friend, colleague, and mentor Mary Jo Bona, Chicago 2013

  • 26 Feb 2018 by Robert Oppedisano

    Queens College, City University of New York, seeks an innovative and engaging Outreach Communication Librarian to join our Library faculty by Summer/Fall 2018 to provide leadership in communicating and promoting Queens College Library’s value and accomplishments to the Queens College (QC) community and beyond. Reporting to the Chief Librarian, the Outreach Communication Librarian will formulate the Library’s outreach communication strategy, assist with coordinating Library activities related to College and external relations, and pursue collaborative relationships across the College, the University, and the borough of Queens.

    Working closely with the Chief Librarian and relevant committees, this new position will coordinate the plans, policies, and practices in outreach and communications, and align these activities with the Queens College Library's mission. The candidate will promote the Library's teaching, collecting, and service activities in support of the QC curriculum, and will work collaboratively to organize and promote Library public programs in an effort to bring renewed relevance to the Library. Such outreach contributes to the enhanced use of Library resources and services, and directly advances student success. The successful candidate will be an exceptional verbal communicator who will oversee formal Library communications, create communication plans and user surveys, coordinate Library public programming, help evaluate the student user experience, produce promotional publications, oversee branding and signage, enhance subject liaison communication, assist with grant and fundraising activities, and participate in improving the Library’s overall online presence. The successful candidate will also be flexible and collaborative, and engaged with emerging issues in library outreach, communications, and promotion.

    The Outreach Communication Librarian will work with the teams for scholarly communication, digital initiatives, digital scholarship, collections, and instruction to promote the public service activities of the Library. This position will also participate in the shared public service activities of providing reference assistance, teaching sessions and courses, and serving as a collection development bibliographer. The Assistant Professor's responsibilities will also include scholarly achievement.

    The successful candidate will participate in professional and service activities that enhance QC’s strategic goals and the Library’s mission.

    Queens College, City University of New York, is an engine of social mobility, a public institution serving New York City’s highly diverse and global population. Our 19,000 students realize their potential through our undergraduate and graduate degrees, honors programs, and experiential learning opportunities (including internships, service learning, and research). Located in the heart of Queens, at the crossroads of public higher education and the NYC workforce, Queens College graduates the most teachers, counselors, and principals in the NY metropolitan area, has more computer science majors than any NYC college, has the third largest business and accounting program of any school in NY State, and has renowned programs in the fine & performing arts, humanities, social sciences, and STEM.


    All titles require a Master's in Library Science (MLS), Master's in Library Information Studies (MLIS), or closely related discipline from an ALA-accredited institution. Also required is the ability to work with others for the good of the institution. For appointment as an Assistant Professor, a second graduate degree is required. If appointed as Instructor, which is a non-tenure track title, the candidate must complete a second graduate degree within 5 years to be eligible for the tenure track as an Assistant Professor.

    A minimum of 3 years’ professional library experience; reference and instruction and collection development experience; web content writing and social media writing experience; excellent written communication skills.

    The preferred qualifications are: professional academic library experience; experience in outreach services, experience with HTML, CSS, and CMS platforms (e.g. WordPress, etc.); experience with design and layout using graphic design software (e.g. Adobe Creative, etc.); experience in project management (i.e. plans, timelines, deliverables, assessments, reporting); experience in grant writing or fundraising; experience supervising support staff.


    CUNY offers a competitive compensation and benefits package to its faculty, covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, savings programs, and employee tuition waiver. We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development. Queens College provides access to temporary on-campus housing to facilitate relocation, access to on-campus daycare, and advisement on public schools for parents with school age children.


    If you are viewing this job posting on any website other than CUNYfirst, please follow the instructions below:

    ·         Go to cuny.jobs

    ·         In the box under "What", enter "18302"

    ·         Click on "Outreach Communication Librarian (Assistant Professor or Instructor)"

    ·         Click on the "Apply Now" button and follow the instructions.

    Please note that the candidates must upload a cover letter describing related qualifications and experience, resume, and the name and contact information of three (3) professional references as ONE DOCUMENT in any of the following formats: .doc, .docx, or .pdf format.

    **Please use a simple name for the document that you uploaded, for example: JDoeResume. Documents with long names cannot be parsed by the application system.

    CLOSING DATE  April 2, 2018


    CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

  • 06 Mar 2018 by Alan Gravano


    Italian American and Italian Canadian Is Multi-Ethnic Too


    Class, gender, migration, history, diaspora, ethnicity, politics, radicals, working class, cinema, foodways, literature, media, popular culture, cultural studies, theory, 250-word abstract. Ryan Calabretta-Sajder, U of Arkansas, Fayetteville (calabret@uak.edu); Alan Gravano, Rocky Mountain U (agravano@rmuohp.edu)

    Deadline for submissions: Saturday, March 24, 2018

    Alan J. Gravano, Rocky Mountain U (alan.gravano@outlook.com )

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