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This edition: May 2009

Episode Details

Original tape date: May 9, 2009.

A.) First on ITALICS, we’ll join the New York Conference of Italian          American State Legislators as they hold their annual Weekend Conference at the State Capital in Albany, N.Y.  NYCIASL is a Bi-Partisan group dedicated to the preservation and promotion of their shared Italian American heritage throughout New York State. The Legislator’s Conference employs its annual weekend meeting to meet and work closely with local Italian             American groups and organizations, and to help them to create and define an agenda to effectively further shared community goals. The Weekend Conference consists of workshops, panels, lectures, Film and other Artistic presentations,  Plenary Sessions and Scholarship Presentations to deserving and qualified young students. The Weekend traditionally culminates Monday evening with the “Festa Italiana,” the Capital Region’s largest “Street Fair”, held at the Troy Italian American Community Center in nearby Troy, N.Y. 
B.) Next ITALICS goes to a special lecture by the Honorable Guilio Terzi di Sant’Agata, Italian Ambassador to The United Nations. Ambassador Terzi di Sant’Agata’s lecture, “Responsibility to Protect-Toward a more compassionate International action. Italy’s past, present, and future role”, was presented to an invited audience at The Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America, at Montclair State University, in New Jersey. .

C.) Then ITALICS joins the North East Conference of Teachers of Foreign Languages at their annual meeting, recently held here in New York City. NECTFL is dedicated to the belief that all Americans should have the opportunity to learn and use English and one OTHER foreign language. 

Guest List

Richard Alba Professor, SUNY/Albany

Mary Jo Bona Professor, Stony Brook University/SUNY

Joseph Bruno Senator, New York State

Peter Cardelli NY State Senator

Ilaria Costa Executive Director, IACE

RoAnn Destito NY State Assemblywoman

Hon. Thomas P. DiNapoli New York State Comptroller

Fred Gardaphé Distinguished Professor of Italian American Studies, Queens College/CUNY

B. Thomas Golisano President, Paychex

Lucrezia Lindia President, AATI NY Chapter

Claudia Massimo Berns IACE

Renato Miracco Executive Director, Italian Cultural Inst-NYC

Dr. Berardo Paradiso President, IACE

Hon. Mark Schroeder NY State Assemblyman, NYCIASL

Cav. Anthony Julian Tamburri, PhD. Dean and Executive Director, The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute

Hon. Giulio Terzi di Sant'Agata Permanent Representative of Italy to The United Nations

Robert Viscusi Director/Wolfe Institute for the Humanities, Broeklundian Professor, Brooklyn College