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This edition: November 2009

Episode Details

Original tape date: November 9, 2009.

First on ITALICS, we join The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute as they celebrate the Institute’s 30th Anniversary. The event was hosted by Matthew Goldstein, Chancellor of CUNY, James Muyskens, President of Queens College, John J. Calandra Esq., Son of the Late Senator John D. Calandra, namesake of The Institute, and Anthony J. Tamburri, Dean and Executive Director of The Calandra Institute. The Honorable Mario Cuomo, Former Governor of the State of New York, and Matilda Raffa Cuomo, Former New York State First Lady, were both honored by the Institute for their lifetime of work and support for the community. Senator Diane Savino was also honored for her many efforts in supporting education in the New York State Senate and Legislature. Past Directors of The Institute, Staff, Friends and Family joined other distinguished members of the Tri-State Italian American Community in celebration of The Institute and its contributions in its 30 years. The Ceremony was held at the offices of McDermott, Will & Emery LLP, in Mid-Town Manhattan.

Guest List

John J. Calandra Esq. Former CUNY Trustee

Hon. Mario Cuomo Former Governor , State of New York

Mrs. Matilda Raffa Cuomo Founder, Mentoring USA

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

Hon. Joseph Giamboi Supreme Court Justice, State of New York

Chanc. Matthew Goldstein Chancellor, City University of New York/CUNY

Lucia Grillo Italics Correspondent

Dr. James Muyskens President, Queen’s College/CUNY

Dr. Joseph V. Scelsa President, Italian American Museum

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