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This edition: October Italian Heritage & Culture Month 2011

Episode Details

Original tape date: October 25, 2011.

First aired: October 26, 2011.

First on ITALICS we join the thousands of people lining Fifth Avenue celebrating Italian Heritage and Culture at the 67th Annual New York City Columbus Day Parade. The Annual Parade, sponsored by The Columbus Citizen’s Foundation, features 35,000 Marchers lead by Grand Marshall Joseph J. Plumeri, Philanthropist & Business Executive. We’ll join the Italics Cameras Crews from all over 5th Avenue as they document all the color, action, marching bands and Dean Anthony J. Tamburri and as he talks with Italian and Italian American Political, Business and Community Leaders along with other well known Celebrities.

Next on ITALICS, we’ll go to a symposium entitled, “Italian American Mental Health : Research and Praxis”, held recently at the Calandra Institute. The Symposium was the second in a series exclusively developed by the Professional Counselors at the Calandra Institute.There is an increasing recognition that self-identification with regard to race and ethnicity exerts a critical influence on psychological development both in the pathways seen as available to the individual and the choices made as a result. Italian Americans face an unusual challenge in their ability to decipher these identity codes because of their muddled historical racial/ethnic categorization. It is further the case that systematic discrediting of the chosen identity matrix can have a devastating effect on identity development and psychological well being. The implications of these factors on emergent identity and the need for identity validation will be discussed. A Panel of Three Clinicia ns will examine their psychotherapeutic work with three different Italian American clients. Associate Professor Donna Chirico of York College/ CUNY presents the Keynote presentation; “The Importance of Self-Identification in a Multi-Ethnic Social Environment.”

Guest List

Hon. Peter Abbate Treasurer, New York Conference of Italian American State Legislators

Dominick Carielli Calandra Inst./Queens College/CUNY

Donna M. Chirico, Ph.D. Keynote Speaker, York College/CUNY

Hon. Mario Cuomo Former Governor , State of New York

Hon. Bill DiBlasio Public Advocate New York City

Hon. Thomas P. DiNapoli New York State Comptroller

Frank G. Fusaro President, Columbus Citizen’s Foundation

Joseph Grosso Calandra Inst./Queens College/CUNY

Cav. Vincenzo Marra President & Founder, Italian Language Inter-Cultural Alliance/ILICA

Christie Mattio President Emeritus, UNICO

Hon. Natalia Quintavalle Consul General of Italy to New York

Hon. Diane Savino New York State Senator( D-23rd SD)

Hon. Charles E. Schumer United States Senator (D-NY).

Cav. Uff. Joseph Sciame President/Chairman, Italian Heritage and Culture Month Committee

Louis Tallerini Chairman, Columbus Citizen’s Foundation

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

Ph.D. Anthony F. Tasso Fairleigh Dickinson University

Hon. Giulio Terzi di Sant'Agata The Ambassador of Italy to The United States

MA Jennifer L. Tursi Trinitas Regional Medical Center

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