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This edition: Italian Heritage and Culture Month Special #4 2014

Episode Details

Original tape date: October 30, 2014.

First aired: October 30, 2014.

ITALICS celebrates its eighth season of four one-hour Special Episodes dedicated to Italian Heritage and Culture Month. This episode - the fourth and final of our 2014 series - highlights events throughout New York and the boroughs in celebration of Italian Heritage, amongst which the Columbus Day Parade in Manhattan – and an alternative in Staten Island: “From Rome to Richmond.” Mayor Bill de Blasio, in an evening at Gracie Mansion, talks about his Italian heritage. The Calandra Institute of Queens College/CUNY signs an agreement with the University of Calabria - bringing it full-circle! - and ILICA, the Italian Language Intercultural Alliance, celebrates its 10th Anniversary with “Italian Identity: the NEXT Generation” conference and gala dinner aboard a yacht.

Guest List

Maria Bartiromo Business Anchor, Fox News

Lidia Mattichio Bastianich Chef, Restaurateur

Nicola Bertinelli Entrepreneur

Frank Bisignano Chair, CEO, First Data Corporation

Salvatore J. Cassano Former FDNY Commissioner, New York Fire Department

Ph.D. Donna M. Chirico Professor & Acting Dean, Behavioral Sciences, York College/CUNY

Gino Mirocle Crisci Dean, Biology, Ecology, Earth Science, Università della Calabria

Andrew M. Cuomo Governor, New York State

Hon. Bill de Blasio Mayor/New York City

Fred Gardaphé Distinguished Professor of English and Italian American Studies, John D. Calandra Italian American Institute/Queens College/CUNY

Lucia Grillo Producer & Correspondent, "ITALICS" Calandra Institute, Queens College, CUNY

Marty Markowitz Former Brooklyn Borough President, Brooklyn Borough President (2002-2013)

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

Dr. Felix Matos Rodriguez President, Queens College/CUNY

Chirlane McCray First Lady/ New York City

Tony Miele Secretary, Italian Language Inter-Cultural Alliance/ILICA

Frank Monteleone Plasitic Surgeon, Winthrop-University Hospital/New York

Daniel A. Nigro New York City Fire Commissioner, New York Fire Department

James Oddo Staten Island Borough President

Gianpiero Pagliaro Corporate Office Manager, MSC

Robert M. Pignatello Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Hon. Natalia Quintavalle Consul General of Italy to New York, Italian Consulate in New York

Hon. Diane Savino New York State Senator

Cav. Uff. Joseph Sciame President & Chair, Italian Heritage & Culture Committee

Rosemary Serra Research Sociologist, University of Trieste

Michele Siracusano Co-Founder, Italian Language Inter-Cultural Alliance/ILICA

Valerie Smaldone Radio Personality

Dino Sorrentino Deputy Consul of Italy/New York

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

Vincent Tummino President & Ambassador, Columbia Association/FDNY