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This edition: Rocco Sisto & Shakespeare's Italy, learn Italian, NIAF Gala

Episode Details

Original tape date: November 18, 2014.

First aired: November 26, 2014.

On this episode of “Italics: Television for the Italian American Experience,” award-winning actor Rocco Sisto joins us in our studio to talk “Shakespeare’s Italy.” Self-described “despotic teacher-diva” Professor Margherita stops by to teach us the ABCs of speaking Italian. The 39th Annual NIAF Gala in Washington D.C. kicks off with Casino Night and a performance by Louis Prima, Jr. and the Witnesses, plus the weekend’s conferences and panels, and we catch up with honoree, actor John Turturro, at the VIP Reception. The Calandra Institute presents the book launch of “Embroidered Stories” and Bordighera Press celebrates its 25th Anniversary!

Guest List

Prof. Margherita

B. Amore Artist

Hon. Capri Cafaro Senator, US Senate

John Calvelli Executive Vice President, Wildlife Conservation Society; National Italian American Foundation (NIAF)

Laura Caparrotti Artistic Director, Kairos Italy Theater

Rose Capotorto Poet

Joseph Del Raso Chairman, National Italian American Foundation (NIAF)

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

Daniela Gioseffi Poet/Activist

Edvige Giunta

George Guida

Patricia de Stacy Harrison Executive President & CEO, Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB)

Annie Lanzilotto Poet

John Maggio Filmmaker, Ark Media

Stephen Massimilla Poet

Joe Piscopo Actor/Comedian

Dr. Joseph Sciorra, Ph.D. Associate Director of Academic and Cultural Programs/Folklorist, Calandra Institute, Queens College, CUNY

Rocco Sisto Actor

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

Prof. Mary Anne Trasciatti Chair, Triangle Fire Memorial Comm.

John Turturro Actor

John Viola Chief Operating Officer, National Italian American Foundation

Robert Viscusi Poet

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