eNotizie – April 2015


It’ll Be Here in a New York Minute! NIAF New York Gala
No, really! It’s just seven days away! But it’s not too late to get your tickets for our NIAF New York Gala! We will be returning to the legendary Cipriani 42nd Street in the heart of the Big Apple on Wednesday, April 8.  Academy-award nominated actor and writer Chazz Palminteri will emcee the event, joined by actor Ralph Macchio Jr., best known for his roles in the “Karate Kid,” “My Cousin Vinny” and “The Outsiders.” Honorees include Westchester District Attorney Janet DiFiorie, a dual father-and-son award in real estate to Edward Riguardi and Peter Riguardi, WABC-7 News Anchor Ken Rosato and a posthumous honor for WABC-7 Reporter Lisa Colagrossi. For tickets, sponsorship information and more on the event, visit or contact Jerry Jones at 202-939-3102 or

Buy the new NIAF T-shirt!
The supporters have spoken! In March, to kick off the NIAF Spring Booster Campaign, NIAF put a few shirt designs up for a vote and here is the winner! Sport your Italian American pride and support a great cause, by purchasing your authentic, limited-edition NIAF T-shirt, designed by NIAF President John M. Viola, at Available in men’s, women’s and youth sizes. All proceeds from sales will benefit NIAF programs and scholarships. But, make sure you buy your shirt now, because the campaign ends April 30, at 11:59 p.m.!

Apply for NIAF Scholarships Now! Deadline April 30
Applications for scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year are now available online at Students must be of Italian heritage, have a GPA of at least 3.5, and be entering or already enrolled in college in the fall of 2015 to be eligible to apply. Deadline is April 30. Contact Gabriella Mileti, director of programs, at with questions.

Join NIAF Today!
NIAF-Staff-on-the-FloatEmbrace your family heritage and support the Italian American community by joining NIAF, whose core mission is to preserve Italian American heritage, to strengthen the ties that bind the United States and Italy, and support through scholarships, grants and other programs the education of new generations of Italian Americans. By joining, you not only will help us fulfill that mission but you’ll also enjoy many new member benefits, including:

  • Opportunities to network with prominent political and business leaders
  • Cultural and educational events
  • Access to NIAF’s member-only website pages
  • Annual subscription to NIAF’s Ambassador magazine
  • Discounts on NIAF merchandise
  • Great money-saving deals through NIAF’s partners, and much more!

To learn more about NIAF and its exciting new benefits, visit

Voyage of Discovery Alum?
Did you or someone you know participate in NIAF’s Voyage of Discovery or NIAF’s Gift of Discovery program in past years? If so, we’d love to hear from you! We’re creating an alumni database and we need your help! Please contact Gabriella Mileti, director of programs, at with your current contact information.


Summer Internship in Milan
Are you an Italian American college student interested in interning in Milan, Italy, during the summer of 2015? Build your resume and experience the Motherland with this once-in–a-lifetime opportunity! NIAF has teamed up with Career Paths in Milan and is offering an all-inclusive Italian job experience featuring an internship, accommodations, day trips to Italian cities, and more. Contact Gabriella Mileti, director of programs, at for more information.

Happening Tonight! Career Conversations for Young Professionals
On Wednesday, April 1, the National Organization of Italian American Women of Greater Washington, D.C. Region (NOIAW) and the Italian Club of the Washington College of Law of American University will host a career guidance and advice event for young professionals. It will feature Anita Bevacqua McBride, NIAF board member and executive-in-residence at American University, and Constance Morella, former Maryland U.S. congresswoman and ambassador-in-residence at American University. The event is located at the Washington College of Law, 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW, D.C., Room 600 on the 6th floor. Free to members; non-members $10; pre-registration is required at

NIAF on Facebook! Help us get to 100,000 likes!
Please take a look and “like” NIAF’s entertaining, engaging, informative and full-of-Italian-American-pride Facebook page. And those of you who regularly do, grazie for your support!

NIAF on Facebook is a rapidly growing online community with an insatiable appetite for news, views, recipes, and trivia—anything Italian, Italian American and NIAF! Plus, contests and free tickets to shows, concerts and events across the country! Easy to find at


Italian Book Club at Via Umbria
Italian imports and specialty store Via Umbria will host its monthly book club on Tuesday, April 7, at 7 p.m, at its Georgetown location at 1525 Wisconsin Ave. NW, D.C. The featured book this month is “Virgin Territory: Exploring the World of Olive,” by Nancy Harmon Jenkins, which is available at Via Umbria for purchase. RSVP to

Men of the Cloth — Colorado Premiere
“Men of the Cloth,” an inspiring film about three Italian master tailors with a passionate devotion to their trade, will have its Colorado premiere at The Dairy Center for the Arts, in Boulder, from Wednesday, April 8 through Saturday, April 11. The film received production grants and seed funding from NIAF and initially premiered at DOC NYC, the largest documentary film festival in the United States. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit

April at the John D. Calandra Institute
The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute at Queens College/CUNY in New York City will present “Italian Scientific Migration to the United States after the 1938 Racial Laws,” on Wednesday, April 8, at 6 p.m. This presentation, by University of Naples “L’Orientale” Professor Alessandra Gissi, will challenge the idea that the Italian scientific wave was simply an exile or an escape.

On Thursday, April 9, at 6 p.m., the Institute will host “An evening with Italian Writers: Carmine Abate and Amara Lakhous.” The event will be moderated by Anthony Julian Tamburri, dean of the Institute.

On Tuesday, April 21, at 6 p.m., the Institute will present, “Editoria e lettura oggi in Italia,” which explores the state of the book publishing world in Italy today. The lecture, which will be in Italian, features Marco Santoro, professor at the University “Suor Orsola Benincasa” in Naples.

On Friday, April 24, and Saturday, April 25, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., the Institute will host the annual conference, “Bambini, Ragazzi, Giovani: Children and Youth in the Italian Diaspora. For the full conference program, please visit  All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit The Italian Cultural Institute is located at 686 Park Avenue, New York, N.Y.

Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò at New York University
On Thursday, April 2, at 6:30 p.m., the Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, at New York University, will present “Grounds of Reclamation: Fascism in the Pontine Marshes,” a lecture by Brown University Suzanne Stewart-Steinberg. The lecture offers a new point of view on the founding of New Towns as part of Mussolini’s attempts to remake Italy.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information and a full calendar of events, visit

Center for Italian Studies at Stony Brook University
On Wednesday, April 8, at 2:30 p.m., Duke University Professor Erasmo Castellani will present “Troubled Correspondence: How Venice Communicated with Constantinople,” at Stony Brook University’s Center for Italian Studies at the Frank Melville Memorial Library, Room E4340.

On Tuesday, April 14, at 4 p.m., Stony Brook Music Department doctoral student, Alicia Valoti will perform viola works by Italian violinist-composer Bartolomeo Campagnoli and host a dialogue on the Italian composer at the Frank Melville Memorial Library, Room E4340.

On Wednesday, April 25, at 1 p.m., the Center will host a screening of the movie “The Garden of Redemption,” and a subsequent talk with SCCC Professor Dr. Anthony Di Franco, who authored the original story on which the film is based, at the Frank Melville Memorial Library, Room E4340. All events are free and open to the public. For a full calendar of events, please visit

The Center is expanding its 2015 Italian language classes for children, ages 3-5. Beginning April 15, there will be 10 classes on Tuesdays, from 4:15-5:15 p.m. Cost per each 10-class session is $100. For additional information and to enroll your child, please call 631-632-7444. 

Piero di Cosimo
The first major retrospective exhibition ever of paintings by the imaginative Italian Renaissance master Piero di Cosimo is on display at the National Gallery of Art, in Washington, D.C., through May 3. The exhibit, “Piero di Cosimo: The Poetry of Paintings in Renaissance Florence,” showcases some 44 of the artist’s most compelling works. For more information, visit

A celebration of the Life of Isabella Colbran
On April 10 and 11, at 8 p.m., Divaria Productions in collaboration with the Sheen Center will present “Señora/Signora Rossini: A celebration of the life of Isabella Colbran,” at the Sheen Center in New York City. The multidisciplinary theatrical piece tells the story of opera diva Isabella Colbran, toast of the opera stages of Europe in the early 19th century, who became the wife of Italian opera composer Giaoacchino Rossini. For more information and tickets, visit

AIAE 17th Annual Awards and Scholarship Gala
The Association of Italian American Educators (AIAE) will hold its annual gala on Sunday, April 19, from 3-8 p.m., at the Chateau Briand, at 440 Old Country Road, Carle Place, Long Island, N.Y. The gala is AIAE’s major fundraising event and constitutes the basis of financial support for all programs. For more information and tickets, please visit

Screenwriting Retreat
How much writing would you do away from your daily routine and pressures, inspired by one of the most beautiful places on earth and supported by industry experts? Find out by participating in PageCraft’s Screenwriting Retreat in Orvieto, Italy, June 14-27, where you’ll take part in writer’s room-style classes, practical mini-lessons and one-to-one consultations. For more information and to register, visit 

Everybody Loves Italian! On the radio!
Join hosts Frank Granieri and Dominic Mevoli to celebrate the everyday Italian American family and experience, plus interviews with personalities, stories, recipes and more! Sundays 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. on WWDB 860 AM Philadelphia; and streaming worldwide! Find and “like” them on Facebook at For more information, visit:

Turn on Italics TV
What’s new in Italics? Kay Turner and Chris Cuomo discuss Madonna, the “Material Girl,” as an Italian American woman; an interview with Valerie Smaldone; and more!

For monthly cable-TV programming for the Italian American community, tune in to Italics, the Italian American TV magazine, produced by The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute at Queens College in New York and hosted by Anthony J. Tamburri, dean of The Calandra Institute. Check your local New York and New York State cable-TV listings for Italics, or find it on CUNY-TV website (, and on demand on the YouTube channel (, and Facebook (

Tune in!
Listen to Bel Paese Internet Radio! A program for Italian American communities across the United States and Canada, it runs from 8 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily and features Italian music, sports and community news. Visit on your computer, mobile device, iPad or internet radio. 

Shop at AmazonSmile and Support NIAF!
Now, when you shop online at Amazon, a portion of your purchase price can support the work of NIAF! Simply, go to and select the National Italian American Foundation as your charity of choice and the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5 percent of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to NIAF. AmazonSmile offers the same selection and low prices as Amazon and customers can still use their Amazon Account, the only difference is customers are now also donating to a great cause! 

Recoup—Shopping for Your Cause!
Raise funds to support NIAF’s mission while shopping for great deals on everything from dining specials to travel deals. Just register for free at Recoup, choose your city for location-specific deals, then shop by the type of deal you want. When you purchase something, a portion of the proceeds goes to your designated nonprofit group. Please designate NIAF! It’s like Groupon and Living Social, except while helping yourself, you’re also helping your charitable cause. Get started at 

Read Diplomatic Courier      
Interested in global affairs and foreign policy? The Diplomatic Courier is an independent magazine that covers all that and more. In the March/April 2015 issue: International Women’s Day 2015; Feeding the Plant, Empowering Women; The New Sino-Iranian Security Axis; Tor and Bitcoin; Cyber Quantifiable Restrictions; Interviews with Ambassadors La Celia Prince and Laurie Fulton; The Future of Manufacturing; and More! Look for the new issue on newsstands or at


Pat-Harrison Congratulations to NIAF Vice Chair and Corporation for Public Broadcasting President and CEO Patricia de Stacy Harrison, who will be part of an esteemed panel of speakers at the upcoming Business Luncheon Roundtable Benefitting Abused Women and Girls, “Women in the Media Who Meditate.” The event, hosted by David Lynch Foundation Women’s Health and Anti-Violence Initiative will take place Thursday, April 16, 12-2:30 p.m., at 583 Park Avenue, New York City, N.Y. For more information on the event, please visit
Manganiello Congratulations to NIAF member Alfred M. Manganiello on the publication of his book “Ravioli Rules: A Manager’s Guide to Get the Workplace Cooking,” which shares his experience of relationship building, customer service excellence and employee engagement in a whimsical and witty way, using Ravioli making as the teacher. Available in paperback from and at
DiFulgo Congratulations to NIAF member Dr. J. Robert DiFulgo on the publication of his new novel “Titanic’s Resurrected Secret – HEW.” The author of the 2009 novel “The Invisible Moon,” DiFulgo has now written a post-RMS Titanic mystery in which his main character, Alexei J. Dante, obsessively unravels a 100-year-old secret of a Titanic victim’s identity. Available at and

Celebrating 70 years of excellence in travel to Italy! Perillo Tours: An Italian American Institution!

Perillo Tours was born in 1945 when Italian American immigrant Joseph Perillo opened a small storefront under the Third Avenue El in the Bronx. Perillo Tours was continued by Mario Perillo (better known as “Mr. Italy”), who perfected the art of affordable luxury travel programs to Italy and developed a strong awareness of the Italian American community.

Presently under the direction Steve Perillo, Perillo’s third generation, the company remains committed to creating once in a lifetime journeys to Italy through Perillo Tours’ fully escorted tours, Perillo Tours custom groups and

Join NIAF and Perillo Tours on a once in a lifetime Italian vacation experience. Enjoy the country’s dramatic highlights including history, culture and cuisine. Packages are available for individual and group travel, destination weddings and honeymoons, and tailored escorted tours. We look forward to introducing you to authentic Italy!

For NIAF Members Only: Book any Perillo Tours or program (a $2500 value per couple) and receive $100 per person. Promo Code: NIAF

For additional information and bookings:
800-431-1515 800-431-1515
800-ITALY-25 800-ITALY-25

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