-- Presentations Will Include An Overview of the Naples-New York Dynamic; Representations of Naples Via a Father-Son Relationship; and Neapolitan Poetry in the United States --
“L'oro di Napoli: All That Glitters Is Gold!” A cultural symposium on the
city of Naples, Italy. Free and open to the public.
The Honorable Luigi de Magistris, Mayor of Naples, as guest of honor.
Scholar and priest Gennaro Matino will explore the concept of “Naples
= New York”; Queens College Distinguished Professor Fred Gardaphé
will examine Naples and its representations via the father-son
relationship of writer Joseph Palaleo and painter William Papaleo;
Robert Viscusi, Brooklyn College professor and executive officer of the
Wolfe Institute for the Humanities, will discuss Neapolitan poetry in the
United States; and Hoftra University Professor Stan Pugliese will share
his latest research on the city of Naples.
6:00 – 8:30 pm
John D. Calandra Italian American Institute
25 West 43rd Street, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10036
Background: Rich in art, literature, and culture, Naples is often associated only with the negative attributes of a large city. This symposium is dedicated to Naples and its many splendors. The event will be moderated by Anthony Julian Tamburri, Dean of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute and a Queens College Distinguished Professor.
In 1978, New York State Senator John D. Calandra, then chairperson of the Italian Legislative Caucus, called for the creation of an Italian-American institute to address historical, sociological, political, and cultural issues. In 1995, the CUNY Board of Trustees officially designated the Institute as a university-wide research institute devoted to documenting and preserving the Italian-American experience, under the aegis of Queens College.