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Professor Anthony Julian Tamburri Appointed Dean Of John D. Calandra Italian American Institute
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FLUSHING, NY, April 25, 2006 – Following a national search, Professor Anthony Julian Tamburri has been selected as the dean of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute of Queens College of the City University of New York, effective August 15. A prominent scholar of Italian and Italian American Studies, Professor Tamburri is a Professor of Italian and Comparative Studies as well as Associate Dean for Research, Graduate and Interdisciplinary Programs at Florida Atlantic University.

“I am delighted that our search has produced an individual who possesses the outstanding scholarly and administrative experience required for this important position,” says Queens College President James Muyskens. He and CUNY Trustee John J. Calandra, son of the late State Senator for whom the Institute was named, co-chaired the search committee. “Under Professor Tamburri’s leadership, we expect the Calandra Institute will advance and expand its mission and achieve new levels of success.”

"Dr. Tamburri brings an impressive blend of scholarly work, administrative experience, and a commitment to community leadership to this vitally important position,” says Trustee Calandra. “His excellent educational credentials will serve him especially well in sustained outreach to the many constituencies of the Institute, including elected officials and community leaders. We need to work vigorously to further encourage appreciation of the essential role the Institute must play in articulating and highlighting the voice and heritage of the Italian American community."

Says CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein: "I am pleased to commend President Muyskens, Trustee Calandra, and the entire Search Committee for its diligence and exemplary work. We join with all the members of the community in welcoming Dr. Tamburri to Queens College and The City University of New York."

“The Calandra Institute is one of a kind,” observes Professor Tamburri. “It has played a significant role for Italian Americans in general and in the intellectual world as, among other things, a type of ‘think tank.’ We are now at the next intellectual stage of affairs for Italian Americana. I am flattered and honored to be given this challenge and opportunity as the Institute’s dean.”

Anthony Julian Tamburri holds undergraduate and advanced degrees in Italian. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley (Spanish minor); M.A. from Middlebury College, and B.S. from Southern Connecticut State College. At Florida Atlantic University, he served as chair of the Department of Languages and Linguistics from 2000-2003, and was subsequently promoted to the Associate Dean position. In this capacity, Prof. Tamburri is responsible for three Ph.D. programs and Study Abroad. Before moving to Florida, Professor Tamburri served at Purdue University for 13 years, achieving full professorship as Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature and serving for ten years as chair, Section of Asian Languages, Classics, and Italian. Previous academic experience includes teaching at Auburn University, Middlebury College, and Smith College.

A prolific author, Professor Tamburri has published many books in English and Italian, including To Hyphenate or not to Hyphenate: the Italian/American Writer: Or, An Other American?; A Reconsideration of Aldo Palazzeschi’s Poetry; A Semiotic of Ethnicity: In (Re)cognition of the Italian/American Writer; Italian/American Short Films & Videos; and A Semiotic of Re-reading: Guido Gozzano, Aldo Palazzeschi, and Italo Calvino. He has also edited scores of articles and journals and is co-founder of the non-profit Bordighera Incorporated, which owns Bordighera Press and publishes two national journals on Italian American literature and culture. He has received many grants for Italian teaching, conferences, publications, and research from such entities as the Italian Consulate of Miami, National Italian American Foundation, Frank Stanley Beveridge Foundation, and Sonia Raiziss-Giop Foundation. Professional memberships include the American Italian Historical Association, of which he is currently president; American Association of Teachers of Italian; National Italian American Foundation; Modern Language Association of America; and Semiotics Society of America. This month, Professor Tamburri received the Association of Italian American Educators Award for promotion of Italian culture.

Born in Stamford, Connecticut, where he grew up, Professor Tamburri is married to New Jersey native Maria Tamburri. “We look forward to returning East,” he says.

The primary purpose of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute is to foster higher education among Italian Americans. This mission is carried out by:

Conducting and sponsoring empirical, theoretical and analytical research which will expand, deepen, and strengthen critical understanding of the Italian American experience.
Serving as a central clearing house for the dissemination of research to academia, government, industry and the civic community.
Organizing conferences, lectures, seminars and symposia on the Italian American experience.
Operating specialized counseling programs in areas of outreach, articulation and student retention at CUNY.
Administering an Exchange Program between CUNY and Italian public universities.
Maintaining a resource library of printed material as well as videos pertaining to the Italian American experience.
Working in collaboration with the Italian American Museum project to help maximize the development and impact of this important initiative.
Maintaining up-dated listings of Italian American students and faculty at CUNY as well as faculty, academic scholars and professionals at other universities.
Providing a Speakers Bureau for students, faculty and community groups on topics relevant to the Italian American experience.
Producing and distributing a television program, informational in nature, geared to the Italian American community.

The Calandra Institute seeks to accomplish its mission through its research unit, Career Counseling Center, Academic and Cultural Programs, outreach programs, resource library, Columbus CUNY/ITALY Exchange Program and various community projects.

Members of the Search Committee included James L. Muyskens (Co-Chair), President of Queens College of The City University of New York; John J. Calandra (Co-Chair), litigation partner with the law firm of McDermott, Will and Emery; Joseph Sciame, Vice President for Community Relations at St. John’s University; Joseph Grano, Chairman and CEO of Centurion Holdings, LLC; Betty Santangelo, a partner with the law firm of Schulte Roth & Zabel, LLP; Regina Peruggi, President of Kingsborough Community College of The City University of New York; James Periconi, an attorney who practices environmental law at his own firm in Manhattan, Periconi, LLC; Eugenia Paulicelli, Professor in the Italian Program in the Department of European Languages and Literatures at Queens College; Douglas Muzzio, Co-Director of the Center for Transition and Leadership in Government, Baruch College School of Public Affairs; and New York State Assemblyman Ron Canestrari.


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