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CUNY Names Italian Studies Scholar Anthony Julian Tamburri Queens College's 15th Distinguished Professor

FLUSHING, NY, July 9, 2014 − Professor Anthony Julian Tamburri, dean of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute of Queens College/CUNY, was named Distinguished Professor by the City University of New York Board of Trustees at its June 30 meeting, effective September 1.

Dean Tamburri is internationally recognized for his scholarly contributions to Italian and Italian American Studies, as well as for his theoretical writings on cultural studies and textual interpretation. He has edited 20 volumes and authored 14 books. Among the most recent are Re-Reading Italian Americana (2014), called “a landmark in the field,” and the critically praised Re-viewing Italian Americana: Generalities and Specificities on Cinema (2011). His articles have appeared in the most prestigious professional journals in the United States, Italy, and Canada.
Only a select few, by virtue of their scholarship and commitment to teaching, attain the status of CUNY Distinguished Professor. Tamburri is QC’s 15th distinguished professor, and the first in his department, European Languages and Literature, to achieve this title.
“I am both honored and humbled to be recognized as a Distinguished Professor by the City University of New York,” said Tamburri. “What makes this truly special is, first of all, that it has its origins at the level of peer evaluation--my colleagues at Queens College. That the nomination was then re-considered and approved by a university-wide committee of Distinguished Professors is an even higher honor. One could not ask for greater validation of one’s work.”
Since his 2006 arrival at Queens College as dean of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Tamburri has greatly increased the public and research profile of the Institute, which now stretches to Italy. The Institute administers both faculty exchange and cooperative research projects there; most recently, the Rockefeller Foundation awarded the Institute a grant for a workshop that took place in Bellagio, with the goal of exploring the expansion of Italian American Studies both in Italy and in the United States. Anthony J. Tamburri

Soon after taking the helm as dean, Tamburri began an annual international conference, now in its eighth year, which has drawn participants from the Americas, Italy, France, South Africa, and Australia. He is co-founder of the Italian/American Digital Project, which produces a website, a magazine, and a weekly TV show. The Institute has also launched two book series and now publishes a peer-reviewed social-science journal, the Italian American Review.
Together with Drs. Fred Gardaphè (Queens College) and Paolo Giordano (University of Central Florida), Tamburri co-founded Bordighera Press, which over the past quarter century has published more than 150 volumes of Italian-American poetry, fiction, and essays, as well as the biannual journal Voices in Italian Americana. Over the course of his career, he has organized or co-organized more than 30 international conferences on Italian, Italian American, and Cultural Studies, many of which have resulted in published volumes. He is the past president of the American Association of Teachers of Italian and also served as president of the Italian American Studies Association.
Tamburri’s many awards and recognitions include being named Distinguished Alumnus for 2000 by Southern Connecticut State University. In 2010, he received the Italian Language Inter-Cultural Alliance's Frank Stella Person of the Year Award, and in that same year, the government of Italy conferred upon him the honor of Knight, Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (Cavaliere dell'Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana). In 2012, he received The Lehman-LaGuardia Award for Civic Achievement from the Commission for Social Justice Order Sons of Italy (New York State) in America and B'nai B'rith International (Metro-North Region) and also was voted into the Order of Merit of Savoy as Cavaliere.
A resident of Manhattan, Tamburri joins the ranks of the college’s 14 other Distinguished Professors: Robert Bittman (Chemistry), Joshua Freeman (History), Fred Gardaphè (English), Azriel Genack (Physics), Kimiko Hahn (English), Jeffrey Halperin (Psychology), Samuel Heilman (Sociology), George Hendrey (Earth & Environmental Sciences), Yunping Jiang (Mathematics), Richard McCoy (English), Pyong Gap Min (Sociology), Carl Riskin (Economics), Morris Rossabi (History), and Stephen Steinberg (Urban Studies).
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