Italics The Italian American Television Experience



– NIAF’s 38th Anniversary Gala in Washington, D.C.
– John Viola, NIAF President & COO
– Frank J. Guarini, NIAF Chair Emeritus & Fmr. U.S. Congressman
– ILICA CE Annual Conference and Gala
– New videos up on our ItalicsTV YouTube Channel
– Announcements for New York City students
– Lisa and Lori Brigantino perform in the East Village, NYCThis episode of ITALICS premieres Wednesday, November 27th, at 10:00 am, 3:00 pm & 11:00 pm; and is rebroadcastSaturday, November 30th at 8:00 pm & Sunday, December 1st at 10:00 am on CUNY-TV, Ch.75 and RCN, Ch.77 in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, & The Bronx.

 ITALICS Correspondent Lucia Grillo

On this episode of ITALICS, Television for the Italian American Experience, host Dr. Anthony Julian Tamburri

talks with John Viola, President & COO of NIAF, the National Italian American Foundation; we’ll take you to Washington D.C., for NIAF’s 38th Anniversary Gala; catch up with NIAF Chair Emeritus and Former U.S. Congressman, Frank J. Guarini; take you to ILICA’s Annual Conference and Gala in New York City; make some exciting announcements for New York City students; and bring you music from sisters Lisa and Lori Brigantino.

 We’ll take you to Washington D.C., for NIAF’s 38th Anniversary Gala, where, under Mr. Viola’s initiative, some new and exciting events have been added, such as “Come Fly with Me,” Las Vegas-style Casino Night. Italics correspondent Lucia Grillo reports from the ballroom of the Washington Hilton – talking with honorees, the notable MCs, and celebrated guests – including Mike Piazza, Maria Bartiromo, Paul Sorvino, George Randazzo – and more! –  at the VIP reception.

The weekend included some insightful panels, amongst which, theItalian American Studies Association’s “Elections: When (and Where) Italian Americans Make a Difference” and “NIAF: Ieri, oggi, domani,” a lively discussion about the state of the Italian American community. Both these panels are available in their entirety, on our YouTube channel, ItalicsTV.


Joining us at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, John Viola, COO of the National Italian American Foundation talks with hostDr. Anthony J. Tamburri about the future of NIAF and Italian American Culture in the U.S.

NIAF President & COO, John Viola

Between the panels and festivities of the NIAF weekend, we caught up with NIAF Chair Emeritus and Former U.S. Congressman Frank J. Guarini, who talks with Anthony J. Tamburri about NIAF’s legacy, the state of politics, and the growing number of Italian Americans in prominent political positions, as well as Mr. Guarini’s own philanthropy and his dedication to education.

NIAF Chair Emeritus and Former U.S. Congressman, Frank J. Guarini

ILICA’s Annual Conference and Gala were held on November 7th and 8th. Lucia Grillo speaks with Vincenzo Marra, President and Founder of ILICA, and this year’s honorees.


As we close this month’s episode of ITALICS, enjoy the music of sisters Lisa and Lori Brigantino, from their recent gig in New York City’s East Village.


Mark your calendars and tune in to ITALICS special holiday episodeairing December 25th! ITALICS‘ first-ever culinary segment – featuring traditional Italian-American and Italian holiday meals, including centuries-old recipes that mirror contemporary meals catered to the health- and environmentally-conscious! Lucia Grillo brings us into the kitchens of acclaimed food historian Francine Segan, up-and-coming vegan chef Jay Astafa, and others.


Watch previous editions of ITALICS on demand at and additional episodes on our YouTube ChannelItalicsTV.


New on ItalicsTV: two events from the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute Autumn 2013 Series. Fred Gardaphe sits down with author Christopher Castellani, who reads from his latest book, “All This Talk Of Love.” Dr. Joseph Sciorra talks with prodcuer Todd Cambio, playing selections from “Paese Mio Bello,” a double-CD compilation of early 20th Century U.S. recordings of Italian music.






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