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October 19, 2011

A Ph.D. in Basket Weaving

Joseph Sciorra
Folklorist Joseph Sciorra, Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania, 1996), holding Italian-American immigrant Vincenzo Ancona’s Sicilian-style basket made in Castellammare del Golfo (Trapani), Sicily in 1985.

Italian-American anti-intellectualism rears its ugly little head again.

September 21, 2011

Whose Day Is It Anyway?

Joseph Sciorra
Diane di Prima

Poet Diana di Prima offers alternative Italian-American heroes to Columbus.

July 6, 2011

The Death of Jimmy Roselli

Joseph Sciorra
Jimmy Roselli (1925-2011)

Family and fans say goodbye to a voice of a generation.

May 9, 2011

Benefit Concert for Calandra Institute, June 10th

Joseph Sciorra

John Giorno, Vic Ruggiero, Penny Arcade, and John La Barbera to perform in support of the Calandra Institute.

May 5, 2011

Talking Folklore

Joseph Sciorra

Over the next several months, I will be presenting the book Italian Folk in venues throughout the New York metropolitan area.

March 22, 2011

The Italian-American Political & Moral Bocce Club of Paradise's Inaugural Annual Spring Fling Dinner Dance, Gala, and Reception

Joseph Sciorra
Bocce Monument, Toluca, Illinois

A very real event parodying surreal phenomena of the Italian-American kind.

March 17, 2011

Rethinking 150 Years

Joseph Sciorra
Garibaldi's cold shoulder.

The living links between Italian unification and Italian emigration.

March 1, 2011

The Secret History of Italian Americans on TV

Joseph Sciorra
Del Floria’s Tailor Shop, The Man From U.N.C.L.E (1964-1968).

Pausing the flickering image of the cathode ray tube.

February 21, 2011

Craftsmanship Documented

Joseph Sciorra
The Metropolitan Musuem of Art
Mandolins (detail), New York, circa 1900, crafted by Angelo Mannello (1858-1922).

Italian Americans at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

February 12, 2011

The Italian-American Political & Moral Bocce Club of Paradise Funds the Documentary Film Baci Bocce!!!

Joseph Sciorra
A frame from Guido Anselmi’s film "BACI BOCCE!!!"

While other organizations complain incessantly about negative media images of Italian Americans, the Italian-American Political & Moral Bocce Club of Paradise is taking the...