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September 24, 2014

Loyola University Chicago Campaign to Create Endowed Prof of IA Studies surpasses 80% of goal

Dominic Candeloro
Campaign for Italian American Studies at Loyola University Chicago September 18 Tony Fornelli, Fr. Regan, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Mike Veselka, past president of Unico National, Dominic Candeloro, and Art Lurigio, Assoc. Dean for Faculty---College of Arts and Science. Veselka presents first installment of Unico's $25,000 pledge. This puts us over $400,000 of the $500,000 goal

For University people, the best way to preserve and promote Italian American culture/history is is through endowment. We in Chicago have been very fortunate to have Loyola...

April 17, 2014

H-ItAm Resurrected as a web-based discussion/announcement forum

Dominic Candeloro
After almost 20 years H-ItAm has a new look and new protocol.

H-itam is back as a website based site to exchange academic announcements, discussion, job posts etc. Subscribers can post directly to the site for approval by the editor. ...

February 2, 2014

Loyola IA Studies Endowment Project: We’re Halfway There! Help Us Get Over the Top!

Dominic Candeloro
LUC Brochure
Loyola University Chicago has been growing exponentially in the past 10 years.

The objective is to endow a professorship dedicated to teaching, researching, publishing, and conducting community outreach focused on the history and culture of Italians in...

August 19, 2013

Tom Dreesen on behalf of Italian American Studies at Loyola University Chicago

Dominic Candeloro
Standup comedian Tom Dreesen became famous for his appearances on the Tonight Show and his work as the opening act for Frank Sinatra

Standup comedian Tom Dreesen explains the important of preserving Italian American culture with an endowed professorship at Loyola University Chicago.

April 29, 2013

Loyola University Chicago-Casa Italia Partnership: Anatomy of a Dream Project

Dominic Candeloro
Fra Noi May 2013
The Campaign for an endowed chair in Italian American Studies at Loyola University Chicago was launched with a feature article in Fra Noi "Rising to the Challenge." The slogan "Your Past Deserves a Future," says it all.

We hit it off perfectly. There was complete understanding and agreement on the need to preserve and promote Italian American culture AND on the role that Loyola could play. We...

February 22, 2013

Casa Italia and Loyola University Chicago Partner to Preserve Italian American History and Culture

Dominic Candeloro
historian Dominic Candeloro, former Chicago Heights Mayor Angelo Ciambrone, Casa Italia Executive Director Vito D’Ambrosio, attorney and Fra Noi publisher Anthony J. Fornelli, Loyola assistant director of development Abby Leng, Metropolitan Planning Council project manager Marisa Novara, City of Chicago chief technology officer John Tolva, Casa Italia chair and president of Turano Baking Company, Tony Turano, and Senator Renato Turano,null

Loyola University Chicago President and CEO Michael Garazini, SJ, has offered to match community donations to create and endowed professorship of Italian American Studies

May 23, 2012

Update on Casa Italia Chicago Library/Archives--LISTEN TO Oral histories while you read the transcipts

Dominic Candeloro
A collage of some of the 6500 publications on file in the Casa Italia Library. The volumes are cataloged online a Library Thing at

We have made good progress in putting materials from the Casa Italia library online and we are continuing to add to the site. Give us a visit.

March 2, 2012

“La Storia---Researching Italian Women in Chicago"

Dominic Candeloro

Our goal is to preserve and illuminate the full story of what it was like to be an Italian woman in Chicago over the decades and over the generations. The time has come for us to...

October 13, 2011

Our New Book: Reconstructing Italians in Chicago--Thirty Authors in Search of Roots and Branches

Dominic Candeloro
Cover of the new book edited by Gardaphe' & Candeloro

New book that originated as the proceedings of a 2008 conference has expanded into an Anthology/Sampler of the best writing about Chicago Italians. The book is dedicated to the...

February 5, 2010

Come on, people! Don't Get Sidetracked Trashing Each Other

Dominic Candeloro

It is indeed ironic that the Jersey Shore TV show not only negatively stereotypes Italian Americans, but that it has Italian American leaders and scholars at war with each...

November 24, 2009

Art Treasures of Casa Italia Chicago

Dominic Candeloro
John Cadel’s”The Emigrants” is the signature painting in the art gallery which bears his name at the Italian Cultural Center of Casa Italia in Stone Park (Chicago).

John Cadel’s”The Emigrants” is the signature painting in the art gallery which bears his name. Cadel taught at the Art Institute of Chicago and was a prolific book...

November 11, 2009

Reflections on "A Dream... per non dimenticare"

Dominic Candeloro
The art of Meo Carbone illuminates the cover of the Catalog for the 2005 exhibit "The Dream...per non dimenticare."

Candeloro reflects on the 2005 " Dream...per non dimenticare" exhibit in the light of Joseph Tusiani's famous poem on preserving the memories of Italian immigrants.

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