eNotizie - November 2013
NIAF Anniversary Gala


NIAF Anniversary Gala Review!
If you were at NIAF's 38th Anniversary Gala a week ago, you'll want to take a look at the Gala review and slideshow on the NIAF website at And, if you weren't there, you'll want to see what you missed! There's always next year!

NIAF 2013 Photo Contest Winners!
If you haven't seen the remarkable winning photographs from our 2013 "Italianità" Photo Contest on our Facebook posts or website, please visit

Out of hundreds of photo entries, the First Place Winner was Marianna Manganiello of Mt. Vernon, N.Y., who submitted a photo she took in Rome last year titled "My Very Own Geppetto." NIAF flew Marianna and her guest, her brother Verderico Manganiello, to Washington last weekend for the Anniversary Gala's events!

Congratulations to Marianna, and to all the contest winners! Thanks to all of you who submitted entries. And watch for the announcement of the 2014 NIAF Photo Contest next spring!

Apply Now for NIAF Scholarships and Voyage of Discovery
Applications for scholarships for the 2014/2015 academic year are available online starting Nov. 1, at Students must be of Italian heritage, have a GPA of at least 3.5, and be entering or already enrolled in college in the fall of 2014 to be eligible to apply. Applications for the 2014 Voyage of Discovery are available online starting Nov. 1, at Students must be of Italian heritage and be enrolled in college in the spring of 2014 to be eligible to apply. Contact Alexandra Dall, director of programs, at or 202-939-3118 with questions.

Voyage of Discovery Alum?
Did you or someone you know participate in NIAF's Voyage of Discovery or NIAF's Gift of Discovery program in past years? If so, we'd love to hear from you! We're creating an alumni database and we need your help! Please contact Alexandra Dall, director of programs, at with your current contact information.

Next in Ambassador Magazine: Untraditional Italian Holiday Cuisine!
Don't miss the upcoming, holiday-spirited issue of Ambassador Magazine! In the spirit of the holidays, celebrity chefs give readers some of their favorite untraditional Italian recipes for entertaining during the holiday season! So you don't receive Ambassador magazine? It's a member benefit when you join NIAF. Visit for more information.

Celebrate The Year of Italian Culture 2013!
The Year of Italian Culture is a year-long calendar of events throughout the United States promoting Italy's innovative contributions to the world in science, technology and culture with events such as the exhibit of Leonardo da Vinci's famous "Codex on the Flight of Birds" manuscript (right) from 1505 at the
Morgan Library in New York through early 2014. To view the monthly schedule of art exhibits, theatrical performances, concerts and conferences focusing on literature, architecture, the sciences, design, fashion and food, visit

The NJIIAHC 10th Annual Congress—Rutgers University
The New Jersey Italian and Italian American Heritage Commission and the Consulate of Italy in Newark, N.J., present the 10th Annual Congress highlighting Italian Achievements in Medicine, Science and Technology on Nov. 2 at Rutgers University, in New Brunswick, N.J., with keynote speaker Comm. Fabrizio Michelassi, M.D.; 8:15-9 a.m. Continental Breakfast; 9 a.m.—12:15 p.m. Congress. Register at

Italian Cultural Institute—NYC
The opera company Divaria Productions, the Italian Cultural Institute of New York, and the Basilica of Old St. Patrick's Old Cathedral will be presenting, "Lorenzo da Ponte: A 175th Anniversary Remembrance: A Celebration of His Gifts to Old St. Patrick's Cathedral and New York City."

The event will incorporate lectures by Columbia University Professor Felice Beneduce and playwright Mario Fratti, with musical selections by opera singers from Divaria Productions and Salome Chamber Orchestra. Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Basilica di Old St. Patrick's (Mott Street between Prince and Houston). Tickets: $20 adults, $10 seniors and students at

Center for Italian Studies–Stony Brook University
The Center of Italian Studies at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, N.Y., will present the book "Orange Peels and Cobblestones" with author Rose Marie Dunphy on Nov. 13 in the Frank Melville Memorial Library, Room E4340, at 4 p.m.

On Nov. 21, at 2:30 p.m., the Center host a lecture by Dr. Joseph Tromba on "The Italian Language in a Global Perspective: Perceptions Beyond the Peninsula" at SBU Harriman Hall, Room 137.

And, on Nov. 21, at 4 p.m., the Center will present the book, "The Italian American Table: Food Family and Community in New York," in the Frank Melville Memorial Library, Room E4340. All events are free and open the public.

For more information on events, visit

John D. Calandra Italian American Institute—Queens College/CUNY
The Calandra Institute will screen the movie, "All That Lies Between Us," directed by Kevin Carey and Mark Hillringhouse, and launch the book "Ancestor's Song," by Maria Mazziotti Gillan, on Nov. 14, at 6 p.m. Free and open to the public. RSVP at 212-642-2094. Seating is limited; seats cannot be reserved. For further information:

Lo Studio dei Nipoti Exhibition — NYC
The Calandra Institute presents an exhibition by Lo Studio dei Nipoti (The Studio of the Grandchildren), a nonprofit artist collective for U.S. artists of southern Italian ancestry, featuring artists Nancy Agati, Cianne Fragione, Rose Michelle Taverniti and Marisa Tesauro.

The exhibition runs through January 10, 2014, at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, New York City. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit or call 212-642-2094.

Christmas Cooking With Nonna at Eataly—NYC
Rosella Rago will be returning to New York City's exquisite La Scuola di Eataly on Dec. 14 with her Nonna Romana and Chef Pasquale Martinelli from to demonstrate how to make some of the traditional Christmas dishes from Puglia! Space is limited so register now at

Turn on Italics TV
For cable-TV programming for the Italian American community, tune in to Italics, the Italian American television magazine produced by The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute at Queens College in New York and hosted by Anthony J. Tamburri, dean of The Calandra Institute. Check your local New York and New York State cable-TV listings for Italics, or find it on CUNY-TV website, and on demand on the YouTube channel, and Facebook.

Recoup—Shopping for Your Cause!
Raise funds supporting NIAF's mission while shopping for great deals! By dining out! By traveling! All you have to do is register (free) at Recoup, choose your city for location-specific deals, and then go shopping by the type of deal you want.

And each time you purchase something, a portion of the proceeds goes to NIAF. It's like Groupon and Living Social, except while helping yourself, you're also helping your charitable cause. Get started at

Read Diplomatic Courier
Interested in global affairs, diplomacy and foreign policy? The Diplomatic Courier is an independent magazine that covers all that and more.

To learn more, visit, or search the App Store for the iPhone and iPad apps.

Congratulations to NIAF Board Member Maria Bartiromo, Emmy Award-winning journalist and CNBC Anchor, and master of ceremonies at NIAF's 38th Anniversary Gala last month, when she was also celebrating 20 years on air with CNBC!
Congratulations (again!) to Ambassador's culinary columnist Mary Ann Esposito, who by order of the President of Italy was presented with Italy's prestigious Ordine della Stella d'Italia (Order of the Star of Italy) by Consul General Giuseppe Pastorelli, honoring her for 25 years of Ciao Italia programs devoted to "the preservation and promotion of national prestige abroad, promoting friendly relations and cooperation with other countries and ties with Italy."

Why Join NIAF?
Definitely for the fun of it! But also because NIAF is the premier Italian American organization. Its core mission is to preserve Italian American heritage and support through scholarships, grants and other programs the education of new generations of Italian Americans about their remarkable cultural inheritance. By joining, you not only will help to support that mission but also enjoy many new member benefits, including:
  • Opportunities to network with prominent political and business leaders
  • Cultural and Educational events
  • Access to NIAF's member-only website pages (coming soon)
  • Annual subscription to NIAF's Ambassador magazine
  • Discounts on NIAF merchandise
  • Great money-saving deals through NIAF's partners, and much more!

To learn more about NIAF and its exciting new benefits, visit


Welcome To The September 2014 Region Of Excellence Tour--A Journey To Campania

Sept 3-14, 2014 — Limited Availability — 10 Days / 8 Nights

Give your family the gift of heritage this holiday season! Rome, Naples, Pompeii, Capri, Paestum and Sorrento! Includes an optional day of genealogy research.

Join NIAF and Perillo Tours on a once in a lifetime trip to the 2014 Region of Honor—Campania. Enjoy the region's dramatic highlights, including history, culture and cuisine. Exclusive insiders access for NIAF members. Optional excursion from Sorrento to trace your heritage and visit your family's hometown.

Land Price—$3,599 per person; Single supplement—$699. Air rates available from most gateways. For trip information and registration, visit:

Book before Jan. 15 and receive a $100 per person discount! Visit us at; email at; or call 855-PT-GROUP (1-855-784-7687) for additional information.

Can't join us on our journey? For NIAF Members Only, Book any Perillo Tours or program (a $2,500 value per couple) and receive $100 per person. Promo Code: NIAF

Support Our Sponsors

Friends of Florence

Photo courtesy of Antonio Quattrone
Friends of Florence was founded in 1998 as a U.S.-based 501(c)3 non-profit foundation. Since then, we have restored and made available to the public, in some cases for the first time in centuries, notable treasures including all the marble statues of the Loggia dei Lanzi, the Uffizi's Sala della Niobe, and the Medici's original Tribune. On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Michelangelo's David, we provided funding for the diagnostic analysis and continue to fund the monitoring and maintenance programs for both the David and Michelangelo's Prisoners.

We also organize education and travel programs to Florence twice a year, with expertly-guided visits to private collections and museums, working laboratories, and stunning palaces and gardens where our guests enjoy intimate events hosted by the owners. We invite you to visit our website,, to learn more.


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