9th Annual VGNP Poetry Contest
Film and Digital Media Review Editor
Italian American Review is looking for a review editor for film and digital media.
The film and digital media review editor researches potential documentary (not feature) films and websites for assessment, engages potential reviewers, arranges the reviews, and does initial edits, while serving as the main point of contact between reviewers and the IAR editorial staff. This editor should be familiar with current issues concerning Italian American studies and should have published works on the topic of film.
This position requires editorial, organizational, and communications abilities. This position is a nonpaying volunteer role, in keeping with the practice of academic journal publishing. The IAR is looking for a three-year commitment starting September 2018.
The Italian American Review (IAR), a bi-annual, peer-reviewed journal of Queens College’s John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, publishes scholarly articles about the history and culture of Italian Americans, as well as other aspects of the Italian diaspora. The journal embraces a wide range of professional concerns and theoretical orientations in the social sciences and in cultural studies.
For more information, see the Publications page on the Calandra Institute’s website, under Italian American Review, where you can find PDFs of published reviews. If you are interested in taking on the duties of this editorial position, please send your CV to Managing Editor Rosangela Briscese at firstname.lastname@example.org
ITALY IN MOVEMENT
A Symposium on Three Continents
Australia * United States * Italy
Melbourne * April 2018 / New York * November 2018 / Genova * June 2019
With the patronage of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism
“Transnationalism & Questions of Identity”
New York City * November 1-3, 2018
John D. Calandra Italian American Institute
25 West 43rd Street, Suite 1700
New York, NY 10036
“Transnationalism and Questions of Identity,” the second chapter of the international conference Diaspore Italiane: Italy in Movement, will be held in New York City, the backdrop for discussions that explore ideas of identity building, claiming, maintaining, and maiming in the twenty-first century.
Transnational contexts show cultural identities in motion as they react, adapt, and develop in reciprocal contact in reaction to changing notions of the individual nation in the world today. Transnational subjects, who, within varying degrees of structural constraint, navigate, evaluate, and negotiate different cultural options, emerge as the potentially rational agents of these changes. In parallel, cultural identities emerge as historical constructs affected by contemporary acts and this-worldly constructs of the human imagination.
How do ideas of identities in motion compare with traditional ways of understanding cultural identities as fixed essences, typically anchored to metaphysical notions such as blood, the land, family, or divinity? What can be said about the creation of and challenges to generational concepts and constructions of identity? What is the role of memory, both individual and collective, in the creation of senses of belonging to one culture or another? How do migration, diaspora, and colonial studies create, adapt, and challenge changing ideas of race, class, gender, and ethnicity? How do the arts and formal education affect individual and collective senses of belonging or not to one culture or to many cultures?
Call for Papers is now open.
Extended deadline for submission of single papers and panels is April 30, 2018.
Submission information: Must be done electronically
Abstract (250 words)
We invite abstracts for individual papers and panel sessions. Individual papers: Each presenter will have 20 minutes to present, followed by 15 minutes discussion.Panel sessions: Duration 60 minutes followed by 15 minutes discussion; may follow a discussion format or may have an allocated time for each panelist.
Anthony Julian Tamburri
Dean, John D. Calandra Italian American Institute
The Lauria/Frasca Poetry Prize
Bordighera Press presents the Lauria/Frasca Poetry prize.
This award was conceived to promote the literature of the Italian diaspora and is open to poets of Italian descent writing poetry in English. The winning poet will be awarded $1000 and Bordighera Press will publish the manuscript, along with a standard royalty contract.
Quality poetry in any style and on any theme is sought.
QUEENS LAUNCHES POETRY CONTEST IN SCHOOLS:
“WHAT DOES FREEDOM MEAN TO ME”?
Poetry Contest to Commemorate 230th Anniversary of the Signing of the U.S. Constitution and 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in New York State
QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and the Queens Poet Laureate Maria Lisella announced this year’s Only in Queens Poetry Contest, offered to Queens schools as a homework assignment beginning this week for students in grades four, seven and eleven throughout the borough.
The purpose is to inspire and engage Queens students in a discussion about freedom, civil rights, diversity and civic participation through poetry, thought, research and conversation in the classroom and at home.
“Queens is forever proud to be the birthplace of religious freedom and home of the Flushing Remonstrance, the precursor to the Bill of Rights,” Queens Borough President MELINDA KATZ said. “We are pleased to commemorate the anniversaries of two important hallmarks of our nation’s history through an educational poetry contest in Queens schools. We encourage students to express your personal voice about freedom, civil rights and diversity through the art of poetry and prose.”
“We are so lucky to live in Queens, New York, America where the world lives,” Queens Poet Laureate MARIA LISELLA said. “Look, listen, read and write what you hear and observe: at its most powerful, poetry celebrates daily life, which makes it essential to understanding one another.”
The contest is in collaboration with seven notable Queens cultural and historic organizations whose mission and programming are consistent with the contest’s goals: John Bowne House – Bowne Historical Society; Lewis H. Latimer House Museum; Kingsland Homestead – Queens Historical Society; King Manor Museum; Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center & Archives; Louis Armstrong House Museum; and the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum.
“As the home of Rufus King, one of the framers of the United States Constitution and an early voice in the anti-slavery movement, King Manor Museum is thrilled to take part in the Queens Borough President’s Poetry Contest,” King Manor Museum in Queens’ Executive Director NADEZHDA WILLIAMS said. “King was constantly learning, thinking, and writing about freedom and government. While he never put any of those thoughts down as poetry, I am sure he would have loved to hear the applications. What a wonderful way to mark the 230th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution – we look forward to what freedom means to Queens students!”
Statue Cruises, the official ticket and tour provider to the Statue of Liberty Monument, is a supporting partner of the Only in Queens Poetry Contest. The Statue of Liberty stands 305 feet tall in the New York harbor and has welcomed millions of immigrants to the United States.
“A record number of visitors sailed on board Statue Cruises last year to visit our symbol of freedom and democracy,” Statue Cruises Vice President and Chief Operating Officer MIKE BURKE said. “We are thrilled to partner with the borough of Queens to engage with our local youth as they share their powerful voices through poetry on what these two milestones mean to them.”
The Only in Queens Poetry Contest begins this week when the contest is distributed to Queens public school students in fourth, seventh and eleventh grades as a homework assignment. The homework assignment will be due on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Principals in Queens will acknowledge the winners of their school and send the top winner to the semi-final round. Semi-finalists will be selected by a panel of educators from Queens North, Queens South and Affinity Support Centers in Queens. A panel convened by the Queens Poet Laureate will select contest finalists, who will be announced at the end of May and invited to a culminating awards ceremony at Queens Borough Hall.
For more information about the poetry contest, go to www.queensbp.org/poetry<http:/
Follow Borough President Katz via @melindakatz or www.facebook.com/queensbpkatz<