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Hofstra University welcomes the Association of Italian American Educators

21st Annual

Italian Experience Festival

to the AIAE office at Hofstra (New Academic Building, Suite 321)

AIAE enhances the Italian American image in academia, recognizes and presents awards to outstanding Italian American educators, and offers scholarships abroad to college students. AIAE’s objective is to reach out to the nation’s approximately 630,000 Italian American educators from elementary to postsecondary studies.


Section III 4Poets and Writers Piazza

Cav. Josephine A. Maietta, President

Section I

Executive Board: Dr. Carmela Leonardi, Executive Vice President; Irma Evangelista, Vice President; Carolyn DeSimone, Secretary; Joseph Leonardi, Treasurer

4Socrates Square 4Food

Advisory Board: Cav. Dr. Vito DeSimone, Prof. Ida Corvino Miletich, Dr. Stanislao Pugliese, Dr. Vincenzo Milione, Lea Brunetti, Dr. Maria Palandra, Leo Cimini, Dr. Giuseppe Battista, Prof. Carlo Davoli.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Section II

11 a.m.-5 p.m. Outdoors on the South Campus

4 Italian cultural exhibits

4Verdi Stage

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Tutti a Tavola! (Everyone to the table!)



Essays on Italian American Food and Culture

Tuesday, October 8

Lunch with Trimalchio: How McDonald’s Invaded Italy Speaker: Anthony Di Renzo, Associate Professor of Writing, Ithaca College Author, Bitter Greens: Essays on Food, Politics, and Ethnicity from the Imperial Kitchen, 2010 MAURICE A. DEANE SCHOOL OF LAW

Tuesday, October 22

How Italian Food Conquered the World Speaker: John Mariani, Food and Travel Columnist, Esquire Magazine Author, How Italian Food Conquered the World, 2011


Tuesday, November 26

A Family That Eats Together: Immigrant Foodways and the Making of Italian Identities in America Speaker: Simone Cinotto, Assistant Professor in Contemporary History, University of Gastronomic Sciences, Pollenzo, Italy Author, The Italian American Table: Food, Family, and Community in New York City (forthcoming, October 2013) TIME: All lectures begin at 7 p.m. LOCATION: Leo A. Guthart Cultural Center Theater Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, First Floor, South Campus Admission is free to all lectures. For information call the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669 or visit

Restrooms are located in Memorial Hall, Emily Lowe Hall, Hauser Hall, Davison Hall, Brower Hall, and Barnard Hall. Handicapped accessible restroom (Calkins Hall)


ATM located in Axinn Library Café Bistro at Bits ‘n’ Bytes and additional seating located inside Memorial Hall.

Schedule of Events 11 a.m.

Benvenuti! Welcome!

Festival opens to the public.

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Angelo Giudici and The San Remo Duo Sing-and-dance-along Italian style. (Verdi Stage, Section II)

11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Gary the Great

Enjoy this interactive magic show. (Socrates Square, Section I)

Noon-5 p.m.

AIAE Poets and Writers Piazza

Contemporary Italian and Italian American writers read and perform their works. (Leo A. Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library, First Floor, South Campus, Section III)

12:45 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

Katie’s Puppets

(Socrates Square, Section I)

1 p.m.

Please consult map on back of program for specific locations and additional offerings and attractions. *Please note: Start and end times are approximate.

2:15 p.m.

Association of Italian American Educators (AIAE) Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Hofstra University thanks the following organizations for generously contributing to the 21st Annual Italian Experience Festival. We value your continued support.

NONPROFIT AND COMMUNITY GROUPS v Association of Italian American Educators (AIAE)

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano AIAE President Cav. Josephine A. Maietta and AIAE Executive Board (Location TBA)

v Authors Rosalie Contino, PhD, and Mario Macaluso, PhD

2:45-3:30 p.m. The Bronx Opera Company – “Popera”

v Ciao Radio Program, WVIP 93.5 FM

v Calitri American Cultural Group Inc.

Italian vocal classics and popular songs featuring professional soloists from The Bronx Opera Company. (Verdi Stage, Section II)

v Commission for Social Justice

2:45-3:30 p.m.

v Italian Genealogical Group

Katie’s Puppets

(Socrates Square, Section I)

4-5 p.m.

v Italian American Women’s Center Inc. v Order Sons of Italy in America, New York State Grand Lodge

Long Island Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra

(Verdi Stage, Section II)

5 p.m.

v Italian American Committee on Education (IACE)

v National Organization of Italian American Women v Queensboro Chapter of UNICO National

50/50 Raffle Drawing

Buy your tickets at any entrance admission table. Ticket holder need not be present to win. (Verdi Stage, Section II)


David Lerner Associates, Inc.

Master of Ceremonies Benjamin V. Scannella

Coordinating editor/producer, L’sperienza Italian-American Magazine. Vocalist Ava Bianchi will perform the national anthem.

1:15-2:15 p.m.

John Ciotta

From Atlantic City and Las Vegas to Hong Kong, Singapore, Europe and Scandinavia, celebrated performing artist John Ciotta has managed to find his way into the hearts of every nationality and culture. Whether he’s performing in English, Italian, French, Spanish or German, John Ciotta’s emotion-charged deliveries and broad appeal move audiences by speaking to the heart. (Verdi Stage, Section II)

1:45 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Enjoy this interactive magic show. (Socrates Square, Section I)

Gary the Great

Special guest appearance by Joe Gannascoli, television actor, chef and author (Near Verdi Stage, Section II)

Special Exhibits ISTEP USA (Italian Soccer Training and Exchange Program) Massimo Agostini, Filippo Giovagnoli, Angelo Porracchio (J.C. Adams Playhouse Quad) Origami Workshop: Global Explorations for Families Funded by Bethpage Federal Credit Union Noon and 2 p.m. Origami USA’s Mary Ann Scheblein-Dawson will teach children and adults how to fold paper in the style of Japanese origami to create original works that can be taken home. FREE with Italian Experience Festival admission (Hofstra University Museum, behind Emily Lowe Hall)

Special thanks to: Office of the President, Hofstra University Office of Event Management Office for University Relations Physical Plant Department Campus Operations Department of Public Safety Creative Services Printing and Publications Lackmann Culinary Services

For general information about the Dutch, Italian or Irish Festivals, please call the Festival Hotline at 516-463-6582 or visit For sponsorship and vendor inquiries, please call Jessie Garcia at 516-463-6504.

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Sunday, September 15, 2013