Thursday, April 22, 2021 • 12pm ET. Free event, register here. Mark Rotella, director of the Coccia Institute at Montclair State University, leads a discussion with Anna Celenza, professor of music at Georgetown University, and John Gennari, professor of English at the University of Vermont, on the impact and influence Italian Americans have had on...

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences, along with the Joseph and Elda Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Rotella as its new director. Rotella joins the Coccia Institute from Publisher’s Weekly, where he has been Senior Editor since 2006.  Rotella is an internationally recog...

We think of It’s a Wonderful Life as a great American movie, a great Jimmy Stewart movie, a great Frank Capra movie — and, of course, as a great Christmas movie. We don’t think of it as a great Italian-American movie. But we should, especially at Christmastime, when Italian-Americans — of Capra’s generation and beyond — can be heard in every shop a...

Barnes & Noble, Inc., along with the Columbus Citizens Foundation, today announced that more than 100 Italian-American authors will be marching up Fifth Avenue in this year’s Columbus Day Parade. Chairman and Founder of Barnes & Noble, Leonard Riggio, was named Grand Marshal of the 73rd Columbus Day Parade and created the theme for this year, “A Ce...

Music has always had a crucial importance for the Italians in America. As a sentiment of strong attachment to the mother land and its traditions, or as a channel to express their passion; as a vehicle for revenge due to the success of the opera and then to the affirmation of the Italian artistic talent, from the Italian crooners of the 40s and the...

"AMORE: The Story of Italian American Song"By Mark RotellaFarrar, Straus & Giroux, 320 pages, $26.00   1947 was a splendid year for Italian Americans. For decades, Italian immigrants, especially those from the poorer southern regions, were feared, discriminated against, even lynched on occasion. Then suddenly the whole country was going...