Jon Snyder, owner of Il Laboratorio del Gelato, has been approached countless times about franchising his gelato and sorbet business based in the Lower East Side. Snyder, who deals mostly in wholesale, has always refused. Until now. Upper Montclair is now home to the first franchised Il Laboratorio del Gelato location in the United States, which of...

The Director of the Coccia Institute is delighted to announce the 2021 Coccia-Inserra Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Teaching of Italian (K-12). Recognizing the importance of acknowledging and motivating excellence in the teaching of Italian, the Coccia family and Lawrence Inserra, Jr., have established this significant award. Our donor...

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...

Professor of Italian Teresa Fiore, Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies, was recently awarded the Italian national honor of “Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia” (Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy) by the Italian Consulate. The president of the Italian Republic grants the distinction “to Italians abroad or foreigners...

Aztec Chocolate in Sicily: An online cooking lesson presented by Annalisa Pompeo. Introduction to the history of the Aztec chocolate in Modica by Pierpaolo Ruta. Moderated by Teresa Fiore (Inserra Chair, Montclair State University). Closing remarks by Floriana Di Gesù (Università degli Studi di Palermo) When: Monday April 19, 2021   11:00am-12:30pm...

Nazi-Fascism, WWII, and the Allied Landing have been the subject of a large body of creative and research literature over the decades, yet a reading of this historical chapter through the lens of food offers a fresh perspective. Lizzie Collingham, author of The Taste of War, will address the themes of food provision and control as military strategi...

Italy is a country with one of the largest historical diasporas. In the past forty years, it has also turned into a country of immigration, while continuing to be a point of departure. Since the 2010s, the number of Italians emigrating abroad has visibly grown in size. What are the characteristics of this new phenomenon, and how does it differ from...

“Non posso cambiare il fatto che i miei quadri non vendono. Ma verrà il giorno in cui la gente riconoscerà che valgono più del valore dei colori usati nel quadro”.  Vincent van Gogh ci ha consegnato questa idea legata al valore di un quadro. Ed io voglio raccontarvi la storia di un bel quadro pieno di significati. Ha anche un titolo: “Lo sbarco all...

When: Tuesday Feb. 23 12:15-1:30pm EST (5:15-6:30pm GMT in UK) - REGISTER FOR LINK. Virtual event in Italian with optional simultaneous translation (see INTERPRETATION INSTRUCTIONS) Between a past of emigration that is considered archived and a present of immigration that is sometimes problematic, the phenomenon of Italians who increasingly leave t...

Italian Professor Teresa Fiore, the Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies, World Languages and Cultures, was one of 21 professors nationwide to receive a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Award for Faculty. On December 16, 2020, the NEH announced a total of $32.8 million in various types of grants, including the faculty aw...