Hey folks. We wrote about this a couple of weeks ago, but figured we'd re-post as it's happening today..
Robert Tinnell To Speak In December At John D. Calandra Italian American Institute In New York City As Part Of Writers Read Series
According to the Institute’s website:
“Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Robert Tinnell presents Feast of the Seven Fishes (Allegheny Image Factory, 2005)
A 2006 Eisner Award-nominee for “Best Graphic Album: Reprint,” Feast of the Seven Fishes is hardcover collection of the online strip serialized in 2004-2005 by writer Robert Tinnell and artists Ed Piskor and Alex Saviuk. A romantic comedy, the Feast storyline revolves around an Italian-American family’s celebration of the traditional Christmas Eve dinner. The time is 1983 and one of the younger members of the family, who reside in a north-central West Virginia mining and mill town, brings home a blonde, blue-eyed Protestant girl to share in both the cooking and eating. Their path to romance, however, is not an easy one. This collection incorporates recipes from the families of Tinnell and his wife, Shannon.”
“I am very honored to have my work acknowledged by an institution as deeply-committed to the legacy of Italian-Americans as the Calandra Institute is,” said Tinnell.
The Institute’s website (http://qcpages.qc.edu/calandra/index.html) describes itself thusly: “The overall purpose of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute is basic to the central mission of The City University of New York. Italian-Americans represent the largest European ancestral group in New York State, New York City and at CUNY. Thus, the primary purpose of the Institute is to foster higher education among Italian-Americans. This mission is carried out by:
- Conducting and sponsoring empirical, theoretical and analytical research which will expand, deepen and strengthen critical understanding of the Italian American experience.
- Serving as a central clearing house for the dissemination of research to academia, government, industry and the civic community.
- Organizing conferences, lectures, seminars and symposia on the Italian American experience.
- Operating specialized counseling programs in areas of outreach, articulation and student retention at CUNY.
- Administering an Exchange Program between CUNY and Italian public universities.
- Maintaining a resource library of printed material as well as videos pertaining to the Italian American experience.
- Maintaining up-dated listings of Italian-American students and faculty at CUNY as well as faculty, academic scholars and professionals at other universities.
- Providing a Speakers Bureau for students, faculty and community groups on topics relevant to the Italian American experience.
- Producing and distributing a television program, informational in nature, geared to the Italian-American community.
- The Calandra Institute seeks to accomplish its mission through its research unit, Career Counseling Center, Academic and Cultural Programs, outreach programs, resource library, Columbus CUNY/ITALY Exchange Program and various community projects. “