Celebrating the contributions of Italians and Italian-Americans

Rockland County, NY (October 5, 2023) – Rockland Community College (RCC) is celebrating Italian Heritage Month with several fun events in October. Hosted by the RCC Italian Heritage Committee, the events aim to foster an appreciation for Italian and Italian-American culture, history, and contributions, enriching the RCC community with a rich tapestry of lectures, films, and presentations.

In a touching tribute, this year’s Italian Heritage Month events will be dedicated to the late Professor Josephine Tarsia, a cherished colleague, linguist, mentor, and friend to many. Tarsia, a former chair of both the Italian Heritage and Hispanic Heritage Committees, devoted many years imparting knowledge in the Foreign Language department at RCC.

“Embracing and celebrating the cultural tapestry that binds us is at the core of Rockland Community College’s ethos. This Italian Heritage Month, we not only honor the indelible mark of Italian culture on global history but also pay tribute to Professor Josephine Tarsia, a beacon of knowledge and passion. Her legacy, much like the Italian heritage we’re celebrating, leaves an everlasting imprint on our community. Join us this month in a journey of appreciation, reflection, and celebration,” stated Dr. Lester Rápalo, President of Rockland Community College.

Students and area residents are invited to partake in the series of presentations and reflect on Italy’s enduring legacy, its invaluable contributions globally, and the historical moments that significantly influenced its society.

Throughout October, don’t miss the musical journey, “Sing, Dance, Love – The Sounds of Italy.” This collection of Italian musical favorites, curated by Joanie Asch, Julia Lecei, and the Street Team, showcases the breadth and depth of Italy’s musical heritage. From traditional classics to contemporary hits, revel in the poetry and emotions that resonate with many as the “language of music.”

As a special treat, the RCC Cafeteria is hosting Traveling Tuesdays – Italian Cuisine. Discover the essence of Italy with mouth-watering dishes that will be served throughout October.

October 11
12:00 pm – 12:50 pm EDT
How the Italian American Immigration Transformed America

October 12
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm EDT
How Italian Film Directors Shaped the Horror Movie Genre

October 16
10:00 am – 2:00 pm EDT
Atrium Window Art in Cultural Arts Center

October 17
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm EDT
Bocce Ball Tournament

October 19
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm EDT
Film Screening: Houseboat

October 20
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT
Beauty, Mystery & Enchantment: Exploring Italy’s Cultural History

October 24
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm EDT
Andiamo ad esplorare! Let’s go and explore!

October 26
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm EDT
The DaVinci Mysteries – An Overview of DaVinci’s Works and Painting Styles

November 1
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm EDT
Masters’ Challenge

All events are free and open to the public, unless specified otherwise. Click here for more details on each event: https://sunyrockland.edu/media/italian-heritage-month/

About Rockland Community College
Rockland Community College (RCC), located in Suffern New York, provides purpose driven educational opportunities in a supportive, affordable, and accessible environment, empowering individuals to positively transform themselves and their communities. RCC welcomes students from diverse backgrounds who appreciate small class sizes and personal attention from a distinguished, award-winning faculty that includes Fulbright scholars and SUNY Distinguished Professors. Many graduates go on to top universities to further their education on their own or through RCCs institutional collaborations.

RCC fosters an environment that attracts, recruits, supports and retains faculty, staff, and students who value diversity. The College promotes a collegial and inclusive environment by recognizing, promoting, embracing, respecting and celebrating the expansive range and dimensions of cultures, attitudes, ideas and viewpoints contained within our campus community.

RCC is also proud to provide career training and professional development to adult learners looking to change careers or upgrade their skills through a variety of programs and educational opportunities including workforce training, certifications, and microcredentials. Many of the programs are developed with employers in the community in high demand industry areas to enable graduates to move into a new career upon graduation. More information can be found at sunyrockland.edu..