Established in 1999 to honor the John Carroll alumnus
and Bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland, the Anthony M. Pilla Program
in Italian American Studies is unlike any other in the nation. It
stands out as the only program of its kind in the U.S. that focuses
on an interdisciplinary undergraduate liberal arts approach, which
emphasizes an understanding of the meaning of family, its heritage,
and the role of spirituality in one's life. Students are able to
choose a concentration in Italian Studies in addition to taking
courses that carry a Catholic Studies designation. The program examines
the achievements of Italian and Italian American intellectual history,
culture, literature, philosophy, and religion.
Initial gifts from the Northern Ohio Italian Americans
(NOIA) and the Boler Challenge Grant in 1997 made the program possible.
Since that time, many alumni and friends of the university have
supported our program's mission through their generosity. The endowment
for the Pilla Program now stands at $1.5 million. Supporters of
the program will be working to increase the endowment to ensure
the legacy of Italian American Studies at John Carroll.