The Elections Committee has solicited nominations and self-nominations for the five (5) Executive Council officer positions (President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Curator) and six Council member positions. The term for which Executive Council officers and members shall be elected is two years. The term begins in January of 2015. Each [...]
For the annual meeting of the American Association for Italian Studies (March 27-29, 2015, Boulder, CO), Valerio Ferme has organized a panel "John Fante, the West and Italian-American Writers."This panel invites submissions that discusses the writings and perceptions of the West by Italian immigrants and/or their Italian-American descendants [...]
In The Italian Americans: A History, her richly researched, beautifully designed and illustrated companion book to the much-anticipated PBS series airing in February 2015,, Maria Laurino strips away stereotypes and nostalgia to tell the complicated, centuries-long story of the true Italian-American experience.
November marks the 60th anniversary of the closing of the Ellis Island immigration facility. From 1892 until the center’s closing in 1954, the small island in New York harbor served as the official entry and processing point for over 12 million immigrants. It has been estimated that over 40 percent of Americans can trace their ancestry through [...]
On Saturday, Nov. 15, at 1PM, Lawrence DiStasi will present an illustrated talk at the San Mateo History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City, CA. DiStasi will speak about his book Una Storia Segreta--the internments, evacuations, exclusions and restrictions on Italian Americans During World War II. He will specifically address the category [...]
The latest documentary by these two Italian American directors examines how the Benedictine monks of Newark Abbey achieve success in the heart of one of America's most dangerous cities with one of its most vulnerable populations: inner city African American and Latino teenage males. While Newark, NJ, with a high poverty rate of 32%, has an abysmal [...]
The Cultural Studies Association (CSA) Ethnography Working Group invites proposals to the CSA’s thirteenth annual meeting in Riverside, CA, May 21-24, 2015. Plenary speakers include: Angela McRobbie, Adolph Reed, Walter Benn Michael, Miranda Joseph. Christina Hanhardt, and Marian Aguia.
Please help celebrate with a reading, reception, and book signing the 2013 Poetry Prize winner Joelle Biele's collection of poems, Broom, translated into Italian by Irene Marchegiani and Emanuele Pettener.
25 years since Bordighera Press began publishing the journal, Voices in Italian Americana, followed by the VIA Folios series in [...]
Contributors are needed for Italian-Americans: A History and Culture of a People, a historical reference book scheduled to be published by ABC-CLIO. The book will be comprised of about 160 entries on various topics pertaining to Italian-American history and culture divided into five areas: I. Patterns of emigration: Urban and rural settlement; II. Civic [...]
For Italian immigrants and their descendants, needlework represents a marker of identity, a cultural touchstone as powerful as pasta and Neapolitan music. The lives of these Italian women are woven into the artifacts of memory and imagination: embroidering, sewing, knitting, and crocheting.