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.
The National Women's History Museum, Washington, presents “New Beginnings: Immigrant Women and the American Experience,” the fifth forum in its Initiating Change/Adapting to Change lecture series on Wednesday, October 22 at 6pm at The Marvin Center at The George Washington University..
Mointclair State Univerrsity presents an evening encountyer with two impoortant new antholkogies of Italian and Italian American writing, both piubl;ished by Fordham University Press.
Italoamericana:The Literature of the Great Migration, 1880-1943
(Edited by Francesco Durante)
Presented by Robert Viscusi (General Editor of the American [...]
IAWA kicks of the month with its acclaimed eveniong of readings and opoen mic at the Cornelia Street Cafe in Manhattan. Featuired readers this Saturday, Sept 13, are Marie-Helene Bertina and Joanna Clapps Herman.
The first session of the 2014-2015 Boston Immigration and Urban History Seminar will take place on September 23, when Natalia Molina of the University of California—San Diego will present on the role of history, memory, and the vernacular landscape in a Los Angeles neighborhood’s evolving identity.
The self-taught artist Ralph Fasanella (1914-97), born in the Bronx to Italian immigrants, believed that painting could be a form of labor advocacy. He worked as an ice delivery man, a truck driver, a gas station owner and a union organizer, all the while developing his colorful and detailed scenes of working-class life (as in “Family Supper,” [...]
Men of the Cloth is an inspiring portrait of three Italian master tailors who confront the decline of the apprentice system in the twilight of their career. The film features U.S. tailors Nino Corvato and Joe Centofanti (who both work as traditional custom tailors) and Checchino Fonticoli, who spends his entire career at Brioni, the luxury clothing [...]
Bambini, Ragazzi, Giovani: Children and Youth in Italy and the Italian Diaspora is the focus of the Spring 2015 conference at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute. To be held April 24-25, 2015, the conference explores the ways in which the Italian family has been a quintessential subject for scholarly research and creative [...]