Alan J. Gravano, PhD
Dear IASA Colleagues,
2017 represents the 50 year anniversary of the founding of the American Italian Historical Association (AIHA), which is now the Italian American Studies Association (IASA). To celebrate this enormous achievement, we are having a symposium in Calabria, Italy June 15-18 and a conference in Washington, DC in conjunction with NIAF October 12-14.
"Theorizing Italian Diaspora Studies" is the title of our Italian American Studies Association Summer 2017 Calabria Symposium. We are pleased to announce that Anthony Julian Tamburri, Distinguished Professor of European Languages and Literatures and Dean of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute at CUNY/Queens College, will present his keynote entitled, "Re-appropriating the Forget-me-nots: The [Mis-]state of Affairs of Italian/American Studies." In addition, Margherita Ganeri, Professor of Contemporary Italian Literature at Universita della Calabria, will give her keynote called, "Italian American Studies and Italy: Theorizing the Birth of a New Union." The symposium will occur during the Italian Diaspora Studies Summer Program and include a tour of Calabria based on Helen Barolini's Umbertina.
For the summation of events in 2017 celebrating 50 years of Italian American studies, we are having our annual conference in Washington, DC entitled: "Faith, (Ir)reverence, and the Italian Diaspora: Fifty years of Italian American Studies." We re excited to announce that Robert Orsi, Professor of Religious Studies and History and Grace Craddock Nagle Chair in Catholic Studies at Northwestern University, will be our keynote speaker. We are planning one or more panels on his groundbreaking book, The Madonna of 115th Street, published in 1985.
Please remember, our 2018 conference will be at Loyola University Chicago. I hope to see everyone at one or more of these events.
Alan Gravano, President
Italian American Studies Association