• 24 Oct 2017 by Alan Gravano

    Proposed Vacancy Announcement

    (HEO Series)

    The Division of Enrollment & Student Retention of Queens College is currently conducting a search for a Higher Education Associate position to serve as Manager of the Academic College Now Program. For more information about this full-time position, please visit (http://www2.cuny.edu/employment/).

  • 16 Oct 2017 by Alan Gravano

    Queens College, City University of New York

    English, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing New York 11367

    Assistant Professor of Twentieth/Twenty-First Century Drama


    The Department of English at Queens College invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Twentieth/Twenty-First Century Drama. PhD in English or a related field. Also required are a record or clear promise of publication, a record of strong teaching, and a demonstrated commitment to departmental and institutional service.  

    All candidates with publication and teaching expertise in twentieth/twenty-first century drama will be considered. Preferred secondary interest in playwriting: scholars with an MFA in playwriting or professional playwriting experience, publications in that area, and the ability to teach in an MFA program. Completed PhD in hand by time of employment. 

    Queens College is an urban school with a faculty and student body that reflects the diversity of New York City. We take pride in our pluralistic community and continue to seek excellence through diversity and inclusion. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

    CUNY requires that applicants apply online.  Upload a cover letter describing related qualifications and experience, CV, and the name and contact information of three (3) professional references at www.cuny.edu: click  "Employment," then "Search job listings,” then “More options to search for CUNY jobs," then search by Job Opening ID Number (17395), click on "Apply Now" and follow the instructions. 

    It is essential that candidates submit the requested items to CUNYFirst for a valid application. 

    In addition, applicants must also submit a full dossier including cover letter, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of reference to Glenn Burger, Chair: by email to englishadmin@qc.cuny.edu. Include “Asst. Prof. Drama Position” in the subject line.

  • 16 Oct 2017 by Alan Gravano

    Queens College, City University of New York

    English, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing New York 11367

    Assistant Professor of Creative Nonfiction Writing


    The Department of English at Queens College invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Creative Nonfiction Writing. MFA, or PhD in Creative Writing, English or a related field. Also required are a record or clear promise of publication, a record of strong teaching, and a demonstrated commitment to departmental and institutional service. All candidates with publication and teaching expertise in creative nonfiction writing will be considered, but we are especially interested in applications from scholars with experience teaching in an MFA program and with a broad range of publication across the genres of nonfiction writing.

    Queens College is an urban school with a faculty and student body that reflects the diversity of New York City. We take pride in our pluralistic community and continue to seek excellence through diversity and inclusion.  EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

    CUNY requires that applicants apply online.  Upload a cover letter describing related qualifications and experience, CV, and the name and contact information of three (3) professional references at www.cuny.edu: click  "Employment," then "Search job listings,” then “More options to search for CUNY jobs," then search by Job Opening ID Number (17394), click on "Apply Now" and follow the instructions. 

    It is essential that candidates submit the requested items to CUNYFirst for a valid application. 

    In addition, applicants must also submit a full dossier including cover letter, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of reference to Glenn Burger, Chair: by email to englishadmin@qc.cuny.edu. Include “Asst. Prof. Nonfiction Position” in the subject line.

  • 16 Oct 2017 by Alan Gravano

    Queens College, City University of New York

    English, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing New York 11367

    Assistant Professor of Composition, Rhetoric and Writing (Specialization in Multilingualism)


    The Department of English at Queens College invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Composition, Rhetoric and Writing with a specialization in multilingualism. The selected candidate is expected to participate in research, perform advising duties in the English department, and show potential for faculty leadership, curriculum development, and program administration.

    We are especially interested in applications from scholars with research and teaching interests in multilingualism, translingualism, second language writing, and/or global Englishes, as well as a commitment to teaching students from diverse linguistic backgrounds. Preferred secondary interests include writing pedagogy and administration, literacy, rhetoric, or digital writing. Completed PhD in hand by time of employment. 

    Queens College is an urban school with a faculty and student body that reflects the diversity of New York City.  We take pride in our pluralistic community and continue to seek excellence through diversity and inclusion.  EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

    CUNY requires that applicants apply online.  Upload a cover letter describing related qualifications and experience, CV, and the name and contact information of three (3) professional references at www.cuny.edu: click  "Employment," then "Search job listings,” then “More options to search for CUNY jobs," then search by Job Opening ID Number (17392), click on "Apply Now" and follow the instructions. 

    It is essential that candidates submit the requested items to CUNYFirst for a valid application. 

    In addition, applicants must also submit a full dossier including cover letter, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of reference to Glenn Burger, Chair: by email to englishadmin@qc.cuny.edu. Include “Asst. Prof. Multilingual Position” in the subject line.

  • 05 Oct 2017 by Alan Gravano

    Queens College, City University of New York

    The Department of Political Science at Queens College invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the level of Assistant Professor in the field of American Politics, to begin in the Fall 2018 semester.  We are looking for individuals who combine a strong record of scholarship with a commitment to excellence in teaching in an extraordinarily diverse environment.  Among our teaching needs are courses in American national institutions, race and ethnicity, quantitative methods, and government and public service.  The successful applicant is also expected to participate actively in the department’s advisement and service responsibilities. The Ph.D. is required by the date of appointment.  Candidates should send a letter of interest, a writing sample, evidence of teaching effectiveness, a graduate school transcript, three letters of recommendation, and curriculum vitae to: Professor John Bowman, Department of Political Science, Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, NY 11367.   Applications must be received by October 26, 2017. 

    In addition, in order for their application to be considered complete, applicants must upload a CV to CUNYfirst, the City University’s resources and service system.  To do so, go to www.cuny.edu and click on “Employment;” click on  “Search job postings;” then, in the box under “What,” enter “17408”; click on “Assistant Professor—American Politics;” click on “Apply Now,” and follow instructions. 

    CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply.  At CUNY, Italian-Americans are also included among our protected groups.  Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity.  EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

  • 26 Apr 2016 by Robert Oppedisano

    This interdisciplinary conference focuses on material culture in the contexts of Italy, its colonies, and its diasporic communities. Material culture, broadly defined, includes all objects and things modified by humans, from the hand-crafted (a crocheted doily) to a mass-produced, factory-made object (Olivetti typewriter), including the visual arts (The Sistine Chapel), architecture (Fascist colonial modernism in the Eritrean capital Asmara), and landscapes (a Little Italy).  

           Material culture is inextricably tied to social identities that are negotiated, reproduced, or contested within different regimes of value whether it be domestic spaces, popular culture, sacred realms, or the world of commodities. How objects are used to communicate, store memories, and elicit narratives in interpersonal contexts are the concern of this conference. Material culture studies recognizes how objects are made and subsequently move from one environment to another. The migration and recontextualization of things provide opportunities for transvaluation, when new and evolving meanings are ascribed to inanimate objects at the same time that pre-existing ideologies linger in new places. 

    Friday, April 29  &  Saturday, April 30

    Free and open to the public
    The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute
    25 West 43 Street, 17th Floor
    New York

    For more information: (212) 642-2094.


    PROGRAM (subject to change)

    FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2016
    9:30-10:25 am
    The Painted Object CONFERENCE ROOM
    His Paintings Are Our Clues: The Works of Donatus Buongiorno (1865-1935), Janice Carapellucci, Carapellucci Design
    Pinkie and Blue Boy: Non-Italian Material Culture in the Italian Immigrant Household, Denise Scannell Guida, New York City College of Technology (CUNY)

    10:40am-12:15 pm 
    Statuary and Monuments, Cemeteries and Memorials CONFERENCE ROOM
    Commemorating Italian Soldiers Who Fell in Crimea: The War Memorial in Istanbul as a Community Cohesion Symbol, Francesco Pongiluppi, Sapienza University of Rome
    From Italy to the USA: Recontextualizing Historical Art through Italian Statuary, Angelyn Balodimas-Bartolomei, North Park University
    From Milan to Pittsburgh: Allegheny Cemetery's Porter Angel and the Mobility of Italian Cemetery Sculpture, Elisabeth L. Roark, Chatham University
    New York Monuments to and Monuments by Italian Immigrants, Kate Burns Ottavino, A. Ottavino Corporation

    The Narrated Object in Literature LA GALLERIA
    Contemporary Revelations from Renaissance Women Poets, Carol Leotta Moore-Schulman, University of the Arts
    A Black Madonna in Naples: Anna Maria Ortese's L'Infanta sepolta, Amelia Moser, Italian Poetry Review
    Le cose tangibili: Landscape and Cultural Narratives in the Novels of Carmine Abate, Viktor Berberi, University of Minnesota
    Object of Desire: Women's Cloth Work as Transnational Symbol of Mobility in Adria Bernardi's Openwork, Mary Jo Bona, Stony Brook University (SUNY)

    1:30-2:45 pm 
    Fear of the Gavon: Civiltà Italiana, Material Culture, and the Making of Italian American Identity, Joseph Sciorra, John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College (CUNY)

    3-4:15 pm 
    Textiles and Needlework #1 CONFERENCE ROOM
    Embodied Femininity: White Lace, Women's Work, and Lives of Feeling in a Calabrian Town, Joan L. Saverino, Arcadia University
    Stitches in Air: Needlework as Spiritual Practice and Service in Batavia, New York, Christine Zinni, College at Brockport (SUNY)
    La Scuola d'Industrie Italiane: The Theory of Economic Independence for Italian Immigrant Women in the Late 1800s, Rose Marie Cutropia, Museo + Archivio, Inc.

    Recovering Memories and Reclaiming Carmin DeVito's 1949 Home Movie LA GALLERIA
    Patricia DeVito, Buell Kratzer Powell, Lori DeVito, AET Environmental, and Mario Perrotta, CILSI

    4:30-5:45 pm
    The Transnational Life of Objects CONFERENCE ROOM
    The Transnational Life of Objects, Loredana Polizzi, Cardiff University
    Moving Objects: Memory and Affect in Transgenerational Italian Narratives from South America, Margaret Hills de Zárate, Queen Margaret University
    Exploring Italian Identity through Cultural Materials Collected in a New Transnational Media Collection, Carlo Pirozzi, St. Andrews University

    SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 2016
    9:30-10:45 am
    Material Culture at the Center for Migration Studies, Mary Elizabeth Brown, Center for Migration Studies
    Archival Material on William Foote Whyte's Street Corner Society, James S. Pasto, Boston University
    The Secret Life of Artifacts: Migration Stories from the Senator John Heinz History Center's Italian American Collection, Melissa E. Marinaro, Senator John Heinz History Center
    11am-12:15 pm

    Colonial Spaces CONFERENCE ROOM
    Asmara: Objects in the Mirror, Peter Volgger, University of Innsbruck
    The Plan for Addis Ababa and the Construction of Imperial Identities, Elisa Dainese, University of Pennsylvania
    Asmara-Roma: Colonial Spaces in Postcolonial Times, Cristina Lombardi-Diop, Loyola University Chicago

    Domestic/ated Objects LA GALLERIA
    Home in a Fig: Italian American Agrarian Identity in Brooklyn Domestic Gardens, Hillary Lindsay, University of Gastronomic Sciences
    The Role of Migrating Objects in Older Italian Migrants' Homes in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, Simona Palladino, Newcastle University
    Objects of Family Life and the Making of Home: A Study of Everyday Objects that Post-World War II Italian and Greek Migrants Brought to South Australia, Eric Bouvet, Flinders University, Daniela Cosmini-Rose, Flinders University, Diana Glenn, Flinders University, and Maria Palaktsoglou, Flinders University

    1:30-2:45 pm
    Textiles and Needlework #2 CONFERENCE ROOM
    Stitching for Virtue: Material Culture and Wayward Girls from Sixteenth-Century Italy to Twenty-First-Century Bronx, Patricia Rocco, Hunter College (CUNY)
    Migrating Objects: From Discarded Artifacts to Resurfacing Memory, Francesca Canadé Sautman, Hunter College (CUNY)
    Webs across the Ocean: Antique Italian Lace in America, 1900-1930, Diana Greenwold, Portland Museum of Art

    Consuming in Print LA GALLERIA
    All-Consuming? Citizenship and Consumer Culture in Pittsburgh's La Trinacria Newspaper, 1917-1921, Lina Insana, University of Pittsburgh
    Italian Immigration, Criminality, and the Dime Novel, Nancy Caronia, University of Rhode Island
    Patriotic Buyers: Fascist Autarky and Advertising Strategies for Italian American Consumers in the United States, Stefano Luconi, University of Padua

    3-4:15 pm
    Recovering Lost Histories CONFERENCE ROOM
    The Precious Things of Humble Folk: A Case of Trans-Atlantic and Intergenerational Migration of Material Culture, Joseph J. Inguanti, Southern Connecticut State University
    Mining the Archives: Memory and Materiality in the Lives of Sacco and Vanzetti, Michele Fazio, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
    The Art of Making Do: Creative Expression and the Material Culture of Italian POWs in the United States During World War II, Laura E. Ruberto, Berkeley City College

    The Neighborhood as Landscape LA GALLERIA
    DIY Texts: How American Italianità Is Constructed in Youngstown, Ohio, Anthony D. Mitzel, University College London
    The Artifacts of Haarlem House/LaGuardia Memorial House: Memorable and Tangible, LuLu LoLo Pascale, Independent Scholar
    The Italians of Brooklyn Revisited, Jerome Krase, Brooklyn College (CUNY)

    4:30-5:45 pm
    Consuming "Italian" through Food CONFERENCE ROOM
    Take the Cannoli: The Commodification of Italian and Italian American Culture at Mazzaro Italian Market, St. Petersburg, Florida, Jacqueline Maggio-May, Florida Humanities Council
    Ice Cream Parlors in Germany Run by Italians from the Zoldo Valley, Anna Marijke Weber, RWTH Aachen, and Benedikt Boucsein, ETH Zurich
    Going to and from Eataly: Importing and Exporting Italian Identity and Culture Through Food, Wine, and Other Migrating Objects, Ron Scapp, College of Mt. St. Vincent

    For more information: (212) 642-2094.

  • 09 Feb 2016 by Robert Oppedisano


    Mapping Migrations in World History / The Seventh Annual Conference of the Midwest World History Association  / 23-24th September 2016 / Metropolitan State University (Saint Paul, Minnesota) / Proposal deadline: April 15, 2016

    The Midwest World History Association is happy to announce a call for paper, poster, panel, roundtable, and workshop proposals for its annual conference to be held at Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul, Minnesota, on September 23th and 24th, 2016. The conference theme is “Mapping Migrations in World History.” Proposals that focus on any period of world history are welcome, particularly those that explore such themes as the migration of peoples globally, the impact of such migrations, and the ways in which humans have mentally and physically mapped who they are (or who they think themselves to be).We hope that such mapping allows us to consider how migration has helped to form or even to dismantle cultural identity, trade, political authority, social groupings, or other aspects of human interaction. Papers and panels on any theme in world history are also encouraged. The organizers encourage proposals from K-12 teachers, college faculty, students, and public historians, as well as scholars working in allied fields such as Anthropology or Geography.

    The conference will feature a keynote presentation by Dr. Erika Lee, Rudolf J. Vecoli Chair in Immigration History and Director of the Immigration History Research Center and Archive of the University of Minnesota. Dr. Lee’s most recent book, The Making of Asian America: A History was published by Simon & Schuster in 2015 to wide acclaim and was reviewed in The New York Times, the New Yorker, and the LA Times, among other places. Additionally, the conference will also feature an Archival and Cartographic Seminar at the University of Minnesota for a limited number of attendees. The Borchert Map Library (https://www.lib.umn.edu/borchert) and the Immigration History Research Center and Archives (https://www.lib.umn.edu/ihrca) will lead tours and discussions of their extensive collections based on the interests of the attendees who sign up for this three-hour seminar.

    Please submit a 250-word abstract and a short curriculum vitae to the Program Committee Chair, Dr. Louisa Rice, at chair@mwwha.org no later than April 15, 2016. Questions about the conference can also be directed to this address. Where a complete panel is proposed, the convener should also include a 250-word abstract of the panel theme. Each panelist should plan to spend no more than 20 minutes presenting her or his paper.Presenters must register for the conference by August 15, 2016 to be included in the program.

    The MWWHA will offer up to three competitive Graduate Student Awards to offset part of the conference costs. Graduate students interested in applying should include a letter with their conference proposal explaining how the conference helps them with their studies, teaching, and and/or future career plans as well as how their paper fits with the conference theme and the mission of the MWWHA.

    We also invite accepted papers to be submitted to our journal, The Middle Ground, for potential publication: http://themiddlegroundjournal.org/.

    Further information about the MWWHA, including membership and conference registration (when it becomes available) can be found on our website: http://mwwha.org/.

  • 09 Feb 2016 by Robert Oppedisano

    Immigrant Entrepreneurship in Transnational Comparative Perspective, 18th Century - Today / June 16-17, 2016 / Workshop at the German Historical Institute (GHI) / Conveners: Hartmut Berghoff, Jessica Csoma, Bryan Hart, Kelly McCullough, Atiba Pertilla, Benjamin Schwantes, Uwe Spiekermann

    The importance of immigration in the nation’s economic development—both as a source of low-cost labor and highly-skilled human capital—has long been acknowledged. Similarly, the American economic system’s openness to entrepreneurial activity is generally recognized as one of its defining characteristics and a central factor in its continued vitality. How did those who came as, or became entrepreneurs in the United States, integrate themselves and their businesses into the American marketplace? Did their journey give them a certain entrepreneurial advantage? What role have ethnic diasporas and networks played in the transfer of skills and knowledge?

    This workshop  at the German Historical Institute (GHI) seeks to examine these key questions and to link research on immigrants from diverse backgrounds to the results of the German Historical Institute’s multi-year project, Immigrant Entrepreneurship: German-American Business Biographies, 1720 to the Present (www.immigrantentrepreneurship.org). The workshop is conducted on the occasion of the completion of the project and seeks to contextualize its main findings.

    Bringing together scholars from a variety of fields, the workshop aims to explore patterns and transformations in the interplay between immigration and economic innovation; to investigate how ethnicity, gender, space and time intersect in the economic sphere; and to look at similarities and differences in experiences within and between various immigrant groups. We hope to stimulate discussion on these important topics and provide a forum for comparison by looking at African, Asian, European, and Latino diasporas in the United States.

    We especially invite early-career scholars pursuing their PhD, but also recent post-docs and senior scholars from the fields of history (including business history and the history of knowledge), entrepreneurship, political science, and sociology to make a contribution. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

    • the relationship between immigration and entrepreneurship in the United States;
    • the role of immigration in the United States’ economic development;
    • the transfer of skills and knowledge across borders and cultures;
    • geographies of ethnic entrepreneurship;
    • comparative studies across time and ethnic groups;

    It would be a great plus but not a prerequisite if the speakers could try to link their topics to the results of the GHI’s Immigrant Entrepreneurship project by comparing their cases with the German-American experience and pointing out differences and similarities as well as patterns and recurring challenges.

    The workshop at the GHI will bring together junior and senior scholars. The discussions will be based on pre-circulated papers submitted four weeks in advance. Travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the German Historical Institute.

    Please send a short abstract of no more than 400 words and a brief CV in one file by February 15, 2016 to Jessica Csoma (csoma@ghi-dc.org).

  • 09 Feb 2016 by Robert Oppedisano

    2017 Biennial Conference of the Southern American Studies Association / University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill / March 16-18, 2017

    This interdisciplinary American Studies conference will explore interactive flows of ideas, discourses, bodies, and objects across cultures, populations, periods, and geographies. These movements span a gamut of involvement: some promoting generative transculturation and entrepreneurial innovation with others enforcing established powers in ways that produce exclusion and violence. Our collective inquiries will challenge the sufficiency of local, tribal, regional, and national frames by presenting new research in American Studies that charts dynamic interconnections and exchanges. We welcome critical and creative transgressions that refigure traditional scopes and -scapes in intersectional, comparative, transnational, and global ambits in ways that dramatize how every location embodies each of these registers.

    Possible approaches are suggested but not limited by the following:

    *adoptions and adaptations of stories, songs, motifs, and performances across varied communities
    *mixed, hybrid, and blended practices, aesthetics, languages, genetics, identities, recipes
    *interethnic and transcultural influences and appropriations
    *pathways through different genealogies of belonging and inventions of memory
    *translations of events, documents, and spaces into and through digital domains
    *creative pedagogies and alternative performances for generating and transmitting learning
    *transmutations of personal identities, historical reputations, and spatial stories across time
    *migrations of refugees, emigres, defectors, asylum-seekers, contractees, adoptees, retirees
    *circulations of tourists, deportees, absconders, wanderers, and personae non gratae
    *forced migrations and restrictions on movement, such as slavery, removal, incarceration, detention, probation
    *the pushes and pulls of corporate and labor relocations, including urbanization, outsourcing, franchising
    *imports and exports and the transportation and consumption of these resources and products
    *contending conceptualizations of freedom, equality, justice, patriotism, and citizenship

    Submissions for sessions should include a panel title and 250-word abstract as well the 500-word paper proposals, two-page CVs, and requests for technology that are required for each individual presenter. Please send all proposals in either MS Word document of PDF to sasa2017@unc.edu. The deadline for submitting all proposals is Friday, September 30, 2016.

    In the interest of involving as many people in our conference as possible, each conference attendee may be listed in the conference program as a participant in a maximum of two sessions. While we welcome a range of formats, we ask that panels be designed so that they fit within a 75-minute time frame with at least 15 minutes dedicated to discussion. As always, we especially encourage graduate students to attend and present research.

    The Critoph Prize recognizes an award for the best graduate student paper presented at each SASA conference. It includes a certificate and a check for $250, as well as recognition at the next biennial gathering. Deadline for graduate students to submit the papers they are presenting at the 2017 conference as a PDF attachment to SASAcritophprize@gmail.com is noon on March 16, 2017.


  • 20 Jan 2016 by Robert Oppedisano

     The Lt. Joseph Petrosino Lodge (OSIA), in collaboration with IAWA – The Italian American Writers Association, is hosting and launching a “Sagra Del Libro” (Italian-American Book Festival) on Friday, February 26, 2016 from 6 to 10 pmin the Lodge Hall at 113 Baxter Street in Manhattan’s Little Italy. Admission is free to all. In past years on a Sunday in May most bookstores remained open in Italy to support and promote its writers. This initiative was called “Celebrazione dei Libri” (Celebration of Books). Our Sagra Del Libro continues in the spirit of that movement by celebrating our Italian-American literary culture.

    All writers are invited to display and sell their published books at this event. Tables will be set up for the display of books and promotional materials, and authors will be available to speak with attendees and sign books. Also lively presentations or readings by the authors will make for a fascinating evening of celebrating our Italian-American writers. There is a small charge of $5.00 for individual authors to reserve a spot and participate. Authors interested in joining this event should immediately contact Bob Agnoli at 917 816 9916 or Gil Fagiani at fagianella@aol.com to reserve a spot or for additional information. Payment in advance by check should be made out to the Lt. Joseph Petrosino Lodge and mailed to Dr. Emelise Aleandri, 3299 Cambridge Avenue #3C, Riverdale NY 10463. We look forward to your response.

    The Lt. Joseph Petrosino Lodge #285 was formed by John Fratta and Robert Fonti in February 1999, the only OSIA lodge in Manhattan. The Order Sons of Italy was formed in 1905 in the very same neighborhood. The Lodge is named after Lt. Giuseppe (Joe) Petrosino (1860-1909), the first Italian-American Police Lieutenant of the New York City Police Department. The Petrosino Lodge, whose President is William Bray, produces and supports many charitable, cultural and social events throughout the year, raises funds for cancer research, Cooley’s Anemia, Autism and other causes, and most recently hosted a Christmas party for the children of the Henry Street Settlement House.

    IAWA was founded in 1991 to promote Italian-American literature by encouraging the writing, reading, publication, distribution, translation, and study of Italian-American writing and to give Italian-American writers a public forum where the full range of Italian-American expression could find a hearing. IAWA has nurtured the growth of a community of Italian-American readers and writers.  Robert Viscusi, Broeklundian Professor and Executive Officer of the Wolfe Institute for the Humanities at Brooklyn College, is President and Founder of IAWA. Last year he served on the OSIA Grand Lodge Literary Award Committee, chaired by Emelise Aleandri.  www.iawa.net

    The Sagra Book Festival Committee is chaired by Emelise Aleandri, co-chaired for the Petrosino Lodge by Robert Agnoli and for IAWA, by board member Gil Fagiani, co-host of their Manhattan monthly readings and founding member of the Vito Marcantonio Forum. The Committee also includes Bill Castleberry, Leslie Donofrio, and Angel Marinaccio. We look forward to welcoming you to an enjoyable Italian-American cultural celebration.

  • 20 Jan 2016 by Robert Oppedisano

    Three new and two returning members were  elected to  IASA'S Executive Council in December. Their terms are for 2016-2018.

     Returning  members are:
    Jessica Femiani, Doctoral student in the Department of English and Creative Writing at Binghamton University and an adjunct professor at SUNY Broome Community College.

    Anthony Julian Tamburri, Distinguished Professor of European Languages and Literatures and Dean of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute (Queens College,  City University of New York). 


     New members are:

    Ryan Calabretta-Sajder, Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

    Donna Chirico, Professor of Psychology and Dean, Arts and Sciences at York College of The City University of New York.

    Michele Fazio, Associate Professor of English, Theatre and Foreign Languages at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.


    Congratulations. And buon lavoro!

  • 15 Jan 2016 by Robert Oppedisano


    At Italians in America: Recent Documentaries and Photographs, join documentary filmmakers John Maggio and Cristian Piazza and filmmaker-photographer Michele Petruzziello for a round table discussion of issues related to past and present Italian immigration to the United States. As a country of historical emigration from which young people are currently leaving once again to find opportunities abroad, Italy constitutes a unique lab to discuss issues of mobility and relocation.

    New documentaries and photographic works capture the tension between outbound and inbound flows as well as the reverberations of the past onto the present. Blending a desire for documentation and a search for a dynamic aesthetic expression, these documentaries and photographs are both personal and collective. They speak eloquently to migration in the U.S. as well as global migrations. The panel will also include the screening of excerpts from the speakers' works and a photo exhibition: Good Bye My Love by Michele Petruzziello. 

    Introductory remarks: Dr. Teresa Fiore (Inserra Chair, MSU)

    John Maggio (Executive Producer, Producer/Director, Writer at Ark Media): "Filming and Producing The Italian Americans for PBS" 
    Cristian Piazza (Filmmaker): "The Making of WAITING: Stories from Recent Italian Immigrants" 
    Michele Petruzziello (Filmmaker/Photographer): "The Past in the Present: Photographs of Recent Italian Immigrants"

    The program is spearheaded and sponsored by The Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies (Department of Spanish and Italian) at Montclair State University with the co-sponsorship of UNICO National.

    Italians in America: Recent Documentaries and Photographs
    Monday, February 8, 2016 - 6.45-8.45pm
    University Hall 7th Floor Conference Center

    RSVP required by Thur. Feb. 4, 2016

    To register for the conference and for a complete details and a listing of  Spring 2016 Inserra Chair events at Montclair State:




    Photo: Michele Petruzziello



  • 12 Jan 2016 by Robert Oppedisano


    Hit Refresh: Italian American Imagery in Mass Media – Round Table

    Sunday, February 21, 2016 – 4:30pm @ The Museo Italoamericano, San Francisco

    This roundtable discussion by leading California scholars in Italian American cinema and culture will cover some of the following questions related to Italian American media, representation, and history. What is the role of film and mass media in the constant reconstruction or refreshing of Italian and Italian American iconic images?

    What influences do such recurrent images on TV, film, the Internet, and elsewhere have? Can we consider popular images of Italian ethnicity as more than just “negative portrayals” or “positive portrayals”? Why should scholars study such popular depictions?

    The speakers will be:

    Dr. Pasquale Verdicchio, Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature, UC, San Diego

    Dr. Laura Ruberto, Humanities Professor, Co-Chair Arts and Cultural Studies Department, Berkeley City College

    Dr. Evelyn Ferraro, Lecturer, Italian, Modern Languages, and Literatures, Santa Clara University


    RSVP to (415) 673-2200

    Members $10 / non-members $20

  • 08 Jan 2016 by Robert Oppedisano

     The Center for Italian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania will host an international conference to celebrate "Sicily: Language, Art, and Culture", 11-12 February 2016 Sicily, land of culture, art, cinema, literature; land of travellers and dreamers, of artists and thinkers; land of division and unity. Sicily presents the peculiar characteristics of an island with its own complex reality, distinct from Italian "continental" reality and yet linked to it. The conference aims at exploring Sicily in all aspects of its history and culture, in itself and in relation to the rest of Italy and to the world, from its most ancient traditions to present debates, to its hope for the future. 

    Featuring presentations by Chiara Mazzucchelli, Fred Gardaphe, George De Stefano, Gaetano Cipolla and other scholars, the themes of discussion will include:

    1) Sicilianity and Sicilitude

    2) Language and Literature

    3) Visual Arts and Music

    4) Cinema and Theater

    5) The Sicilian Diaspora

    6) Popular Traditions and Modernity

    7) Gastronomic Tradition

    8) Political and Economic History

    The conference program will be available shortly.

    Conference registration: Faculty/ Professional: $100; Student: $70 

    Registration is required only of speakers by January 15. Attendance is free to the general public. 

    More information about the conference and registration:








  • 30 Dec 2015 by Robert Oppedisano

    The conference program and other essential information for the  annual conference of the American Association of Italian Studies, April 21-23, 2016,  LSU, Baton Rouge, LA. can be found here:



    There is also call for papers for one panel: Anachronism and Historicism in Italian Modern and Contemporary Art 

    The dominant narratives of Modernism promote an iconoclastic approach to the past. Postmodernism, with its impulses towards appropriation and pastiche, would engage a more absorptive, constructive approach to history. Both, however, obscure the reality of the Italian circumstance. Passatismo Italianità and the ever-visible presence of the past created innumerable opportunities to explore complex temporal structures in their work through subtle reference, utilization and reconfiguration of histories both national and local, recent and distant. Recognition of temporal nuances within the work of modern and contemporary Italian artists is often neglected in favor of more literal interpretations. In such instances, a myopic reading of the signs within a work fails to comprehend the multifaceted meanings and temporalities that can be present simultaneously. To fully appreciate the dynamics of twentieth-century Italian art, a more focused analysis of how these artists utilize an anachronic collapse of time within their work to critically analyze the present through the lens of the past and invite a distant, yet still active voice to speak to concerns of the day is needed. This panel calls for papers that explore the myriad ways in which the visual arts of the Italian nation and its cultural diaspora attend to the past in areas such as artistic creation, exhibition installation, performance, and reconstruction of past works and exhibitions.

    Please send abstracts by January 4, 2016 (ca. 200 words) and CV to both Lucienne Auz, Assistant Professor, Memphis College of Art, lauz@mca.edu & Adrian R. Duran, Associate Professor, University of Nebraska at Omaha, arduran@unomaha.edu.  

  • 30 Dec 2015 by Robert Oppedisano

    EXTENDED SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 1 February 2016, by 5pm EST

    The editorial collective of disClosure seeks submissions that explore Transnational Lives as they are understood in a variety of areas and disciplines, including (but not limited to) Sociology; Gender and Women’s Studies; History; Philosophy; Anthropology; Political Science; Hispanic Studies; Communications; Theories of Transnationality, Hybridity and Bifocality; and Literature (particularly analyses dealing with border studies, immigration, or transnational lives). Possible topics might include:

    • Migration
    • Transnational
    • Translocality
    • Bifocality
    • Intersectionality
    • Globalization
    • Immigration (all forms)
    • Border studies
    • Hybridity
    • Mestizaje
    • Cosmopolitanism
    • International gender relations
    • International affairs
    • Ethnography
    • Belonging/inclusion/exclusion
    • Home

    disClosure is a blind refereed journal produced in conjunction with the Committee on Social Theory at the University of Kentucky. We welcome submissions from all theoretical perspectives and genres (scholarly articles, essays, interviews, reviews, short fiction, poetry, artwork) and from authors and artists (academically affiliated or not) concerned with social theory. The 25th volume will include interviews with Nina Glick Schiller, Otto Santa Ana, Floya Anthias, and William Nericcio.


    Scholarly Articles, Essays, Poetry, and Fiction: Please submit electronically, in PDF or Word format, to http://uknowledge.uky.edu/disclosure. Submissions should be double spaced with no more than 10,000 words. Manuscripts, notes, and bibliographies should follow Chicago format, where applicable.

    Book Reviews: Please submit electronically in PDF or Word format to http://uknowledge.uky.edu/disclosure. These should be approximately 1,000 words and should review works published no earlier than 2010.

    Art and Digital Media: Artists should submit material as high‐quality .jpgs to http://uknowledge.uky.edu/disclosure.

    Inquiries: Cate Gooch and Ashley Ruderman, disclosurejournal@gmail.com

  • 29 Dec 2015 by Robert Oppedisano

    H-ItAm, a member of H-Net Humanities & Social Sciences OnLine, provides an interactive network for scholars and activists relating to the Italian American Experience, and more generally, the ethnic culture of the Italian diaspora worldwide.

    H-ItAm is currently looking for new editors to take over the network and take an active role in developing new online materials and resources for the field. We also looking for contributors, bloggers, discussants, resources gatherers, etc. If you are interested in helping build this site, please contact Patrick Cox, H-Net's Vice-President for Networks, at vp-net@mail.h-net.msu.edu.


  • 28 Dec 2015 by Robert Oppedisano

    Fairfield, New Jersey is the most Italian place in the United States according to the United States Census Bureau, whose latest numbers came out earlier this month. Just more than half of residents —50.3 percent — of its 7,475 residents claim Italian ancestry. Less than a percentage point behind, at 49.5 percent, in second place nationally, is Johnston, Rhode Island. Third place was taken by North Branford in Connecticut at 43.9 percent followed by East Haven at 43.6 percent.

           The recent statistics also reveal a sizeable increase in the number of Italian Americans since the last national census in 2010. The number of people who identified themselves as Italian American in 2010 was 16 million, however, this latest census found that 18 million said they were Italian American. Despite being in the U.S. for more than 120 years, the latest statistics also revealed that Italian Americans were the only European group whose population increased. So why the increase? Maybe it’s because the younger generation are starting to identify with their Italian roots in order to maintain their cultural identity.

    Italian-Americans in the United States, based on the percent of population who reported Italian ancestry:

    1. Fairfield, N.J., 50.3 percent

    2. Johnston, R.I., 49.5 percent

    3. North Branford , Conn., 43.9 percent

    4. East Haven, Conn., 43.6 percent

    5. Hammonton, N.J., 43.2 percent

    6. Ocean Gate, N.J., 42.6 percent

    7. East Hanover, N.J., 41.3 percent

    8. North Haven, Conn., 41.2 percent

    9. Cedar Grove, N.J., 40.8 percent

    10. Wood-Ridge, N.J., 40.6 percent

    11. North Providence, R.I., 38.9 percent

    12. Dunmore, Pa., 38.9 percent

    13. Newfield, N.J., 38.8 percent

    14. Saugus, Mass., 38.5 percent

    15. Jenkins, Pa., 38.4 percent

    16. West Pittston, Pa., 37.9 percent

    17. Old Forge, Pa., 37.8 percent

    18. Lowellville, Ohio, 37.5 percent

    19. Hughestown, Pa., 37.5 percent

    20. Prospect, Conn., 37.5 percent

    SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau

  • 16 Dec 2015 by Robert Oppedisano

    41st Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association, Chicago, Illinois, November 17-20, 2016. Conference Theme: "Beyond Social Science History: Knowledge in an Interdisciplinary World". Submission Deadline: February 20th, 2016

    The SSHA is the leading interdisciplinary association for historical research in the US; its members share a common concern for interdisciplinary approaches to historical problems. The organization's long-standing interest in methodology also makes SSHA meetings exciting places to explore new solutions to historical problems. We encourage the participation of graduate students and recent PhDs as well as more-established scholars, from a wide range of disciplines and departments.
               We hereby invite you to submit panels, papers, and posters related to the theme of migration widely defined for the forthcoming conference on “Beyond Social Science History: Knowledge in an Interdisciplinary World" in Chicago. We encourage submissions on all aspects of social science history. Submission of complete sessions and interdisciplinary panels are especially welcome.
             The Migration Network is one of the largest and most active networks at the SSHA. This year’s theme focusing on interdisciplinary historical studies and that ways in which disciplinary boundaries have stretched to integrate new methodologies, data, tools from the physical and biological sciences, as well as literature, arts, medicine and technology offers especially rich opportunities for migration scholars.
    We are seeking submissions that address the topics below. Related subjects and new ideas are also welcome:

    • Refugees, Public health and the Law
    • Public Policy and Refugees
    • Refugees and the “European Crisis,”
    • Gendering of Mobility: Refugees, Labor Migrants, Family unification
    • Migration, Mobility and Environmentalism (epidemiology public health, climate change)
    • Migration and the Digital Humanities
    • Forced and Free Migrations
    • Migration history in the Public Sphere
    • Narratives of Migration: Oral Histories and Storytelling
    • Emotions and Migration
    • Citizenship and the Law: Forms of Inclusion (birthright) and Forms of Deportation
    • Migration and Diplomacy
    • Migrants, Refugees and Grassroots politics
    • War and Migration
    • History, Memory and the shaping of Contemporary Migration Debates
    • Migration Scholars as Public Intellectuals
    • Teaching Migration: National Differences or Disciplinary Challenges

    We are now accepting conference submissions for the 2016 SSHA Annual Conference. You may login to submit a panel or paper directly at (http://ssha.org). Individuals who are new to the SSHA need to create an account prior to using the online submission site. Please keep in mind that if your panel is accepted, every person on the panel has to register for the conference. Graduate students are eligible to apply for financial support to attend the annual meeting (see http://www.ssha.org/grants).

    Please feel free to contact the Migration Network Representatives for comments, questions, assistance creating a panel or for help with submissions:
    Marina Maccari-Clayton (mmaccari@utk.edu) Gráinne McEvoy (mcevoygr@gmail.com)
    Linda Reeder (ReederLS@missouri.edu)


  • 09 Dec 2015 by Robert Oppedisano

     IASA members are invited to vote for five open seats on the Executive Council,  starting on December 15, 2015, and ending on  December 29. Voting will be on this website. Here are the biographies and state,emts of the six nominees.


    IASA 2015-16 Executive Council Nominees


    Donna Chirico 
    Professor of Psychology and Dean, Arts and Sciences at York College of The City University of New York

    My research explores how Italian American identity contributes to psychological development.  I have published and presented in this area including this past year at AATI and delivered an invited lecture to the University of Calabria’s Italian Diaspora Studies Summer School of the John D. Calandra Institute for Italian American Studies.  I am Chair of the Institute’s Italian American Faculty and Staff Advisory Council and President of the Italian Language Inter-Cultural Alliance in the United States.  ILICA is embraces Italian as an international language and Italy as a global culture to promote Italianità in all cultures. I hope to bring this experience and perspective to IASA in its endeavors.


    Ryan Calabretta-Sajder 
    Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

    I teach courses in Italian, Film, and Gender Studies.  I am an Italian American born and raised in Chicago and have had the opportunity to study Italian American literature and cinema as an undergraduate, masters and doctoral student. I am the author of the forthcoming book Divergenze in celluloidi: colore, migrazione e identità sessuale nei film gay di Ferzan Ozpetek (Celluloid Divergences: Color, Migration, and Sexual Identity in the Gay Series of Ferzan Ozpetek) and editor of the forthcoming  Pasolini’s Last Interview: Death, Eros, and Literary Enterprise in the Opus of Pier Paolo Pasolini.  My research interests include the integration of gender, class, and migration in both Italian and Italian American literature and cinema.  My next book project examines the homosexual Italian American author Robert Ferro and his series of gay novels through the lens of gender and class-structure.  

    I am currently the Director of Communications for the American Association of Teachers of Italian, the President of Gamma Kappa Alpha, the National Italian Honors Society, and the Co-chair for the Committee of Graduate Students in the Profession for the Modern Language Association.  I received a research grant from the South Central MLA Association to conduct archival research on Italian American authors at Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library in 2015 and attended the Italian Diaspora Summer School through the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute at the University of Calabria. 

    I have been a member of IASA and attended the annual conference for last three years.  As an Italian American, Italianist who also works in Italian American Studies, I find the constant misplacement and instability of Italian American Studies unacceptable.  If elected to the Executive Council, one of my main goals would be to better bridge the relationships between the Italian, Italian American, and American Studies worlds, both in North America and in Italy through diverse membership tactics (across professional organizations) and even through a possible joint conference, with a roundtable or two, directly related to discuss these issues faced by our three fields.  

    Additionally, I would attempt to find outside funding and create relationships to help lower the overall costs for our conferences and assist in benefiting more while spending less.  Although a challenge, I believe it can be done.  Another objective of mine is to raise the visibility of the organization now that a formal brand and updated website has been created.  The next move would be to expand visibility in other social networks, like Facebook and Twitter, and maybe even sell ‘gear’ with our logo on it.  In this manner, the organization will grab the attention of new, younger members just beginning their careers.  Another way to facilitate fresh membership is to increase membership benefits and co-memberships, in particular for graduate students and contingent faculty.  For example, we could create a reciprocation program with the American Association of Teachers of Italian and the Italian American Studies Association for graduate students; they would only need to pay one membership but would be registered members of both organizations. 


    Michele Fazio 

    Associate Professor of English, Theatre and Foreign Languages at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

    I received my Ph.D. from SUNY-Stony Brook and teach courses on American literature, contemporary U.S. ethnic literature, service-learning, and working-class studies.  I have been an active member of IASA for many years and my work on Italian American literature has appeared in Voices in Italian Americana and MELUS: The Journal of Multi-ethnic Literature of the U.S.  My current research project explores the cultural legacy of Sacco and Vanzetti in literature and music. 

    As a member of the Executive Council, I would focus on increasing further networking opportunities at annual conferences for graduate students, junior faculty, and new members as well as fostering collaborations with other academic organizations.



    Caroline Pari-Pfisterer 

    Department of English, Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York

    My contribution to Italian American Studies includes book reviews and essays in VIA  on Italian-American women writers (in the forthcoming anniversary issue as one of the best essays in 25 years).  I have given numerous presentations on Italian-American literature, autobiography, and pedagogy; it is my primary field of research.

    I have been teaching Italian American Literature at BMCC since 2010 when the course was created.  I am one of the only ones in the country who teaches the course online, thus inviting a larger student population to take the course, including students  from Belgium, the Caribbean, and many other countries.  By taking an interdisciplinary approach, I’m able to convey the complex history of Italian immigration in this country.  Students not only read the fiction of Italian American authors, but learn of Italy’s past, the Risorgimento, regions, dialects, culture, religion, and beliefs, thus enriching their understanding of the literature.  I am currently writing an essay that reinterprets Pascal D’Angelo’s Son of Italy as an autobiography inscribing a worker identity, above and beyond that of an American identity.  I also plan to complete field research on the role of the Italian American fraternity, Alpha Phi Delta, in the lives of children of Italian immigrants who attended CUNY in the 1940s. 

    As an Executive Council member, I hope to contribute to IASA in many ways.  For one, I’d like to help plan the conference. I would also like to help IASA promote the teaching of Italian American literature, and focus on pedagogical approaches, perhaps even creating a handbook on teaching.  I’d like to help IASA create connections nationally and internationally with students, faculty, researchers, writers, organizations and social media.  



    Anthony Julian Tamburri 

    Distinguished Professor of European Languages and Literatures and Dean of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute (Queens College,  City University of New York). 

    His research interests lie in literature, cinema, semiotics, interpretation theory, and cultural studies. He has divided his intellectual work evenly between Italian and Italian/American studies, authoring fourteen books and one hundred essays circa on both subject areas in English and Italian. He is also the editor of more than thirty volumes and special issues of journals. His more recent publications include: authored volumes: Re-reading Italian Americana: Specificities and Generalities on Literature and Criticism (2014; pbk, 2015); Re-viewing Italian Americana: Generalities and Specificities on Cinema (2011); Una semiotica dell’etnicità: nuove segnalature per la scrittura italiano/americana (2010); and Narrare altrove: diverse segnalature letterarie (2007); co-edited volumes: Europe, Italy and the Mediterranean (2014); Italoamericana: The Literature of the Great Migration, 1880-1943, edited by Francesco Durante in Italian (2014); The Cultures of Italian Migration: Diverse Trajectories and Discrete Perspectives (2011); Mediated Ethnicity: New Italian-American Cinema (2010); and the best-selling anthology, From The Margin: Writings in Italian Americana (1991; 2000 2nd edition). He is also a co-founder of Bordighera Press, publisher of Voices in Italian Americana, Italiana, and three book series, VIA Folios, Crossings, and Saggistica, as well as The Bordighera Poetry Prize.

                Tamburri is a member of numerous organizations.  He was a Delegate for Foreign Languages of the Modern Language Association, a member of its Executive Committee for the Division on Modern Italian Literature, and co-founder of the Discussion Group on Italian/American Literature. For the Italian American Studies Association, he was the Newsletter editor for eight years, a member of its Executive Council since 1993, and its president from 2003-2007. He was also vice-president of the American Association of Teachers of Italian for 2006-2007, and served as president for 2008-2009.
                  I have served the Italian American Studies Association in various capacities since the early 1990s, first as Newsletter editor from 1993 to 2000. In addition to the usual material, we added two other sections: a review section and a “writing on the wall” section, where we would include members’ comments—a small innovation that opened up channels to the membership at large. 
                  As president subsequently and also as long-standing member of the Executive Council, one of my goals was to be sure that the scholarship emanating from our publications continued to develop into more broad fields and, as well, into a type of trans-disciplinarity. When I first join IASA/AIHA in 1987, critical theory, the precursor to cultural studies, was for the most part lacking. While the scholarship was rigorous, it was, in many cases, couched within traditional frameworks that did not always allow room for the theoretical.
    I am delighted to say that over the years things have changed, the playing field is much more broad than it was in 1987. But there is still more work we need to do. Most recently, IASA established a refereed publication, IASA Annual. Our  new editor, Robert Oppedisano, will need our help in getting it up and running. Secondly, membership has fallen over the years. We shall have to examine possible reasons, engage in a self-study as to what has changed and how that may have affected membership, and develop a strategy to increase membership. Thirdly, we need to be sure that along with increased membership there is a more broadening of representation of the various fields of inquiry. As implied above, we live in an inter- if not trans-disciplinary world, and we need to be sure that all fields of intellectual interrogation are well represented by and within IASA.



    Jessica Femiani 

    Doctoral student in the Department of English and Creative Writing at Binghamton University and an adjunct professor at SUNY Broome Community College.

    I first became a member of the Italian American Studies Association in 2012. At the 2013 Conference in New Orleans I presented my master's thesis, written under the supervision of Robert Viscusi at Brooklyn College, Polytextual Recovery in Immigration Memoir. In 2014 I worked with former president George Guida to arrange an intergenerational poetry reading, Ten Writers Read, that followed the opening reception at the University of Toronto. As a member of the Conference Committee for this year’s Conference in Washington D.C., I collaborated with colleagues to review proposals and coordinate programming. In D.C. I also presented creative work in Negotiating Transnational Identity, as well as a critical paper The Poetics of Maria Mazziotti Gillan: The Diasporic Condition. Both panels sprung from my work this past summer in the Italian Diaspora Studies Summer School at the University of Calabria, which allowed young scholars to forge connections with one another, and work with leading scholars in the field. 

    The opportunity to dialogue is essential and an organized effort must be made to schedule networking opportunities for scholars new to IASA, not only to meet and greet, but also to encourage scholarly collaborations that may assist to increase the presence of Italian Diaspora Studies at other related national conferences: MELUS, NAES, ASA, etc.

    Lastly, the recent development of the IASA Annual has created a committee to nominate and select a diverse grouping of established scholars. It is my intention to prioritize women applicants as well as established scholars with a progressive edge. 


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