• 27 Mar 2018 by Alan Gravano

    Position Announcement

    Queens College of The City University of New York invites applications for a Lecturer-Doctoral Schedule Position in its Counselor Education graduate program beginning in August 2018.  After five years of service, the Lecturer is eligible for a certificate of continuous employment (CCE), which is the equivalent of tenure for faculty hired to teach and perform related faculty functions.  The 60-credit Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) degree leads to New York State Certification in School Counseling.  The 60 credit Master of Science (M.S.) degree in mental health counseling is registered with New York State and leads NY State licensure (LMHC). Candidate must have an earned doctoral degree in in Counselor Education from a CACREP accredited program. Excellent ABD candidates with a firm completion date preferably before July 1, 2018, will be considered. Candidates who are licensed or license eligible as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in New York State, are preferred.

    Responsibilities include (1) teaching nine [9] graduate courses each academic year in the Counselor Education graduate program (mental health and school counseling) in areas including Counseling Techniques, Developmental Psychology, Counseling Foundations, Mental Health and/or School Counseling Internship, Child and Adolescent Counseling, and Counseling Theories and Methods; (2) supervise and monitor students and supervisors in practicum and internship seminars; (3) liaise with outside agencies to establish new practicum and internship sites; (4) coordination of fieldwork experiences, including performing site visits as needed; (5) student advising and (6) university service. The following qualifications are highly desirable: (1) Two or more years of teaching experience within a Counselor Education graduate program, (2)  Two or more years of experience mentoring and advising graduate Counselor Education graduate students, (3) Two or more years of experience in university-based supervision of fieldwork of Counselor Education graduate students, and (4) Interest and experience in working in urban, multicultural and multilingual settings.. Strong collaborative and organizational skills are required. Competitive salary and benefits commensurate with qualifications and experience. Summer teaching is possible.  

    To apply, go to https://cuny.jobs/, in the box under "What," enter "18412." Click on "Counselor Education Lecturer – Doctoral Schedule." Click on the "Apply Now" button and follow the instructions.

  • 09 Feb 2018 by Alan Gravano

    Unlikely Archives and (Un)documented Transactions In Italian Americana

    This panel invites contributions that approach the Italian American experience through a variety of alternative modes, genres and media such as comics, pulp fiction, songs and sound, home movies, performance, pornography, social media, fandom, ephemera, and other materials. Where and how are Italian American identities legible or detectable even when not explicitly registered? With what other cultures and communities – racial, sexual, religious, class-based etc. – have Italian Americans interacted and intersected? In line with the 2019 MLA presidential theme, the panel highlights how these unlikely archives can produce “textual transactions” that shed light on the complex ways of being Italian in America. Seeking contributions especially in queer and gender studies, race and ethnic studies, including Native American Studies, music and film studies, working class studies, migration and diaspora studies.

     Contact Clarissa Clò at cclo@mail.sdsu.edu for further information or to submit abstracts of 250 words and short bios of no more than 150 words, by March 15, 2018.

  • 01 Jan 2018 by Alan Gravano

    Dear Colleagues,

    Please consider submitting an abstract and share with any colleague who may be interested in the following session for the AAIS 2018 Conference, 14-17 June 2018, Sant’Anna Institute, Sorrento, Italy https://aais.wildapricot.org/conference:



    Italian food is globally viewed as a treasure of Italian national identity. While Italy’s economy has shrunk, the green economy is booming. What is the influence of social elements on the organic food market? What is the role of memory, nostalgia for the past, and the desire to show “distinctive” taste and consumer behavior? Can the organic, ethically sourced, and sustainable market feed the world? Doesn’t the “from farm to table” trend often become a “from farm to fable” lie as many investigations have revealed? And lastly, is the phenomenon recent, or is it rooted in the past?  

    Organizer: Patrizia La Trecchia, University of South Florida, patrizia@usf.edu

    Please submit a 200 word abstract and a short bio to Patrizia La Trecchia patrizia@usf.edu by January 10, 2018.


    Kind regards,


    Patrizia LaTrecchia, Ph.D. 

    patrizia@usf.edu | Associate Professor University of South Florida | USA

  • 12 Jul 2018 by Alan Gravano

    Proposed Vacancy Announcement (ECP Series)

    The Office of the Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs at Queens College is currently conducting a search for an Associate Provost for Research and Faculty Affairs.

    The Associate Provost for Research and Faculty Affairs reports to the Provost and is a senior member of her leadership team. The Associate Provost acts as the Provost’s deputy and, in her absence, may be authorized to act on her behalf. As a representative of the Provost, the Associate Provost is expected to have a deep understanding of the College’s Strategic Plan, and to make decisions and implement changes in terms of the context that it provides. For further details as well as instructions for how to apply, please click on http://www2.cuny.edu/employment/ and search for position number 18711. Review of applications to begin after August 8, 2018.

    Equal Employment Opportunity

    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.

  • 01 Jun 2018 by Alan Gravano

    Finance Coordinator - Accounting (Multiple Vacancies)

    Job ID: 18818

    Queens College seeks a Finance Coordinator to assist in the daily operations of the Accounting/Accounts Payable Office.  Reporting directly to the Finance and Business Affairs Director, the Finance Coordinator will be responsible for assisting in the daily operations within the Office. For more information and how to apply, please visit https://cuny.jobs/ and in the box under ‘’what’’ and enter ‘18818.’  Click on “Finance Coordinator - Accounting (Multiple Vacancies).” EO/AA

  • 25 May 2018 by Alan Gravano

    Proposed Vacancy Announcement

    (HEO Series)

    The Art Department in Queens College is currently conducting a search for an aHEO position as an Administrative Coordinator. For more information about this full-time position, please visit:


    Equal Employment Opportunity

    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.

  • 30 Apr 2018 by Margherita Ganeri

    The Fulbright scholar will teach one courses, Seminar style, at Graduate, Master level, 6 hours per week, Average class size: 40 students.

    Course and syllabus requirements: Detailed syllabus provided in advance with reading materials provided via pdf. Students will have to write a paper of 10 pages on an individual topic decided with the instructor.

    Other activities: Student advising and tutorials.

    In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation. To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars will be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities‎.
    Three months

    March 10, 2020


    University of Calabria, Department of Humanities, www.unical.itwww.disu.unical.it

    Please see Specializations below

    Italian-American Studies: the experience of Italians and Italian-Americans within the United States. This is an interdisciplinary field that intersects with History, Anthropology, Folklore, American Literature, Italian Literature, Cinema, Media, Music, Economy, Law and more. We welcome applications from scholars of any of these fields, and in particular of Italian Studies, English Literature, Anthropology, Folklore, Cinema and Media Studies, Music and Performing Arts, Diaspora Studies, Sociology, Working-Class Studies, Labor Studies, Community-Engaged Scholarship (CES), History, Memory and Heritage Studies.


    Research and Collaboration with peers;Teaching or guest lecturing at other university departments and other institutions in the city of affiliation of the scholar; Introduction and interaction with the local and university community.

    Other opportunities: Conference organization and participation both at the University of Calabria and at other institutions in the South of Italy. Opportunity to be involved in the advanced international two-week seminar: Italian Diaspora Studies Spring Seminar, that takes place at the University of Calabria at the end of May–beginning of June.

    Application Requirements

    A letter of invitation should not be sought

    English, no other language is needed for lecturing.

    Applicant Profile

    Open to academics and appropriately qualified professionals outside of academia

    Preference will be given to Full and Associate professors, but lower ranks will be accepted, too, on the basis of original and innovative proposals for the course syllabus required within the application. Minimum 7.years of teaching experience after PhD. Outstanding professionals/non-academics will be considered. A research record is required but can be replaced by an artistic and/or a professional record.

    Additional Information


    Academic calendar: The Academic year is divided in two semesters. The second one goes from March 5 to June 6 2020. Academic Calendars are available on UniCal Website at the beginning of each academic year.

    Information about visas: U.S. grantees must apply for a Study Visa (D) at the Italian Embassy or Consulate having jurisdiction in the State where they reside. The Commission will support their application with a letter that will be sent to grantees after they have signed the official grant authorization, but will not be able to assist grantees in their application procedures. Italian embassy and consulates are the sole authorities in matters pertaining visa issues.

    Due to restrictions in the Italian Immigration Law, there are potential challenges related to the duration of grantees’ stay in Italy, and to the visa and permit-to-stay for their dependents.

    The requested duration of grantees’ stay in Italy should not be much longer than the official grant period.  In case of significant discrepancy (more than 30 days overall), the Consulate may reject the grantees visa request.

    Grantees who wish to be accompanied to Italy by their family dependents should be aware that the Commission cannot sponsor their dependents’ visas. Available options are:

    1.              Dependents may stay in Italy without a visa for a period of 90 days

    2.              Dependents may enroll in an Italian language course and apply for their own study visa (the Commission cannot assist in identifying the course nor does it have the funding to allocate to this purpose)

    3.              Dependents could apply for a Ricongiungimento Familiare. The procedure entails that grantees travel to Italy on their own and once they arrive in Italy they must request a nulla osta per il ricongiungimento familiare. The nulla osta will be issued within 180 days from the request which may exceed their grant length. Only then dependents will be able to travel to Italy to join the grantees and to apply for a permit to stay for ricongiungimento familiare.


    CLIA Website

    CLIA Facebook Page

    Italian Diaspora Studies

    Italian Diaspora Studies Facebook Page

    Additional information about this award and the University of Calabria

    Information about the Italian higher education system and Italian universities: CIMEAMIUR 

    Contact person at the U.S.-Italy Fulbright Commission: Barbara Pizzella, Senior Program Officer, bpizzella@fulbright.it










    The cost of accommodation is on the visiting scholar. UniCal provides assistance in finding the best apartment according to her/his needs among the many residential centers on campus, and offers it at a very competitive cost: one bedroom apt costs 150 euro a month all included. For larger units, the price increases up to 250 euro a month. All the apartments are furnished with bed(s), dresser(s), closet(s), desk(s) and chairs. They are equipped with bed linen and towels, have WiFi, and a separate kitchen without supplies. There is access to laundry facilities (with extra charge). A weekly cleaning service is included (replacement of towels and bed linen, cleaning of washrooms, vacuum and dusting/wiping of surfaces).

    UniCal offers an on-campus kindergarten service for children up to 4 years old. Dependents are welcome either for free or at discounted rates to enrolling into the Sport Center and in the activities on campus such as seminars, conferences, cinemas, theatres, library, museums.

    UniCal’s Language Center offers courses in Italian and other languages at no cost for visiting scholars. 

    Secretarial/student assistance, a graduate student is hired as tutor of the course in Italian-American Culture and Literature.

    Access to library facilities and office space, personal computer available upon request.

    Access to computer network and other IT resources, access to university canteen with a plan of up to two meals a day at the cost of 9 euro per day.

    Facilitated access to UniCal’s sport center. Occasional discounts are available on tickets for the seasons of UniCal’s two theatres and cinemas.

    Please refer to the figures above for an estimate of Fulbright award benefits. Benefits may include a monthly base stipend, living and housing allowances, and additional one-time allowances. Benefits may vary based on a scholar's current academic rank (or professional equivalent), the city of placement, the type of award (teaching, teaching/research, or research), and the number of and duration of stay of accompanying dependents. In most cases, dependent housing and living allowances will not be provided to Flex grantees. Final grant amounts will be determined prior to the start of the 2019-2020 academic year and are subject to the availability of funds. The United States Department of State reserves the right to alter, without notice, participating countries, number of awards and allowances.

    The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers up to 20 grants across ten award categories, including an All Disciplines award and a Distinguished Chair award. 

    Two Fulbright-Schuman awards are offered at the European University Institute in Florence in the field of European Union studies.


    The program in Italy is open to scholars and professionals from all disciplines; preferences are indicated under individual award descriptions and on the U.S.-Italy Fulbright Commission's website. Scholars may be invited to give occasional lectures or seminars at various Italian universities. Some of the awards offer accommodations or a financial contribution to offset housing costs.

    The academic calendar is November 1 to June 20, with the first semester from November to February and the second semester from March to June.

    Selected grantees must enter Italy on a study or, in some cases, a research visa covering the authorized length of grant. Basic information about the two visas and their application process is available at the Italy Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. The U.S.-Italy Fulbright Commission will also publish an informational note on its website. The possibility to stay for longer periods and/or being accompanied by dependents is subject to the provisions and restrictions of Italian Law.

    Prospective applicants may visit the U.S.-Italy Fulbright Commission website. For further information, contact Barbara Pizzella, Senior Program Officer at the Commission, at bpizzella@fulbright.it.

  • 16 Apr 2018 by Alan Gravano

    Baseball Italian Style brings together the memories of major leaguers of Italian heritage whose collective careers span almost a century, from the 1930s up to today. In these first-person accounts, baseball fans will meet at an intimate level the players they cheered as heroes or jeered as adversaries, as well as coaches, managers, front-office executives, and umpires. The men who speak in this collection, which includes eight Hall of Famers (Yogi Berra, Phil Rizzuto, Ron Santo, Craig Biggio, Mike Piazza, Tom Lasorda, Tony La Russa, and Joe Torre) go beyond facts and figures to provide an inside look at life in the big leagues. Their stories provide a time capsule that documents not only the evolution of Italian American participation in the national pastime but also the continuity of the game and the many changes that have taken place, on and off the field. At a time when statistical analysis plays an increasingly prominent role in the sport, the monologues in this book are a reminder that the history of baseball is passed on to future generations more eloquently, and with much greater passion, through the words of those who lived it than it is by numerical data.

    About the Author:

    Lawrence Baldassaro, professor emeritus of Italian at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, is the author of Beyond DiMaggio: Italian Americans in Baseball, editor of Ted Williams: Reflections on a Splendid Life, and coeditor of The American Game: Baseball and Ethnicity. He has published articles in numerous sports encyclopedias and journals, has been a contributing writer for the Milwaukee Brewers’ Gameday magazine since 1990, and wrote the chapter on sports for The Routledge History of Italian Americans. He resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

  • 21 Mar 2018 by Alan Gravano

    With deepest sorrow, we send this brief tribute on behalf of our dear colleague, JoAnne Ruvoli, who passed away unexpectedly on March 15, 2018. Diagnosed in December with a severe strain of leukemia, JoAnne was completing a second round of chemo, feeling tired but hopeful about full recovery.

    Those of us who knew her well or had met her for the first time knew JoAnne Ruvoli to be a deeply generous person, and a brilliant scholar and creative thinker. After completing a dissertation on Italian American literary culture in 2011 at the University of Illinois—Chicago, JoAnne was recipient of a prestigious Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at UCLA, where she developed classes in Italian American Studies, worked with archivists, ran conferences, and illuminated her wide-ranging talents as an interdisciplinary scholar across fields and genres.  JoAnne’s profound dedication to teaching continued in her work at Ball State University where she shared her excitement about Italian American literature with students who truly appreciated her intense love for heritage culture and the beauty of language.

    As a long-time member of the Italian American Studies Association (formerly AIHA), JoAnne Ruvoli’s work on behalf of this organization was prolonged and innovative as she delivered our website to the twenty-first century, her technical virtuosity only one of the skill sets she possessed.  The papers she delivered at IASA conferences (and our sister conference at Calandra Institute) were gems in the making and many were ultimately published in a variety of journals, one just released in the journal, MELUS (which was also another beloved organization to which JoAnne contributed so much).  Recent essays on Italian American history for Routledge and on Alison Bechdel for the MLA Teaching Approaches Volume are just two examples of JoAnne’s dedication to intersecting fields of history, literature, and film. An adept intellect fueled by unending curiosity, JoAnne was at the epicenter of a disparate and multifarious community of writers, teachers, and scholars. Countless texts--conference papers, articles, books, syllabi--came to be or were much improved by way of the conversations she led or engaged in with those of us fortunate enough to know her. JoAnne raised the level and widened the field of any discourse. And she did so with humility and grace, with innocent enthusiasm and hard-earned wisdom.

    But JoAnne Ruvoli was more than a listing of her sundry accomplishments to be placed on a curriculum vita.  She knew how important publishing, teaching, and service were and she epitomized a surfeit of generosity in each area. Yet she knew something else was more vital, more necessary to her living in the world as one of the most decent and virtuous women we have had the honor of knowing. She knew that kindness couldn’t be bargained with, and she was kind. She knew that maintaining close relationships were the most important way to love in the world. And JoAnne illuminated that love in all walks of life: with her husband, Henry, and her twin sister, JoEllen: these beloved relationships enhanced JoAnne’s capacity for love for her parents and brothers, and for her friends and colleagues. 

    We are heartbroken by JoAnne’s passing; we know that her death diminishes us. We thank her for the depth of her knowledge, the generosity of her being, and her sterling self.

    A memorial celebration will take place in Chicago on April 14, 2018, which is also JoAnne’s birthday. Further details will be sent out when made available.

    By Mary Jo Bona & Jessica Maucione

  • 21 Mar 2018 by Alan Gravano

    Last week the Italian-American community of scholars and teachers lost a dear friend. JoAnne Ruvoli succumbed to her battle with cancer on Friday, March 17. JoAnne was an assistant professor of English at Ball State University. Previously, a Mellon postdoc and visiting assistant professor at UCLA. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago where she specialized in multi-ethnic American literature and also earned an Interdepartmental Concentration in Gender and Women’s Studies. She had published articles on D. W. Griffith, Women Screenwriters of Early Cinema, Mario Puzo, Carole Maso, and Jane Addams’ Hull-House. She co-edited a 2008 special issue of Voices in Italian Americana that focuses on “Reconsidering Mario Puzo,” and previous to that project, for four years, was Assistant Editor at the now-defunct fiction journal Other Voices. In 2007, she won the Frederick Stern Award for Excellence in Teaching at University of Illinois at Chicago where she taught American literature courses in multi-ethnic literature, gender in literature, and writing.

    Mary Jo Bona has agreed to write a few words about JoAnne's connections to the American Italian Historical Association and the Italian American Studies Association and will be posted in a few days. 

    JoAnne, you will be missed. I am lucky to have known you.

    With deepest sympathies, 

    Alan J. Gravano, President

    JoAnne Ruvoli (r.) with friend, colleague, and mentor Mary Jo Bona, Chicago 2013

  • 06 Mar 2018 by Alan Gravano


    Italian American and Italian Canadian Is Multi-Ethnic Too


    Class, gender, migration, history, diaspora, ethnicity, politics, radicals, working class, cinema, foodways, literature, media, popular culture, cultural studies, theory, 250-word abstract. Ryan Calabretta-Sajder, U of Arkansas, Fayetteville (calabret@uak.edu); Alan Gravano, Rocky Mountain U (agravano@rmuohp.edu)

    Deadline for submissions: Saturday, March 24, 2018

    Alan J. Gravano, Rocky Mountain U (alan.gravano@outlook.com )

  • 26 Feb 2018 by Robert Oppedisano

    Queens College, City University of New York, seeks an innovative and engaging Outreach Communication Librarian to join our Library faculty by Summer/Fall 2018 to provide leadership in communicating and promoting Queens College Library’s value and accomplishments to the Queens College (QC) community and beyond. Reporting to the Chief Librarian, the Outreach Communication Librarian will formulate the Library’s outreach communication strategy, assist with coordinating Library activities related to College and external relations, and pursue collaborative relationships across the College, the University, and the borough of Queens.

    Working closely with the Chief Librarian and relevant committees, this new position will coordinate the plans, policies, and practices in outreach and communications, and align these activities with the Queens College Library's mission. The candidate will promote the Library's teaching, collecting, and service activities in support of the QC curriculum, and will work collaboratively to organize and promote Library public programs in an effort to bring renewed relevance to the Library. Such outreach contributes to the enhanced use of Library resources and services, and directly advances student success. The successful candidate will be an exceptional verbal communicator who will oversee formal Library communications, create communication plans and user surveys, coordinate Library public programming, help evaluate the student user experience, produce promotional publications, oversee branding and signage, enhance subject liaison communication, assist with grant and fundraising activities, and participate in improving the Library’s overall online presence. The successful candidate will also be flexible and collaborative, and engaged with emerging issues in library outreach, communications, and promotion.

    The Outreach Communication Librarian will work with the teams for scholarly communication, digital initiatives, digital scholarship, collections, and instruction to promote the public service activities of the Library. This position will also participate in the shared public service activities of providing reference assistance, teaching sessions and courses, and serving as a collection development bibliographer. The Assistant Professor's responsibilities will also include scholarly achievement.

    The successful candidate will participate in professional and service activities that enhance QC’s strategic goals and the Library’s mission.

    Queens College, City University of New York, is an engine of social mobility, a public institution serving New York City’s highly diverse and global population. Our 19,000 students realize their potential through our undergraduate and graduate degrees, honors programs, and experiential learning opportunities (including internships, service learning, and research). Located in the heart of Queens, at the crossroads of public higher education and the NYC workforce, Queens College graduates the most teachers, counselors, and principals in the NY metropolitan area, has more computer science majors than any NYC college, has the third largest business and accounting program of any school in NY State, and has renowned programs in the fine & performing arts, humanities, social sciences, and STEM.


    All titles require a Master's in Library Science (MLS), Master's in Library Information Studies (MLIS), or closely related discipline from an ALA-accredited institution. Also required is the ability to work with others for the good of the institution. For appointment as an Assistant Professor, a second graduate degree is required. If appointed as Instructor, which is a non-tenure track title, the candidate must complete a second graduate degree within 5 years to be eligible for the tenure track as an Assistant Professor.

    A minimum of 3 years’ professional library experience; reference and instruction and collection development experience; web content writing and social media writing experience; excellent written communication skills.

    The preferred qualifications are: professional academic library experience; experience in outreach services, experience with HTML, CSS, and CMS platforms (e.g. WordPress, etc.); experience with design and layout using graphic design software (e.g. Adobe Creative, etc.); experience in project management (i.e. plans, timelines, deliverables, assessments, reporting); experience in grant writing or fundraising; experience supervising support staff.


    CUNY offers a competitive compensation and benefits package to its faculty, covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, savings programs, and employee tuition waiver. We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development. Queens College provides access to temporary on-campus housing to facilitate relocation, access to on-campus daycare, and advisement on public schools for parents with school age children.


    If you are viewing this job posting on any website other than CUNYfirst, please follow the instructions below:

    ·         Go to cuny.jobs

    ·         In the box under "What", enter "18302"

    ·         Click on "Outreach Communication Librarian (Assistant Professor or Instructor)"

    ·         Click on the "Apply Now" button and follow the instructions.

    Please note that the candidates must upload a cover letter describing related qualifications and experience, resume, and the name and contact information of three (3) professional references as ONE DOCUMENT in any of the following formats: .doc, .docx, or .pdf format.

    **Please use a simple name for the document that you uploaded, for example: JDoeResume. Documents with long names cannot be parsed by the application system.

    CLOSING DATE  April 2, 2018


    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.

  • 16 Feb 2018 by Alan Gravano

    Emerging Technologies and Digital Scholarship Librarian (Assistant Professor or Instructor) in Queens, New York


    Often referred to as "the jewel of the CUNY system", Queens College sits on 80 acres of land and is a place of contrast: an urban school in a suburban setting. It is a place where a large and diverse student body receives personalized attention. This formula has made us one of New York's premier educational institutions. With a mission to prepare students to become leading citizens of an increasingly global society, we offer a rigorous education in the liberal arts and sciences under the guidance of a faculty dedicated to both teaching and research. Our liberal arts, science and pre-professional programs earn us high rankings in prestigious college guides such as The Princeton Review America's Best Value colleges. Our students graduate with the ability to think critically, address complex problems, explore various cultures, use modern technologies and information resources, and have won prominence in nearly every field.

    Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library is a mecca of campus activity and learning, drawing in thousands of students and faculty. Opened in 1988, it is named for the late Queens Congressman, who was a champion of progressive causes. The Library, which houses one million hard copy and electronic books, more than 3,000 media titles, and more than 50,000 online serials, plays an integral role in supporting the information needs of the students and faculty of the College.

    Queens College Benjamin Rosenthal Library seeks a collaborative, motivated, and service-oriented Emerging Technology and Digital Scholarship Librarian to join its team of faculty librarians in May 2018.

    The Emerging Technology and Digital Scholarship Librarian (ETDS), a new position, will work to develop a center for innovation and program of digital pedagogy in the Queens College Libraries. This space was developed through an educational technology grant and is the result of collaboration among the Queens College Libraries, the Graduate School of Library Science, and the Center for Teaching and Learning.

    We seek a creative, collaborative librarian who can take the lead in the development of these new initiatives. The ETDS librarian will work collaboratively to support the development of the new initiatives to create high-impact learning spaces within the library that make use of new technology and digital pedagogies. In addition to leading relevant digital initiatives in the library, the ETDS librarian will support the digital initiatives already underway in disciplines such as sociology, English, and mathematics.

    As part of the Reference and Instruction Team, the ETDS Librarian will identify, develop, implement, and assess new technology that supports the digital scholarship of Queens College faculty and students. The successful candidate will assess the need for technology-based spaces within the library; manage relevant digital projects; develop grant proposals; provide training in digital tools both within the library and across campus; stay current with new trends in digital scholarship and educational technology; develop digital pedagogies; select and/or develop tools and instructional materials according to student needs; and participate in the college’s open access and publishing activities. The ETDS librarian will actively seek out partnerships with faculty and students engaged in digital scholarship as well as offices across campus including the Center for Teaching and Learning.

    As a member of the Queens College Library Faculty, this position will participate in the library’s instruction program, providing course-integrated instruction as well as working with students in less-formal learning spaces. The librarian in this position will also provide reference assistance in person and online, and participate in professional and service activities that enhance the QC library’s mission. The librarian in this position will also serve as a subject liaison as needed.

    The successful candidate will participate in professional and service activities that enhance QC’s strategic goals and the Library’s mission. A second graduate degree is required for initial appointment to the tenure track position of Assistant Professor, whose responsibilities also include scholarly achievement. If appointed as Instructor, which is a non-tenure track title, the candidate must complete a second graduate degree within 5 years to be eligible for the tenure track as an Assistant Professor.

    The successful candidate will be flexible, collaborative, and capable of assessing and adapting to the changing needs of the QC community and the library.



    All titles require a Master's in Library Science (MLS), Master's in Library Information Studies (MLIS), or closely related discipline from an ALA-accredited institution. For appointment at the Assistant Professor level, a second graduate degree is required. If appointed as Instructor, which is a non-tenure track title, the candidate must complete a second graduate degree within 5 years to be eligible for the tenure track as an Assistant Professor. Also required is the ability to work with others for the good of the institution.


    ·       Knowledge of and experience with digital scholarship pedagogies, methods and technologies, for instance: text mining, topic modeling, data visualization, mapping and GIS, digitization, multimedia pedagogy, and/or the creation, management, description and preservation of digital objects

    ·       Experience collaborating with faculty and academic staff to support digital scholarship and pedagogy

    ·       Experience with high-impact interactive learning spaces such as makerspaces

    ·       Knowledge of academic and library technologies, including learning management systems, library utility software, and other relevant tools

    ·       Experience implementing and/or managing digital projects, especially grant-funded projects

    ·       Ability to assess and address the changing needs of a diverse college community as they relate to the development of and training in digital tools and pedagogies.


    CUNY offers a competitive compensation and benefits package to its faculty, covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, savings programs, and employee tuition waver. We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development. Queens College provides access to temporary on-campus housing to facilitate relocation, access to on-campus daycare, and advisement on public schools for parents with school-age children.


    ·       Go to cuny.jobs

    ·       In the box under "What", enter "18291"

    ·       Click on "Emerging Technologies and Digital Scholarship Librarian (Assistant Professor or Instructor)"

    ·       Click on the "Apply Now" button and follow the instructions.

    Please note that the candidates should upload a cover letter describing related qualifications and experience, and CV as ONE DOCUMENT in any of the following formats: .doc, .docx, or .pdf format.

    **Please use a simple name for the document that you uploaded, for example: JDoeResume. Documents with long names cannot be parsed by the application system.

    If appropriate, the cover letter should provide links to and descriptions of candidates’ contributions to digital projects.


    March 15, 2018


    CUNY Job Posting: Faculty


    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.

    Job Title: Emerging Technologies and Digital Scholarship Librarian (Assistant Professor or Instructor)

    Job ID: 18291

    Location: Queens College

    Full/Part Time: Full-Time

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    For more information or to apply, please visit: https://cuny.jobs/queens-ny/emerging-technologies-and-digital-scholarship-librarian-assistant-professor-or-instructor/2EF7C877B3C049D796FBD0FEA8D1D1E8/job/​​​

  • 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.


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