IASA Statement on Anti-Racism and Solidarity

The Italian American Studies Association  (IASA) mourns the death of George Floyd and the many who have lost their lives to police brutality before him.

IASA deplores and condemns the racial terror and violence that shape the lives of black and brown people and other marginalized communities in the United States, Italy, and around the world.

As scholars focused on the history and culture of Italians in the United States, we recognize that over the course of many decades Italian Americans have worked to overcome widespread anti-Italian discrimination and have come to enjoy the rights and privileges of being seen as white in America. Therefore, IASA values the contributions of all racial, ethnic, and religious groups to American society, and IASA stands in solidarity with social justice movements such as Black Lives Matter, aimed at dismantling systemic racism that continues to hinder communities, criminal justice systems, educational institutions, places of employment, healthcare organizations, and housing practices in our country. Finally, IASA encourages members to support the right to peaceful assembly enshrined in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

In our roles as educators, researchers, and artists, we commit to vigorous and wholehearted participation in our democracy, both inside and outside of the classroom, and we stand with those who are demanding meaningful change.

This statement affirms our commitment to anti-racist practices in our work and interactions and our pledge to use our skills and resources to actively eliminate racism and advance the production of knowledge for social justice.

Monthly Zoom Presentations for 2020-2021

Session #1: What’s the future have in store for the Italian American Studies Association?

Session #2: "Italian Americans On Screen"

Session #3:
July 22, 2020 at 3:00 PM (Eastern)
Title: "Directing The Sopranos: David Chase, Lorraine Senna, and the Visual"
Jonathan J. Cavallero, Associate Professor, Bates College

Session #4: August 7, 2020 at 3:00 PM (Eastern)
Title: "Pedagogy: Teaching an Italian-American Syllabus or Module"
Josephine Gattuso Hendin, Professor, Department of English, New York University and Phil Sipiora, Professor, Department of English, University of South Florida (so far) to present on teaching Italian American studies

Session #5: September Creative Writing Reading TBD
Poets: Nicole Santalucia, English Department, Shippensburg University

Session #6: October TBD
Title: "Queering the Italian Diaspora"
Ryan Calabretta-Sajder, Assistant Professor of Italian, World Languages, Literatures & Cultures, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and Domenico Beneventi, Associate Professor, Department of Arts, Languages and Literatures, University of Sherbrooke

Session #7: November  TBD
Title: "Italian-American Women Writers"

Session #8: December TBD
Title: "Don DeLillo"
Bryan Santin
, Assistant Professor, School of Arts and Sciences, Concordia University Irvine, and Alan J. Gravano, Assistant Professor and Writing Center Director, Rocky Mountain University

Italian American Studies Association

The Association seeks to advance scholarship and creative expression of the wide-ranging experiences of Italians in the diaspora. The Association is open to scholars, students, teachers, artists, writers, and all who share this interest.