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Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 6:30 pm

New Perspectives on Italian American History
A conversation with historians Nancy Carnevale and Jennifer Guglielmo
Moderated by writer Joanna Clapps Herman

Tenement Museum Shop, 108 Orchard Street at Delancey
F to Delancey; B/D to Grand
Free and open to the public

Carnevale and Guglielmo will discuss their recent books on Italian immigrant history and discuss new directions in the field before inviting the audience to ask questions. Joanna Clapps Herman, co-author of Our Roots are Deep with Passion, will moderate.

Nancy Carnevale specializes in the history of immigration, race and ethnicity in the U.S. Her most recent book, A New Language, A New World: Italian Immigrants in the United States, 1890-1945 (University of Illinois Press, 2009) is an inquiry into the experience of language for Italian immigrants and their children. She is currently working on a comparative study of Italian American and African American relations in urban and suburban New Jersey. She is an Associate Professor of History at Montclair State University.

Jennifer Guglielmo specializes in the history of immigration, race, women, and labor in the United States, and is an Associate Professor of History at Smith College. Her recent book Living the Revolution: Italian Women's Resistance and Radicalism in New York City, 1880-1945 (UNC Press, 2010) documents Italian immigrant women's commitment to revolutionary and transnational social movements, and explores how this activism diminished as they became white working-class Americans. She is currently translating and compiling Italian immigrant women's anarchist-feminist writing from the early twentieth century for her next publication, My Rebelious Heart.

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September 22, 2010, NYC: BOOK LAUNCH PARTY for Jennifer Guglielmo's
YORK CITY, 1880-1945 (UNC Press, 2010). John D. Calandra Italian
American Institute (CUNY), 6pm.

Guglielmo will be joined by historian Gerald Meyer, actress Chiara
Montalto and artist Annie Lanzillotto. 25 West 43rd Street (5/6), 17th
floor, New York, NY. Free and open to the public. Seating is limited.
Please call (212) 642-2094 to pre-register and be prepared to show a
photo ID to the building's concierge.


THE FLAT EARTH: WheredaFFFhuck did New York go?

"Once named one of "200 Essential New Yorkers," (NY Times/Smithsonian
Folklife Festival), and now one of the thousands of NYC's evicted, Annie
Lanzillotto leads the hunt for a spiritual New York, taking the Dixon Place
audience on a journey down the block and around the corner to Prince and
Elizabeth Streets, where, sitting atop the corner blue mailbox, her
narrative weaves a palimpsest of the geology of Manhattan and how it
supports the current condo construction on that corner over where the old
mozzarella maker used to be. Just how far down is the Manhattan Schist we
stand and build upon? Her narrative creates a relic of a "real New Yorker."
Is New York for New Yorkers anymore? Where can a New Yorker go? How can a
New Yorker stay? Were New Yorkers asking themselves these same questions a
hundred years ago? Lanzillotto overlays the questions of era's past trying
to find her own New York, easily shifting between descriptions of tectonic
plates and Manhattan Schist, statistics of accidents between horses and cars
in 1950, and today's numbers of evicted. Surreal visions deconstructing
urban planning, offer a Fellini-esque look at old New York, and posit
creative solutions for the future to where the evicted, "whose expulsion
from the urban Eden" just might go and what they might create, citing the
history of the creation of Venice by a bunch of refugees on the run from the

Thursday, Friday and Saturday June 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28* and July 3, 4**,
5 at 8:00pm. *June 28th includes a special post Dyke March "How to Mount a
Mailbox" contest! **July 4th includes a pre-show pizza bask at 6:30pm, show
at 7:00pm!

*@ Dixon Place* located on 258 Bowery, 2nd Floor, btwn. Houston and Prince
Streets; Gen. Admission: $15, student/senior $12

For advance tickets & information go to** OR contact
Leslie at* (212)219-0736 x.112*

John D. Calandra Italian American Institute
Queens College, CUNY


Critical Histories: Towards a New Perspective on Italian Americans
a symposium

Saturday, September 22, 2007
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

25 West 43rd Street, 18th Floor
between 5th and 6th Avenues

Keynote Speakers

* Donna R. Gabaccia, Immigration History Research Center, University of

"Do We Still Need Italian American Studies?"

In 1965, studies of immigration and of immigrant Italians were marginal to
almost all scholarly enterprise in the U.S. In the intervening 40 years they
have entered the mainstream, with endowed professorships, degree programs,
professional societies and annual scholarly conferences. Italian-American
Studies has become more interdisciplinary and more international in
perspective. Is it possible for a scholarly field to become irrelevant as it
achieves success? What are the directions that best promise to keep a new
generation of scholarly researchers in conversation with each other, with
the communities that still give them sustenance, and with the broader fields
of ethnic studies and immigration studies in which they participate?

* Maddalena Tirabassi, Centro Altreitalie sulle Migrazioni Italiane,
Fondazione Giovanni Agnelli

"Representing Migration: New Views from Italy"

The presentation will start with a brief introduction on how the
representation of Italian migrations have changed over the last decades, and
on how Italian migrations have entered the public debate thus encouraging
the new research. The main focus will be on the research carried on by young
scholars on the subject of Italian migrations worldwide. It will illustrate
the outcome of the conference "Con gli occhi della globalizzazione. I nuovi
studiosi e la ricerca sulle migrazioni italiana" held in Turin on July 5-6,
2007. The last decades saw the emergence of a new kind of migrant and a
phenomenon that has been labelled "brain drain, brain gain, brain
circulation, new mobiles." Students among these new "mobiles" are closer and
more interested in the historical migratory phenomenon.


* David Aliano, The College of Mount Saint Vincent
"New Trends in the Study of Italian Identity in Latin America"

* Marcella Bencivenni, Hostos Community College/CUNY
"Italian-American Radicalism through the Lens of Culture"

* Nancy Carnevale, Montclair State University
"Ethnic Encounters and the Creation of Italian Americans"

* Jennifer Guglielmo, Smith College
"Writing the Politics of Power in Italian-American Women's History"

* Peter Vellon, Queens College/CUNY
"Africa tenebrosa, pelle rosse and la razza gialla: The Italian Immigrant
Press and the Language of Race, Color, and Civilization"

This event is free.

For further information see our Web site

Building management requires people attending events after business hours to
pre-register with the Calandra Institute by calling (212) 642-2094. You
will need to show a photo ID to the building's concierge.

The Calandra Institute is a university institute under the aegis of Queens


Sunday, April 14, 2007 from 10am to 5pm

The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute is pleased to announce
a poetry fest to celebrate the poetry of Italian America and its
essential place within the community. More than thirty poets from the
New York metropolitan area will gather at the Calandra Institute and
read from their work

When Saturday April 14, 2007 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Where John D. Calandra Italian American Institute
Queens College/CUNY
25 West 43rd Street, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10036

This event is free and open to the public.
Please RSVP either by phone (212.642.2094) or email (

The following poets are scheduled to appear!

10:00 George Guida
10:10 Julia Lisella
10:20 Angelo Verga
10:30 AnnaLisa Saccà
10:40 Vittora Repetto
10:50 Maria Lisella
11:00 Gil Fagiani
11:10 Paola Corso
11:20 Emily Ferrara
11:30 Diana Festa
11:40 VinniMarie D¹Ambrosio
11:50 Maria Famà
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 Rosette Capotorto
1:10 Annie Lanzillotto
1:20 Daniela Gioseffi
1:30 Rosemary Cappello
1:40 Al Tacconelli
1:50 Mary Jo Bona
2:00-2:20 A Celebration...
2:20 Irene Marchegiani
2:30 Luigi Fontanella
2:40 Claudio Angelini
2:50 Peter Carravetta
3:00 Joseph Tusiani, ³Perspectives in Prismatic Writing²
3:30 Michael Palma
3:40 Emanuel di Pasquale
3:50 Michael Cirelli
4:00 Luigi Bonaffini
4:10 Fred Gardaphé
4:20 Edi Giunta
4:30 Peter Covino
4:40 Robert Viscusi

Come celebrate the publication of B Amore's An Italian American Odyssey, Life line - filo della vita: Through Ellis Island and Beyond * the literal and visual evocation of the Life line exhibit that took place at Ellis Island 2000-01

March 8th, 2007 * 6PM * Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò, NYU, 24 W. 12th Street, NY, NY, 10011; 212-998-8730

April 11th, 2007 * 7:00PM * Vermont Italian American Cultural Association, Fletcher Free Library, 235
College Street, Burlington, VT, 05401; 802-865-7225

May 11th, 2007 * 7:30PM * Dante Society of Boston, 41 Hampshire Street, Cambridge, MA, 02139; 617-876-5160

May 23rd, 2007 * 7PM * Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 102 Dorset Street, Burlington, VT, 05403; 802-864-7505

For more info on the book see


Our Roots Are Deep with Passion: Creative Nonfiction Collects New
Essays by Italian-American Writers
Editors: Lee Gutkind and Joanna Clapps Herman

Thursday, October 5, 7:00 PM
BARNES & NOBLE, 396 Sixth Ave, New York, NY 10011
Readers: Mary Beth Caschetta, Jim Vescovi, Marianna Torgovnick, Annie
Lanzillotto, Phyllis Capello, Stephanie Susnjara, Ned Balbo, Jeanna,

Tuesday, October 10, 7:00 PM
MANHATTANVILLE COLLEGE, 2900 Purchase St, Purchase, NY 10577
Readers: Edvige Giunta, Joanna Clapps-Herman, Stephanie Susnjara, Maria
Laurino, Annie Lanzillotto

Thursday, October 12, 7:00 PM EST
reading + launch party
CASA ITALIANA - NYU, 24 West 12th St, New York, NY

Readers: Jim Vescovi, Joanna Clapps-Herman, Annie Lanzillotto, Edvige
Giunta, Phyllis Capello, Stephanie Susnjara, Regina Barreca, Ned Balbo,
Carol Bonomo Albright, Christine Palamidessi, Jeanna Canapari, Maria
Laurino, Carol Bonomo Albright, Christine Palamidessi Moore

Tuesday, November 7, 7:00 PM EST
KGB READING SERIES, 85 East 4th St, New York, NY 10003

Readers: Peter Selgin, Joanna Clapps-Herman, Annie Lanizillotto, Edvige


Il Comitato per il Repristino della Festa della Madonna Nera cordially invites you to the Third Annual Festa in Honor of the Sicilian Black Madonna del Tindari Friday, September 8, 2006, 6PM at the former site of her devotion The Phoenix Bar 447 East 13th Street, off of Avenue A Manhattan.

For the past two years, we have met on September 8th, the feast day of La Madonna Nera del Tindari, at the Phoenix Bar. (Images from 2004 and 2005 can be found at

Please bring a photograph and video camera this year if you like.) It has been an informal occasion to gather in community by sharing stories, poetry, and song, boogieing to the beat, kicking back with a drink or two, etc. It has been different things for different people: reclamation of a historical past, spiritual rejuvenation, a statement for justice and dignity, a night out on the town, all of that and more.

While celebrating the contemporary reclamation of the Black Madonna among Italian Americans and others, the revived festa recognizes the historic community and devotion. On September 8, 1905, immigrants from Patti (Messina), Sicily established the Il Comitato Pattese alla Vergine SS. del Tindari and celebrated their first festa in honor of La Madonna Nera in New York City. Eight years later, they opened a store front chapel/social club at 447 East 13th Street, that was in existence up until 1987. In 1998, the space was converted into the Phoenix Bar.

No Reservations Required. Just Show Up.


Come learn about the history of Italian American radicalism!! [Download brochure]

"One Big Union": The Idea, the Reality, the History
The IWW and a Century of Radical Labor Activism, 1905-2005
Conference and Celebration
Saturday, May 7, 2005
Paul Robeson Campus Center
Rutgers University, Newark Campus
350 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Newark, New Jersey

2005 marks one hundred years since the founding of the Industrial Workers of the World ("The Wobblies"), a profound event in American labor and radical history -- indeed in American history -- and a point from which it is possible to trace the fortunes and misfortunes of progressive and left politics in America for the rest of the century. This conference brings together scholars, actors, artists, and worker-activists, for dialogue and reflection on the following questions: What forces produced this extraordinary dream of a unified, indeed global movement of workers for radical social change--of bringing men and women across industries, cultures and languages into "One Big Union"? Who were these visionaries and what were their specific strategies? What were the movement's successes and failures? What events and counter-movements affected it? Where is it now? What is the history of the IWW in New Jersey? And what are the legacies and traditions of the IWW that matter for working people today? We hope that in answering these questions collectively we might better understand what light present and past shed on one another.


Write to Jennifer Guglielmo at or Flavia Alaya at for more info.


On Friday, March 18, 2005, a baker's dozen of women poets from the Monterey Bay Region will offer up a pot luck feast exploring the theme of women's relationships and experiences with food, both real and metaphorical.

The March 18 reading will be held at 7:30, Lecture Forum 102 at Monterey Peninsula College , 980 Fremont Street, Monterey.

The bill of fare will include a one-evening-only art installation, "The Table of Life," featuring symbolic place settings made by the poets. An additional place will be set for audience participation.

Donations from this event will benefit the Monterey County Food Bank, , 815 West Market Street, #5, Salinas, CA 93901, (831) 758-1523.

For more information, or contact Jennifer Lagier,

Creative Responses to Race, Violence and Community: A Call for Peace

Monday, November 14, 2005, 6-8pm
Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, New York University
24 West 12th Street, Manhattan

Please join us in an event addressing the spate of hate crimes that
plagued New York City neighborhoods this summer. Over the course of three
months, gangs of primarily white youths attacked two African American
men in two separate incidents in Brooklyn, and an African American man
killed a white woman in White Plains. In each case, the attackers cited
the victim's race as the reason for their violent actions. As Italian
Americans, we are particularly concerned with the fact that each of
these attacks involved Italian Americans.

Join us for an evening of readings and performance, featuring writers,
rappers, musicians, performers, and community activists who are
committed to finding creative and collaborative ways to combat racism.

Manifest, rapper
BR, rapper
Rosette Capotorto, poet
Ronnie Mae Painter, visual artist/writer
Edvige Giunta, essayist/poet
Hiram Perez, writer/activist
Stephanie Romeo, writer
George De Stefano, essayist/author
Phyllis Capello, poet/musician
Cristogianni Borsella, poet
Bob Viscusi, poet/novelist
Chiara Montalto, actress/associate producer
Salvatore Lumetta, writer/filmmaker
Michela Musolino, singer/musician

Organized by Kym Ragusa (filmmaker/writer), Jennifer Guglielmo
(historian/writer), and Joseph Sciorra (folklorist)

For more information contact Letizia La Rosa at Casa Italiana
Zerilli-Marimo` at 212-998-8730.


MALIA IN ITALIA! In June 2004 members of the Malia Collective -- including Edvige Giunta, Phyllis Capello, Kym Ragusa, Caterina Romeo, and Jennifer Guglielmo -- presented their work on Italian American oral histories together on two panels at the International Oral History Conference on Memory and Globalization in Rome. For more info see the full conference program.

Image of women during Rome tripImage of women during Rome trip
photos by Luigi Stanziani


Come One! Come All! to a Gala Fundraiser

More-than-macaroni money is needed to send this fabulous panel of women to Rome, Italy to present their work at the IOHA (International Oral History Assn) in June 2004. Six women will represent Malia, a collective of Italian American women, at this prestigious conference.

Learn more about Malia at The women -- writers, historians, literary critics, musicians, filmmakers, poets, storytellers, teachers * are Phyllis Capello * Kym Ragusa Rosette Capotorto * Edvige Giunta * Jennifer Guglielmo * Caterina Romeo.

Please support this unique and vitally important opportunity to forge and strengthen relationships between women in Italy and the US.


When: Friday, May 21, 2004 , 6-8 PM sharp (must vacate space promptly at 8PM)
Where: Teachers & Writers, 5 Union Square West at 14th Street, 7th floor
Take the N/R/4,5,6 or F trains
Suggested donation $10 though $20 is better

If you can't make the gala but would like to contribute you may send checks to Pronto Press, 303 First St., Hoboken, NJ 07030.

Please note that funds will be used to help Malia members who do not have full time employment or academic support. For more info call 718 788-0025 or 201 656-8872 or contact

Women's Poetry Jam & Women's Open Mike, Tuesday April 27th 7PM - 9PM, Feature Poets: Phyllis Capello (of Malia) & Mara Jebsen. Phyllis Capello will read from "Songs in the Life Cycle" (a chapbook of poems derived from her passion for mythology), and play a tune or two on her ukulele. Open mike - sign-up at 7 pm - 8 minute limit Bring your poetry, your prose, your songs, and your spoken word. $3-$5 sliding scale donation. Bluestockings Bookstore, 172 Allen St. (between Staton & Rivington) 1 1/2 blocks south from E.Houston, NYC 212-777-6028; ;

Reliquary, Grandmother's Bundle, 2000, by B. Amore. Fabric, mixed media, plexiglass, formerly exhibited at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum.

"Memory and History" Art Exhibition at Godwin-Ternback Museum, Queens College, Flushing, NY, explores themes of immigration and cultural identity, featuring the work of Italian American artist B. Amore and Jewish American artist Pauline Jakobsberg, February 18-June 4, 2004.

Italian American and other working women on strike in Passiac, New Jersey's textile mills, 1926.

Thursday, April 22, 2004 at 6pm ARE ITALIANS WHITE? BOOK READING, PRESENTATION & SIGNING Meet contributors Rosette Capotorto, Manifest, Gerald Meyer, Ronnie Mae Painter & Kym Ragusa at The Jersey City Museum, 350 Montgomery Street (corner of Monmouth) Call 201-413-0303 or for more info. The reading is in conjunction with the current art exhibition by Peter Paone: The Italians. Books will be available through the Museum's store. Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.



CHANT DANCES: Join Malia Collective member Natalie Marrone and her dance company for an evening of dance based on Italian culture, March 11-13, 8pm at the Verne Riffe Center in Columbus, Ohio. For more information see The Dance Cure.


Acclaimed recording artist Michela Musolino will appear at New York's Satalla Temple of World Music on Wednesday, February 25, 2004.

Accompanied on acoustic guitar by the world-renowned Wilson Montuori, Michela will perform selections from her debut CD "Songs of Trinacria." The duo brings to life the vibrant and moving tales captured in centuries-old traditional Sicilian folk songs. Whether a soothing child's lullaby or a lively work tune heard echoing across hillside lemon groves, each song tells a story that is both unique in its heritage and yet universal in its message.

"Sicily's rich history and its music stem from the multi-cultural influences of Africa, Greece, and the Middle East. These songs are my way of helping to preserve that musical heritage," said Ms. Musolino.

Michela Musolino and Wilson Montuori will perform one show at 9:30 P.M. at Satalla, 37 West 26th Street, New York, NY.

Tickets are available at the door for $12.00. For directions to Satalla call 212-576-1155 or visit the website

Michela's CD "Songs of Trinacria" is available at, or

Some recent reviews of Michela's work:

"The earthy roots music of Sicily is enthralling, and it was a pleasure to discover it on this album. Michela Musolino's debut album shows that she is consummate performer, as well as folklorist." Joe Ross - Folk & Roots 2003

"The songs with Montuori are beautiful, full of the close interplay that a good working duo can develop." Dirty Linen Magazine November 2003

"The moment I heard Michela Musolino sing, I was swept away." Ahn Behrens Waterfront Journal September 2003

Monday January 28th, 7:30 pm

Annie Lanzillotto will be reading from her memoir manuscript "Divine Wind," a Bronx tomboy memoir, as part of The Dixon Place Veteran Series held at The Marquis at 356 Bowery in Manhattan next to Marions Restaurant. $10.00 at the door with guitar accompaniment by Wayne Lopes, co-founder of Cosmic Legends Improv. For more info visit


Adele Regina La Barre read her story "Homonculus," which will be published in the 30th anniversary issue of Black Warrior Review (due out in March), Tuesday December 30th at 7:00 PM at Bluestockings, 172 Allen Street (between Stanton & Rivington) in Manhattan.

Book Launch for ARE ITALIANS WHITE? HOW RACE IS MADE IN AMERICA, edited by Jennifer Guglielmo and Salvatore Salerno (Routledge, 2003), which includes essays by Kym Ragusa, Edvige Giunta, Louise DeSalvo, Ronnie Mae Painter, Rosette Capotorto, and many others, was a huge success.

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To purchase book go to:


In 2002 the Malia Collective helped to organize a commemoration rally to honor the 75th anniversary of the execution of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, two Italian-born anarchists sent to the electric chair on unsubstantiated criminal charges in Massachusetts in 1927. On Friday, August 23, 2002, over 500 people attended the rally in Union Square Park, New York City:

March 8, 2001 the Malia Collective joined Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimó at New York University to celebrate International Women's Day with a commemoration of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, which took the lives of 146 factory workers - mainly Italian and Jewish immigrant teenage girls - on March 25, 1911:

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