Monday, October 15, 2012

Symposium on Italian Americans, California Italians

Italian Americans, California Italians
October 22, 2012, 9:30 am, Royce 314
Imbedded in the very title of this conference is the assumption that there is something different, even singular or unique, in Italian migration in California compared with the rest of the United States and beyond. To say "California Italians" is to suggest that this place may be akin to another Italy. We therefore address this question head on, identifying the most important traits of this relationship, challenging the very assumption or elaborating it by reference to internal differentiations within Italian migration to California.
Thomas Harrison, Chair, Department of Italian, UCLA Giuseppe Perrone, Consul General of Italy
Geographies of Migration
Moderator:  Thomas Harrison, Department of Italian, UCLA Italians in 'Our Italy': Adaptation and Success on the California Frontier
Edward Tuttle Professor, Department of Italian, UCLA Chasing Ghosts: Los Angeles' (Hidden) Italian Roots

Marianna Gatto
Executive Director, Italian American Museum of Los Angeles 
Italian Los Angeles: Hidden and Emergent Cartographies

Luisa Del Giudice
Independent Scholar, Founder & Former Director of the Italian Oral History Institute
Constructing Ethnicity: Sicilian Women and the Fishing Community of Monterey

Carol Lynn McKibben
Lecturer, Coordinator Public History/Public Service, Stanford University
Lunch Break
Representations, Landscapes, and Theories
Moderator: John Agnew, Professor, Department of Geography, UCLA The Two Bandini Families of California: Examining Transnationalism in History and Fiction

JoAnne Ruvoli
Mellon Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Italian, UCLA 
Chi ha prato ha tutto: Environmental Factors which Contributed to the Shaping of the Italian American Settler in California

Gloria Ricci Lothrop
Professor of History Emerita, California State University, Northridge 
Italian American Identity in California: Landscape, History, and the California Italian American Novel

Kenneth Scambray
Professor of English, University of La Verne
Constructing an Italian-Californian Aesthetic

Laura E. Ruberto
Professor and co-chair, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, Berkeley City College
Coffee Break
3:45 pm
Cinematic Voyages in the Italian American Community
Moderator: Claudio Fogu, Associate Professor of Italian Studies, UCSB From Pane amaro to Italians in the Golden State

Gianfranco Norelli and Suma Kurien, Filmmakers Organized by: Claudio Fogu, Thomas Harrison, JoAnne Ruvoli and Massimo Sarti.
Sponsored by UCLA's Department of Italian, the Italian American Studies Association, Istituto Italiano di Cultura(IIC) in Los Angeles, Patrons of Italian Culture at IIC, the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities at UCLA, the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles and the Italian Consulate General in Los Angeles.

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