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"Monuments, Public Memory, and Group Identity" Panel
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10/24/2017
When: Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Where: John D. Calandra Italian American Institute
New York, New York 
United States
Contact: Joseph Sciorra (Calandra Italian American Institute)
(212) 642-2035

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On Tuesday, October 24, 2017 the Calandra Italian American Institute will host a panel on the topic of "Monuments, Public Memory, and Group Identity: The Cultural Politics of Italian America in the Twentieth-First Century," at 6:00pm.

Recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, have highlighted a longstanding debate over how the past should be remembered in public spaces. Although the focus of this discussion has been on monuments associated with the Confederacy, the implications are significantly much wider. Italian Americans have a responsibility to participate in the larger national conversation in a thoughtful and measured manner regarding how they have chosen to remember and celebrate their own history in the United States. This event is a step in that direction. A panel of scholars will explore the implications of memory, identity, and politics by focusing on three cases of public art: statues to Christopher Columbus around the country; the ancient Roman column commemorating the 1933 transatlantic flight of Fascist aviator Italo Balbo in Chicago; and the proposed memorial to the victims of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in New York City.

The panel will consist of:

Laura E. Ruberto (Berkeley City College) and Joseph Sciorra (John D. Calandra Italian American Institute) on Columbus statues
Fraser Ottanelli (University of South Florida) on the Balbo Monument
Mary Anne Trasciatti (Hofstra University) on the Triangle Fire Memorial
Fred Gardaphé (Queens College), discussant

Free, open to the public, and held at the Calandra Institute.

RSVP by calling (212) 642-2094.

 

John D. Calandra Italian American Institute  |  Queens College, CUNY
25 West 43rd Street, 17th Floor, New York NY 10036
212-642-2094  |  calandra@qc.edu
www.qc.edu/calandra

Joseph Sciorra, Ph.D.
Director, Academic and Cultural Programs
Editorial Director, Italian American Review
John D. Calandra Italian American Institute
Queens College, CUNY
25 West 43rd Street, 17th floor
New York, New York 10036
tel. (212) 642-2035


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