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What is Italian America? IASA Partners with Hofstra to Present Annual Conference

Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY … Hofstra University is pleased and honored to host the 45th annual conference of the Italian American Studies Association, E Pluribus – What Is Italian America? This conference will be held November 29 through December 1, 2012.

Founded in 1966 as the American Italian Historical Association, the IASA is the largest academic organization in the United States devoted to the study of the Italian American experience and its annual conference proceedings are published every year.

This year, the conference is focused on the theme “What is Italian America?” – questions of Italian American identity. Highlights include keynote lectures by distinguished scholars Donna Gabaccia, Frank Lentricchia, and Francesco Durante. Other highlights include sessions devoted to the poetry of Maria Mazziotti Gillan, the work of Robert Viscusi and screenings of two films: La Mia Strada by Michael Angelo DiLauro and L is for Lion: An Italian Bronx Butch Freedom Memoir by Annie Lanzillotto. There will also be a banquet Friday evening, November 30, 2012, 8-11 p.m.

Among other topics of discussion are:

• Discoveries in Italian American Literature
• Unearthing Italian American History
• A Knowledge Management System (KMS) for the Italian Historical Emigration – Roundtable
• Patronage and Leadership in Italian America
• Italian Americans: Perceptions and Realities
• Why We Need a New History of Italian Americans – Roundtable
• Lavender Paesans: Italian American Gay and Lesbian Identities
• What is an Italian American Poet?: A Reading and Discussion
• Life in Between: Immigrants in Italian America
• What’s in a Name That Ends in a Vowel?:
• Italian (American)ness in Dispute
• Topics Taboo in Italian American Culture
• Eternally Remembered: Death and Mourning Amongst Italian Americans
• Women, Memory and the Quotidian
• How Humor, Sardonic Wit, and Remembrance in Italian American Literature Defines Italian America and Its Sensibility: A Reading and Discussion
• Nun, Wife, Peon: The Hopes and Demands on Italian American Women Throughout the 20th Century
• Visible, Visual, Vision: Images of Italian American Identity
• Not Just Sunday Gravy: Italian-Americanization of Authors and Creative Writing

The registration fee for the 2012 IASA conference is $145 for participants (participants must register prior to the conference, to participate), and $50 for visitors. Tickets for the Friday evening banquet are priced separately at $60 each. Hofstra students receive one free registration upon presentation of a current HofstraCard. For more information visit or Or call the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669.

Hofstra University is a dynamic private institution of higher education where more than 11,000 full and part-time students choose from undergraduate and graduate offerings in liberal arts and sciences, business, engineering, applied science, communication, education, health sciences and human services, honors studies, the Maurice A. Deane School of Law and the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.

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