ITALICS: February 25, 2014 Italian Immigrants and Whiteness/Words of Love



In honor of Black History Month, “Italics” looks at the role of the press – both radical and mainstream - in the assimilation of Italian immigrants to the dominant white culture from 1886 through 1920 and its relevance in thinking about racism in our society today, and amidst recent outpourings of the masses into the streets for #BlackLivesMatter. Scholar Peter Vellon (Queens College/CUNY) explores this in his new book, “A Great Conspiracy Against Our Race: Italian Immigrant Newspapers and the Construction of Whiteness in the Early 20th Century.“ “Italics” catches up with Mr. Vellon and Dr. Joseph Sciorra at the Calandra Institute. Professor Margherita talks of love, in it’s various forms, with February’s Italian words of the month.

Anthony J. Tamburri, Dean of the Calandra Institute, presents "Italics", the only TV magazine entirely devoted to Italian-American affairs.
Distinguished Professor Fred Gardaphe of the Calandra Institute speaks about the "controversy" that surrounded the MTV show "Jersey Shore" and the nature of the Italian-American phenomenon of the "Guido sub-culture".