Guido: An Italian-American Youth Style - A Colloquium with Donald Tricarico and Johnny DeCarlo

From 21 to 21 of January, 2010
( 10:00 am - 12:00 pm )

Guido: An Italian-American Youth Style - A Colloquium with Donald Tricarico and Johnny DeCarlo

In 1991, Professor Donald Tricarico, a sociologist at Queensboro Community College, CUNY, published his essay “Guido: Fashioning an Italian-American Youth Style” in The Journal of Ethnic Studies, in which he looked at New York City’s “Guido” subculture of the 1980s as a dynamic, adaptive expression of nontraditional ethnicity. Prof. Tricarico has also written about Guido as an expression of identity politics in the Northeast and about the culture’s online manifestations.

The debut of MTV’s reality show “Jersey Shore” and the subsequent anti-defamation charges by national ethnic organizations such as the National Italian American Foundation, the Order Sons of Italy in America, and UNICO National illustrate how little is understood about this contemporary form of Italian-American youth culture. As Prof. Tricarico has observed, “Italian-American intellectual and political elites cannot pretend that Guido is a figment of the media imaginary” ( VIA 2007, 82-83).

The main purpose of this colloquium is, indeed, to inform the public at large of this “other” facet of Italian Americana. The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute has invited Prof. Tricarico to discuss his research. He will be joined by Johnny DeCarlo for a Q&A session led by Joseph Sciorra of the Calandra Institute. Mr. DeCarlo, a self-professed guido, is the owner of Bonnie & Clyde’s Catering in Lodi , New Jersey , as well as a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Steppin' Out magazine and in the soon-to-be launched food and humor blog, CUGINE CORNER.

Calandra Italian American Institute