Please join us for “The Italian American Immigrant Experience: Identities and Representations,” on Tuesday, Oct. 31 in the Center for the Arts (Building !P) Lecture Hall from 2:30pm to 4:30pm.

This student event, in celebration of Italian Heritage Month, will feature writer Maria Laurino, who teaches creative writing in the undergraduate program at NYU. She is the author of The Italian Americans: A History, the companion book to a four-part PBS documentary series, as well as the memoirs, Old World Daughter, New World Mother, a meditation on contemporary feminism, and the national bestseller, Were You Always an Italian? an exploration of ethnic identity. Laurino began her career as a staff writer at The Village Voice. She left The Voice to serve as the chief speechwriter to former New York City Mayor David N. Dinkins. Laurino’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation,, and numerous publications.

Dean Gerry Milligan, Prof. Maryann Feola, Prof. Lee Papa, Prof. Rosanne Carlo, Prof. Giuseppe Sorrentino, and students Antoinette Galbo and Lori Lambertson also will share their personal recollections and research on this provocative topic. The event’s closing will feature students Ah Ram Lee on piano and tenor Matthew Weitzman, who will perform “O del mio dolce ardor” (Christoph Willibald von Gluck (1714-1787).

A light fare of Italian refreshments will be served.

The CLUE event is co-sponsored by the English Department, the World Languages and Literatures Department, and the Office of Student Life.

For more information please contact Prof. Maryann Feola at