Sign in | Log in


May 3, 2008

Gepetto (sic), Fairyland, and Oakland’s Lost Italian Americans

Laura E. Ruberto
City of Oakland
Entrance to Children's Fairyland, Oakland, California

Geppetto's been building Pinocchio for over 40 years in Oakland's Fairyland.

April 28, 2008

A Californian Goes East

Laura E. Ruberto
Geroge Bates/NY Times

A look at Oakland's Italian American neighborhood and what it might tell us about Nutley, New Jersey.

April 21, 2008

Italian Farming in the Central Valley

Laura E. Ruberto
photo by Al and Deanna DeNurra
Baresi Brand (packing label)

Weaving together oral stories from California's Italian American farmers in the Central Valley.

April 12, 2008

A Gramscian Podcast on Women Workers and Migration

Laura E. Ruberto
photo, Anna Collette
Book cover, "Gramsci, Migration, and the Representation of Women's Work in Italy and the U.S."

Podcasting on Gramsci, immigrant women, labor, and the history of San Diego's cannery workers.  

April 10, 2008

Italian Americana, California Style

Laura E. Ruberto
Laura E. Ruberto
Litto's Hubcap Ranch, Pope Valley (2007)

Driving for hours takes us to three California Italian American vernacular sites -- from urban LA to rural NorCal with a stop along the freeway in the Central Valley.

April 1, 2008

Hillary Clinton, the Italian Stallion

Laura E. Ruberto
Hillary Clinton adopts the Rocky theme song

Hillary Clinton adopts the Rocky theme song, making her a "sparrin' partner" to Barack Obama.

March 30, 2008

Why I Won’t Vote

Laura E. Ruberto
Political Poster Supporting Italian Immigrants Right to Vote

Italian citizenship laws put me in the same spot as immigrants in Italy today—both of us without the right to vote; whose vote should really count?

March 14, 2008

What Do Pizza, Mario Merola, and the Camorra Have to Do with Ikea?

Laura E. Ruberto
Totò Sapore e la Magica Storia della Pizza
Totò Sapore's theme song, sung by Edoardo Bennato

A long-lost relative from Brooklyn finds his way to an Italian kids' movie.

March 8, 2008

Bread and Roses or “Mimose”?

Laura E. Ruberto
"Per te mondina" (Cgil magazine)
1949 Strike (braccianti and mondine)

Where has over 100 years of honoring women gotten us?

March 4, 2008

Love Costs: Filipinos in Italy and the Movie, "Milan"

Laura E. Ruberto
"Milan" (Star Cinema)
Poster from "Milan" directed by Olivia M. Lamasan, 2004

What better place than Italy for immigrants to find both a job and a lover?