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December 22, 2011

Silence Is Not the Answer

Fred Gardaphe

Saviano is right. Silence is not the answer; protesting dramatic portrayals of mafiosi is not the answer. Italian Americans have spent more time and money fighting fictional...

February 9, 2010

Organized Culture

Fred Gardaphe

If you believe that the “Jersey Shore” show of MTV is really gangsters without guns, then you should do something about it. But since when have we become afraid of our youth?...

January 7, 2010

Dialogue and Debate: Not Denigration and Dismissal

Fred Gardaphe
Tony Manero (John Travolta) arguing with his Italian-American parents in 'Saturday Night Fever' (1977)

Open Letter to Mr. Arthur Piccolo and all those who believe in boycotting intellectual investigations

March 9, 2009

BLOOD TYPE: RAGU. Irreverent with Love

Fred Gardaphe

An Inter(e)view with playwright and actor Frank Ingrasciotta

November 5, 2008

Obama. A Hope That I Had Kept Alive Inside Me

Fred Gardaphe

I am writing this as President-elect Barack Obama gives his victory speech and I can't help but feel that there has been something inside me that has finally been let out.

June 24, 2008

Whites on a Leash: Italian Americans and White Privilege in the U.S.

Fred Gardaphe
Anti-Italian cartoon from The Mascot newspaper, 1888 (provided by Stephanie Longo)

If not totally black, Italians have certainly complicated the notion of whiteness in America so that they are neither totally white, and it is this in-between status, that makes...

October 7, 2007

Should We Celebrate Columbus Day? And Why?

Fred Gardaphe

Columbus, like many figures of history, has outlived his usefulness for all Americans, but for Italian Americans he continues to represent the struggle their immigrant forbearers...

September 30, 2007

Beyond the "Basciument"

Fred Gardaphe

When Niccolo Machiavelli penned his masterpiece, The Prince, Italy was a land divided and besieged by many foreign forces. ...

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