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November 9, 2009

Slide Show Update on Chicago's Casa Italia Library

Dominic Candeloro
This is an update on the progress that we are making at the Florence Roselli Casa Italia Library in Stone Park (Chicago) from a Power Point presentation done at the American Italian Historical Association annual conference in Baton Rouge last week.

Casa Italia in Stone Park, IL--- 15 miles from Chicago's Loop and 5 miles from O'Hare airport--- is a multi-faceted operation including exhibits, meeting rooms, banquet halls,...

May 20, 2009

Chicago Area: Casa Italia Library to be Relaunched June 5

Dominic Candeloro
Library volunteer worker, Vincenzo DiVito, sits in front of new Library shelves of the Florence Roselli Casa Italia Library in Stone Park (Chicago)

The Florence Roselli Library at Casa Italia will stage a grand rededication on June 5. In an auspicious atmosphere of growth and collaboration, your blogger invites the national...

May 6, 2009

Maruggi's "Remembrances" Anthology reviewed by Rob Marchesani

Dominic Candeloro
Book cover
Edward Maruggi collected dozens of vignettes from Italian American writers of their "Remembrances" of Mamma. Rob Marchesani offers this review and I am delighted to host this essay on my blog in time for Mother's Day---DC

Rob Marchesani reviews Edward Maruggi's collection "Remembrances: Sixty Tales of Growing Up with Italian Mothers, Grandmothers and Godmothers." It is as much a walk through the...

April 22, 2009

Trigiani is Swang

Dominic Candeloro
Trigiani website
Adriana Trigiani is on a book tour to promote her new novel "Very Valentine. In the works are 2 prospective movies, 2 more "Very Valentine" books, and a book series for teenage girls.

When asked how she came to write her first novel, Adriana Trigiani responded, “It was a total surprise because I was writing TV…I wanted to have a baby and when you write...

February 18, 2009

From the Field: IA Scholars are Busy This Season

Dominic Candeloro
Book Jacket of Carnevale's New Language, New World

Candeloro compiles blurbs from scholars in the US and Italy to create a veritable "gossip column" about the high-spirited public intellectuals who "make" Italian American culture..

January 18, 2009

From the Field: Updates on Activities in Italian American Studies

Dominic Candeloro
DC Chicago Columbus Day Parade 07
Bringing to light activities of academics searching for 'roots and branches."

I have determined to revive my compilation of tidbits about recent professional developments and activities in Italian American Studies as part of this blog ("Roots and...

August 24, 2008

Helen Barolini's "Umbertina" Wins Major Italian Literary Prize

Dominic Candeloro
author's website
Helen Barolini recently received word that her novel "Umbertina" is the recipient of the Premio Acerbi 2008,

Helen Barolini recently received word that her 1979 novel "Umbertina" is the recipient of the Premio Acerbi 2008,

August 21, 2008

Tante Belle Cose--A Reflection on Rudy Vecoli's Contribution to Italian American Studies

Dominic Candeloro
The last time that Vecoli and Candeloro were together---November 2007, the 39th annual AIHA Conference in Denver.

Vecoli and the American Italian Historical Association have enabled the activities and careers of just about everyone in the field of Italian American studies.

May 28, 2008

Conference Puts Blogger in Seventh Heaven

Dominic Candeloro
Chicago Conference was dedicated to Rudolph Vecoli.
In recognition of Rudolph Vecoli's contribution to the study of Italians in Chicago beginning with his 1962 dissertation "Chicago Italians Prior to World War I," the recent Chicago event was dedicated to him. Though health problems kept him from attending, conferees heard drom him on a videorecording done in 2006 for the documentary "And They Came to Chicago."

From May 8 to May 10 I was in Seventh Heaven. My dream of bringing together all the writers who have focused their work on Italians in Chicago came true.

May 2, 2008

Chicago Conference Dedicated to Professor Rudolph Vecoli

Dominic Candeloro

"Reconstructing Italians in Chicago: 25 Authors in Search of Roots and Branches" Conference May 8-10 will be dedicated to Rudolph Vecoli. It will highlight his pioneering work in...

April 14, 2008

Fred Gardaphe` Named Distinguished Professor of Italian American Studies

Dominic Candeloro
Fred L. Gardaphe` is the newly-minted Distinguished Prof of IA Studies at Queens College/ Calandra IA Institute

Career Profile of Fred Gardaphe

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