Celebrating Diversity – Italian American Heritage Resources

Research Services Librarian Alexandra de Luise, liaison for Italian American Studies, presents highlights from the Italian American Studies Guide.

Welcome! The month of October has been designated Italian American Heritage month – although it has been known to stretch from September to December. It is a time of reflection and coming together- via Zoom lectures, Youtube talks, poetry events and more- to highlight Italian American heritage and culture in all its many facets for this fifth largest ethnic group in the United States. Aspects of our history, such as immigration, assimilation, family life, and social history, are well known to most. But present day scholars, including some writing from outside the U.S., are delving into new areas, including transnationalism, diaspora, food culture, film, gender, and sexuality.

Featured E-Resources and Websites

i-Italy   ‘A guide to everything Italian in America.” A fascinating bilingual blog/magazine/website of information and video clips, the project of the John D Calandra Italian American Institute.

Italian American Studies Association (formerly American Italian Historical Assn.)  Association devoted to the interdisciplinary study of the culture, history, literature, sociology, psychology, demography, folklore, and politics of Italians in America.

Italics, Television for the Italian American Experience. The Italian American magazine of CUNYTV, the online television program, produced by the John D Calandra Italian American Institute, hosted by Dr. Anthony Julian Tamburri, Dean of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute.

Featured E-Books

A Companion to Martin Scorsese

Aaron Baker, 2014

Flushing born film director Martin Scorsese is one of America’s most prominent contemporary filmmakers, and the focus of this series of essays.

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The Italian American Table: Food, Family, and Community in New York City

Simone Cinotto, 2013

Pioneering study on Italian American food culture in New York City.

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The Routledge History of Italian Americans 

William J. Connell (Editor); Stanislao G. Pugliese (Editor), 2018

Encyclopedic collection of essays by leading academics in the  field of Italian American Studies.