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Italian Americans, California Italians

Italian Americans, California Italians

October 22, 2012, 9:30am, Royce 314, UCLA

Imbedded in the very title of this conference is the assumption that there is something different, even singular or unique, in Italian migration in California compared with the rest of the United States and beyond. To say "California Italians” is to suggest that this place may be akin to another Italy. We therefore address this question head on, identifying the most important traits of this relationship, challenging the very assumption or elaborating it by reference to internal differentiations within Italian migration to California.



Thomas Harrison, Chair, Department of Italian, UCLA
Giuseppe Perrone
, Consul General of Italy


Geographies of Migration

Moderator: Thomas Harrison, Department of Italian, UCLA

Italians in ‘Our Italy’: Adaptation and Success on the California Frontier
Edward Tuttle

Professor, Department of Italian, UCLA

Chasing Ghosts: Los Angeles' (Hidden) Italian Roots
Marianna Gatto

Executive Director, Italian American Museum of Los Angeles

Italian Los Angeles:Hidden and Emergent Cartographies
Luisa Del Giudice

Independent Scholar, Founder & Former Director of the Italian Oral History Institute

Constructing Ethnicity: Sicilian Women and the Fishing Community of Monterey
Carol Lynn McKibben

Lecturer, Coordinator Public History/Public Service, Stanford University


Lunch Break


Representations, Landscapes, and Theories

Moderator: John Agnew, Professor, Department of Geography, UCLA

The Two Bandini Families of California: Examining Transnationalism in History and Fiction
JoAnne Ruvoli

Mellon Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Italian, UCLA

Chi ha prato ha tutto: Environmental Factors which Contributed to the Shaping of the Italian American Settler in California
Gloria Ricci Lothrop

Professor of History Emerita, California State University, Northridge

Italian American Identity in California: Landscape, History, and the California Italian American Novel
Kenneth Scambray

Professor of English, University of La Verne

Constructing an Italian-Californian Aesthetic
Laura E. Ruberto

Professor and co-chair, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies,Berkeley City College


Coffee Break

3:45 pm

Cinematic Voyages in the Italian American Community

Moderator: Claudio Fogu, Associate Professor of Italian Studies, UCSB

From Pane amaroto Italians in the Golden State
Gianfranco Norelli
and Suma Kurien, Filmmakers

Organized by: Claudio Fogu, Thomas Harrison, JoAnne Ruvoli and Massimo Sarti.

Sponsored by UCLA’s Department of Italian, the Italian American Studies Association, Istituto Italiano di Cultura(IIC) in Los Angeles, Patrons of Italian Culture at IIC, the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities at UCLA, the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles and the Italian Consulate General in Los Angeles.

View conference program here.  (

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