Symposium: Cultural Heritage Memory Negotiating the Past in Order to Build on the Future

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Tuesday, November 14 at 6:00pm - Calandra Institute, 25 West 43rd Street, 17th Floor, New York.

This symposium will discuss the notion of cultural heritage and its relevance to today's concept of Italian identity. Questions to be addressed include: How does one negotiate his/her knowledge of the past with today? How does a member of subsequent generations of an immigrant family reconcile his/her sense of self with his/her family history? What does it mean to be loyal to one's cultural heritage? How does the trans-national and trans-ethnic concept of Italicity contribute to cultural legacy?

6:00-7:00 Opening comments. Anthony Julian Tamburri, Dean, John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College, CUNY.

Presentations by Donna Chirico, York College, CUNY, "How Cultural Memory Builds a Narrative Past in Forming Individual Identity"; Fred Gardaphé, John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College, "To Belong, or Not: Italicity and Myths of U.S. American Identity"; Maddalena Tirabassi, Centro Altreitalie, "Multifaced Italicity."

7:00-7:45 Hon. Piero Bassetti, author Let's Wake Up, Italics! (Calandra Institute, 2017); Amb. Sergio Vento, United Nations / United States of America; Maurizio Molinari, Director, La Stampa.

7:45 Q&A.

Tuesday's symposium is free and open to the public. For more information about either event, call 212-642-2094.

SOURCE: John D. Calandra Italian American Institute

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