FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Elissa Ruffino (NIAF) 202/939-3106 or firstname.lastname@example.org
CAMILLE PAGLIA & JAMES WOLCOTT AMONG EXPERTS EXAMINING
"THE SOPRANOS" STEREOTYPING OF ITALIAN AMERICANS
(WASHINGTON, DC-- May 2,2001) Do the stereotypes found in "The
Sopranos" hurt real-life Italian Americans? The question will be debated May 15 by a
panel of experts that include Camille Paglia, leading author and academician; James
Wolcott, columnist, Vanity Fair Magazine; Bill Tonelli, assistant managing editor,
Rolling Stone Magazine; Patricia de Stacy Harrison, former co-chair of the
Republican National Party; Dr. Elizabeth Messina, Fordham University psychologist
and Dr. Joseph Scelsa of Queens College (CUNY).
The panel discussion, The Sopranos & Other Stereotypes: How Harmful
Are They? is Tuesday afternoon, May 15 from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM at the New York
Hilton Hotel (6th Avenue & 52 St.). The conference is sponsored by the National Italian
American Foundation (NIAF) and is free and open to the public.
The NIAF conference on stereotyping is held in conjunction with the
Foundation's second annual Italian America Institutes Day 2001. The day begins with
the conference, Columbus: History vs. Hysteria (10:00 AM - 11:30). Noted scholars
will address current charges against Columbus. The Columbus conference is followed
by an award luncheon honoring Andrew Cuomo (12:00 - 2:00 PM), followed by the
panel discussion on "The Sopranos" and other stereotypes. That evening, the NIAF is
also hosting its Greater New York Gala Awards Dinner ( 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM).