FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Elissa Ruffino (NIAF) 202/939-3106202/939-3106 or firstname.lastname@example.org
or Stefania Nicotra in Rome 011/39/06/84242655
CONFERENCE: ITALIANS & ITALIAN AMERICANS: Fact vs. Fiction
Sponsors: The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) and The Center for American Studies
WHEN: Thursday, May 17, 2001
WHERE: The Center for American Studies Via Michelangelo Caetani #32, Rome (06/680/1613)
The one-day conference will inform Italian media, policy makers, academics, and the general public about modern Italian Americans, and their Italian counterparts.
9:30 AM – 9:45 AM Opening Remarks
Dr. Aileen Riotto Sirey, NIAF vice chairman & NOIAW founder
9:45 AM – 10:45 AM Who are the Italian Americans?
Phillip Cannistraro, executive director, Calandra Institute, NY
Who are the Italians in relation to the Europeans?
Giovanna Milandri, Italy’s minister of culture
10:45 AM – 11:00 AM Break
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Panel Discussion: How are Italians and Italian Americans Portrayed in the Popular Culture?
• Beebe Tarantelli
• Helen Bartolini, writer, Umbertina
• Francesco Durante, writer, The Story and Literature of Italians in the United States
• Marco Nese, journalist, Il Corriere della Sera
• Renzo Arbore, singer (invited)
• Baronessa Mariuccia Zerilli-Marimo, NIAF board member
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM Luncheon
Keynote Address: The Future of Italian American Culture
8:00PM – 9:30PM Evening Reception