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The Italian Immigrant Experience: Between Black and White

Italian Immigrants

A collaborative project between the Department of French and Italian of Tulane University and the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute (Queens College, The City University of New York), with the support of the Center for Scholars and the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South at Tulane University.

The Lavin-Bernick Center Stibbs Room (203)
September 23 - 24, 2022

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September 23, 2022, Friday

5 PM Opening comments

Brian T. Edwards, Dean, School of Liberal Arts, Tulane University
Frank H. Wu, President, Queens College, CUNY
Anthony Julian Tamburri, Dean, John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College, CUNY

5:30-7:00 PM Keynote Speaker

Introduction: Anthony Julian Tamburri
Keynote: Reverend Frank I. Williams, President, National African American Fellowship
Pursuing Liberation: A Socio-Spiritual Journey of Oppression and EmancipationRespondent: Fred Gardaphé, Queens College & John D. Calandra Italian American Institute

7:00 PM Reception

September 24, 2022, Saturday

9:00-9:45 AM Coffee & Pastries

9:45 Welcoming Comments

Professor Elena Daniele, Tulane University

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Moderator: Donna Chirico, York College & John D. Calandra Italian American Institute
George de Stefano, Independent Scholar
"A Real Easygoing Place"/ "Place for Rushing Through": Race, Music, and the Mob in the 1950s French Quarter

Mark A. Reid, University of Florida
Spike Lee’s Colliding Images of the Antagonistic and Loving Relationships Between African Americans and Italian Americans in Jungle Fever (1991)

Jessica Barbata Jackson, Colorado State University
“Citizens Plead Necessity for White Supremacy" & "Electoral Freaks and Monstrosities”: The Racial Transiency of Dixie’s Italians in Jim Crow Louisiana

12:00-2:00 PM Lunch break

2:00-4:00 PM

Keynote
Introduction: Anthony Julian Tamburri
Keynote: John Gennari, University of Vermont
The Original Dixieland Jazz Band and Transatlantic Jazz Historiography
Respondent—Joseph Sciorra, John D. Calandra Italian American Institute

4:00 PM Round Table: Speakers

5:30 PM Closing comments

Anthony Julian Tamburri

6:00-7:00 PM Reception

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For more information, contact: edaniele@tulane.edu