This book is the result of the first “Italian Diaspora Studies Writing Seminar” dedicated to the topic of “Heritage and Memory”. The program was launched by the Italian Diaspora Studies Association, in conjunction with the Department of Humanities at the University of Calabria, and with the support of the U.S. Consulate General of Naples and of the Foundation for “Italian Diaspora Studies” (Pittsburgh, PA, USA). With the patronages of the Canadian Embassy of Rome, the Italian Cultural Institute of Montreal (CA), the Italian American Studies Association (IASA), and in association with the Paul and Ann Rubino Endowed Professorship in Italian American Studies at Loyola University, Chicago (ILL, USA), the program took place from May 15th to May 29th, 2019. The first week was held in Morano Calabro (CS), in the National Park of Mount Pollino; the second one in Albidona (CS), on the northern Ionian Coast of Calabria, with several planned field trips in the surrounding areas of Calabria and Basilicata, including a day-trip to Matera, European Capital of Culture 2019. The program was aimed at establishing a broad transnational perspective on the Italian diaspora through a community-based program, characterized by the mission of focusing on the South of Italy and on the importance of material culture and of historical heritage that can be experienced only by visiting specific locales of the diaspora.
Introduction: Francesco D’Arelli, Director, Italian Cultural Institute, Montreal
Moderator: Prof. Margherita Ganeri, Director of the Italian Diaspora Studies Seminar, Università della Calabria
Speakers: Dr. Daniele Fioretti, University of Miami, Ohio; Prof. Elisabetta Marino, Università di “Tor Vergata”, Roma; Prof. Gabriel Niccoli, Emeritus, University of Waterloo, Ontario
Authors: Mark Hillringhouse and Connie Guzzo McParland
Closing remarks and poetry reading: Maria Mazziotti Gillan, accomplished poet and painter