CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
Historian to speak about Italian emigration to America
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Anna Maria Martellone, a professor of American history
at the University of Florence, will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations
Council Wednesday, April 29 in the Fellowship Hall of the Congregational
Church, 30 N. Clinton St. Her presentation, "Italian Emigration to
the Americas" begins at noon and is free and open to the public.
Martellone is visiting the University of Iowa this semester as a fellow
through the International Forum for U.S. Studies (IFUSS). The IFUSS program
seeks to promote humanities scholarship by non-U.S. scholars whose research
focuses on social and cultural issues shaping or affecting the United States.
The Forum recognizes the growth of U.S. studies around the world and attempts
to advance discussions of cultural diversity by promoting scholarship on
the U.S. done by scholars working out of different national histories,
intellectual institutions, and scholarly traditions.
Martellone's interest in American history stemmed from her studies of
Italian national history, through which she became aware that one of the
most important aspects of Italian history -- the massive emigration of
millions of Italians to the Americas -- had been almost ignored by Italian
historiography. Martellone has written a book on the history of the Italian
community of Boston and has co-edited three books on U.S. civic and political
history. In addition, she has published extensively on questions related
to immigration in the U.S., ethnicity, and national identity.
For those unable to attend Martellone's lecture, WSUI-AM (910) will
carry this program Thursday, April 30 following the noon news. For more
information, contact the council at (319) 335-0335.
The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council is a non-profit association
of community and university people interested in learning more about U.S.
foreign policy, world affairs, and current global issues impacting world
societies. The group provides members with the opportunity to hear more
than 35 experts per year who visit the UI campus and the Iowa City/Cedar
Meetings are scheduled from September to June to take advantage of these
speakers and are held at noon or in the evening to allow as wide a participation
as possible from the business community, other professionals, the community
at large, and students, faculty and staff from the university. Meetings
are scheduled at catered luncheons, as dinners or evening desserts or as
"Sack Lunch Seminars."
ICFRC is a part of UI International Programs, which consists of a number
of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects
and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for International
Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and
community and promote global scholarship, research, and teaching.