Migrating Objects: Material Culture and Italian Identities: April 29-30, 2016

From an email:

This is Mary Brown with an invitation to a free conference on the role of material culture in documenting the immigrant experience. The conference’s content–what immigrants bring with them and how that is preserved and altered as they settle in new places–is interesting, and some of the presenters work in libraries, archives, museums and historic houses. As the conference is organized by an Italian studies center it focuses on that ethnic group, but the ideas under discussion cross cultures.

Here’s the info on the conference:

What: Migrating Objects: Material Culture and Italian Identities

Where: John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, 25 West 43rd Street, 17th Floor, New York, New York 10036

When: April 29-30, 2016

For the truly dedicated, I’m on a panel that will meet Saturday, April 30, 9:30 a.m. to discuss archives. I’ll be presenting some of the treasures of CMS. Professor James S. Pasto of Boston University will discuss “Archival Material on William Foote Whyte’s Street Corner Society” and Ms Melissa E. Marinaro of the Senator John Heinz History Center will discuss her institution’s holdings documenting Italian immigrants to western Pennsylvania.

For a brochure with all the talks and times, please see:


Professors, may I trouble you to spread this to your students? And for the students who have been to CMS or to Marymount Manhattan College this semester for internships or service learning, THANK YOU. You’ve really helped with the work of both places!

Mary Brown