Last week, we were delighted to welcome to Tenement Talks two leading scholars to speak about the history of women within the context of the larger Italian immigrant story, exploring language, gender and resistance. Nancy Carnevale specializes in the history of immigration, race and ethnicity in the U.S. Her most recent book is A New Language, A New World: Italian Immigrants in the United States, 1890-1945. She is also Assistant Professor of history at Montclair State University. Jennifer Guglielmo, U.S. history professor at Smith College, is the author of Living the Revolution: Italian Women’s Resistance and Radicalism in New York City, 1880-1945.
We were also glad to welcome back Joanna Clapps Herman to moderate the discussion. Joanna is a veteran to Tenement Talks, this was her third visit, and she’ll be back in April with her forthcoming book Anarchist Bastard. Joanna teaches creative writing at Manhattanville College and at the Center for Worker Education. She is the co-author of Wild Dreams: The Best of Italian Americana and of Our Roots Are Deep with Passion: Creative Nonfiction Collects New Essays by Italian-American Writers.
Listen to the Tenement Talk here: