American Corner Trieste - Italian American Culture and Heritage Month - FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

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*in October, Italian American Culture and Heritage Month 
<> is 
celebrated at the *Associazione Italo Americana FVG / American Corner 
Trieste - Piazza Sant'Antonio, 6 - Trieste.  There is a calendar of 
events that are *FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. *

Italian-American Heritage and Culture Month is celebrated by 
proclamation of the President and Congress in the United States to honor 
the achievements and contributions of Italian immigrants and their 
descendants living in the United States. It was first celebrated in 
1989. The heritage month is in October to coincide with *Columbus Day*, 
the American national holiday traditionally celebrated on October 12, 
now celebrated on the second Monday in October (this year on October 14th).
There are over 17 million citizens in the US who declare that they are 
of Italian origin, over 6% of the national population.

This Week we will show *THE ITALIAN AMERICANS 
<> , Roots / Becoming 
Americans - PBS documentary series . *

The documentary is about the history of Italian immigration in the USA, 
seen and told by the country that welcomed millions of Italian citizens. 
*The Italian Americans* is by writer, director, producer *John 
Maggio* and told with the voice of *Stanley Tucci.*

*T**HE ITALIAN AMERICANS* reveals the unique and distinctive qualities 
of one immigrant group’s experience, and how these qualities, over time, 
have shaped and challenged America. Unlike other immigrant groups, many 
Italians did not come to America to stay. At the turn of the 20th 
century, most came to work, earn money to support their families, and 
eventually return home. Nearly half of the first generation Italian 
immigrants did return to Italy.

For those that made America home, their struggle to maintain a distinct 
Italian culture was guided by remarkably powerful ideals of family that 
had always been at the center of their lives. In the Italian family, the 
needs of the collective came before the individual — a value system 
often at odds with American ideals of freedom and personal choice. While 
the power of the Italian family became a source of strength, it also 
bred suspicion, popularized in popular media as a dark, criminal element.

This clash of culture echoed through generations of Italian Americans 
and, as they entered positions of political, social and cultural 
influence, it has left its mark on the American landscape.*

*Thursday, 10/10*

*10 am - ** 1. La Famiglia 
<> - Roots 
**(1880 - 1910).*A brief history of the Italian Risorgimento provides 
the context for the great flight from the mezzogiorno region. By the 
late 19th century, Italians begin to put down roots and "Little Italys" 
spring up in urban areas throughout the U.S. But the first generation, 
holding onto language and culture, is branded "outsiders" and mistrusted 
by non-Italians. In New Orleans, this mistrust explodes into violence 
and 11 Italian Americans are murdered by an armed mob. Meanwhile, in San 
Francisco, a second-generation Italian American saves his community from 
disaster while creating one of the greatest financial institutions in 

*ore 11 - 2. Becoming American 
<> - 
Diventando Americani **(1914–1930)* At the turn of the 20th century, 
more than four million Italians immigrate to America. Leonard Covello is 
forced to give up his "old world" ways and adopt American mores, 
including changing his name; Arturo Giovannitti, a new immigrant, leads 
the largest labor strike of 1912, when Italian Americans push for better 
working conditions and wages. Italian Americans are forced to worship in 
the basement of churches controlled by the Irish archdiocese; anarchists 
Sacco and Vanzetti are executed, reinforcing stereotypes that plague 
Italian Americans today; Prohibition breeds a new kind of criminal who 
takes a shortcut to success.

*NEXT WEEK the Series continues. *

*Thursday, 17/10/2019 *

*ore 10 - 3. Loyal Americans 
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Americani Fedeli **(1931-1944)*A second generation of Italian Americans 
begins to enter the labor movement, politics, sports and 
entertainment.* Fiorello LaGuardia* becomes mayor of New York City. *Joe 
DiMaggio,* the son of a San Francisco fisherman, becomes a baseball 
powerhouse who becomes an American hero. But with the outbreak of World 
War II, loyalty to America is questioned and Italians are forced to 
choose between two nations at war. While many Italian Americans fight on 
the frontlines with valor and bravery, other Italian Americans are 
labeled "Enemy Aliens," including DiMaggio's parents. The war proves to 
be a turning point for Italian Americans as they begin to break out of 
their enclaves.

*ore **11 am** - 4. The American Dream 
<> - Il 
Sogno Americano * *(dal 1945 ad oggi) *In post-war America, Italian 
Americans enter the middle class. Italian-American crooners define 
American cool, but even as *Frank Sinatra *skyrockets to fame, he is 
haunted by accusations of Mafia ties. Can Italian Americans fit into 
1950s America or will the specter of organized crime always plague them? 
Governor *Mario Cuomo*, son of Italian immigrants, struggles to straddle 
both worlds, while his sons' success promises assimilation and 
acceptance. *Antonin Scalia* becomes the first Italian American 
appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court and Congresswoman *Nancy Pelosi* is 
the first woman and Italian American elected to Speaker of the House. 
Have Italian Americans finally shed the old stereotypes and become fully 
accepted in America?

For additional information: 

Associazione Italo Americana FVG / American Corner Trieste
Piazza S. Antonio Nuovo, 6
34122 Trieste TS - Italy
tel:  +39 (040) 63 03 01 aia.fvg at <mailto:aia.fvg at>
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facebook: American Corner Trieste 
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