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Friday, 3:30–4:45 p.m., 5B, ACC

Negotiating Ethnic Politics: Teaching Ethnic Literature in an Italian American Context

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Program arranged by the forum LLC Italian American. Presiding: Carla Simonini, Youngstown State Univ.

Speakers: MaryJo Bona, Stony Brook Univ., State Univ. of New York; Michele A. Fazio, Univ. of North Carolina, Pembroke; Evelyn Ferraro, Santa Clara Univ.; Alan J. Gravano, American Univ. in Dubai

Respondent: Fred L. Gardaphe, Queens Coll., City Univ. of New York

Exploring approaches by which the teaching of ethnic literature can be expanded and enhanced through an Italian American context. Topics include challenging conventional definitions of ethnic literature through the inclusion of Italian American literature in course syllabi and exploring how Italian American perspectives broaden literary investigation of diversity in American literature.

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