The Italians of Brooklyn Revisited 1981 & 2016

Jerome Krase's picture
October 1, 2016 to November 30, 2016
New York, United States
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Ethnic History / Studies, Immigration & Migration History / Studies, Italian History / Studies, Social History / Studies

In Celebration of Italian Heritage and Culture Month!
Brooklyn College Library The Italians of Brooklyn Revisited
Exhibition Brooklyn College Library Lobby
October 4-November 4, 2016
Symposium Brooklyn College Library Tanger Auditorium
November 2, 2016: 3:40 – 4:55 p.m.

Some 35 years ago, Prof. Jerome Krase engaged students in photographic and family history research projects aimed at documenting the Italian American presence in Brooklyn for the Center for Italian American Studies – the basis of a May, 1982 exhibition called “The Italians of Brooklyn: Past and Present.” In a new exhibit sponsored by the Center for Italian American Studies, now Emeritus, Professor Krase and students in classes taught by him and Professors Philip Napoli and Paul Moses returned to the same neighborhoods to document the kaleidoscopic changes in Brooklyn’s population. In the process they recorded the impacts of new ethnic groups from Asia, the Middle East, South Asia, the former Soviet Union, and Latin America as well as gentrifiers in neighborhoods once filled with Italian Americans. The old and new are featured in “The Italians of Brooklyn Revisited” exhibition in the lobby of the Library. Although this exhibition focuses on Brooklyn’s Italians past and present, we have laid a foundation for research and archival projects on other groups. As with the current exhibition, these new projects can help students not only better appreciate and understand their own history, but to appreciate that of those with whom they share our ever-changing Borough of Brooklyn.

Symposium Speakers Include: Professors Krase, Moses, Napoli, and student researchers and photographers.

Thanks: Brooklyn College Library Archives and Special Collections; Brooklyn College Presidential Advisory Committee on Italian American Affairs; Brooklyn College Listening Project; the Center for Italian American Studies; CUNY Diversity Project Development Fund, English Department; History Department; Italian Culture Club; Macaulay Honors College; Mellon Transfer Student Program; Sociology Department; Wolfe Institute for the Humanities.

Contact Info: 
Emeritus and Murray Koppelman Professor, Jerome Krase,
Brooklyn College of The City University of New York,
2900 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11210
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