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Hostos Professor Ernest Ialongo Honors Mentor with Book About Italian and Italian-American History

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 (Bronx, NY) - On April 23, Hostos history professor Ernest Ialongo hosted a discussion at the college about a new book that he helped bring to life.

Edited by Dr. Ialongo and William Adams, New Directions in Italian and Italian-American History, celebrates the legacy of Philip Cannistraro, a historian of Italy and Italian-America. In November 2011, Dr. Ialongo organized a conference in honor of Dr. Cannistraro, which highlighted new work in his two fields of specialization, as well as that of his colleagues and former graduate students. The book that resulted from this event contains essays by Dr. Ialongo and two of his colleagues in the Behavioral and Social Sciences Department, Dr. Marcella Bencivenni and Dr. Gerald Meyer.

At the book celebration, Dr. Ialongo spoke at length about his mentor and read from the essay he contributed to the volume, “Marinetti and the Cult of the Duce,” which describes the interplay between politics and culture in Fascist Italy. Dr. Bencivenni also spoke about her essay, “The Lost-and Found-World of Italian-American Radicalism,” which addresses the once nearly forgotten history of Italian-American radicalism and its recent resurgence.

To conclude the event, Dr. Meyer discussed his paper, “New York City’s Italian Americans and the Great Depression: The Response of a Community in Distress,” which describes the depths of poverty in New York City’s Italian-American community during the 1930s and its consequent support of the New Deal.

An excerpt from the book summarizes Cannistraro’s influence and how it provided the inspiration for this important collection of essays:

"New Directions in Italian and Italian-American History: Selected Essays from the Conference in Honor of Philip V. Cannistraro." Cannistraro's work managed to revolutionize both the fields of Italian history and Italian-American history, and set in motion a future generation of scholars who would take up many of the questions he began raising so many years ago and, in turn, would demand answers using the same rigorous methodology that characterized his own work . . . This was Cannistraro's legacy: to force new questions and lines of research in his two fields."

For more information, or to order New Directions in Italian and Italian-American History, go to

About Hostos Community College:
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, part of The City University of New York (CUNY) system, was founded in 1968.  In addition to associate degree programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions, Hostos also has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development that offers courses for professional development and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. In four decades, Hostos has grown from a class of 623 in 1970 to more than 7,000 students in 2012. The college also serves an additional 12,000 students through its Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College, visit www.hostos.cuny.edu

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