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Intergenerational Memories of World War II

On Zoom or in person at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute (25 West 43rd St.)

March 21, 2024
6:00 pm

Please note:
This event takes place at the
John D. Calandra Italian American Institute (CUNY)
25 West 43rd St

To attend in person please RSVP by calling (212) 642-2094
For online participation on Zoom, please register here

Round Table
Intergenerational Memories of World War II:
Italian and Italian American Captivities

Yemane Demissié, NYU
Laura E. Ruberto, Berkeley City College
Mark Pedri, U.S.A.
Anton Pulvirenti, Australia
Elisa Longarato, Italy


Delve into the multifaceted narratives of WWII Prisoners of War (POWs) as their descendants share compelling insights during this roundtable discussion. Through a hybrid format blending online and in-person participation, this event offers a unique opportunity to explore the scholarly, artistic, and visual representations of their fathers’ and grandfathers’ captivity experiences.

This event is part of a series on “Memory, Memories, and Memorialization of WWII Italian Captivity”, organized by Elena Bellina (New York University) and Giorgia Alù (The University of Sydney), and co-sponsored by NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, The University of Sydney, The John D. Calandra Institute for Italian American Institute (CUNY), and the Centre for Italian Modern Art (CIMA). The events aim to investigate how WWII Italian POWs have narrated their long captivity experiences, as well as how these narratives have been recollected and memorialized in Italy, America, Australia, Asia, and Africa.