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Who is an Italian? Fall 2012 Traverso Lecture in Italian Studies

Date: 11/29/12
Time: 5 p.m.
Audience: Public
Location: Lecture Center 102
Contact: Bryan Cracchiolo, cracchib@newpaltz.edu

Italy largely contributed to the mass migrations of the past, but recent studies and data show that significant numbers of people have left the country even after Italy became a country of immigration at the end the 20th Century. How and to what extent have both emigration and immigration shaped Italy's citizenship policies since the unification of the Italian state in 1861 ? Dr. Tintori’s talk addresses the politics of identity and belonging in Italy. Special attention will be given to the rationales behind Italy’s policies to recognize descendants of emigrants residing outside of the state territory with a privileged access to citizenship, and the unintended side-effects of those policies.