Laura E. Ruberto, Berkeley City College
Joseph Sciorra, John D. Calandra Italian American Institute
The second volume of New Italian Migrations to the United States (University of Illinois Press, 2017) continues the critical conversation with its predecessor by exploring Italian immigration to the United States from 1945 to present, this time focusing on cultural expressivity, artistic productions, community engagement, and media representations. The book challenges our understanding of art and culture created by and about Italian Americans in the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries through considering ongoing Italian migratory flows. Each new group of Italian migrants and their descendants creates fresh models of Italian American identity and culture, impacting preexisting ones to effectively and continually reboot Italian America. The editors will be joined by contributors John Allan Cicala, Teresa Fiore, and Anthony Julian Tamburri.