Study abroad in Italy, Screening the Italian American Experience course

One of Italy’s most noteworthy historical events of the 19th century, next to the Unification of the country, was the Great Migration. The first of three waves of Italian migration to North America occurred from 1861-1900; each wave has been unique and offers cultural and historical insight to both Italy and North America then and now. This course will examine the various historical markers associated with the emigrational movements to the United States through the representation of the cinematic lens.


Course code

HI 451 Screening the Italian American Experience (taught in English) 
HI 452 Screening the Italian American Experience (taught in Italian)
Course offered during

Summer Term Study in Sicily, Italy Programs

Students can enroll in this course or combine this course with a language or other culture courses in a longer study program


Course Description:
This course examines the image of Italian Americans from the initial, major diaspora from Italy to North America (1890s) to the present, including the current “Brain Drain” phenomena. Through media and literary representations, historical and cultural perspectives along with stereotypes will be critically scrutinized and discussed.