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From Ethnic to Multi-cultural Italian Media in the U.S.

A Round Table of Experts

Tuesday April 12, 2016 – 6.30-8.30pm
Lecture Hall, Room 101 in the Feliciano School of Business
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Join media representatives and scholars Bénédicte Deschamps, Maurita Cardone, Lucia Grillo and Alberto Vourvoulias-Bush for a round table discussion that focuses on the historical and contemporary role of the Italian media in the U.S., in Italian language or otherwise, in reporting about Italian news, culture, economy, etc.

The presentations will provide an overview of the history of Italian newspapers between the late 1800s and the early 1900s, and a perspective on how the press has changed over the decades in response to issues of international affairs and technology. The round table will explore the ways in which the Italian communities abroad have helped shape an image of Italy, its society and politics, in the U.S. through the use of media, while reflecting the stories of Italians in America back “home.”


  • Introductory remarks: Joseph Amditis (Center for Cooperative Media, Montclair State University), Nancy Carnevale (Department of History, Montclair State University) and Teresa Fiore(Inserra Chair, Montclair State University)
  • Bénédicte Deschamps (Université Paris Diderot), “History of the Italian Newspapers in the Diaspora”
  • Maurita Cardone (La Voce di New York, Deputy Editor), “A U.S. based online Italian magazine in Italian in the post-journalism era”
  • Lucia Grillo (Italics, Producer and Correspondent), “Exploring and Representing Italian Americans through Television”
  • Respondent: Alberto Vourvoulias-Bush (Journalist)


Bénédicte Deschamps is Associate Professor in American Studies at the University of Paris Diderot (Université Paris Sorbonne Cité) in France, where she teaches U.S. History. She has published numerous articles on Italian-American history, and has co-edited several books among which: Les Petites Italies dans le monde, Rennes, Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2007 and Racial, Ethnic, and Homophobic Violence: Killing in the Name of Otherness, London, Routledge Cavendish, 2007. Her book on the History of the Italian American press from the Risorgimento to WWI will be released in the spring of 2016.

Maurita Cardone is an Italian journalist with over ten years of experience in the field. Her articles and videos have been featured by a number of Italian media outlets. She has been a regular contributor to Il Sole 24 ore (the Italian Financial Times) for the past five years, and has reported from New York for the last three. Since April 2013, she has been the Deputy Editor of the online magazine La Voce di New York, a Manhattan-based online daily magazine that chiefly focuses on the local Italian community and its culture. Prior to that, she was an editor for the environmentalist magazine La nuova ecologia in Rome. While working for the magazine, she developed a two-year video-journalism program, which involved high school students filming interviews for a final newscast project.

Lucia Grillo is an award-winning filmmaker, with her company Calabrisella Films producing narrative short films, documentary features, and music videos. Lucia is producer and correspondent of Italics, which airs monthly on CUNY-TV. As an actress, her screen credits include films directed by Spike Lee and Tony Gilroy, among others. Theatre credits include Cherry Lane and Signature theatres. She has taught acting at the university level and various courses/seminars on acting and on Italian cinema, in the U.S and Italy. She received her BFA in Acting from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and trained at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute.

Alberto Vourvoulias-Bush is a freelance columnist. He has been Visiting Scholar on Online Journalism at the American Academy in Rome, helped found and launch, served as Corporate Executive Editor of impreMedia, the largest Spanish-language news publisher in the United States, and as Executive Editor of El Diario/La Prensa, the oldest Spanish-language newspaper in the country. Prior to that, he was Deputy Editor of TIME Magazine’s Latin America edition. Before turning to journalism, Vourvoulias-Bush was a Research Associate on Latin America for the Council of Foreign Relations and taught Latin American politics both at Yale and at NYU.

From Ethnic to Multi-cultural Italian Media in the U.S. is presented:


Bénédicte Deschamps: Official page
La Voce di New York

Italics website

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