Who's Afraid of Stereotypes? Italian American Film at MSU

On Thursday, March 15th, in Brantl Hall in Dickson, at 7:00 p.m., there will be a lecture entitled: "Who's Afraid of Stereotypes? Understanding the Gangster in Italian American Film." The lecture will be given by Dr. Fred Gardaphè, Director of the Italian American Studies Program at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he teaches such courses as Italian American Film, The Gangster in Italian American Literature, and Making American Identities. He is the author of Italian Signs, American Streets.

Dr. Gardaphè's will trace the gangster created by Hollywood, a cinematic figure that has had a profound effect on the the development of an ethnic stereotype. He will posit the question as to what the gangster means in American culture, how it is expressed in film and on TV, and how Italian American directors, past and present, use the figure differently. The lecture promises some unexpected insights into the past, present and future of American culture.

The program is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Italian American Student Organization, The Dean's Office of the College of the Humanities and Social Sciences, the Department of Spanish and Italian, and FIERI North Jersey.