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Dr. Richard Alba on Immigration and the Italian-American Experience, This Year’s Mannella Distinguished Speaker

On Thursday, Oct. 25, at 2:00 p.m., Richard Alba, PhD, will deliver a lecture as part of the Alfred F. Mannella and Rose T. Lauria-Mannella Distinguished Speaker Series. Dr.  Alba is a professor of sociology at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center. His lecture, entitled “Why Italian Americans Matter for Today’s Immigration,” will describe how the United States is once again in an era of mass immigration, wherein many Americans are worried about the impact of new groups on American society.

Dr. Alba will also discuss his ideas about how the Italian-American experience can provide a valuable perspective for thinking about the future of the United States and how best to integrate the new waves of children from immigrant families.

The Mannella Lecture Series began in 1996 and is made possible by the generosity of Villanova University alumnus Alfred S. Mannella, who named the series after his parents. The events in the series focus on scholarship surrounding Italian-American history, culture and the immigrant experience. This year’s talk will be held in the Speakers’ Corner on the first floor of Falvey Memorial Library. Just as with past Mannella lectures, this event is free and open to everyone, including the general public.

About the Alfred F. Mannella and Rose T. Lauria-Mannella Distinguished Speakers Series:

The generosity of Villanova University alumnus Alfred S. Mannella ’58 VSB, has made it possible for Falvey Memorial Library to sponsor a series of annual events, focusing on scholarship about Italian-American history, culture and the immigrant experience. The endowed lecture series is named for his parents, Alfred F. and Rose T. Lauria-Mannella.

Mr. Mannella’s generous support also provides funds for the Library to acquire books on the Italian-American community and its heritage, a topic close to his heart. It is Mr. Mannella’s hope that his gifts will inspire other Villanova alumni to give to the development of library programming and collections.

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Last Modified: October 23, 2012