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“The Italian Heritage of American Popular Music” Event on 4/19

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Please join us on Wednesday, April 19, at 7 p.m. at Villanova University’s Falvey Library for the 2022-2023 Alfred F. Mannella and Rose T. Lauria-Mannella Endowed Distinguished Speaker Series Lecture presented by Peter Spina. Spina’s talk is titled, “The Italian Heritage of American Popular Music.” The talk will be held in the Library’s Speakers’ Corner on the first floor.

The rich musical heritage that Italian immigrants brought with them at the turn of the last century has had a major impact on shaping United States culture.  From the birth of the nation’s commercial music industry in the early 1900’s through its evolution into American post-World War II pop, Italians had an outsized role and impact.  Join us as Mr. Spina delves into how this occurred and discusses some of the key artists that led the way, particularly those from the Philadelphia Italian-American community.

This ACS-approved event, co-sponsored by Falvey Library and the Italian Studies Program, is free and open to the public.

About the Alfred F. Mannella and Rose T. Lauria-Mannella Distinguished Speakers Series: 
The generosity of Villanova University alumnus Alfred S. Mannella has made it possible for Falvey 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. The talks in the Speakers series are held in the Library at the heart of Villanova University’s campus. They are open to the wider community and, as always, are free to everyone, including the public.

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