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"The Italian Americans" Screening & Discussion Event

The Italian AmericansDate: Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Time: 6:45 p.m. (Doors open at 6:15 p.m.)

Location: The George Washington University
The Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20052

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Join The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF), The George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs and WETA, the flagship public broadcasting station in the nation’s capital, for a screening and discussion about The Italian Americans, a new film for PBS premiering nationally February 17 & 24, 9-11p — with special guest House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.

The event will include a conversation with filmmaker John Maggio and journalist Maria Laurino, author of the companion book The Italian Americans: A History (W.W. Norton, December 2014).

Following the event program, Maria Laurino will sign books, which will be available for purchase (credit cards and checks only, no cash transactions).

The Italian Americans, narrated by acclaimed actor Stanley Tucci, explores the evolution of Italian Americans from the late 19th Century to today, from “outsiders” once viewed with suspicion and mistrust, to some of the most prominent leaders of business, politics and the arts today. Award-winning writer/producer John Maggio (Billy The Kid, Boy in the Bubble) presents in the two-part, four-hour series a portrait of Italian American life that includes interviews with Tony Bennett, John Turturro, Gay Talese, U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, among others. The Italian Americans peels away myths and stereotypes to reveal a world uniquely Italian and uniquely American.

The Italian Americans premieres Tuesday, February 17 & 24, 9-11p.m. ET on WETA TV 26 & WETA HD and on PBS stations nationwide.

The event is open to the public, admission is free, and reservations are required.

 

 

We are no longer accepting reservations for this event.
 

 

 

The Italian Americans is produced by WETA, Ark Media, John Maggio Productions and NIAF

The Italian Americans is funded by DelGrosso Foods, National Endowment for the Humanities, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations and the Annenberg Foundation. Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by the Public Broadcasting Service.

The Italian Americans is a production of WETA Washington, D.C., and Ark Media, in association with John Maggio Productions. The series executive producers are Jeff Bieber and Dalton Delan. The series writer and producer is John Maggio. The producers are Muriel Soenens and Julia Marchesi. The music composer is Gary Lionelli. The editors are George O’Donnell and Seth Bomse. The narrator is Stanley Tucci. Special thanks to project community engagement and promotion partner The National Italian American Foundation.

Corporate funding for The Italian Americans is provided by DelGrosso Foods. Foundation funding is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations and the Annenberg Foundation. Major funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by the Public Broadcasting Service.

About WETA

WETA is the leading public broadcasting company in the nation’s capital, serving Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia with educational initiatives and with high-quality programming on WETA Television and Classical WETA 90.9 FM. WETA Washington, D.C., is also one of the largest producing station of new content for public television in the United States, with productions and co-productions including PBS NewsHour, Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize.

About the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF)

The mission of the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is to serve as a resource for the Italian American Community; to preserve the Italian American heritage and culture; to promote and inspire a positive image and legacy of Italian Americans; and to strengthen and empower ties between the United States and Italy. For more information, visit www.niaf.org.

About The George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs

The School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA) is dedicated to the study of media, journalism, and political communication with a focus on the connections between ideas and information and how the media inform and influence policy and politics in a democracy. As the only school of its kind in the capital of politics and media, we bring Washington into the classroom. Students engage with the world around them through internships and access to decision makers, community leaders, and power brokers.  For more information, visit smpa.gwu.edu/about.

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