Italian Diaspora Studies and the University (Paperback)
There exists still ... the notion that Italian Americans] continue to be one of the very few ethnic groups as targets of microaggressions if not outright discrimination with no consequences to those who engage in such acts.... It is both an internal and external challenge; and in both cases I am convinced that education is the best way we can (1) better inform ourselves of our own history in the United States, and (2) enlighten the non-Italian American about our history and the many challenges immigrants faced. That said, Italian Americans must step up to the plate and support grand projects such as a worthy Italian/American museum at the national level, endowed professorships, and centers, as well as other entities and/or institutions dedicated to imparting knowledge of our history and culture, and, in the end, a veritable Italian/American "think tank." This ultimately brings us to the dire need for private, cultural philanthropy.-from the "Introduction"