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Historian to speak about Italian emigration to America

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Anna Maria Martellone, a professor of American history at the University of Florence, will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council Wednesday, April 29 in the Fellowship Hall of the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St. Her presentation, "Italian Emigration to the Americas" begins at noon and is free and open to the public.

Martellone is visiting the University of Iowa this semester as a fellow through the International Forum for U.S. Studies (IFUSS). The IFUSS program seeks to promote humanities scholarship by non-U.S. scholars whose research focuses on social and cultural issues shaping or affecting the United States. The Forum recognizes the growth of U.S. studies around the world and attempts to advance discussions of cultural diversity by promoting scholarship on the U.S. done by scholars working out of different national histories, intellectual institutions, and scholarly traditions.

Martellone's interest in American history stemmed from her studies of Italian national history, through which she became aware that one of the most important aspects of Italian history -- the massive emigration of millions of Italians to the Americas -- had been almost ignored by Italian historiography. Martellone has written a book on the history of the Italian community of Boston and has co-edited three books on U.S. civic and political history. In addition, she has published extensively on questions related to immigration in the U.S., ethnicity, and national identity.

For those unable to attend Martellone's lecture, WSUI-AM (910) will carry this program Thursday, April 30 following the noon news. For more information, contact the council at (319) 335-0335.

The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council is a non-profit association of community and university people interested in learning more about U.S. foreign policy, world affairs, and current global issues impacting world societies. The group provides members with the opportunity to hear more than 35 experts per year who visit the UI campus and the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area.

Meetings are scheduled from September to June to take advantage of these speakers and are held at noon or in the evening to allow as wide a participation as possible from the business community, other professionals, the community at large, and students, faculty and staff from the university. Meetings are scheduled at catered luncheons, as dinners or evening desserts or as "Sack Lunch Seminars."

ICFRC is a part of UI International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research, and teaching.