SUNY Oswego Professor Emeritus of History and resident of Springside at Seneca Hill Luciano J. Iorizzo will speak about his latest book, â€œItalian Americans: Bridges to Italy, Bonds To America,â€ during a dinner program to be held Tuesday, July 27 at Springside.
Iorizzo taught history at SUNY Oswego for 30 years. He is a charter member and past president of the American Italian Historical Association, and has written two other books, and co-authored three others. His biography of Al Capone has been widely received in this country and in China and Korea.
Iorizzoâ€™s co-author in this most recent book is Ernest E. Rossi, professor emeritus at Western Michigan University, where he served as chair of the political science department and associate dean of the college of arts and sciences.
In the book, which attests to the Italian American influence on the United States, nine professors of Italian American studies, and a curator of an ethnic museum, provide original essays on the Italian American experience, using the theme bridges to Italy and bonds to America. Drawing from a wide variety of primary sources, such as census tracts, local directories, diaries, voting records, newspaper accounts, personal interviews, scholarly books and articles, the authors show how Italian Americans adapted, through work, prejudice, strife, and advancement, to the social and political life in America while still retaining an element of Italianita.
Reservations for the dinner program are required. There is an $18 charge per person, and reservations can be made by calling 343-5658. The event begins with a 5:30 p.m. cash bar. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 7:15 p.m.
The Oswego Healthcare System includes Oswego Hospital, The Manor at Seneca Hill, a skilled nursing facility; Springside at Seneca Hill, a retirement living community; an urgent care center in Fulton, as well as health services centers in Mexico, Parish and Phoenix. For more information, call (315) 349-5500 or visit oswegohealth.org.