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Celebrate Italian Heritage Month with Free Series at CCC


Camden County College’s Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility is partnering with the New Jersey Italian and Italian-American Heritage Commission to offer three free evenings of film, discussion and lecture to mark Italian Heritage Month and celebrate 150 years of Italy’s unification and Italians in America.


Each installment of “Risorgimento! Italian Unification and the History of Italians in America” will include a film discussion led by CCC Professor Matt Sorrento at 6 p.m. and a lecture by a noted scholar from another institution at 7 p.m. All three presentations will take place in Civic Hall, which is located inside the Connector Building on the College’s Blackwood Campus. The campus is at College Drive and Peter Cheeseman Road in Gloucester Township.


Scheduled are:


● Oct. 6: “Italian Pride/Stereotypes: Early Film Gangsters” with Sorrento followed by “Italians in America from the Seventeenth through the Nineteenth Centuries” with William J. Connell of Seton Hall University.


● Oct. 20: “Italy and History: Cinema Paradiso” with Sorrento followed by “Italian and Italian-American Culture: From the Mezzogiorno to the Jersey Shore” with Susanna Tardi of William Paterson University.


● Oct. 27: “Food in America: Big Night” with Sorrento followed by “The Unification of Italy and its Impact on Italian Immigration” with Joseph V. Scelsa, founder and president of the Italian American Museum in New York City.


Camden County College is an official New Jersey Professional Development Provider. As a result, state-certified teachers may earn approved professional development credit for attending.


To register or for additional details about these events, attendees should contact the Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility by telephone at (856) 227-7200, ext. 4333, or via e-mail at

Published: September 28, 2011