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Campus Change Network Events : Spring 2010


Las Positas College 2nd Italian Film Festival: Senza una lira / Penniless

Recognizing the contributions of Italian art, film, and culture. Friday, March 26 to Saturday, March 27, 2010 Events are FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC

Italian Film Festival poster

Friday, March 26, 2010

Istituto Italian di Cultura logo
  • 6:00-6:30 pm: Reception
  • 7:00 pm: Pre-talk + Q&A
  • 7:30 pm- short film(s) then feature Pane Amaro

Saturday, March 27

  • 6:00-6:30pm: Reception
  • 7:00pm:Pre-talk + Q&A
  • 7:30pm: short film(s), then feature My brother, My Sister Sold for a Fistful of Lira

Pane Amaro, 103 minutes

Pane Amaro recounts important events that shaped the Italian American experience by weaving together compelling personal accounts, commentary by noted scholars, and rare historical photographs and footage.

Among other events, the film looks at the lynching of 11 Italian immigrants in New Orleans in 1891 –the largest in U.S. history, the establishment and growth of “Little Italys,” the 1911 Triangle Factory fire, in which dozens of immigrant women workers died, the crucial role of Italian workers in the development of the American labor movement, and the internment of Italian American civilians declared “enemy aliens” during World War II. The title of the film comes from a popular Neapolitan song of the early 1900s, which spoke of the immigrant’s pain at being separated from home and family.

My Brother, My Sister Sold for a Fistful of Lira, 90 minutes

Following World War II, Italy was a place of such great privation that tens of thousands of young children, especially in the rural South, were "sold" to a Neapolitan-American adoption agency for a few thousand lire. The Catholic Church organized this effort.

MY BROTHER, MY SISTER... follows the efforts of Pia Dilisa to find her siblings, who were 7 and 9 years old when they were shipped to America in 1952, never to be heard from again. Pia's remarkable quest, 45 years later, is punctuated by mind-boggling interviews with church officials (in Rome and New York) who stonewall her: somehow records were not kept or cannot be found today; "it all happened so very long ago," she's told. Pia is a salt-of-the-earth heroine - embued with tenacity, unfailing decency, and loyalty to a brother and sister she hardly remembers. Her story is enthralling.

The event is co-sponsored by the LPC Foreign Language Department, LPC Foundation, Campus Change Network, and the Western Regional Chapter of the American Italian Historical Association.

Film Festival in Building 2400, Room 2420
For further information, contact Catherine Suarez at (924) 424-1212
Las Positas College
3000 Campus Hill Dr.
Livermore, CA 94551

First Fridays Speaker Series

Note: The Campus Change press release made it into the San Francisco Chronicle

  • October 5, 2007: National Coming Out Day. It was a great event.  Very moving and powerful.  It’s a wonderful kick-off to the series.
  • November 2, 2007: California Indian Storytellers. We have three speakers: Alex Ramirez, Gregg Castro, and Amber Machamer.  We have arranged to have this and all the other event audio recorded as a podcast.  There is also video recording equipment in the room so we can record the event. Jeanne Virgilio has agreed to be our videographer.
  • December7, 2007: Cuban Culture. This Friday night event will be one part of a week-long series of events. 
  • February 29, 2008: African American History Month. Meet the President! Help us celebrate three years of Campus Change Network's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion by spending an evening with our new President, Dr. DeRionne Pollard.
  • March 14, 2008: Women’s History Month: A Presentation by Dr. Doris “Lucki” Allen, Vietnam Veteran.
  • April 11, 2008: Media, Culture and Identity in the MDB Lecture Hall. We will be viewing Stranger With A Camera, which is the story of the murder of filmmaker Hugh O'Connor as he attempted to document Central Appalachian poverty.  The film covers much more than this one incident as it explores issues of representation, culture and the media.  Following the screening will be a Q&A with the filmmaker, Elizabeth Barret.

Campus Change Network


Nadiyah Taylor

(925) 424-1175


Elizabeth Hopkins

(925) 424-1258

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