We are a group of Italian Americans, or scholars of Italian and Italian American culture and history who have attempted collectively and carefully to examine this question from several different perspectives.

Our Steering Committee is composed of:

Luisa Del Giudice, Independent Scholar, Emerita Founder-Director Italian Oral History Institute

Claudio Fogu, Associate Professor of Italian, University of California Santa Barbara

Laura E. Ruberto, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, Berkeley City College

Joseph Sciorra, John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College, City University of New York

Geoffrey Symcox, Professor of History and General Editor of the Repertorium Colombianum, University of California Los Angeles