Preview–Anne Calcagno “The Absence of the Overarching Presence of Churches” Abstract

Anne Calcagno --Dual Citizen

Anne Calcagno –Dual Citizen

“Calcagno’s creative paper explores being a Chicagoan living the absence of the overarching presence of churches in Italy, everpresent churches that were refuge and mystery. She will report on her struggles with some of the complications inherent in representing Catholicism in fiction (i.e: searching for verity from flawed characters). She will read a brief excerpt of a scene from her novel-in-progress STRUCK BY DINA, revealing the writer’s struggle.

Anne Calcagno is a dual national, who has written for the Italian paper la Repubblica, and has been anthologized in such Italian-American anthologies as; The Milk of Almonds: Italian American Women Writers on Food and Culture, The Penguin Book of Italian-American Writing; Don’t Tell Mama!, and Reconstructing Italians in Chicago; Thirty Authors in Search of Roots and Branches.

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Dominic Candeloro, 1401 Cleveland Avenue LaGrange Park, IL 60526 Candeloro@CasaItaliaChicago.org, dcandeloro@luc.edu 708-354-0952 Cell 847-951-910 http://tinyurl.com/candeloro 2012-13-Adjunct Prof. Italian American History, Loyola University Chicago 1981-present—Part-time volunteer program co-ordinator and librarian Italian Cultural Center at Casa Italia 2001-2006 Executive Director, American Italian Historical Association 2005-----Co Director of the Exhibit “The Dream...per non dementicare” Archivio Centrale dello Stato-Roma 1995-2003 Special Assistant to the Mayor of Chicago Heights Director, Conferences/Workshops & Weekend College, Governors State University Adjunct Professor of History 1977-1982 Visiting Assistant Professor - History, University of Illinois, Chicago.and Director of the "Italians in Chicago" Project, $300,000 NEH Grant (1979-1982). 1976-1977 Visiting Assistant Professor - History, University of Illinois, Urbana - Champaign. Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana - Champaign, History. Dissertation: ,Louis Freeland Post: Carpetbagger, Singletaxer, Progressive." J. Leonard Bates, Advisor. B.A. Northwestern University, 1982-1983 Fulbright Research Fellowship, Italy.

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