Columbus on Trial Film Screening and Dialogue

Sunday, October 4, 2020 • 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Zoom Webinar
Virtual Program

Add to Calendar10/04/2020 02:00 PM10/04/2020 04:00 PMAmerica/New_YorkColumbus on Trial Film Screening and Dialogue Join the History Center’s Italian American Program and filmmakers Marylou & Jerome Bongiorno for a screening of their short fiction film, “Columbus on Trial”Zoom WebinarHeinz History CenterfalseMM/DD/YYYY

Join the History Center’s Italian American Program and filmmakers Marylou & Jerome Bongiorno for a screening of their short fiction film, “Columbus on Trial,” which imagines the ghost of 15th century Genovese explorer Christopher Columbus being interrogated by the ghost of 18th century American political activist Elizabeth Willing Powel, a confidante of President George Washington.

The film is set in the 21st century and stimulates discussion over controversies surrounding Columbus’s voyages. It will be preceded by its short documentary prologue that explains the time period that Columbus lived in. After the screening, scholar Fred Gardaphé will discuss the film with a moderated audience Q&A to follow.

For more information about the film “Columbus on Trial,” please visit the Bongiorno Productions website.


This virtual presentation is free and will take place on Zoom webinar. Registration is required. Please register online.

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This program is sponsored by La Prima Espresso Co.

La Prima Espresso Co.
Bongiorno Productions

Marylou and Jerome Bongiorno are Emmy-nominated, award-winning, husband and wife filmmakers of acclaimed social justice documentary, fiction, and museum installation art films. Their films are widely exhibited in theaters, on national PBS and foreign public television, on cable television, at festivals, cultural, and faith-based venues, and in schools. Marylou is an alumna of NYU’s Graduate Film School.

A leading expert in the field, Fred L. Gardaphé is Distinguished Professor of English and Italian American Studies. He directs the Italian American Studies Program at Queens College, City University of New York and also works at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute.  Previously he helped to create the Italian American Studies program at Stony Brook University which he directed from 1998-2008. Gardaphé is Associate Editor of Fra Noi, an Italian American monthly newspaper, editor of the Series in Italian American Studies at State University of New York Press, and co-founding-co-editor of Voices in Italian Americana, a literary journal and cultural review. He is past President of the American Italian Historical Association (1996-2000) now known as the Italian American Studies Association and served as Vice President of the Italian Cultural Center in Stone Park, IL from 1992-1998. He is also past President of MELUS: The Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States and the Working-Class Studies Association. His books include Italian Signs, American Streets; Dagoes Read: Tradition and the Italian/American Writer, Moustache Pete is Dead!: Italian/American Oral Tradition Preserved in Print,   Leaving Little Italy: Essaying Italian American Studies, From Wiseguys to Wise Men: Masculinities and the Italian American Gangster, The Art of Reading Italian Americana,  Bordighera Press, 2011 and Read ‘em and Reap: Gambling on Italian American Literature (2017).  He is the recipient of a 2011 Fulbright Senior Lectureship at the University of Salerno, Italy. Gardaphé is currently at work on a novel and a study of humor and irony in Italian American culture.