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Conference: "MAFIAs: Realities and Representations of Organized Crime"

New York, NY, United States New York, NY, USA

The theme of the Calandra Institute’s seventh annual conference is “MAFIAs: Realities and
Representations of Organized Crime,” and the two-day event seeks to cover a broad variety of
worldwide manifestations of organized crime. As the sole university research institute for Italian
American studies, the Calandra Institute is uniquely positioned to address this topic of interest
to specialists including criminologists and film historians, among others. Consequently, the
Calandra Institute is partnering with the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where Friday’s
sessions will be held.

Given the historical association of Italian Americans with organized crime in the United
States, it behooves us as scholars of Italian-American history and culture to tackle this subject
with all the intellectual rigor of our various disciplinary insights. As we know, organized crime is
not unique to any one country or ethnic group but rather develops out of specific economic and
social conditions across the globe at different historical moments.

Thus, conference participants will speak on topics pertaining to Jewish and Polish American
mobsters in the United States as well as organized crime in Colombia, India, Japan, Pakistan, and

Those involved in Italy’s anti-mafia movement—a topic that will be discussed by a number
of conference speakers—have inspired people worldwide with their courageous strategies
for confronting the silence and acquiescence that have existed for too long around criminal
activities of this nature. “MAFIAs,” the Calandra conference, is in keeping with that sentiment of
resistance inasmuch as it aims to shine a light on heinous practices that many have chosen to
willfully ignore.

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from 25 to 27 April 2014



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