The Center for Italian Studies at Stony Brook University is hosting a memorial conference in honor of its founder, Distinguished Service Professor Mario B. Mignone. “Made in Italy, Made for America: Honoring Mario B. Mignone (1940-2019)” will be held on Friday, November 11, from 8 am to 6 pm in the Charles B. Wang Center, Lecture Hall 1, and on Saturday, November 12, from 9 am to 3 pm in the Center for Italian Studies (Melville Library E4340).
The conference will include presentations by his family, friends, colleagues, scholars, university associates and government officials who will share their memories of him and recall his life’s achievements.
To RSVP for this event, please fill out the form by Friday, November 4.
Mignone founded the Center for Italian Studies in 1985 to provide cultural enrichment that reflected the cultural heritage of the Italian and Italian American community on Long Island. Since then, the center has built a strong cultural bridge between the university and the community at large. Through its active calendar of events and activities, the center strives to be a gathering place for people with a variety of interests to meet and discuss new ideas and to share ongoing interests in Italian and Italian American Studies.
Gerrit and I were honored to be part of Mario’s Italian Studies program in Rome. His energy, commitment and devotion to the students created a memorable experience for the students. The three summers we spent in Rome with Mario, his colleagues, family and students were very special. It was a priviledge to be a part if his program.