Swinging Sixties Senior Center (211 Ainslie St.) will be hosting the Michele Giannattasio Lecture Series, a series that centers on Italian American culture in Williamsburg. The first two of these talks will be led by Joseph Sciorra, PhD, the Director of Academic and Cultural Programs at Calandra Italian American Institute at Queens College and the Editorial Director, for the Italian American Review.
On April 19th at 7 p.m., Sciorra will give the first lecture: “Religious Processions in Italian Williamsburg”. The Italian American culture of the neighborhood is near and dear to his heart. He has stuck close to this subject since an academic calling brought him to the neighborhood in 1979 to work with the St. Cono Society. He moved to Williamsburg in 1982 and did his Master’s thesis on the music of the Giglio feast.
This lecture is well-timed to shortly follow the Easter Holy Week, when the neighborhood hosts several processions for Good Friday. A Q & A will follow the talk.