NEH Chairman Bro Adams was a featured speaker at the Washington, D.C., premiere of The Italian Americans on February 4, 2015. The four-hour documentary series, funded by the NEH, explores the history, culture, and contributions of Italians Americans from the late nineteenth century to the present.
A capacity crowd filled the George Washington University’s Jack Morton Auditorium, where Chairman Adams and other prominent figures, including U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi, introduced the film and discussed its significance. After a screening of highlights from the series, John Viola of the National Italian American Foundation moderated a lively discussion with filmmaker John Maggio and author Maria Laurino.
The Italian Americans premieres on PBS on Tuesdays, February 17 and 24, 9-11 p.m.
Producers: Muriel Soenens, Julia Marchesi
Writer/Producer: John Maggio
Executive Producers: WETA, Dalton Delan and Jeff Bieber