OLLI Workshop: Life in God’s Country, The man who remembered to interview the immigrants

OLLI Workshop: Life in God’s Country, The man who remembered to interview the immigrants

Event Type

All

Location

Westminster Village

Date

Time

Phone

(812) 237-2336

Description

OLLI hosts Edoardo Lebano, Professor Emeritus of Indiana University.
Cost: Free
Edoardo A. Lebano conducted thirty-five in-depth interviews with forty-three immigrants between June 24, 1984, and July 28, 1984, the results of which are detailed in his 2018 book Life in God’s Country. His book is a brief history of Italian immigration in Vermillion County, Indiana, covering nearly a hundred years between 1856 and 1952. Dr. Lebano will speak to OLLI members about several topics from his book. What was immigrant life like? How were they able to survive when the mines were closed either due to strikes or bad weather? How were they able to communicate, not only with local people but also with their fellow immigrants who came from several European regions.
How did they overcome hardships, discrimination and prejudices? In addition to transcripts of interviews, Dr. Lebano’s book contains valuable information and general historical data on the history of immigration. Lebano will have signed copies of his book for sale.