Presentation of Such is Life/Mala vita e' fatta cosi' (by Leonilde F. Ruberto)

Laura Ruberto Presents Such Is Life

Mon. May 6, 2013, 6 - 8 p.m.

Join Professor Laura E. Ruberto as she presents the bilingual version of the memoir Such Is Life/Ma la vita e' fatta cosi' (Bordighera, 2010) by Leonilde Frieri Ruberto.

The memoir is considered the first published in the United States written in Italian by a first-generation Italian American woman. It tells the story of Leonilde Frieri Ruberto, who was born in Cairano (Avellino), Italy in 1913 and emigrated to the Bloomfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh in 1954. Although there are testimonials narrated in Italian by women immigrants, as well as memoirs written in English, nothing quite like this exists. The memoir describes the often-overlooked period of post-war emigration to the United States through the voice of a woman with a fourth-grade education who never mastered English or standard Italian.

Ruberto is a Humanities Professor at Berkeley City College in California. She is the author of Gramsci, Migration, and the Representation of Women at Work, the co-editor of Italian Neorealism and Global Cinema, and the translator of Such Is Life: Ma la vita e' fatta cosi: A Memoir. She was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. and her paternal grandmother wrote Such Is Life.

Admission to "Laura Ruberto Presents Such Is Life" is $5 plus the cost of museum admission, which includes access to all History Center exhibitions. Admission for History Center members is $5.

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Copies of Such Is Life will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

For more information about this event, please contact Melissa Marinaro at [masked].

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  • Leonilde

    It was a very interesting presentation, very enlightening especially about the immigration to the U.S. in the 1950s, and from a woman right here in Pittsburgh.

    May 10, 2013

  • Maddie

    Got stuck in meeting and won't make it

    May 6, 2013

  • J.M.G.

    This event is sponsored by The University of Pittsburgh, Department of French & Italian; American Italian Cultural Institute --Pittsburgh; La Prima Espresso; The Michael A. Musmanno Chapter of POINT (Pursing Our Italian Names Together); Robert Morris University's Voce Italiani Club; The Societa' Dante Alighieri – Comitato di Pittsburgh; and the St. Jude Lodge of the Italian Sons and Daughters of America.

    April 30, 2013

  • Al (.

    Sorry, I'll be out of town.

    April 22, 2013

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