American International College
On Aug. 7, I was a guest at American International College in Springfield, Mass., and had an opportunity to a give talk about my book. The people I’m pictured here with are the reason we made the trip: it’s a group from Reggio Calabria, Italy, led by Germaine (top, far left) and including my Italian cousins Daniela and Alyssia (left, in front of Germaine). Germaine was my interpreter during my research in Calabria two years ago, and most of those pictured here were making their first visit to the United States for English training and Amercian sightseeing. The college made a gift of my book to the Italian visitors — a generous gesture.
In the back row, next to Germaine, is Giuseppe Polimeni, a native of the Reggio, an international consultant to the school and my host. He and his colleagues at AIC did a wonderful job setting up the event, which was attended by people from the school and the community. They have promised to invite me back and I promised to return. Lots of proud Italians and Italian-Americans in Springfield.
Here is what AIC had to say about the visit.