BIAHI and students

The Bronx Italian American History Initiative provides an opportunity for students to engage and interact with an oral history project in growing. Since its establishment, it has been a learning and building tool for Fordham graduate and undergraduate students. Browse some of the recent interesting projects developed by students below.

Carolyn Wiedenhoft, FCRH ’24

Carolyn Wiedenhoft FCRH 2024 presented her work, entitled “Approaches to Digital and Archival Research,” at the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium at Fordham’s Rose Hill campus on May 4, 2022. Her presentation was the culmination of a year-long work with Fordham’s Bronx Oral histories digital archives and with the Nicholas J. Falco Papers, housed in the archives of the Center for Migration Studies. Many thanks to Mary Brown with the Center for Migration Studies for her help in supporting this work. Carolyn plans to continue her work in AY23.

Diana Farrell,  GSB ’21

Farrell analyzes the Italian American experience through the stories of her family. She discusses the importance of neighborhood and the influences that those relationships have on Italian American culture. Click below to watch her video.

Carli Freeman, FCLC ’21

Freeman’s video essay analyzes the 1955 film Marty, which was inspired by a tv anthology episode with the same name. Freeman discusses the connection between film and television that is evident through the production of this film. Click below to watch her video.

Carli Freeman, FCLC ’21

Freeman does a deep dive into the comparison of violence and classical music in film. She looks closely at films like Golden Boy, Raging Bull, and The Godfather II. Click below to watch her video.

Kayla Wentzel, FCRH ’22

Wentzel’s oral history project documents her grandfather’s (Nick Gentile) Italian American heritage. The oral history embodies the mission of BIAHI. Click below to watch her video.

Alison Rini, FCRH ’21

Rini’s research project “Mapping Ethnic Histories of the Bronx” juxtaposes the collected narratives of BIAHI and BAAHP through an interactive digital map in order to trace the experiences of residents.

Italian Heritage talk at the MCC Mosholu Montefiore Community Center

Students presented BIAHI in a talk about Italian Heritage to the senior citizens at the MMCC Mosholu Montefiore Community Center.

#stayathomewithBIAHI, PMMA Capstone Project

Graduate student Desislava Stoeva (PMMA ’20) created the COVID-19 response digital campaign #stayathomewithBIAHI as part of her Master’s degree Capstone project. 

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