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Italian Immigration in Rhode Island

The National Society of The Colonial Dames Rhode Island Presents: 

A talk on Italian Immigration in Rhode Island by Debra A. Mulligan.

On Thursday, March 12, at 4 PM, Dr. Debra A. Mulligan of Roger Williams University will speak on the history of Italian immigration in Rhode Island.  The lecture will be held at the Westerly Library, 44 Broad Street in Westerly, and is free and open to the public.

This program is presented in partnership with the Westerly Library.  For more information, and to register for the lecture, contact Bethany at the Library at (401) 596-2877. You can also register below.


About the speaker: 

Debra A. Mulligan was born in Rhode Island, and received her Master of Arts and Ph.D. in History from Providence College.  She has taught a variety of courses in East Asian, European, and American history at Roger Williams University. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame, and on the National Advisory Board of Phi Alpha Theta, the History Honor Society.  


Her publications include a chapter in the two- volume study:  The Cultural History of Reading (Greenwood Press, 2009), and articles in the Historical Journal of Massachusetts (Winter 2007), and the New England Journal of History.  Her book, Democratic Repairman: The Political Life of James Howard McGrath was recently published by McFarland Press (2019).

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