The Italian American Studies Open Syllabus is a crowd-sourced digital collection of remixable resources to explore and teach the Italian diaspora in the United States. Organized by keyword, each entry offers an introductory curatorial overview alongside a selection of resources encompassing academic and non-academic texts, cultural artifacts, educational materials, and multimedia content. Aimed at both educators and individuals, it fills the gap in Open Educational Resources for Italian American studies and caters to the community’s desire to connect with their heritage.

Let My People Know: The Story of Wilfred Mendelson, ‘Mendy,’ August 17, 1915 – July 28, 1938 (2022) is a digital edition critically annotated by the students in the Spring 2022 course “Activism and the College Experience” co-taught with Isabel Estrada at The City College of New York.

The CUNY Distance Learning Archive (2021) is a crowdsourced archive of personal and institutional documentation related to the City University of New York’s move to online learning spaces in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. During the Spring 2020 semester, we documented the experiences of students, faculty, and staff across CUNY’s 25 campuses and archived the moment of crisis response from a critical approach to educational technology. 

Curatorial Team: Travis M. Bartley, Nicole Cote, Matthew K. Gold, Stefano Morello (Project Manager), and Zach Muhlbauer.


The Lung Block: A New York City Slum & Its Forgotten Italian Community (2021) is a physical-turned-digital exhibit co-curated with architectural historian Kerri Culhane that looks at the progressive narrative of New York City’s infamous Lung Block as the epicenter of disease, contrasting it with the lived experience of its working class Italian immigrant community. The physical exhibit was hosted by the Department of Records and Information Services of the City of New York and The Graduate Center, CUNY in the spring and summer of 2019. Sponsored by The Department of Records and Information Services of the City of New York, The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, The CUNY Graduate Center’s Center for the Humanities, and Queens College Makerspace

The East Bay Punk Digital Archive (2019) is an award-winning website that aims to preserve and make available the subjugated knowledge – zines, artworks, and other ephemera – produced by participants in the punk-rock commons that loomed in and around the San Francisco Bay Area between the early 1980s and the mid-1990s.