Becoming American, A Series

Online Programs

Join together as a community, as we celebrate immigrant voices in Cleveland and beyond. Each month, we will explore past and present stories of immigration through varied cultural lenses, and define what it means to feel at home.

December 15 at 7pm: In Our Backyard: Immigrant Voices of Cleveland

Free to attend

Join together for a special literary reading and panel discussion featuring essays penned by American immigrants of Northeast Ohio. Curated by Literary Cleveland and published by Scene Magazine during Global Cleveland’s Welcoming Week, the essays represent an often underrepresented voice from Northeast Ohio community members. The Maltz Museum is proud to help lift up these powerful stories as we consider: What does it mean to be a welcoming community?

Featuring selected essayists, in conversation with panelists Joe Cimperman of Global Cleveland and Lisa Chiu of Literary Cleveland. Moderated by Dahlia Fisher of the Maltz Museum.

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October 19 at 7pm: American Stories: Exploring Immigrant Autobiographies with Dr. Mimi Pipino

How would you tell your own story? Join Dr. Mimi Pipino, Associate Professor of English at Ursuline College, for this literary workshop on immigrant narratives, autobiographies, and uniquely American stories of change and survival. Learn why scholar Jay Parini has called autobiography “the essential American genre,” before participating in a workshop aimed at helping you find the words to tell your own American story. Space is limited, so register for your spot today!

Mary Frances (Mimi) Pipino, earned her doctorate from the University of Cincinnati, specializing in ethnic American women’s literature, feminist theory and literary criticism, and the Victorian novel. Her dissertation, “I Have Found My Voice”: The Italian-American Woman Writer, was published in 2000 by Peter Lang as part of its Currents in Comparative Romance Literatures and Languages. Dr. Pipino’s research and teaching interests continue in ethnic and world literature and popular culture; she has published articles in Voices in Italian Americana, MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Multiethnic Literature, and, most recently, in the Modern Language Association’s collection Teaching Anglophone Caribbean Literature.

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November 30 at 7pm: Becoming American: A Panel Discussion on the History of Jewish Cleveland

From the Alsbacher Document to Die Yiddishe Velt to the Cleveland Council on Anti-Semitism, Cleveland is a city with a long history of Jewish life and culture. In this panel on the history of Jewish Cleveland moderated by Oberlin College’s Professor Shari Rabin, learn from scholars Kathryn Hellerstein, Kenneth J. Levine, and Sean Martin about the rich history of immigration, cultural formation, and activism from 1850 to the present day that have made Cleveland’s Jewish community so vibrant. This panel discussion will be hosted over Zoom, and will feature a live Q&A.

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Oct 19 2021


7:00 pm - 8:30 pm