Dr. Elisabetta Tonizzi of the University of Genoa will present a talk on Tuesday, September 2nd entitled “Maritime History and History of Migration: Combined Perspectives.” The talk will be held in the Multipurpose Room of the Black Cultural Center at 4:00 pm, and is free and open to the public.
Dr. Elisabetta Tonizzi is a Senior Lecturer in Contemporary History at the University of Genoa, Italy.
Here is a brief summary of Dr. Tonizzi’s presentation: “Scholars interpreting the great transatlantic migration to the United States have adopted different and multidisciplinary patterns. ‘Why’ Europeans emigrated has always been considered more important than ‘how’ they moved. This study intertwines migration and maritime history. Drawing on recent maritime historiography, it argues that, since the 1880s to the outbreak of WWI, steamship companies and the extended and multifaceted maritime network linked to them played a major role not only as facilitators but also as stimulators of migration flows. Further, shipping lines had a strong clout on migration policies and prevented the early approval of US restrictive migration regulations.”