American and New England Studies

Joe Conforti gives first talk in Maine on New Book

American Studies Joe Conforti

Distinguished Professor of American and New England Studies Joe Conforti gives his first talk in Maine about his recently published memoir, Another City Upon a Hill at the Maine Historical Society on October 17, 2013 at 7:00pm.

Conforti’s newest book is both a personal story and a portrait of a distinctive New England place, namely Fall River, Massachusetts. Fall River had once been the cotton cloth capital of America. Conforti, as the son of a Portuguese mother and Italian father, recalls how he negotiated those identities in a city where ethnic heritage mattered. He shares a multi-generational story of these immigrant groups as they made their way into a significant textile city that had fallen on hard times beginning in the 1920s.

Conforti is the author of five books, including Saints and Strangers: New England in British North America and the acclaimed Imagining New England.