Folklife Specialists

Folklife Specialists

Roberto Catalano, Ph.D.
Tel: (909) 864-0132

Luisa Del Giudice, Ph.D.
P.O. Box 241553
Los Angeles, CA 90024-1553
Tel: (310) 474-1698
Fax: (310) 474-3188
(Italian oral traditions, oral history, folklife: foodways, celebration, belief, St. Josephís Tables)

Alessandro Falassi, Ph.D.
Universit‡ per Stranieri di Siena
Piazza Carlo Rosselli, 27-28
53100 Siena
Tel. 011-39-0577-240111
Fax: 011-39- 0577-281030
(foodways, Hollywoodís Italian kitchens, festivals, Palio of Siena)

Enzo Fina
Tel/Fax: (626) 284-0031
(Salentine music traditions. Southern Italian musician)

Sabina Magliocco, Ph.D.
Department of Anthropology
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff St.
Northridge, CA 91330
Tel: (818) 677-3331
(Sardinian & Mediterranean folklife, Neo-Paganism)

Ken Scambray, Ph.D., See: WRITERS
(Watts Towers, Baldassare Forestiereís Underground Gardens, Fresno, Italian California/American writers)

Carlo Siliotto
Tel: (424) 228-4695
(Traditional music of Lazio, composition of music for film.)

Edward F. Tuttle. Ph.D.
Italian Department
212 Royce Hall, UCLA
Los Angeles, CA 90095
(Romance historical linguistics & Italian dialectology, local Italian history, California wine history)

Of related interest:

Americans in the West Project
c/o Library of Congress
American Folklife Center
101 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, D.C. 20540-4610
Tel: (202) 707-5510
Fax: (202) 707-2076

"Americans in the West" Project included research on San Pedro, conducted by Doug Di Natale and David Taylor, Frank Russell, Paola Tavarelli. Further reading: Old Ties, New Attachments: Italian-American Folklife in the West, edited by David A. Taylor, John Alexander Williams, Library of Congress, 1992.

A Bit of History: Charles Speroni (1911-1984), Professor of Italian at UCLA, Dean of the College of Fine Arts, and perhaps best known for his Italian language reader, with C. Golino, Basic Italian, was one of the first to study Italian folklife in southern California. Among publications in this field, are: Charles Speroni, "California Fishermenís Festivals," in Western Folklore, 14 (1955) 77-91; and "Observance of St. Joseph's Day Among the Sicilians of Southern California." Southern Folklore Quarterly 4.3 (1940): 135-139. University of California obituary, by Giovanni Cecchetti: