News Release

Laurie E. Bick-Jensen
Director, Public Relations
320 DuPont Highway
New Castle, DE 19720
(302) 295-1164

Beyond "Jersey Shore:" Panel Discussion to Address Italian Stereotypes

“The Godfather.” Cannoli. Tan. Jewelry. Forget about it.

Being Italian comes with many stereotypes. And with the success of TV shows like “Jersey Shore” and “Real Housewives of New Jersey,” they are harder than ever to overcome.

In response to such limiting categorizations, Wilmington University's College of Arts and Sciences will present “Beyond Jersey Shore: Understanding the Real Italian American Experience,” a panel discussion of overcoming stereotypes in pop culture. The event will be held at 7 p.m., October 11, in Room 320 of  Laurel Hall at Burlington Community College and will coincide with the College’s new course offering, HUM 335, “Italian American Heritage and Culture: A Local Perspective” at the University’s Burlington site.

Among the panelists scheduled to appear at the event are Ciro Poppiti, New Castle County Register of Deeds and Gilda Rorro Baldassari, chairwoman of the New Jersey Italian & Italian American Heritage Commission.

For more information, contact Matthew Wilson at

Published: Friday, October 5, 2012 - New Castle, DE