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Remembering the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire: History and Meaning

(Mar 07, 2015)

On March 25, 1911, a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York's Greenwich Village killed 146 workers. Most of the dead were recent Italian and Jewish immigrant women, some as young as 15 years old. Survivors, their families, and those who witnessed the fire were forever changed by the tragedy. Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets to mourn the dead silently. Grief and moral outrage turned to action as unions stepped up their organizing drives, and community leaders and politicians pushed for laws to protect workers' safety. Over a hundred years later, the story of Triangle continues to resonate in the U.S. and Italy. On March 25, 2015, the 104th anniversary of the fire, a panel of Italian, Italian American, and Jewish writers and activists will discuss Triangle as a springboard for exploring identity as it relates to migration, work, gender, and other issues in historical and contemporary contexts.

Wesdnesday, March 25, 2015

The Italian Cultural Institute 
686 Park Avenue New York, NY 10065
tel. +1 212 879 4242 ext. 323 fax: +1 212 861 4018

Donatella Baldini
Attachée for Cultural Affairs, Italian Cultural Institute, NY

Suzanne Pred Bass
Cassandra Casella
Paola Corso
Edvige Giunta
Ester Rizzo Licata
Mary Anne Trasciatti