Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
Featuring: Russell Shorto, Robert Orsi
Recorded February 1, 2021
Renowned for his incisive works of narrative history, author Russell Shorto sets his focus on his own family’s unspoken past. In a story that begins in a small town in Sicily and unfolds in the postwar factory town of Johnstown, PA, Shorto uncovers the remarkable life of his grandfather Russ and his rise from squalor to become the operator of a local gambling empire. By uncovering his own family’s pursuit of prosperity in the face of exclusion, Shorto offers an intimate exploration of the American immigrant experience.
Russell Shorto is the bestselling author of The Island at the Center of the World, Amsterdam, and Revolution Song. His most recent book is Smalltime: A Story of My Family and the Mob.
Robert Orsi (moderator) is Grace Craddock Nagle Chair of Catholic Studies at Northwestern University, where he is also professor of religious studies, history, and American studies.
Member Price: $10