Patrizia Guarnieri

Intellectuals Displaced from Fascist Italy.

Migrants, Exiles and Refugees Fleeing for Political and Racial Reasons

©2019-Author(s) Published by Firenze University Press
e-ISBN: 978-88-6453-872-3 | DOI: 10.36253/978-88-6453-872-3

Intellectuals Displaced from Fascist Italy

Bianca Maria Finzi Contini Calabresi (1902-1982)

Milan 27 May 1902 - Perugia 19 January 1982

Lives on the move

Emigrant family members

  • Massimo Calabresi (Ferrara 2 June 1903 - New Haven 28 February 1988), husband: cardiologist and university clinician, reached New York on 16 September 1939 with her and their children. He never returned to Italy permanently.
  • Paul Calabresi (Milan 5 April 1930 - Providence 25 October 2003), son: future oncologist. He never returned to Italy.- Guido Calabresi (Milan 18 October 1932), son: future jurist and judge. He never returned to Italy permanently.
  • Marcella Finzi Contini Tedeschi (Bologna 24 novembre 1909 - ?), sister: emigrated to Brazil in 1939 with her husband Guido Tedeschi and her children Ugo and Adriano. They never returned to Italy permanently.
  • Renata Calabresi (Ferrara 2 November 1899 - New Haven 15 December 1995), sister-in-law: emigrated to New York in 1939, psychologist. She never returned to Italy permanently.
  • Cecilia Calabresi (Ferrara 1 February 1902 - New York 12 March 1985), sister-in-law: emigrated to Canada in 1949 and then to New York. She never returned to Italy permanently.
  • Olga Minerbi Calabresi (1876-1964) mother-in-law: in 1949 joined her daughter in New York. She never returned to Italy permanently.

Support network

  • Henri Peyre (1901-1988), French professor at Yale University: helped her in her academic career in the USA.



Birth and education

  • Student

University studies

  • Università di Bologna
1939New York

Emigration to the USA

1939New Haven (Connecticut)

With her family in New Haven

  • Yale University, New Haven State Teacher's College
  • Student,Fixed-term employment
  • Untenured professor

Degree in Italy

  • Università di Bologna
  • Student
1947New Haven

Return to the USA

  • Connecticut College for Women (New London, Connecticut), Albertus Magnus College (New Haven); several trips to Brazil and to Italy to maintain relations with her family.
  • Fixed-term employment,Stable employment
  • Untenured professor,Tenured professor