Joe Amato

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... May 31, 2017 Show 104 Hour 1

A new book challenges our assumptions about people and nature. It's an anthology of eleven essays, edited by Anthony J. Amato, Associate Professor of Social Science at Southwest Minnesota State University. The book is called "Conservation on the Northern Plains: New Perspectives." Anthony Amato joins us to talk about the book, the new face of conservation, and what’s at stake in the Northern Plains regarding conservation.

In his new book, author Joe Amato reminds us how important the quotidian is. Amato visits with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh about Everyday Life: How the Ordinary Became Extraordinary. Amato's books have won him nominations, selections and honors, of particular note the Minnesota Humanities Prize for Literature and Prairie Star Award for Southwest Minnesota Arts Council.

Joseph Amato is a second-generation Sicilian American. He writes  intellectual and cultural history, including poetry, philosophy, and ethics. He joins Dakota Midday to discuss his latest book, “My Three Sicilies.” The book is written in the three languages of poetry, fiction, and history. Amato uses the theme of exploring our past to become both more and other than who we are even as he explores issues of identity, immigration, and love.

Historian Joe Amato

Oct 21, 2013

In a series of essays published in the journal Historically Speaking, Joe Amato explores place and American history. “Although never entirely static and fixed, traditional places are shaped by recurrent seasons and structured by age-long customs, practices, and beliefs. They host the regular, the normal, the repeated, and the local—what we call the ordinary and every day,” said Amato, emeritus professor of history and dean of local and regional history at Southwest Minnesota State University and humanist advisor for the Society for the Study of Local and Regional History.