Stefano Morello is a second year doctoral student in English at the Graduate Center – City University of New York. He holds an M.A. in American Literature from the University of Naples “L’Orientale” and an M.A. in American Studies from the University of Torino. His academic interests include American Studies, popular culture, modern and contemporary American literature, Italian-American culture and transnational screen cultures. Among other projects, he is currently investigating the effects of the George W. Bush administration and its “War on Terror” on youth culture, with particular attention to the punk rock artistic production and resurgence of the early 2000s. He is also co-curating an exhibition – based on his yet unpublished M.A. dissertation – on the “Lung Block”, a neighborhood in Lower Manhattan once populated by Italian-Americans subjected to a typical pattern of slum-making and gentrification. The exhibition aims at being an occasion to reflect on the public history of New York City and the still ongoing gentrification of a number of urban areas throughout the United States, of which the Lower East Side still represents the quintessential example.