Italian Journalist Annunziata to Speak at MHC

Acclaimed Italian journalist Lucia Annunziata, whose 2006 interview with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi made headlines after her questioning prompted the politician to abruptly end the interview in protest, will speak at Mount Holyoke College’s Gamble Auditorium on November 5 at 6 pm.

Annunziata, a recipient of Harvard University’s prestigious Nieman Fellowship in journalism, will come to campus to deliver the 2012 Italian Giamatti Lecture, titled “Italy— From Eat, Pray, Love to Politics: The Way the World Sees Us.”

Annunziata, who is the mother of MHC sophomore Antonia Williams ’15, currently works as editorial director of the Huffington Post’s newly launched Italy edition. She has previously served as chairperson of RAI, Italy’s state-owned public broadcasting company, and is the founder of the APCOM Italian news agency.

In addition to working in broadcast and online journalism, Annunziata has worked for such esteemed print publications as La Stampa and Corriere della Sera. She has been a columnist for the Washington Post and has served as editor-in-chief of the Aspenia magazine, a quarterly publication produced by the Italian partner of the Aspen Institute, an international think tank.

Annunziata's talk is sponsored by the Italian section of the department of classics and Italian.