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Writer Alexander Stille to Deliver Annual Italian Lecture April 17

Alexander Stille

"If you combined the political roles of Republican front-runner George W. Bush and Senate majority leader Trent Lott, the media power of Ted Turner and Rupert Murdoch, the money of Ross Perot and Steve Forbes, and the real estate and personal arrogance of Donald Trump, you would begin to get an idea of how long a shadow Silvio Berlusconi casts over Italian public life," author Alexander Stille wrote in the January 24, 2000 issue of the Nation.

On Wednesday, April 17, at 6:30 pm, Stille will visit Mount Holyoke to speak on "The Culture of Berlusconi's Italy." His talk, MHC's annual Italian lecture, will be given in the Art Building's Gamble Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

A regular contributor to the New Yorker and La Repubblica, one of Italy's most influential and widely read newspapers, Alexander Stille has been called "a writer to watch" by the New York Times and "a lovely storyteller" by Publishers Weekly. He is the author of Benevolence and Betrayal: Five Italian Jewish Families under Fascism (Simon & Schuster, 1991), Excellent Cadavers: The Mafia and the Death of the First Italian Republic (Pantheon 1995), and the recently published The Future of the Past (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002). He also writes regularly for the New York Times, the New York Review of Books, the New York Times Magazine, and the New York Times Review of Books.

The Future of the Past examines the complicated connections between technology and our relationship to the past. Portions of this book have appeared in the New Yorker, including "Library Privileges," which explores the modernization of the Vatican Library, "The Museum of Obsolete Technology," which discusses information overload at the National Archives in Washington, and "Head Found on Fifth Avenue," which details the looting of Sicilian antiquities. Stille will sign copies of the book after his talk.

The event is sponsored by MHC's Department of Spanish and Italian with the support of the Purington Fund and the Departments of Art, History, Politics, and Sociology and Anthropology.

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