Alexander Stille to Deliver Annual Italian Lecture April 17
"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.
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.