Thursday, April 10, 2008

Italy Today by Mario B. Mignone on April 17th

Melville Library Author Series: Italy Today: Facing the Challenges of the New Millennium featuring author and Stony Brook Distinguished Service Professor, Mario B. Mignone.

Program: Italy Today is a concise narrative of the nation's stunning transformation from the ashes of World War II to the leading economic and cultural power it is today. This book provides insights into the dynamics of Italy's progression from the Second World War, through the anthropologically revolutionary 1970s and '80s, and into the complexities of a post-industrial nation, negotiating the challenges created by industrial, economic, and cultural globalization. Encompassing cultural, political, and economic spectrums, the book devotes particular attention to the controversial issues of the role of the family in Italian society and economy, the insidious presence of the Mafia, the lasting influence of Catholicism, the impact of television, and the country's often unstable politics, framing all these as the result of a complex and unique relationship between the individual and the state, with the family acting as intermediary.

Date: Thursday, April 17 at 4 p.m.
Location: Center for Italian Studies (4th floor of the Melville Library)
Sponsors: The Center for Italian Studies and the University Libraries

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