Congratulations to the Italian Team in CLAS on the organisation of another excellent Lucrezia Zaina Bequest Lecture last month. The team describe the event below.

beppeThe Italian Annual Public Lecture

Journalist, writer and political commentator Beppe Severgnini delivered the third Lucrezia Zaina Bequest Lecture on 23 October 2013. The lecture was about the problems facing young Italians and how important their role is for the future of the country.

The event was very successful, with approximately 400 tickets reserved for the event. Many positive comments were made during the reception after the lecture and attendees have been sending appreciative messages to the organisers. This is one example:

‘The lecture was spectacularly successful – Professor Zaina would have loved it; everything was right – full house, the plight of young people was close to the Professor’s heart … A totally brilliant choice – I offer my very sincere thanks and congratulations.’

Earlier in the day Severgnini met our students of Italian for a very lively question and answer session which lasted about an hour. He must have been very impressed because he has quoted some of the students’ comments in one of his articles in the leading Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera!

The Lucrezia Zaina Bequest Lecture is a very important event for Italian Studies at Liverpool. Last year we hosted Andrew Graham-Dixon who talked about Caravaggio and the year before Francesco da Mosto on Venice. We hope to see the same level of interest next year – so watch this space!

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