The Italians: Yesterday and Today. Luigi Barzini Jr.

(December 12, 2008)
Journalism between Two Worlds. December 18, 2008, 3.30-6.30pm At the Italian Academy, Columbia University

Luigi Barzini Jr. conveyed the US to Italy and Italy to the US before and after World War II, chiefly as correspondent for the distinguished newspaper Il Corriere della Sera and as the author of several books

including Americans are Alone in the World; From Caesar to the Mafia; The Italians: A Full Length Portrait; O America When You and I Were Young; and The Europeans. This afternoon is dedicated to an analysis of Barzini's achievements, particularly his comprehensive and popular dissection and elucidation of culture and society. Speakers will reconstruct the relationships that the journalist built in the United States, and the cultural climate in which he worked, while looking at the continuing challenge that faces journalists between the two cultures today.

Moderated by Massimo GAGGI (Corriere della Sera), 

With remarks by Gay TALESE (author and journalist),

Beppe SEVERGNINI (Corriere della Sera),

Gianni RIOTTA (Corriere della Sera),

Ian FISHER (The New York Times),

Gerry HOWARD (Doubleday Publishing Group),

Roger COHEN (The New York Times), and

Anthony TAMBURRI (Calandra Institute, CUNY, i-Italy).

Free and open to the public.

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Columbia University

The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America

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(between 116th and 118th Streets)

New York, NY 10027