Italy After Berlusconi

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Humanities Center- 2014 Marta Sutton Weeks Lecturer, Rachel Donadio

After years dominating Italian politics and headlines, former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is now under house arrest and seems to have left the world stage. How did he grow to be so powerful, and what happens to Italy now that his era is ending? Rachel Donadio, a former Rome Bureau Chief of the New York Times, will discuss the impact of Berlusconi's rise and fall and what's next for Italy and a Europe divided between technocrats and politicians.
About the Speaker
Rachel Donadio is a culture correspondent for the New York Times based in Paris. She writes about culture, broadly defined, across the continent and beyond. Donadio joined The Times in 2004 as a reporter-editor at the Book Review, and served as Rome Bureau Chief from 2008 until August 2013, where she followed the vicissitudes of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, the political and social disarray in Greece amid the European debt crisis, and the historic changes at the Vatican, including the surprise resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and election of Pope Francis. Prior to joining The Times, Donadio covered culture and politics for The Forward, The New York Observer and other publications.

About the Lecture Series

A gift to endowment from Marta Sutton Weeks in 1987 provides funds to bring visiting distinguished lecturers to Stanford University for stays varying in duration from one week up to one quarter. The visitors join the Stanford community to engage in meaningful discussion on a wide variety of humanities topics.

The event is co-sponsored with Mediterranean Studies, and is free and open to the public.