April 21, 2012

Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò Presents "Falcone and Borsellino: Truth and Memory," A Lecture by Professor John Dickie

May 1, 2012
6:00 PM

New York University
24 West 12th Street
New York, NY 10011

In 1992, Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, two magistrates who had become figureheads of the struggle against Cosa Nostra, were both murdered by savage mafia bombs. To mark the twentieth anniversary, Prof. John Dickie will retell the story of the massacres in Palermo in 1992, showing that the struggle to shape how they would be remembered in the future was an integral aspect of how those shocking and epoch-making events were lived out at the time. But still today the deaths of Falcone and Borsellino remain an unsettling presence in Italian culture. Mystery still surrounds the death of Paolo Borsellino in particular. Only recently, the men found guilty of planting the car bomb that killed him have been released because disturbing evidence has emerged to show that they were wrongly convicted. Did the order to kill Borsellino come from the mafia after all? Or from within the Italian state?

John Dickie is Professor of Italian Studies at University College London, and the author of five books including: Darkest Italy: The Nation and Stereotypes of the Mezzogiorno, 1860-1900 (1999) and Cosa Nostra: History of the Sicilian Mafia (2004).

Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò has been offering for years an intense calendar of events in many different cultural and social fields, such as art exhibits, concerts, lectures, screenings and previews, literary presentations and awards, and other events open to the public, all of which pertinent to Italian culture and made available - in English - for an American audience. Unless stated otherwise, all events are FREE and open to the general public. It is not possible to reserve seats and seating will take place on a first-come first-serve basis.