Rachel Donadio: Italy After Berlusconi

Posted on February 3rd, 2014 by Med Studies Staff in Events

February 24, 2014, 6:00 PM, Stanford Humanities Center, Levinthal Hall (424 Santa Teresa Street, Map)

Rachel Donadio (2014 Marta Sutton Weeks Lecturer), “Italy After Berlusconi”

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.

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.

Free and open to the public.

[Co-sponsored by the Stanford Humanities Center]

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