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Join us Nov 9 for a Big Day at the Franklin Humanities Institute

Join us Nov 9 for a Big Day at the Franklin Humanities Institute

Join the PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge and the Franklin Humanities Institute for two events on Monday  November 9, 2015. 

From 2:30 - 4:00 pm, in the PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge, Distinguished Visiting Professor Cathy N. Davidson, co-founder of the Franklin Humanities Institute, will be returning to Duke to present a paper, “The University Worth Fighting For,” and to discuss a year-long series of workshops and events occurring internationally on this theme: "The University Worth Fighting For". 

From 4:00 - 5:00 pm, there will be a reception outside of the Franklin Humanities Garage.

From 5:00 – 7:00 pm, join us for a panel discussion on Roberto Dainotto's The Mafia: A Cultural History (University of Chicago Press, 2015). Panelists include Thomas Ferraro (English, Duke), Federico Luisetti (Romance Studies, UNC), Eric Zakim (Hebrew Literature & Culture and Middle East Studies, University of Maryland) and Roberto Dainotto. 

More information is below. 



Faculty Bookwatch: Roberto Dainotto - Mafia: A Cultural History

Monday, November 9, 2015 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
FHI Garage - C105, Bay 4, Smith Warehouse
Co-Presented by Duke Libraries. Co-sponsored by Romance Studies. 

Please join us for a panel discussion on Roberto Dainotto's The Mafia: A Cultural History (University of Chicago Press, 2015). Panelists include Thomas Ferraro (English, Duke), Federico Luisetti (Romance Studies, UNC), and Eric Zakim (Hebrew Literature & Culture and Middle East Studies, University of Maryland). Professor Dainotto will also participate. Jointly hosted by the Duke University Libraries, Faculty Bookwatch is a series that celebrates notable recent books by Duke faculty in the humanities and interpretive social sciences. For more information about the series and to see a list of previous Bookwatch programs, click here

What is it about Tony Soprano that makes him so amiable? For that matter, how is it that many of us secretly want Scarface to succeed or see Michael Corleone as, ultimately, a hero? What draws us into the otherwise horrifically violent world of the mafia? In The Mafia, Roberto Dainotto explores the irresistible appeal of this particular brand of organized crime, its history, and the mythology we have developed around it.

Roberto Dainotto is Professor of Italian and of Literature at Duke University, and teaches courses on modern and contemporary Italian culture. His publications include the edited volume Racconti Americani del ‘900 (Einaudi, 1999); Place in Literature: Regions, Cultures, Communities (Cornell UP, 2000); Europe (in Theory) (Duke UP, 2007), winner of the 2010 Shannon Prize in Contemporary European Studies; and Mafia: A Cultural History (Reaktion Books, 2015). Research interests include the Italian historicist tradition (Vico, Cuoco, Manzoni, Labriola and Gramsci); the formation of national identity between regionalism (including the so-called “Southern Question” and “Jewish Question”), and European integration.


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