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A Talk by Franco La Torre, Federico Varese and Luke Harding

Franco La Torre is the son of Pio La Torre, a leader of the Italian Communist Party killed by the mafia in 1982. He is expert in international cooperation and author of Sulle ginocchia. Pio La Torre, una storia (2015) and Pio La Torre. Ecco chi sei (2017, with Filippo La Torre and Riccardo Ferrigato).

Federico Varese is a Professor of Criminology at the University of Oxford and a Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford. He is the author, among other publications, of Mafias on the Move (PUP, 2011). He contributes to The Times Literary Supplement and, in Italy, the daily La Stampa. His work has been featured in The Economist, The BBC News & World Service, ABC, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Monkeycage Blog and Freakonomics blog, among others. His new book, Mafia Life (June 2017) is being translated into seven languages and has been optioned for TV.

Luke Harding is an award-winning foreign correspondent with the Guardian, who has reported from Delhi, Berlin and Moscow and covered wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya. He is the author of Mafia State: How One Reporter Became an Enemy of the Brutal New Russia, and A Very Expensive Poison: The Definitive Account of the Murder of Litvinenko and Russia’s War with the West.

The autumn at the Italian Cultural Institute is dedicated to contemporary history: twelve talks on "The Pace of History, the Shape of Democracy", from 21 September, organised by Professor Andrea Mammone (Royal Holloway) and Professor Umberto Gentiloni (la Sapienza, Rome). In a fast-moving world, these talks analyse the current state of western democracies, including the changing faces of politics, the relationships between citizens and institutions, the impact of new media, the rising inequalities, and how society and culture react to these challenges.

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