Lucrezia Zaina Lecture 2017 with Professor John Foot: Rotten tomatoes and returning heroes. Italian football and national identity. 1966 and 1982.

5:30pm - 6:45pm / Wednesday 1st November 2017 / Venue: Mountford Hall Liverpool Guild of Students
Type: Lecture / Category: Public
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Rotten tomatoes and returning heroes. Italian football and national identity. 1966 and 1982.
After the 1966 World Cup, the Italian team were greeted with rotten tomatoes at the airport. In 1982, they returned with the trophy itself, in triumph. This lecture looks at how national identity and the national football team are linked in Italy and at reactions to sporting victory and disaster.

We are delighted to welcome acclaimed historian Professor John Foot to present the latest in a series of annual lectures on subjects of Italian interest made possible by a generous bequest from alumna, and former lecturer in French and Italian, Professor Lucrezia Zaina.

The lecture will be followed by Italian themed refreshments at 6.45pm
The event is free, booking is essential.

JOHN FOOT is Professor of Modern Italian History at the University of Bristol. His publications include Calcio: A History of Italian Football, Harper, 2006, Pedalare, Pedalare. A History of Italian Cycling, Bloomsbury, 2011 and The Man who Closed the Asylums. Franco Basaglia and the Revolution in Mental health care, Verso, 2015.

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The lecture is funded by a generous legacy bequest from Lucrezia Zaina, known as Lexie, who was a lecturer in French and Italian at the University from 1964 until 1988. Legacy gifts are a significant source of donations to the University and benefit the institution long into the future, funding ground-breaking research, scholarships and bursaries and improving facilities for students. Since 2012 a reduced rate of Inheritance Tax is applicable to estates that leave at least 10% to charity, increasing the benefits of legacy gifts further.
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