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Italian Lessons: Fifty Things We Know About Life Know discusses how Italy often arouses in Americans a unique mix of attraction and bafflement, moderate disapproval and incredible allure. From the Italians' love of poetry to an innate desire to socialize to the regional differences between the north and the south, Beppe Severgnini, who has dedicated his career to the meticulous observation of his compatriots, embarks on an enthralling quest to identify a core Italian identity and explore how that identity has evolved since the global pandemic.
Beppe Severgnini is an acclaimed columnist and an editor for Italy’s largest circulation daily newspaper, Corriere della Sera. A longtime Italian correspondent for The Economist and a frequent contributor to The New York Times, he traveled all over the world. Among his books are the New York Times bestseller La Bella Figura: A Field Guide to the Italian Mind, Off the Rails: a Train Trip Through Life, and the international bestseller Ciao, America!: An Italian Discovers the U.S. He lives with his family outside Milan.
Beppe will be joined in conversation by Daniel Franklin, the Executive Editor and acting US editor of The Economist. Daniel joined The Economist in 1983 to write about the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. His roles since then have included Europe editor, Britain editor, Washington bureau chief, editorial director of The Economist Intelligence Unit, editor-in-chief of Economist.com and business affairs editor. For 17 years until 2019 he was editor of “The World in...”, The Economist’s annual publication on the year ahead. He is the editor of two books on the long-term future: “Megachange: The World in 2050” and “Megatech: Technology in 2050”. He also chairs The Economist Educational Foundation, which works to spread news literacy and help young people find their voice on issues that affect them.