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Democracy Under Threat: Strongmen and the Pandemic According to Ben-Ghiat

A Conversation with NYU Historian Ruth Ben-Ghiat, author of the upcoming "Strongmen: How They Rise, Why They Succeed, How They Fall"

This is part of the series "Tutti a Casa! Live Chats About All Things Italian", the new radio-style, web-based talk show that New York University Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò and the Department of Italian Studies at NYU bring into your homes with the voices and flavors of live and entertaining talks around Italian matters that really matter. La Voce di New York is a media partner.

Historian Ruth Ben-Ghiat

In the video above, Professor Stefano Albertini (NYU) is in conversation with Historian and Professor Ruth Ben-Ghiat (NYU), author of the upcoming Strongmen: How They Rise, Why They Succeed, How They Fall. The episode, titled “Democracy Under Threat: Strongmen and the Pandemic” was broadcast live on NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò Facebook Page and website.

The conversation focuses on themes present in Ben-Ghiat’s upcoming book – in which the author analyzes everything from gender and sexuality to art and architecture, to reveal both how strongmen are shaped and promoted by our own history and desires, and why we fall for their promises – with special attention dedicated to contemporary events surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Tutti a Casa! Live Chats About All Things Italian is the new radio-style, web-based talk show that Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò and the Department of Italian Studies at NYU are bringing into your homes with the voices and flavors of live and entertaining talks around Italian matters that really matter: arts, movies, literature, politics, and a lot more. La Voce di New York is a media partner.

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