Paul Arpaia, Department of History, delivered a lecture, “Antisemitism, Italian Style: The Italian Royal Academy, 1938–1943,” at the New York Public Library on May 18, 2012.
The lecture examines reactions among members of the Italian Royal Academy to private and state-sponsored antisemitism through the fall of Mussolini.
This talk analyzed how antisemitism intersected the lives of Italians engaged in high culture through the prism of the Royal Italian Academy, Fascism’s preeminent institution of high culture. By drawing on letters and diaries in private hands, published sources from the New York Public Library, and the extensive archive of the Italian Royal Academy, it considers what they reveal about antisemitism among Italian elites and what lessons can be drawn today from them for cultural life in Italy and the United States.
This research is part of a book project entitled Luigi Federzoni, Standard-Bearer of Italianità from Liberal Italy to Post-Fascism.