The Seton Hall community is excited to welcome the Honorable Walter Veltroni on March 14 in the University Library Beck Rooms at 6 p.m. He will discuss Italy's cultural role in the international debate on migration. Dr. Gabriella Romani and Dean Andrea Bartoli will host the event, sponsored by the Alberto Italian Studies Institute and the School of Diplomacy and International Relations.
Veltroni is an accomplished writer, journalist, politician and film director. He was elected to the Italian Chamber of Deputies in 1987 and served as Italy's Minister of Cultural Assets and Activities from 1996 to 1998. He also served as the mayor of Rome, Italy, from June 2001 to February 2008. In 2007 he became the head of the newly formed Democratic Party.
"I have known Walter personally for years," says Dean Bartoli. "He has always been supportive of work for the poor, solidarity, civic life and human rights. I am happy to engage in this conversation. The University has been exploring ways to be more present in Rome, and this could be a way."
Veltroni comes from a long line of human rights supporters, as he is the grandson of Ciril Kotnik, a Slovenian diplomat at the Holy See who helped numerous Jews and antifascists escape Nazi persecution after 1943.
Veltroni has worn many hats throughout his career and even officiated the marriage of George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin in Venice in 2014. He also wrote the introduction to the Italian translation of President Obama's 2006 book, The Audacity of Hope. More recently, Veltroni was nominated to become the new president of the Italian National Soccer League.
"It is a real honor for us to have Walter Veltroni here at Seton Hall during his brief visit on the east coast," says Dr. Romani, director of the Alberto Italian Studies Institute. "He is a highly respected figure in Italy, and we are thrilled to have a chance to hear him speak about his cultural initiatives and thoughts on some of the most pressing social issues, such as poverty and migration, of our modern times."
For more information and to R.S.V.P., contact Barbara Richie at Barbara.Ritchie@shu.edu or (973) 275-2967.
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