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LITERATURE AND EDUCATION

Luciano Violante

Luciano Violante

NEW WORLDS. Luciano Violante is President of Fondazione Leonardo Civiltà delle Macchine (The Leonardo Foundation – Machine Civilization) whose goal is to bridge humanistic and industrial cultures. He is a former Italian magistrate, politician and academic. He was a...

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David Puttnam

David Puttnam

A GREAT COMMUNICATOR. David Puttnam is a British film producer, educator, and environmentalist who recently retired as a member of the House of Lords, where he served on the Labour Party benches for 24 years. His many celebrated film productions include Midnight...

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Kerry Kennedy

Kerry Kennedy

FIGHTING FOR DIGNITY. Kerry Kennedy is President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, founded in 1968 after the assassination of her father. She has devoted more than 40 years to the pursuit of equal justice, the promotion and protection of basic rights, and the...

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Laurent Le Bon

Laurent Le Bon

RE-IMAGINING A LANDMARK. Laurent Le Bon is the recently appointed president of the Centre Pompidou, the very important Paris institution focused on modern and contemporary art. He was previously the president of Musée Picasso-Paris.This interview is available to...

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Deborah Swallow

Deborah Swallow

A MISSION TO OPEN UP AND RENOVATE. Deborah Swallow has been Märit Rausing Director of The Courtauld Institute of Art and its Gallery since 2004. A British educator, museum curator and academic, she previously worked at the University of Cambridge and the Victoria and...

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Martin Bethenod

Martin Bethenod

A VERY ECLECTIC PERSON IN THE WORLD OF ART. Martin Bethenod was the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Bourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection until October 1st, 2021. Director of Palazzo Grassi - Punta della Dogana from 2010 to 2020, he previously held positions...

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Denis Olivennes

Denis Olivennes

IN PRAISE OF PROGRESS. Denis Olivennes is a senior French civil servant, entrepreneur and essayist. Among other things, he was the boss of Canal +, Nouvel Observateur, Europe 1 radio, Elle and Paris Match. Since June 2020, Denis Olivennes has been shareholder and...

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Giordano Bruno Guerri

Giordano Bruno Guerri

GUARDIAN OF THE PATRIMONY OF A SUPERMAN. Giordano Bruno Guerri is an Italian writer, journalist, and historian. He is an important scholar of twentieth-century Italy, in particular of the Fascist period and the relationship between Italians and the Catholic Church. He...

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Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Yassmin Abdel-Magied

FROM ENGINEERING TO ACTIVISM. Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a Sudanese-Australian writer, broadcaster and social advocate. With a background in mechanical engineering she is also a Trustee of The London Library. Her latest book “Listen, Layla” is described by publisher...

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Vuslat Doğan Sabancı

Vuslat Doğan Sabancı

LEARNING TO LISTEN. Vuslat Doğan Sabancı is a former publisher, a business leader and a philanthropist. For more than a decade she has been Chair of the Board of Directors of Hürriyet (‘Liberation’) the most important daily newspaper in Turkey. Her newly formed Vuslat...

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Marco Alverà

Marco Alverà

BETTING ON GREEN HYDROGEN. Marco Alverà is CEO of Snam, one of the world's leading energy infrastructure operators and among Italy's largest listed companies with a market capitalization close to 17 Billion Euros. He is also a visiting professor at Oxford University,...

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Lily Cole

Lily Cole

WHO CARES WINS. Lily Cole is a British fashion model and acted in films including The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus of Terry Gilliam. Her recent book Who Cares Wins features interviews with Sir Paul McCartney, Elon Musk and Extinction Rebellion co-founder Professor...

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Orhan Pamuk

Orhan Pamuk

NIGHTS OF PLAGUE. Orhan Pamuk is a Turkish novelist and recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature. He is Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University’s School of the Arts in New York. He has sold over thirteen million books in sixty-three languages.You can...

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Edith Bruck

Edith Bruck

“Racconta anche per noi!” “Racconta!” “Tell our story!” Edith Bruck is a Hungarian-born writer who lives in Italy. Her new book “Il pane perduto” (“The Lost Bread”) is one of the candidates for the 2021 Premio Strega, the most important Italian literary award.You can...

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Massimo Osanna

Massimo Osanna

THE MAN WHO SAVED POMPEII. For seven years Massimo Osanna was Director of the Archaeological Park of Pompeii. He is now Director General of all the Italian museums. A professor of archaeology at the University of Naples, he has held many important responsibilities...

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Catherine Ostler

Catherine Ostler

A BIGAMOUS COUNTESS? Author Catherine Ostler has been Editor-in-Chief of Tatler magazine and the Evening Standard magazine; Editor of The Times Weekend; and written for publications including Newsweek, Vogue and the Financial Times. She read English at Oxford...

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Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal

A TRAGIC ASSIMILATION. Edmund de Waal is an artist who has exhibited in museums around the world. His bestselling memoir, The Hare with Amber Eyes, has won many prizes and has been translated into 29 languages. His new book is Letters to Camondo.You can listen to the...

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Salvatore Settis

Salvatore Settis

CONTEMPORARY ART AND TRADITION. Salvatore Settis is an archaeologist and art historian. The Chairman of the Louvre Museum’s Scientific Council, he has been the director of the Getty Research Institute of Los Angeles and the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa. Author of...

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Minouche Shafik

Minouche Shafik

A NEW SOCIAL CONTRACT: LESS ABOUT ME. MORE ABOUT WE. Minouche Shafik is an Egyptian-born British-American economist who has been Director of the London School of Economics (LSE) since 2017. Minouche Shafik was Deputy Governor of the Bank of England from 2014 to...

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Fabrizio Moretti

Fabrizio Moretti

THE IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION. Fabrizio Moretti is the founder of Galleria Moretti, located first in Florence and then London and most recently Monaco. The prestigious and philanthropic Moretti gallery is internationally known, particularly for its work with Old Master...

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Philip Mansel

Philip Mansel

TO WRITE A MASTERWORK. Philip Mansel is a British historian of France and the Middle East.  President of the Conseil Scientifique at the Centre de Recherche du Chateau de Versailles, his much praised latest book is King of the World, The Life of Louis XIV.Listen to...

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René de Ceccatty

René de Ceccatty

TO BE A WRITER. René de Ceccatty is a writer of numerous novels and biographies. He translates Japanese works, and Italian works such as those of Giacomo Leopardi, Pier Paolo Pasolini and Alberto Moravia. He has also written biographies of Pasolini, Moravia and Elsa...

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Simon Sebag Montefiore

Simon Sebag Montefiore

HOW THE WORLD WE LIVE IN WAS CREATED. The historian, novelist and TV presenter Simon Sebag Montefiore has been reading extensively during lockdown. He recommends some delightful books and offers his perspective on Trump's failed putsch. LISTEN TO THIS INTERVIEW HERE....

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Alba Rohrwacher

Alba Rohrwacher

NECESSARILY AN ACTRESS. Alba Rohrwacher studied medicine before she identified her calling as an actress. Cinema is in the Rohrwacher blood. It has been said that Alba "radiates intelligence and sensuousness in all her performances". She also provides the narration...

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Katia Pizzi

Katia Pizzi

BUILDING NEW BRIDGES. Katia Pizzi is Director of the Italian Institute of Culture in London and 2021 is a year of Dante celebrations and many more.Katia Pizzi, before becoming Director of the Institute you were Senior Lecturer in Italian at the Institute of Modern...

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Vincent Bevins

Vincent Bevins

THE KILLING CODE. Washington Post reporter Vincent Bevins is the author of “The Jakarta Method: Washington’s Anticommunist Crusade and the Mass Murder that Shaped Our World”. His book asks why the US government helped the Indonesian military kill approximately one...

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Virgilio Sacchini

Virgilio Sacchini

“There will be one million more cancer deaths in the world because of coronavirus.” Dr Virgilio Sacchini is a professor of surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York and at the University of Milan (UniMi). He also teaches in Zurich. Dr Sacchini,...

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Alexandre de Vogüé

Alexandre de Vogüé

THE STORY OF VAUX-LE-VICOMTE. Alexandre de Vogüé and his two brothers, Jean-Charles and Ascanio, own and run the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, one of the greatest Historical Monuments in France.A podcast of this interview is available to listen to here. Alexandre de...

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Robert Lacey

Robert Lacey

FACT OR FICTION? Robert Lacey is a writer and the historical consultant to the popular series THE CROWN, for which he has published two offical companion volumes. The fourth season of The Crown is released on Netflix on November 15. Lacey recently published Battle of...

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James Fox

James Fox

AUTHENTIC VOICES. James Fox is a British journalist and biographer with an American father and a British-American mother. His books include White Mischief, The Langhorne Sisters, Life - Keith Richards, and most recently Look Again – David Bailey. His work is received...

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Money Must Stay in the Family

The plot of Money Must Stay in the Family, unfolds around the family matriarch’s last will and traces the story of an upper class Jewish family from Turin, the fictional Ottolenghis. The multigenerational saga begins with the flight from Mussolini’s Racial Laws of 1938 and continues with the arrival in the Upper West Side of Manhattan and the dispersion from New York to Rome, Paris, Tuscany, South America, and Jerusalem.

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