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LITERATURE AND EDUCATION

Simonetta Della Seta

A CENTRE FOR DIALOGUE AND COEXISTENCE. Simonetta Della Seta is the Director of the National Museum of Italian Judaism and the Shoah (MEIS) in Ferrara. Simonetta Della Seta you were appointed Director of MEIS in June 2016.  Can you describe the museum for me? The...

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Cameron Kitchin

CREATING SOCIAL COHESION THROUGH THE HANDS OF ARTISTS. Cameron Kitchin is the Louis and Louise Dieterle Nippert Director of the Cincinnati Art Museum, where he serves as the ninth director in the museum’s 137-year history.  Since his appointment in 2014, Kitchin has...

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Minouche Shafik

A MOMENT OF TRANSITION. Dame Minouche Shafik is Director of LSE (The London School of Economics and Political Science).  LSE just won the Queen's Anniversary Prize for training, research and policy formation for cities of the future.  LSE Cities researches how to make...

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Raffaele Trombetta

On February 14th 2018 Raffaele Trombetta presented his letters of credence to HM Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace and was officially recognised by Her Majesty’s government as the new representative of Italy to St James’s Court. His Excellency Ambassador Trombetta...

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Mirella Ricciardi

Photographer Mirella Ricciardi was born in Kenya when it was still a colony of British East Africa, to an Italian father and a French mother. She grew up on the shores of Lake Naivasha in a household that was both sophisticated and wild. Her book ‘Vanishing Africa’...

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Madison Cox

Madison Cox is an American garden designer and has worked in the United States, Europe and North Africa. Responsible for the Majorelle Garden in Marrakech, he is director of the Saint Laurent Museums in Paris and in Marrakech, and president of the Pierre Bergé - Yves...

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Vivien Duffield

Dame Vivien Duffield continues the philanthropic legacy of her father  Sir Charles Clore, who was one of Britain’s most successful post-war businessmen. After Sir Charles’ death in 1979, Dame Vivien assumed the Chairmanship of the Clore Foundations in the UK and in...

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Amnon Shashua

Professor Amnon Shashua is CEO and CTO of Mobileye, a world leader in collision avoidance systems and autonomous driving technologies, and Senior Vice President of Intel Corporation, one of the world’s largest semiconductor chip makers. Professor Shashua holds the...

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Bruce Boucher

Bruce Boucher is Director of Sir John Soane’s Museum in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London. A Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, he obtained his PhD at The Courtauld. An art historian specializing in sculpture and architecture, for over twenty years Bruce Boucher taught at the...

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Joan Juliet Buck

Joan Juliet Buck became the first and only American woman ever to fill Paris Vogue's coveted position of Editor in Chief, a "figurehead in the cult of fashion and beauty", but she has been a writer all her life. In her book The Price of Illusion Joan Juliet Buck...

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Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal is famous for his books ‘The Hare with Amber Eyes’ and ‘The White Road’, and for his ceramic pottery. His recent exhibition in Stockholm was titled ‘Giorgio Morandi / Edmund de Waal’. Is it unusual for an artist also to be a best-selling author? It is...

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Bill Sherman

Bill Sherman is the new Director of the Warburg Institute. Displaced from Hamburg to London in the 1930s under the pressure of Nazism, the Warburg is a gift to London in perpetuity. In 1944 it became part of the University of London, and since 1994 the Warburg has...

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Carole Hubscher

Caran d’Ache, the Swiss manufacturer of writing instruments and color products, has Carole Hubscher at the head of its Board of Directors. Caran d’Ache is a jewel in Switzerland’s manufacturing industry, a family business with a strong ethos of sustainability, and...

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Dr Virgilio Sacchini

Dr. Virgilio Sacchini, a breast cancer surgeon at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, affirms that we are going to beat cancer. Dr. Virgilio Sacchini, you work as a breast cancer surgeon at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York and are a...

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Keith Christiansen

Keith Christiansen is the John Pope-Hennessy Chairman of the Department of European Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. What's happening in your department at the Metropolitan Museum at the moment?  In the European Paintings department there is a very...

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Olivier Berggruen

You are the curator of the show “Picasso. Between Cubism and Classicism: 1915-1925” that will open in Rome on September 20th at the Scuderie del Quirinale and at Palazzo Barberini. What is so special about this exhibition? Just to give you some...

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Roberto Mottola

President of Circolo del Remo e della Vela Italia (The Rowing and Sailing Club Italia) in Naples’ Santa Lucia neighbourhood. You participated in the 1972 Olympics in Munich as a member of the Italian sailing team. You had a nine-metre boat...

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Stanley Johnson

The British politician and author Stanley Johnson is an expert on environmental and population issues.  As a United Kingdom (UK) Member of the European Parliament (MEP) he was also a dedicated believer in the United Europe concept and he...

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Timothy Radcliffe

Dominican friar Timothy Radcliffe is a member of the community at Blackfriars, Oxford, and was Master of the Order of Preachers from 1992 to 2001. He is the author of a number of very popular books drawn from his experiences. There is too much religious...

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Robin Lane Fox

Robin Lane Fox is an English classicist, ancient historian and gardening writer known for his works on Alexander the Great. At the University of Oxford he serves as Garden Master and as Extraordinary Lecturer in Ancient History for both New and Exeter Colleges. He has...

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Caroline Moorehead

Caroline Moorehead is a human rights journalist and the biographer of Bertrand Russell, Freya Stark, Iris Origo,  Martha Gellhorn and Lucie de la Tour du Pin. She wrote two bestselling books on the French Resistance, and has now turned her attention to the antifascist...

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Ben Thomas

Ben Thomas is Chair of  the Museums & Exhibitions Group of the Association of Art Historians, and co-curator with Catherine Whistler of Raphael: The Drawings at the Ashmolean Museum (1 June – 3 September 2017). This outstanding exhibition is described by the museum’s...

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Simon Sebag Montefiore

Dr. Montefiore is an historian of Russia and the Middle East. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he has been awarded the Literary Prize Lupicaia del Terriccio 2017 for his book ‘The Romanovs: 1613-1918’. He is the author of ‘Catherine the Great and Potemkin:...

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Jonathan Taplin

Jon Taplin wrote the book Move Fast and Break Things: How Google, Facebook and Amazon Have Cornered Culture and What It Means For All Of Us. The Guardian newspaper review described the book’s central argument as being that “the titans of the digital age frequently...

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Suzy Menkes

Suzy Menkes is a leading British journalist and fashion critic. Formerly the fashion editor for the International Herald Tribune she is now International Fashion Editor for 19 editions of Vogue online. Why did you become a fashion editor? Is fashion your lifelong...

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Tamara Chalabi

Life in Iraq today is archaic and dysfunctional - and on show at the 57th Venice Biennale. Tamara Chalabi is co-founder and Chair of the Ruya Foundation for Contemporary Culture in Iraq. She is co-curator of Archaic at the National Pavilion of Iraq for the 57th...

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Gilles Kepel

In this August 2016 interview Gilles Kepel said: "I believe that the French political class must overcome its present state of mediocrity, and I hope that next year we will elect a President who is up to dealing with so many challenges." We republish the interview in...

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Athene Donald

The physicist at the head of Cambridge University's Churchill College has concerns about Brexit. Professor Dame Athene Donald, DBE, FRS is Professor of Experimental Physics at Cambridge University, where she is Master of Churchill College. She served as the University...

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Antoine Gallimard

Antoine Gallimard is President of Éditions Gallimard and the Madrigall Group, which is the third largest French publishing group. Your grandfather Gaston Gallimard was one of the founders of La Nouvelle Revue Française, in order to please some of his friends, among...

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Robert B. Silvers

Robert Benjamin Silvers, editor, was born 31 December 1929; sadly, he died 20 March 2017. We republish this interview from April 2014 in his memory. May he rest in Peace. Robert B. Silvers is Editor of The New York Review of Books. The offices of The New York Review...

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ANITA PALLENBERG

Anita Pallenberg is an actress, model, and fashion designer. Born in Italy in 1944 she was the partner of the Rolling Stones’ guitarist Brian Jones and then the partner of Keith Richards. Anita, you have worked in the worlds of cinema, music and fashion. Would you define yourself as an eclectic person? I would say... READ MORE

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