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John Dickie Lecture-1992. Falcone and Borsellino: truth and memory

(Apr 19, 2012)


In 1992, Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, two magistrates who had become figureheads of the struggle against Cosa Nostra, were both murdered by savage mafia bombs. To mark the twentieth anniversary, John Dickie (University College London) will retell the story of the massacres in Palermo in 1992, showing that the struggle to shape how they would be remembered in the future was an integral aspect of how those shocking and epoch-making events were lived out at the time. But still today the deaths of Falcone and Borsellino remain an unsettling presence in Italian culture. Mystery still surrounds the death of Paolo Borsellino in particular. Only recently, the men found guilty of planting the car bomb that killed him have been released because disturbing evidence has emerged to show that they were wrongly convicted. Did the order to kill Borsellino come from the mafia after all? Or from within the Italian state?

Tuesday, May 1, 6:00PM
Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo
New York University