Series on Italian colonialism continues with book readings

November 16, 2021
Cover of The Shadow King by Maaze Mengiste
Poster advertising reading group for novel The Shadow King, happening at 3:30 pm Tuesday, Dec 7 2021 and Tuesday, Jan 18 2022

The Center for Italian Culture at Fitchburg State University launches a series of book discussions in December centered on the acclaimed novel The Shadow King, set against the Italian invasion of Ethiopia in the 1930s.

The discussions of the historical fiction novel The Shadow King, by Ethiopian-American author Maaza Mengiste, will take place at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7 and Tuesday, Jan. 18, in the main lounge of Hammond Hall, 160 Pearl St. Admission is free and open to the public, but face coverings are required indoors and all guests will be asked to attest they are free of COVID-19 symptoms.

Mengiste will come to campus in February to deliver the series’ keynote address.

Following the opening of the book discussions, the series, entitled Confronting Italian Colonialism, will welcome Professor Roy Domenico, chair of the Department of History at the University of Scranton, for a guest lecture entitled “Italy’s Imperial March to Ethiopia” at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, at Ellis White Lecture Hall in Hammond Hall. 

Domenico focuses his teaching and research on 19th- and 20th-century European political and cultural, with an emphasis on Italy and Catholic nations. The series culminates in Mengiste’s keynote address at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15 in Hammond Hall. 

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