On Jan. 23, UMass Boston Professor Spencer DiScala held a “lezione magistrale” lecture at the Archives of Italy’s Chamber of Deputies in Rome. The lecture’s occasion was DiScala’s donation of 14 videotapes of a conference organized by the professor at the Kennedy Library in 1993.
Titled “Italian socialism between history and politics,” the lecture will soon be published by the Archives, which are also in the process of digitizing the donated tapes. The lecture took place at Palazzo San Mancuto, the former headquarters of the Roman Inquisition, where Galileo’s trial took place during the 17th century.
DiScala is currently working to establish a permanent collaboration between UMass Boston and the Archivio. The archives hold the original records produced and acquired since the Chamber was established as a representative assembly of the Kingdom of Sardinia in 1848.
A professor of history at UMass Boston’s College of Liberal Arts, DiScala holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University in New York. His research interests are in modern Italian and European history, on which he has published several books, including the 2013 “Europe’s Long Century: Politics, Society, Culture 1900-2000.” DiScala is also past president of the Dante Alighieri Society of Massachusetts.