The University of Oxford provided the setting for the 22nd Oxford Literary Festival, a week of events celebrating British and international literature, which took place from 17 to 25 March. The programme included Italian Day on 23 March, with a series of events dedicated to Italian literature and culture, including the presentation of a new volume on the Medici family by the Renaissance historian Mary Hollingsworth and the launch of Valeria Vescina’s new novel That Summer in Puglia.
Minister Vincenzo Celeste, the deputy head of mission, attended the lectio by Carlo Messina, the managing director and CEO of the Intesa Sanpaolo group at Saïd Business School, who was interviewed by Alan Morrison, a professor of law and finance at Saïd, and Rupert Younger, the director of the university’s Centre for Corporate Reputation. The event also provided an opportunity to celebrate the recent strategic partnership agreement between Intesa Sanpaolo and the University of Oxford.
Italian Day closed with a gala dinner, with a menu by the Apulian chef Eleonora Galasso, held at Lincoln College and attended by the dean of the university. Minister Celeste gave a speech in which he underscored the importance of Italy’s friendship with the UK and the relevance of such cultural bridges that connect the two countries, particularly during this unsettled time for Europe.
– further news on the University of Oxford – Intesa Sanpaolo strategic partnership