Upcoming Events


Past Events: Fall 2018

From the Margins to the Metropole:
The Libyan Migration Crisis and EU Policy Formation


Kyle Liston
U.S. Foreign Service

Thursday, October 4, 12:15 pm
Humanities Museum, Scripps College

Kyle Liston recently concluded his third tour as a U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Officer at the Libya External Office (LEO) in Tunis, Tunisia. As a Political Officer covering primarily Libyan internal affairs, Kyle specialized in migration issues, the electoral process, the constitution, and civil society. Prior to working on Libya, Kyle served a year in Baghdad as a Consular Officer, where he had the chance to serve four weeks at U.S. Consulate Basra working in the Economic section on energy issues. Kyle completed his first tour at Embassy Rabat as an Economic Officer covering Trade and development in Morocco.

Before joining the State Department in 2013, Kyle was completing a PhD in Modern Middle Eastern and European History at Indiana University—Bloomington where he focused on Tunisia, Libya, and Italy during the colonial period. As a Fulbright Hays and Boren Fellow, Kyle completed his dissertation research in Tunisia from 2009-2012. He holds two Masters Degrees, one in North African Affairs, and the other in European History. Kyle completed his BA in History at the University of Akron.

Kyle speaks Arabic, including Tunisian and Moroccan dialects, French, and Italian.

Rhymes and Images from the Black Mediterranean 

Alessandra Di Maio
Professor, Department of Humanities
University of Palermo (Italy)

Tuesday, September 25, 12:15 pm
Hampton Room, Scripps College

The arrival in Italy of migrants and refugees from Africa, while sparking controversy and igniting a heated debate on migration to the EU, has urged Italians to reconsider their historical connections with the African continent and assess new cultural relationships. Among the first communities who crossed the Mediterranean and found a new home in Italy are Nigerians. In the newly-published poetry anthology Migrazioni/Migrations, renowned Italian and Nigerian poets headed by Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka tell the choral story of how Africa and Italy have always been united by a common sea and a shared experience of migration. Photographers from both sides of the pond offer their views to the verses.

Alessandra Di Maio is a professor in the Department of Humanities at the University of Palermo, Italy, and divides her time between Italy and the US, where she taught at several academic institutions (UCLA, CUNY Brooklyn College, Columbia, Smith College). She obtained a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and an Italian Doctorate in Literary and Social Sciences from the Universities of Pavia and Bari in Italy. Her area of specialization includes black, diasporic, migratory, and gender studies, with a particular attention to the formation of transnational cultural identities. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please feel free to bring your own lunch. If you wish to purchase a lunch, the Malott Commons Dining Hall opens at 11:15 A.M. Doors open to the Hampton Room at Noon



The Rise of National Populism in Europe:
The Italian Case

Marla Stone
Professor of Modern History
Occidental College, Los Angeles

Thursday, September 20, 12:15 pm
Humanities Museum

This talk addresses the widespread appeal of populist/nationalist parties in contemporary Europe, with special attention to Italy, since the March 2018 election brought two populist parties, the Five Star Movement and the League, to power. How does the League’s anti-immigrant, anti-European Union platform, and anti-liberal platform compare to similar parties and governments in other parts of Europe?  What aspects of Italy’s turn to the right and turn away from democracy are tied to international trends and what is the product of national histories and policies?

Marla Stone is Professor of History and History Department Chair at Occidental College. She is a historian of twentieth century Europe and focuses on fascism, authoritarianism, and genocide. Professor Stone is the author and editor of a number of books, including The Patron State: Culture and Politics in Fascist Italy (Princeton University Press, 1998), When the Wall Came Down (Routledge, 1993), and The Fascist Revolution (Bedford- St. Martin’s, 2012). Her current book project, The Enemy: The Politics and Propaganda of Anti-communism in Italy, analyzes anti-communism in Italy from Fascism through Christian Democracy, its impact upon Italian politics and the implications for democracy of a mobilization of fear and hatred toward an internal and external political enemy. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.