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David Kertzer

Mussolini and Trump travel same road of demagoguery (David Kertzer quoted)

December 10, 2015 Providence Journal

David I. Kertzer, professor of Italian studies and anthropology, comments on the similarities between Donald Trump and Benito Mussolini after the presidential candidate made remarks to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S. Both men have employed similar tools by trying to instill fear, scapegoating a broad category of people and offering themselves as the all-knowing leaders — the only hopes for delivering a nation from an evil enemy, Kertzer says.


Kertzer book to be made into Spielberg film

April 21, 2014

David Kertzer talks about his excitement at the announcement that Steven Spielberg plans to make a film based on his 1997 nonfiction book “The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara.”


Conference Planned on Vatican's Impact on World in the 1920s and '30s; Call for Papers

April 8, 2010

The Vatican's opening in 2006 of its archives for the period of the papacy of Pius XI (1922-1939) has prompted a burst of historical research which is not only shedding new light on the role of the Holy See and the Church in this period of extraordinary political and social turmoil, but also on some of the major world events of this period. In an effort to bring scholars from the many different countries who are working in these archives together and to highlight this emerging work to the broader scholarly community, a number of institutions have come together to create a research network. The principal sponsors of this initiative are the Fondazione per le Scienze Religiose Giovanni XIII in Bologna; the University of Münster; the École Française de Rome; the Biblioteca Ambrosiana of Milan; and Brown University (USA). Following a June 2009 conference in Milan and a March 2010 conference in Münster, a conference is planned for October 28-30, 2010 at Brown University.