Franco Modigliani: Exile and Creativity Series
Where: Italian Cultural Institute
686 Park Ave.
212-879-4242 Price: Free
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This is the next to last encounter of the Series organized in collaboration with Centro Primo Levi and prof. Renato Camurri and it is dedicated to Franco Modigliani.
Franco Modigliani (June 18, 1918–September 25, 2003) was an Italian-American economist and the recipient of the 1985 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics. He was a professor at UIUC, Carnegie Mellon University, and MIT.
Following the proclamation of the racial laws in Italy, in 1938, Modigliani left Italy for Paris together with his then-girlfriend, Serena Calabi, to join her parents. After briefly returning to Rome to discuss his doctoral thesis at the city’s University, he obtained his degree on 22 July 1939, and returned to Paris. The same year, the entire family moved to the United States and Modigliani enrolled at the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research. His degree thesis, an elaboration and extension of John Hicks’s IS–LM model, was written under the supervision of Jacob Marschak and Abba Lerner, in 1944, and is considered “ground breaking.”
From 1942 to 1944, Modigliani taught at Columbia University and Bard College as an instructor in economics and statistics. In 1946, he became a naturalized citizen of the United States. In 1948, he joined the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign faculty. From 1952 to 1962, he was a member of the Carnegie Mellon University faculty. In 1962, he joined the faculty of MIT, as an Institute Professor. In October 1985, Modigliani was awarded that year’s Nobel Prize in Economics “for his pioneering analyses of saving and of financial markets.”
Renato Camurri is professor of History of contemporary Europe at the University of Verona. In recent years his research is directed toward the study of the phenomenon of exile and of cultural migration from Europe to the United States in the period between the two world wars. He has been a visiting fellow at various American scientific and academic Institutions, including Harvard University. Among his most recent works dedicated to this area of research noteworthy are the volume Franco Modigliani. Italy seen from America. Reflections and battles of an exile (Bollati Boringhieri, 2010), the booklet 5 of “Journal of modern Italian Studies”, 2010, Mussolini’s Gifts. Exiles from Fascist Italy, of which he was the curator and author. He has also curated the volume Max Ascoli. Anti-fascist, intellectual, journalist (Franco Angeli, 2012) and the American letters (1927-1949) of Gaetano Salvemini (Donzelli, 2015). He is among the founders and coordinators of the annual Gaetano Salvemini Colloquium in Italian history and culture, at Harvard University. He founded and is in charge of the book series, Italiani dall’Esilio, published by Donzelli.
Federico Rampini has been the chief correspondent from New York City for one of Italy’s major national newspapers, La Repubblica, since 2009, after a five-year stint in Beijing, where he had been dispatched to open La Repubblica’s China bureau. Prior to that, from 2000 to 2004, he lived in San Francisco, where he covered the first Internet revolution, the so-called New Economy. Born in Genoa, Rampini moved to Bruxelles with his family at the age of two. He returned to Italy in his late teens, and started a prolific journalistic career, which would eventually take him around the world, covering important international events. In his role as a correspondent from the U.S., he has covered several presidential elections and has followed U.S. presidents on their trips abroad, as a reporter accredited for the White House.