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University of Kent


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Programme of Speakers for the 2018/2019 season

25th Anniversary Programme of Speakers 2018/2019

All lectures take place in Keynes College Senior Common Room, at the University of Kent, at 7.30pm promptly


Thursday 25 October: Emeritus Professor Diego Zancani (Balliol College, Oxford University)

“The Origins of the Italian Language” - What language did Romans really speak?

Thursday 22November: Dr Margherita Sprio (University of Westminster)

“Popular Italian films and the Italian community in post-war Britain”

Christmas Break



Sunday 3 February: “Festa della Befana” – Lunch for members and friends at Pinocchio’s Restaurant 64 Castle Street, Canterbury CT1 2PY at 12 noon for 12.30.


Thursday 24 January:  William Richards (Proprietor of the Racalia Estate, Sicily)

“A Sicilian Olive Oil Success Story”From Marsala vineyards to the olive groves of Racalia – A very British-Italian affair (Tasting Included!) N.B. Venue at the Kent & Canterbury Club.


Thursday 28 February: Professor Michael Broers (Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University)

“Napoleon’s Legacy in Italy”Planting the seeds of the Risorgimento and the modern Italian State.


Thursday 28 March:  Dr Roberta Cremoncini (Director of the Estorick Collection, London)

“The Estorick Collection”The story of the biggest collection of 20th Century Italian Art in Britain.

April Break 

(Easter Sunday is 21st April)

Thursday 23 May:  Ross King (Art historian and author)

“Brunelleschi’s Dome”The miraculous engineering of the Dome of the Great Cathedral of Florence.


Thursday 27 June: “Summer Garden Party” at 7.30pm. Kindly hosted by Antoinette & John Groom at their home at: 8 Cherry Avenue, Canterbury CT2 8EN