Seminar in Italian Jewish Studies

Benito Mussolini and Cardinal Pietro Gasparri signing the Lateran Pacts,
February 11, 1929 


The Centro Primo Levi, NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò and Museum of Tolerance, invites you to

The Lateran Pacts,
the Rights of the Jews and Other Religious Minorities

A Chapter in the History of Church and State Relations

Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 5:00pm


In view of the upcoming 85th anniversary of the Lateran Pacts and the current debates on the position of the Church toward the Jews during Fascism and World War II, Centro Primo Levi has invited an interdisciplinary group of scholars to closely examine and discuss the legal, social, political and economic aspects of this redefinition of the relations between Church and State in Italy and in totalitarian Europe.
The conference will offer an overview of the Lateran Pacts, the background of negotiations between Mussolini and Pius XI as well as an analysis of the ways the Pacts affected Italian society, the rights of minorities vis-à-vis family law, education, public moral, protection of minority rights, with a particular focus on the subsequent re-organization of the Jewish communities. Scholars will present new research on the changes to the civil and penal codes brought about by the Pacts, as well as the reforms of key public institution that became necessary in order to make them compatible with a state religion.

Speakers will include Francesco Margiotta Broglio (University of Florence), Giorgio Fabre (independent scholar), Elena Mazzini (University of Florence), Ilaria Pavan (University of Pisa) and Michele Sarfatti (CDEC).
Discussants will include David Kertzer (Brown University), Martin Menke (Rivier University), Silvana Patriarca (Fordham University), Annalisa Capristo (Center for American Studies in Rome), Paul Arpaia (Indiana University of Pennsylvania)

October 24 | 5:00 pm 
Simon Wiesenthal Center/Museum of Tolerance
226 E 42nd St  New York

October 25 | 9:00 am - 4:30 pm 
NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò | 24 West 12th Street

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