Friday, December 9, 2011

Two Heavy Hitters on the Current Crisis: Roberto Saviano and Nouriel Roubini

Dang! Wish I caught this last night at NYU - Nouriel Roubini and Roberto Saviano (author of Gomorrah about organized crime in Italy),  on Italy and the U.S.: Two Perspectives on the Crisis.  Moderated by Ruth Ben-Ghiat, Chair, NYU Department of Italian Studies.

C'mon, NYU, let's get a youtube or some reportage out on this important and no doubt extremely informative event!

Saviano is a journalist best known for Gomorrah (Mondadori, 2006), which exposed the economic and financial dealings of the Neapolitan Camorra. His latest book is Vieni via con me (Feltrinelli, 2011), which draws on his 2010 television show with Fabio Fazio. During the fall semester 2011, Saviano was in residence at the Department of Italian Studies, teaching a graduate seminar on the Mafia as the Vivian G. Prins Global Scholar Fellow funded by Scholars at Risk, with additional support from the Scholar Rescue Fund of the Institute of International Education. In October 2011, he won the PEN/Pinter Writer of Courage Award. Mr. Saviano's official site here

Roubini is the co-founder and chairman of Roubini Global Economics and Professor of Economics at New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business. He has been the senior economist for international affairs on the White House Council of Economic Advisors and senior advisor to the undersecretary for international affairs at the U.S. Treasury Department. He is an expert on global financial crises, and his latest book is Crisis Economics: A Crash Course in the Future of Finance (Penguin Press, 2010).

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