The 'best known girl in world'
La Trobe University's Thesis Eleven Centre for Cultural Sociology and Innovative Universities European Union Centre are holding a free public lecture on the 'Mona Lisa: The Best Known Girl In The Whole Wide World?'.
The lecture — by Donald Sassoon, Professor of Comparative European History at Queen Mary, University of London — will be held at 6 pm on Monday 10 November 2008, at the John Scott Meeting House on the University's main Melbourne campus at Bundoora (Melway ref G6).
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Professor Sassoon's books include One Hundred Years of Socialism (Deutscher Prize 1997, translated into five languages), Mona Lisa (2001, translated into ten languages) and The Culture of the Europeans (2007, short-listed for the European Book Prize by the European Commission).
His latest book, Mussolini and the Rise of Fascism, was published early this year.
Professor Sassoon will also present a seminar on 'The Culture of the Europeans' on Friday, 7 November 2008, from 2 to 4 pm in the Social Sciences Building, Room S 423, Bundoora campus.
The seminar, based on his book of the same name, will examine the growth of cultural markets throughout Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries. Themes include: cultural transfers, the relationship between technology and cultural forms, 'national' culture, and the Americanisation of culture in the twentieth century.
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