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Rotten tomatoes and returning heroes

Wednesday 1 November, 5.30pm

Join acclaimed historian, Professor John Foot, for the 2017 Lucrezia Zaina lecture on the fall and rise of Italy’s national football team.

After being knocked out of the 1966 World Cup by losing 1 - 0 to Cup debutants, North Korea, the Italian team were greeted with rotten tomatoes at the airport upon their return. In 1982, they returned with the trophy itself, in triumph. In his lecture, Professor Foot will look at the link between Italy’s national identity and national football team and at reactions to sporting victory and disaster.

The lecture will take place in the Mountford Hall in the Guild of Students on Wednesday 1 November and will begin at 5.30pm. The lecture will be followed by refreshments at 6.45pm. Tickets are FREE but places are limited so please secure your booking via the link below.

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The Lucrezia Zaina bequest lecture

ZainaThis lecture is funded by a generous legacy bequest from Lucrezia Zaina, known as Lexie, who was a lecturer in French and Italian at the University from 1964 until 1988.

Legacy gifts are a significant source of donations to the University and benefit the institution long into the future, funding ground-breaking research, scholarships and bursaries and improving facilities for students.

Since 2012, a reduced rate of Inheritance Tax is applicable to estates that leave at least 10% to charity, increasing the benefits of legacy gifts further.

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