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CIC series on "The Shadow King" continues with guest lecture on Jan. 25

mbruun | Fri Jan 14, 2022

The Center for Italian Culture at Fitchburg State University continues its look at the legacy of Italian colonialism with a virtual guest lecture that will put Italy’s imperial march to Ethiopia into context. The talk is presented as the campus community continues its discussion of author Maaze Mengiste’s acclaimed novel The Shadow King at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25.

The virtual event features Professor Roy Domenico for a guest lecture on “Italy’s Imperial March to Ethiopia.” Professor Domenico, chair of the Department of History at the University of Scranton, will look at the history of fascism in Italy and lay the historical groundwork for The Shadow King. To join the video discussion, visit or join by phone at (US) +1 567-250-1611 and enter PIN: 200 754 892#. The talk can also be viewed as a livestream at

The lecture is part of the Center for Italian Culture’s series Confronting Italian Colonialism, a deep dive into Italy’s invasion of Ethiopia in the 1930s. A reading group discussion of the novel originally scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 18 has been postponed and will be rescheduled. 

The series concludes with a virtual keynote address by Shadow King author Maaze Mengiste at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15. Details on how to view the event will be posted to the university website at in advance of the discussion.

Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Mengiste was a Fulbright Scholar and professor in the MFA in Creative Writing & Literary Translation program at Queens College. Her novels include The Shadow King, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the HWA Gold Crown, and Beneath the Lion's Gaze, named one of the Guardian's Ten Best Contemporary African Books. Her work can be found in The New Yorker, Granta and The New York Times, among other publications. She lives in New York City. 

Learn more about the Center for Italian Culture’s series at