Italy and the United States Share a Common Story:rn1860’srnForged in civil wars:rnThe War Between the States andrnthe Risorgimentorn1930’srnOvercentrahzed by strongmen:rnFDR and MussohnirnTodayrnEach country faces seriousrnchallenges from regional andrncultural separatists.rne^aSKsrnA specialrnsession will focusrnon the greatestrnwork of modernrnItalian literature,rnAlessandro Manzoni’srnI Promessi Sposirn(The Betrothed).rnParticipants will stay at the delightfulrnHotel Asnigo, located on a hilltop in thernresort town of Cernobbio (playground ofrnFiat execs; ten minutes from downtownrnComo), where they will enjoy breathtakingrnviews of Lake Como and the Alps.rnConference price includes all lecturesrnand meetings, three nights at the fiotelrnAsnigo, breakfast and dinner each day.rnFor more details, call Christopher Check,rnExecutive Vice President, atrn(815)964-5811.rnjoinrnChronicles editors Thomas Fleming, Chilton Williamson, Jr., AndreirnNavrozov, Paul Gottfried, and Michael Hill, along with novelistrnEugenio Corti, philosopher Mario Marcolla, journalist Marco Respinti,rnand othersrnforrnan exclusive conference on Lake ComornMay 24-27, 2000rnto explorernThe Rise (and Fall?) of Modern Italy and the United Statesrnwithrn”•Lectures on Italian politics, history, literature, and operarn”-Informal discussions and visits to historic sitesrn•^Meetings with Italian political and intellectual leadersrnandrn”- an optional “add-on” sight-seeing trip (four to five days) to some of thernmost beautiful towns of Northern Italy: Bergamo, Mantova, Ferrara, Parma.rnHti prn’ ^rnn^KlLt ,i^jfllrnH tlitU^Bkm UmJ>^ta^m^^Mrn-^smmrnIf trnft % ‘- hrnS«__ • ^ ^ f crn^:’ 4%rnWkrntt^grnf «rn’•fm,rnCome experience the real Italy rather than the Disney versionrnof chain hotels and guided tours.rnEarly Bird (Before February 1, 2000) • Single: $850.00rnN.B.: All prices increase $145.00 after February 1, 2000.rnName(s).rnAddressrnCity, State, Zip_rnPhonern• Couple: $1,450.00rnSend registration form with payment to:rnThe Rockford InstituternAttn: Christopher Check, Executive Vice Presidentrn928 North Main StreetrnRockford, Illinois 61103rnrnrn