Italy and the United States Share a Common Story:rn1860’srnForged in civil wars:rnThe War Between the States andrnthe Risorgimentorn1930’srnOvercentrahzed b’ strongmen:rnFDR and MussohnirnTodayrnEach country faces seriousrnchaUenges from regional andrncultural separatists.rnA specij^l,rnsession will focusrnon the greatestrnwork of modernrnItalian literature,rnAlessandro Maiizon+srni Promessi Sposirn[The Betrothed).rnParticipants will sta al llie delightfulrnHotel Asiiigo, located on a hilltop in thernresort town of Ccrnobhio (playground ofrn1^’iat execs; ten minutes from downtownrnComo), wliere thc’ will enjoy breathtakingrniews of Lake Como and the Alps.rnConference price includes all lecturesrnand meetings, three nights at the HotelrnAsnigo, breakfast and dinner each day.rnFor more details, call Christopher Check,rnExecutive Vice President, atrn(815)964-5811.rnjoin – ””-CrnChronicles editors Thomas Fleming, Chilton Williamson, Jr., Andtef’rnNavrozov, and Michael Hill, along with novelist Eugenio Corti,rnphilosopher Mario Marcolla, journalist Marco Respinti, and others’rnforrnan 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 operarni”-hiformal 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, Monza, Parma.rnCome experience the real Italy rather than the Disne- versio’^>rnof chain hotels and guided tours.rnEarly Bird (Before February 1, 2000) • Single: $850.00 • Couple: $1,450.00rnN.B.: All Prices increase $145.00 after Februarv 1, 2000.rnName(s)rnAddressrnCit}-, State, Zip_rnPhonernSend registration form with pa)’ment to:rnThe Rockford Institutern.^ttn: Chri.stopher Check, Executive Vice Presidentrn928 North Main StreetrnRockford, minois 61103rnrnrn