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13:15 - 13:55 1 March 2011

LUNCH HOUR LECTURE: The origins of the ‘ndrangheta of Calabria: Italy’s most powerful mafia

Location

Dawin Lecture Theatre - accessed via Malet Place | Darwin Building (link Map)
access via Malet Place | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free and open to anyone on a first-come first-served basis. Lectures are also streamed live online or can be downloaded after the event.
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Professor John Dickie, UCL Italian

On 15 August 2007, six young men with origins in the Italian region of Calabria were ambushed and murdered in the German steel town of Duisburg. This was northern Europe’s St Valentine’s Day massacre, the worst ever mafia bloodbath outside Italy and the United States. Suddenly, journalists across the globe were struggling with what the New York Times called an ‘unpronounceable name’: ‘ndrangheta (en-drang-get-ah.) In the 1990s, the ‘ndrangheta placed itself in a leading position in the European wholesale cocaine market by dealing direct with South American producers. It is now thought to be the wealthiest and most powerful of Italy’s major criminal brotherhoods. But how, when, and why did it first emerge?


Contact

Dan Martin
+44 (0)20 3108 3840 | dan.martin@ucl.ac.uk


Links

Click here to watch this lecture streamed live at 1.15pm on Tuesday 1 March


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