Professor Marcello Musto headlines 2021 Vico Lecture

Vico Lecture

The Vico Lecture, presented by the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS), returns virtually on Friday, Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. with leading Marx scholar and York University sociology Professor Marcello Musto.

The keynote address “Marx & Vico: Comparing two interpretations of history,” will compare the thinking of two giant social theorists: Giambattista Vico and Karl Marx.

This is the first time the Vico Lecture will delve into the thinking of Vico himself and compare it with the social science of Karl Marx.

Marcello Musto
Marcello Musto

Musto is a globally acknowledged expert who has made significant contributions to the revival of Marx studies over the past decade. His major writings include four single-authored books, 11 edited volumes, and more than 40 journal articles and books chapters. Musto’s writings have been published worldwide in 25 languages.

The Vico Lecture is named for 18th-century Italian philosopher Giambattista Vico, author of the groundbreaking work, The New Science, and a pioneering social scientist. The lecture was established by Elvio DelZotto, Senator Jerry Grafstein and other community members. It is presented in memory of the late Fred Zorzi.

The event will be hosted by David Mutimer, associate dean of the Faculty Affairs in LA&PS. Faculty, students and the public are encouraged to attend. Musto’s talk will be followed by a question-and-answer period.

The Vico Lecture is an important link between York University and the broader community, particularly those of Italian descent. Distinguished guests from previous events include Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua, former Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne and Dr. Robert James “RJ” Cusimano.

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