Watch Francesco da Mosto lecture online

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Howard Newby with Count Francesco da Mosto

The University welcomed the acclaimed Count Francesco da Mosto to deliver the inaugural Lucrezia Zaina Bequest Lecture at St George’s Hall.

A packed hall of 800 guests comprising University alumni, stakeholders, staff, students, members of the public and contacts connected to the School of Cultures Languages and Area Studies (SOCLAS) applauded Francesco for his vibrant and interesting lecture. Guests were then able to sample a culinary taste of Italy at a reception staged at the hall, open to all.

Professor Lucrezia (Lexie) Zaina was a lecturer in French and Italian at the University from 1964 to 1988. She was a founder member of the Dante Alighieri Society in Liverpool which has a primary aim of promoting Italian culture and language around the world.Count Franceso da Mosto speaks to the audience at St georges Hall

A former student of the University, Professor Zaina became head of Italian at the University in 1964 until her retirement in 1988. She was awarded the Italian equivalent of an OBE in April 1978 in recognition of her services to Italian culture and to the Italian community in Liverpool.  Professor Zaina died in 2008, leaving the University a generous bequest. In leaving this donation to the University, Professor Zaina said she wanted the institution to extend knowledge of Italy and Italian culture in our city and invite guests to the lecture to enjoy a party atmosphere whilst enjoying Italian food.    

In his introductory speech the Vice-Chancellor stated: “Professor Lucrezia Zaina is remembered as a very present, dynamic and dedicated colleague. She had a strong personality, she was ready to fight for what she believed in and unwilling to compromise on matters that were close to her heart. Extremely generous with her time, she was very demanding with students whilst at the same time being supportive and understanding of their needs.”

The first Lucrezia Zaina bequest lecture with Francesco da Mosto is now available to watch online. Visit

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