Alexander Stille is a distinguished journalist and author of three highly acclaimed books: the prize-winning Benevolence and Betrayal: Five Jewish Italian Families under Fascism, Excellent Cadavers: The Mafia and the Death of the First Italian Republic and the recently published The Future of the Past, an analysis of the role technology plays in preserving and destroying the past. He is a regular contributor to the New Yorker, the New York Review of Books, the London Review of Books, the New York Times, and La Repubblica, one of Italy's most influential newspapers. Stille is also the chief editor of Correspondence: An International Review of Culture and Society. A speaker at many campuses across the country, in the Fall of 1999 he was Distinguished Gladys Delmar Professor at Vassar College, and during 2000-2001 Regents' Lecturer at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is currently teaching Journalism and Italian History at New York University.