The Institute of Maltese Studies at the University of Malta will be holding the second lecture in the series of public lectures about various aspects of the Maltese Culture and Identity, entitled 'Eroj tal-poplu? Kif jilħaq eroj, studju fuq Mikiel Anton Vassalli u Manwel Dimech'. The speaker, Henry Franz Gauci, will draw on original research which he carried out for his dissertation in Maltese Studies.
The lecture will be held at the National Library of Malta, 36, Old Treasury Street, Valletta, on Thursday, 16 June at 18:30. The Director of the Institute, Professor Henry Frendo, will introduce the speaker.
Gauci, will analyse how the world hero in the collective imagination portrays an image of exemplary personalities who enjoy popularity and popular devotion. However, does this apply for Mikiel Anton Vassalli and Manwel Dimech? When one knows that these two personalities died a lonely death and for a long time were forgotten, how will their heroism be recognised? Will it be a natural process or an imposed one? This study investigates the process of how Vassalli and Dimech were recognised as National Heroes after a long period in limbo and asks who was behind this process and its success.