Suicide of an Italian Lecturer Hits Hard

In November, Sigrid M. killed herself. She taught German at the University of Trieste. She, like I, was a member of a small group of about 1,400 foreigners who teach languages at Italian universities. When I taught in Italy, every non-Italian language lecturer in the country was on a fixed-term contract. Then, a few years ago, the Italian government summarily reclassified all of the non-Italian foreign language lecturers as language technicians. The legislature did this in response to a lawsuit brought by a lecturer named Pillar AlluĂ©. She sued the Italian government for issuing native Italian foreign language lecturers open-ended […]
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