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2014 Program

Check out this video of URI’s International Women’s Day 2014!


Final Women s Day Poster 2014 11x17-page-001URI’s Second Annual Celebration of International Women’s Day

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Conference and Film

With University of Rhode Island Distinguished International Visiting Writer

 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature Nominee

Dacia Maraini

Free and open to the public

On Friday each woman will receive a yellow mimosa flower at the door

Refreshments will be served


Thursday, February 27, 2014, 5-7pm Hardge Forum, Multi-Cultural Center

Bedwin Hacker (2003), directed by Tunisian director Nadia El Fani

The film is in French and Arabic with English subtitles – discussion to follow


Friday February 28, 2014, 4-6:30pm Swan Hall – Agnes G. Doody Auditorium


Opening remarks

University of Rhode Island

President David Dooley

Arts & Sciences Dean Winnie Brownell



Letter from the 60th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (2007-2011) Leader Nancy Pelosi

Italian Consul General of Boston Giuseppe Pastorelli



Elvira Di Fabio, Ph.D. Distinguished Senior Preceptor in Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University: “The International Women’s Day”



With distinguished scholars from URI and from other prestigious schools such as Harvard University, Fordham University, Mount Holyoke College, University of Texas at Austin, Hunter College – CUNY, DePauw University, Fitchburg State University, Wheaton College, Hofstra University and University of Vermont.


First Panel: Women Issues in the US, Cuba, North Africa and Italy

Ben Railton, Ph.D. Associate Professor of English Studies – Coordinator of American Studies, Fitchburg State University: “Betty Friedan’s Problem, and Ours: Birth Control in American History and Politics.”

Clarissa J. Walker, Doctoral Candidate University of Rhode Island; “Rhetorics of Activism:’ “Afro-Cuban Women Tweeting, Blogging, Tracking the Finish of the 59-year-old Castro Regime’”

Leslie Kealhofer-Kemp, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of French, University of Rhode Island: “The Place of Actresses of North African Descent in the French Film Industry”

Maristella Cantini, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Italian, DePauw University, IN: “Italian Women Filmmakers and the Gendered Screen


Second Panel: Women issues in the opus of Dacia Maraini

Antonella Olson, M.A. Distinguished Senior Lecturer in Italian, University of Texas at Austin: “Dacia Maraini, Writer, Woman, and Educator: Filling the Gap between Fantasy and Reality”

Erica Moretti, Ph.D. Lecturer in Italian, Mount Holyoke College: “Childhood in the Aftermath of Catastrophe: Maraini’s La nave per Kobe

Lisa Sarti, Ph.D. Adjunct Assistant Professor of Italian, Hunter College, CUNY: “Women of Freedom: Dacia Maraini’s Veronica meretrice e scrittora”

Antonello Borra, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Italian, University of Vermont: “Adele Sòfia in Maraini’s Buio

Ombretta Frau, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Italian, Mount Holyoke College: “Murdered Women: Dacia Maraini Detective”

Tommasina Gabriele, Ph.D. Coordinator and Professor of Italian Studies, Wheaton College: “Dacia Maraini’s Chiara di Assisi

Francesca Parmeggiani, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature, Fordham University: Il corpo felice: Dacia Maraini’s Account of Claire of Assisi and Her Sisters

Lori J. Ultsch, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Italian, Hofstra University: “Rendere raccontabile la realtà: Writing a Portrait of Chiara di Assisi”


Closing Remarks

Dacia Maraini, University of Rhode Island Distinguished International Visiting Writer


Moderator & Organizer

Michelangelo La Luna, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Italian, University of Rhode Island. For more information write to laluna@uri.edu



URI Office of the President, URI Office of the Provost, the Office of the College of the Dean of Arts & Sciences, Honors Program, Center for the Humanities, Film/Media Program, Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies and Department of Philosophy


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