URI to celebrate International Women’s Day with speakers

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KINGSTON, R.I. – Feb. 17, 2014 – World-renowned Italian writer Dacia Maraini will speak at the University of Rhode Island later this month to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Maraini, as well as scholars from URI and other colleges and universities, will talk about the problems facing women in Italy, Cuba, North Africa, and the United States. They will also discuss Maraini’s work. The talk will be Feb. 28, from 4 to 6:30 p.m., in the Agnes G. Doody Auditorium in Swan Hall, on the Kingston campus.

One of the most famous writers in Italy, Maraini has won both of Italy’s leading literary prizes, the Campiello and the Strega, and her works have been translated into 22 languages. Her writing focuses on the struggles of women. She also is an advocate for victims of domestic violence and human trafficking.

Scholars from Harvard University, Fordham University, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Vermont, Hofstra University, Wheaton College, Mount Holyoke College, Fitchburg State University and other institutions will be on the panel. URI professors will participate as well.

URI will also show a film, Bedwin Hacker, to celebrate International Women’s Day. The film will be shown Feb. 27, at 5 p.m. in the MultiCultural Center. The film is about the struggle of Tunisian women against stereotypes of the Arab world.

Both events are free and open to the public.

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

For more information please contact Michelangelo La Luna, URI professor of Italian, at laluna@uri.edu or visit International Women’s Day