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  • 08 Oct 2020
  • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Location: Virtual Meeting. Access link with registration confirmation email.


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Broaden your knowledge of Italy's life and culture, past and present, with Il Circolo Letterario. Open to everyone, this monthly online event gives you the opportunity to explore Italy through its many writers and books. Presentations will be in English with short readings in Italian. It is not required to read the books to attend. 

Join us for our first appointment on Thursday, October 8, 6:00-7:00 PM, curated and presented by Pieranna Garavaso, Professor Emerita of Philosophy, University of Minnesota, that will focus on women's challenges in Italy during the 20th century through the writings of Sibilla Aleramo.

Sibilla Aleramo (1876-1960), is often claimed to be the first Italian feminist. She is well known for her prolific writings in both prose and poetry, her intellectual and political activism, and her reputedly ‘scandalous’ life style. Her first and successful novel Una donna (A Woman) has been translated in English for the third time in 2020 and has had numerous reprints in Italian. Our first conversation will focus mostly on this novel. 

Online Events - Registration required
Free or with suggested donation to support our programming

Future appointments:
Natalia Ginzburg // November 12, 2020 // 6:00-7:00 PM
Dacia Maraini // December 2, 2020 // 6:00-7:00 PM

Pieranna Garavaso is native Italian and came to the US to earn a PhD in Philosophy (at the U of Nebraska Lincoln). She taught Philosophy at the University of Minnesota Morris for 34 years. She was awarded the UMN Morris Alumni Association Teaching Award (2003), the Horace T. Morse Alumni Association Undergraduate Teaching Award (2004) and the UMN Morris Faculty Research Award (2017). Her areas of research include History of Analytic Philosophy, Philosophy of Mathematics, and Feminist Philosophies.  She has published articles in Italian and English and authored, co-authored or edited several books; the last collection she has edited is the Bloomsbury Companion to Analytic Feminism (2018).  As Emerita/retired she plans to devote more time to reading and discussing Italian literature.

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