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History & Politics, Literature

Liberty Meets Italian Grace [Day 1]

Conversations around the timeless work of Grazia Deledda

November 30, 2022
6:30 pm

The event will also be broadcast live on our
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This seminar is part of the two-day conference
Liberty Meets Italian Grace
Conversations Around the Timeless Work of Grazia Deledda (1871-1936)

The first and only Italian woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature (1926)

Click here for the full program of the conference

A project by
The Institutional Committee Deledda 150th anniversary

Curated by
Valeria Orani

Presented in collaboration with
Istituto Italiano di Cultura di New York

With the support of
Consolato Generale d’Italia a New York


Day 1 Seminar

Institutional Greetings and introduction
Anthony Muroni
Journalist and writer; Artistic Director,
Institutional Committee Deledda 150th anniversary

Sardegna, Land of Myth and Space of Absolute Existence.
Grazia’s World between Conflicting Codes and Concrete Universals

Dino Manca
University of Sassari

Grazia Deledda in America: The Myth Reborn.
From Memory of the Past to the Challenge of a New Book

Angela Guiso
Essayist, Literary Critic, Columnist

Excerpt read by Delissa Reynolds

Translating Deledda
Martha Witt, Author, William Paterson University
Mary Ann Witt, Professor Emerita, North Carolina State University

Around the dinner table with Grazia
Excerpt read by Delissa Reynolds

Knowledge Crisis Resolution: Grazia Deledda, a well-rounded learning experience
Simonetta Milli Konewko
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Q&A moderated by Stefano Albertini, NYU



Kicking off on November 30 at 6:30 p.m. at Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò – NYU (24 W 12th St, New York, NY 10011), the first seminar session will be dedicated to Deledda’s legacy in the United States. On December 1, at 5:30 p.m. at the Italian Cultural Institute (686 Park Ave, New York, NY 10021), the second day’s seminar will consider the innovative and revolutionary figure of Deledda as our contemporary, concluding with a screening of the documentary film Grazia Deledda, La Rivoluzionaria (in Italian with English subtitles), by Cecilia Mangini and Paolo Pisanelli.

On the morning of December 1, at 11 a.m. at the Italian Cultural Institute, a special program will be dedicated to secondary school instructors and students, featuring Alexa, “Parole di Grazia”, with audio segments revealing the life of Grazia Deledda and the settings of her novels, including taped readings of selections from her work.

“I’ve developed these events with my eye on the future. Dialogue between Italian scholars and leading North American researchers on Grazia Deledda allows us to
consider the revolutionary and universal aspects of the great Sardinian author, a source of inspiration to the young” explains Valeria Orani, the New York-based
curator of the seminars in collaboration with the Institutional Committee for the 150th Anniversary of Grazia Deledda, including representatives from the Province
and Town of Nuoro, MAN, UniNuoro, and the Bank of Sardegna Foundation.

For Anthony Muroni, the Committee’s Artistic Director, “It is especially important that the city of New York, with its history of freedom, defense of civil rights, and attention to the role of women in society, should participate in this homage to an author who lifted restrictions on women and set out before anyone else on the road of self-determination, as rendered in the lives of the protagonists of her novels.” Muroni’s words are echoed by Constantino Tidu, Chief Administrator of the Province of Nuoro and head of the Institutional Committee, who adds, “The New York seminars are particularly important for presenting the figure and work of Deledda to a sophisticated and sensitive North American readership.”