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Conference reconsiders the nation's founders, April 2-3

A conference on "The Sicilian Mirror: Projections of History and Identity" is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 2-3, on campus.

The event was inspired by "The Manuscript of the Prince," a 2000 film by award-winning director Roberto Anḍ. It will explore the universal aspects of the Sicilian experience and the artistry with which it has been made meaningful to an international public.

A distinguished group of authors -- Peter Brown, Guido Fink, Millicent Marcus, Nelson Moe, Gianni Riotta, Jane and Peter Schneider -- will reflect on some important issues: the burden of culture, class distinction, home and exile; identities and transformations; and provincialism and cosmopolitanism. Sessions will run from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday in 101 McCormick and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in 106 McCormick.

At 8 p.m. Friday, Anḍ will introduce and show his film in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St. Speaking at 10 a.m. Saturday will be Prince Gioacchino Lanza Tomasi, a musicologist and adopted son of Prince Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, the prominent 20th-century Italian author who was the subject of Anḍ's film.

The free conference is being organized by Gaetana Marrone-Puglia , professor of French and Italian, and sponsored by the Council of the Humanities ; Department of French and Italian; Office of the President; Film Studies Committee; Program in Italian Studies; Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies; Gruppo Esponenti Italiani, New York; Italian Consulate, Philadelphia; and Istituto Italiano di Cultura, New York. For more information, call (609) 258-4670.

Contact: Tom Bartus(609) 258-3601

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