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New York Meets Grace Seminar – Part 2

Seminar – Liberty meets Italian Grace – part.2

Conversations around the timeless work of Grazia Deledda

A two-day conference dedicated to the work and legacy of Grazia Deledda, the first and only Italian woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature (1926). A collaboration between Istituto Italiano di Cultura in New York, and Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò @NYU, this jubilant celebration marks also the 150th birthday of Grazia Deledda.

With the support of the Consulate General of Italy in New York.


December, 1 2022 at 5:30PM 

Italian Cultural Institute

686 Park Ave, New York, NY 10021


Free Entrance


(Event in English)

Institutional Greetings by Min. Plen. Fabrizio Di Michele, Consul General of Italy in New York;

and Prof. Fabio Finotti, Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in New York.

Introduction by journalist and writer Anthony Muroni,

Artistic Director of the Institutional Committee for the 150th anniversary of Grazia Deledda.


  • Neither Feiry nor Witch. The welfare of Grazia Deledda. A sociosemiotic journey into the functional eroticism of the Queen of the Mediterranean.

Ilaria Muggianu, essayist, journalist, playwright, and television scriptwriter.

  • Freely chosen. Women in the work of Grazia Deledda.

Duilio Caocci, Lecturer and researcher of Italian and Sardinian Literature, Department of Humanistic Studies, University of Cagliari.

  • Il Paese del Vento: Deledda’s commentary on a woman’s upbringing and political subtext.

Chiara Fabbian, Clinical Professor and Director of the Italian Program

Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies, the University of Illinois at Chicago

  • From Island to Continent and never back again.

Sonita Sarker, Chair ofWomen’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and English Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota

  • Q&A moderated by Leide Porcu, psychotherapist/psychoanalyst. Comites New York


7:30PM  Screening

Grazia Deledda the revolutionary

by Cecilia Mangini and Paolo Pisanelli.

Production ISRE Sardegna in association with OfficinaVisioni

(2021, documentary 53’ – Italian with English subtitles)


A cinematic journey that brings to life the world of Sardinian writer and ethnographer Grazia Deledda through unpublished documents and manuscripts. Grazia Deledda was a revolutionary. She went beyond the confines of male-dominated culture and followed her creative path as an artist and woman.


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  • Organized by: IIC-NY
  • In collaboration with: Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò e Valeria Orani