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“The Most Learned Woman” Celebration, November 9, 2018

A Celebration of the 340th Anniversary of the Commencement of Elena Lucrezia Cornaro-Piscopia

Friday, November 9, 2018
Frederick Ferris Thompson Memorial Library

Lecture at 5:30pm
Class of 1951 Reading Room

Professor Patrizia Bettella

Professor Patrizia Bettella (University of Alberta, Canada) is the author of The Ugly Woman: Transgressive Aesthetic Models in Italian Poetry from the Middle Ages to the Baroque (2005). She has recently published the article: “Women and the Academies in Seventeenth-Century Italy: Elena Lucreazia Cornaro Piscopia’s Role in Literary Acasdemies” (2018). At present she is working on a new article on Cornario Piscopia, titled “Cornaro Piscopia and the Mouches Galantes.”

Performance at 7:30pm
The Cornaro Room

A Karios Italy Theater production by and with Laura Caparrotti with Nyssa Duchow (Violin) Set by Sarah Edkins

The Most Learned Woman is an original theater piece that tells the story of Elena Cornaro Piscopia, the first woman to earn a doctorate from a university. Her story starts in Venice, in a beautiful palace on the water. Voices of her life are told by a narrator who is going to bring the audience back to 1600, while a violin will give voice to Elena’s feelings.


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Kairos Italy Theater

Presented with the support of the Vassar College Libraries, the Creative Art Across Disciplines, the Italian Department, the Dean of Faculty Office, the Office of Alumnae/i Engagement, and the Garnsey Fund.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations or information on accessibility should contact the Campus Activities Office, (845)437-5370

The Most Learned Woman