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Loyola’s John Felice Rome Center Hosts
International Conference on Migration in the Mediterranean
Women’s Migration Takes Center Stage at this Three-Day Conference in Rome

CHICAGO, March 24, 2009 – From Tuesday, March 31, through Thursday, April 2, 2009, Loyola University Chicago’s John Felice Rome Center will host “The Changing Face of the Mediterranean: Migrant Women’s Creativity and Constraints.” Free and open to the public, this international conference will promote intercultural dialogue on women and migration in the contemporary Mediterranean.

The conference will demonstrate the political, social, and cultural constraints that have characterized migrant women’s lives, and it will also explore their artistic, religious, educational, and intellectual contributions to their adopted countries. Five panels covering an array of migration-related themes will feature renowned international scholars, artists, and members of international organizations and the diplomatic community. Sample panel themes include “Women on the Move” (addresses the social and cultural dimensions of Mediterranean migration) and “Politics and Human Rights” (explores social justice issues involved in contemporary Mediterranean migrations).

On the morning of Wednesday, April 1, an inaugural address will be delivered by Nawal El Saadawi, novelist, activist, and founder of the Arab Women’s Solidarity Association (AWSA). Later that same evening, Emma Bonino, vice president of the Italian Senate, will deliver the conference keynote address.

Showcasing the artistic contributions of the conference will be two cultural events. On Tuesday, March 31, at the International Women’s House a screening of Milan, directed by Filipina filmmaker Olivia Lamasan, will be held. Following the film will be a discussion led by Dr. Flaminio DiBiagi, an internationally known film historian and Fellini expert. In addition, on April 2, Igiaba Scego and Gabriella Ghermandi (winner of the Premio del concorso per scrittori migranti dell’associazione Eks&Tra) will read from their works. In conjunction with the conference, an exhibition of migrant women’s art, entitled DISLOCAZIONI, will be on display at the International Women’s House (CIDD).

The conference will be held at the International Women’s House and Center for American Studies in Rome, which is housed in the Palazzo Mattei di Giove (see www.centrostudiamericani.org for directions). For more information on the conference, including how to register, visit LUC.edu/jfrc. To schedule interviews with conference participants, please call Anne Wingenter at +39 333 760 8404 or send an e-mail to awingen@luc.edu.

About the John Felice Rome Center
The second largest study abroad program in Italy, the John Felice Rome Center offers an American undergraduate college experience in the heart of Western Europe. Students choose from more than 40 academic courses each semester and live together to form a tight-knit community in one of Europe’s largest and most captivating capital cities, with considerable cultural and religious importance for more than 2,000 years. The Rome Center, an actual campus and academic center of Loyola University Chicago, is fully accredited and credits earned are easily transferable to other American universities. Visit our Web site at LUC.edu/romecenter for more information.

About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago, founded in 1870, is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university. Enrollment is more than 15,600 students, which includes more than 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s ten schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Loyola is consistently ranked among the “top national universities” by U.S.News & World Report, and the University was named a “best value” in their 2009 rankings. In addition, Loyola is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about Loyola, please visit LUC.edu.




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