From May 26 to May 27, Sant’Anna Institute will host the third annual “Women of the Mediterranean” conference, for which the title is “Dynamics of Power.” The conference is made possible by partnership with the College of Holy Cross (Worcester, Massachusetts, United States) and the International Center for Mediterranean Studies at Sant’Anna.

Ms. Levi-Montalcini photographed at age 98 (Courtesy audrey_sel via Flickr)

As the event webpage states: “Women of the Mediterranean 2017: Dynamics of Power” will present: “… innovative research on the condition of women throughout the cultures of the Mediterranean Basin, considered from both diachronic and synchronic perspectives within the kaleidoscopic range of realities in which they live and work.”

The conference will feature Diana de Paco Serrano as keynote speaker.

The conference registration fee is €140 for professors and €55 for graduate students (dottorandi/e) and independent scholars. Additional information can be found on the Sant’Anna website.

For each week leading up to the conference, Sant’Anna will select an inspirational and impactful woman as “Woman of the Week,” to be celebrated on social media for her accomplishments and contributions to humanity. Our “Woman of the Week” for April 24 to April 30 is Rita Levi-Montalcini, an Italian neurologist who, with her colleague, Stanley Cohen, won a Nobel Prize in Physiology in 1986, for “their discoveries of growth factors,” according to Nobel Media (n.d.). Ms. Levi-Montalcini died in 2012 at the age of 103, as the oldest longest-living Nobel Laureate (Rita Levi-Montalcini, n.d.).


Rita Levi-Montalcini: Facts. (n.d.). Retrieved April 27, 2017, from


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