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MEDIA CONTACT:   Polly Burks
561-297-2595, pburks@fau.edu

FAU Lecture Explores Italian Futurism

BOCA RATON (February 13, 2009) – Florida Atlantic University’s department of languages, linguistics and comparative literature in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters presents “Futurist Italy: Women, Speed and the Irony of War,” with Lucia Re, professor of Italian and comparative literature at UCLA. The lecture will take place on Friday, February 20 at 7 p.m. in the Wimberly Library on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road. The lecture is free, but reservations are required at jcutrone@fau.edu or 561-297-0455.

Re specializes in 19th and 20th century Italian literature and culture with emphasis on fin-de-siècle, modernism and the avant- garde, and on Italy's history under fascism. Her current research includes work on the relationship between futurism, fascism, colonialism and feminism. The lecture commemorates the 100th anniversary of the publication of F.T. Marinetti’s “Futurist Manifesto.”

The lecture is the 16th Annual Connie DeMarco Distinguished Lecture in Italian Studies. This lecture series was initiated through the support of Il Circolo, the Italian Cultural Society of the Palm Beaches.

For more information about the lecture or about FAU’s department of languages, linguistics and comparative literature, call 561-297-2682.

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