Italian stateswoman, women's rights advocate the topic of Colloquy Series talk

MONT ALTO, Pa. ― Penn State Mont Alto’s spring Colloquy Series talks continue on March 15 when Alica (Lisa) White, head librarian, presents “Tina Anselmi: An Italian Woman for All Seasons.” The event, which is open to the public and free of charge, will be held from 12:10 to 1:10 p.m. in the Heritage Room of The Millstream Café. The Colloquy Series presents current research by Mont Alto faculty in an informal environment at a level that is accessible to a general audience. Coffee is provided and discussion is encouraged.

“Tina Anselmi (1927-2016) was one of modern Italy’s most admired partisans and stateswomen. This talk will address her story within the larger context of the history of Italian women during Anselmi’s lifetime,” according to White.

Anselmi's life mirrored the historical times and advances in women's rights in Italy, and her autobiography provides insight into the struggles and achievements of a prominent female politician.

“In her autobiography, Anselmi states she ‘never thought the young men and women who chose to fight against fascism were outstanding’ but thought of her fellow partisans’ actions as ordinary. But her life was anything but ordinary,” said White.

"She was a model of courage, self-sacrifice, and democratic idealism for all of her countrymen and women."

Anselmi was born in 1927 in the village of Castelfranco Veneto, a small village 25 miles from Venice. She grew up during Mussolini's fascist regime, fought as a partisan during World War II, and later became a politician and the first woman to serve as head of a ministry in the Italian government. Anselmi was a member of parliament when Aldo Moro was kidnapped and murdered. She later authored the final opinion in the infamous P2 case regarding the illegality of the secret Italian Masonic lodge. 

White has worked at Penn State Mont Alto since 1996. She holds a master of library science from the University of Maryland and has served as a professional librarian since 2001. 

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Last Updated March 16, 2017