Giovanna Zaldini, a Somalian and pioneering figure in immigrant advocacy in Italy, will give an informal talk titled “A Conversation about Cultural Mediation,” on Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 4:15 p.m. in the Days-Massolo Cultural Education Center (formerly the Ferry Building) on College Hill Road. The talk is free and open to the public.
Born in Somalia, Zaldini traveled to Italy in the l970s to escape dictatorship and study anthropology and geography at the University of Turin. Although she could never return to live in Somalia, she has maintained an active relationship with her country through members of the Somali Diaspora.
For the past 20 years, Zaldini has played a leading role as co-creator of the first Intercultural Center for Immigrant Women in Italy, Alma Mater of Torino (Turin). This organization for women of diverse cultural origins, supported by Italian women, promotes interculturality as a cultural and economic resource.
Zaldini was instrumental in the creation of a now widely accepted professional category of cultural mediators. She has given lectures and led workshops on Cultural Mediation throughout Italy and Europe. Zaldini is currently president of Alma Mater’s work cooperative, La Talea.
The event is sponsored by the Irwin Chair Fund with the support of the Women’s Studies Department, the Department of Africana Studies, the Office of the President and Chief Diversity Officer, and the Institute for Global Africana Studies.