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The public is invited to a talk by Giovanna Summerfield, co-editor and contributor to "Sicily and the Mediterranean: Migration, Exchange, Reinvention" on Tuesday, March 22 at 4 p.m. at Pebble Hill.

The island of Sicily has for centuries been a meeting point where civilizations transformed one another and gave life to the cultural developments at the foundation of European modernity. The essays collected in Sicily and the Mediterranean explore Sicily as a place where these cultural interactions have produced conflict but also new material and intellectual exchange.

Summerfield is the associate dean for Educational Affairs in the College of Liberal Arts. She received her PhD from the University of Florida, and has published and presented extensively on the long 18th century French and Italian literature with an emphasis on Sicilian writers, religious and philosophical movements and women's studies.

The event is free, open to the public and will be followed by refreshments. Books will be available for purchase and signing. The Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities at Pebble Hill is located at 101 S. Debardeleben St. The historic 1847 Scott-Yarbrough house, known as Pebble Hill, will be open for tours from 3-4 p.m.

For more information on the program, call 844-4903 or visit the website.