The Mediterranean has been the cradle of civilizations with a unique history of having given birth to all the Western cultures, to three world-wide religions, and to opening pathways to the Orient. An organic and autonomous Mediterranean identity may not exist as such today; but in the collective imagination of the people of the world and especially in the last two centuries with migrations from the Mediterranean area settling throughout the entire world, there exists a “popolo mediterraneo.” Globalization has made evident the importance of preserving culture and the development of a consciousness that especially constitutes a matchless resource for the nations of the Mediterranean, and which the new Europe cannot do without. These are the reasons that justify an attempt to recognize the value of the Mediterranean basin as a region having an original culture capable of connecting many other fragmented cultures.
The Conference Program will include presentations by International Scholars, Government Officials, and UN Ambassadors connected to states of the Mediterranean. A detailed program is currently being formulated and will be posted here. You may also contact the Center for Italian Studies at (631) 632-7444 for updates and developments.
Thursday November 12th: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Friday November 13th and Saturday November 14th: 8:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Stony Brook University — Wang Center, Lecture Hall 2