Elena Piscopia, first woman in the world to earn A PhD

Proposal to erect statue of woman in Padua’s Prato della Valle square sparks debate

Elena Cornaro Piscopia was the first woman in the world to earn a PhD, receiving her doctorate degree in philosophy from the University of Padua in 1678. A proposal suggests erecting her statue on an empty plinth in the city’s square alongside 78 statues of men.

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Padua fresco cycles nominated for UNESCO Heritage status. Image: Comune di Padova, Gabinetto Fotografico dei Musei Civici di Padova Copyright: © Comune di Padova Settore Cultura, Turismo, Musei e Biblioteche

UNESCO considers Italy’s nominated Heritage Sites and the future of Venice lagoon

UNESCO is holding the 44th session of the World Heritage Committee from 16 to 31 July in China. Up for consideration are two Italy nominations to join the World Heritage List. Also under consideration is whether Venice and its lagoon should join the endangered list.

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