Dr. Carla Locatelli [second from right], currently Professor of Theory and Comparative Literature at the University of Trento, Italy, Senior Lecturer in Italian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and recently elected president for 2016-2018 of the ASEAN-European Academic University Network (ASEA-UNINET), dropped by the UP Office of the Vice-President for Academic Affairs on March 16 to meet with [from left to right]: Assistant Vice-President for Academic Affairs (R&D Resource Management) Mary Delia Tomacruz, Assistant Vice-President for Academic Affairs (Internationalization) Rhodora Azanza, , Vice-President for Academic Affairs Cynthia-Rose Bautista, Office of International Linkages Deputy Director Aaron Joseph Villaraza, and former VP for Academic Affairs Gisela Concepcion. Among the topics discussed during the informal meeting were the potential areas for collaboration and exchanges between UP and the University of Trento, and upcoming events under the ASEA-UNINET, such as the plenary meeting 2017 to be held at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz from July 17 to 20.
Dr. Locatelli, who came to UP Diliman to hold a series of lectures, is no stranger to UP, having first visited during the administrations of UP Presidents Francisco Nemenzo and Emerlinda Roman. Her research interests include Filipino literature. She has lectured and published papers on Filipino literature and literary criticism under the aegis of the Department of English and Comparative Literature, UP College of Arts and Letters. (Celeste Llaneta, UP MPRO)