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    Notorious: Lecture Focuses on Italian Renaissance Countess

    Was the noted Italian Renaissance countess a vixen or a heroine?

    Duquesne University Italian Campus professor Elizabeth Lev will present a lecture on The Tigress of Forli: The Life of Renaissance Italy's Most Courageous and Notorious Countess, Caterina Riario Sforza De' Medici.

    Lev, an art historian who is a columnist with the Zenit News Agency and a consultant to the Vatican Museums, has been featured on the History Channel, EWTN, ABC's Nightline and the Today Show. She is known to Pittsburghers for her presentation during the Vatican Splendors exhibit at the Heinz History Center.

    Her lecture is based upon her first book, The Tigress of Forli, and she will conduct a book signing from noon to 1 p.m. at the Duquesne University Barnes&Noble before the talk.

    When: Tuesday, Jan. 10, 5 to 7 p.m.

    Where: Pappert Lecture Hall, Bayer Hall

    Cost: Free and open to the public


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    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.