A delivery man wearing a protective mask is seen riding a bicycle at Campo de Fiori, as Italy goes into lockdown to beat the coronavirus, Rome, Italy March 10, 2020. [Remo Casilli/Reuters]

As I try to pass time in lockdown in Italy and come to terms with the new normal in my country, I often think about my grandmother and the 1943 degree certificate that was once on display in her living room. “Victor Emmanuel, King of Italy and Albania, Emperor of Ethiopia”, the certificate proclaimed in flowery characters, “grants the degree of doctor to … “. The document is a testament to human resilience. The fact that a young woman managed to complete a degree at the height of World War II,

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