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2014 Programme

Event #19

Paola Mastrocola

The Death of Study

Has study, especially of the humanities, changed in or disappeared from schools? Have kids stopped reading, or are they incapable of describing what they read? Perhaps the disappearance of introversion has something to do with it: if the pleasure of being with oneself disappears, then the pleasure of stopping to read the words in a book does too. Nowadays, everything encourages us to live outside ourselves, in non-stop contact with others. Always in relations and connected, but alone. School (but the family and society as well) does not love shy, solitary people, and maybe not even kids who study: it celebrates group work, socialization, social networks. But if no one is capable of finding in themselves the necessary stimuli, how can reading, thinking, writing, art and study still be fostered? And are we still interested in encouraging these ideas, or do we prefer to let them fall by the wayside in the name of change?


Paola Mastrocola

teaches Letters at a scientific lyceum. She has written plays for young people, published poetry anthologies (the most recent one is La felicità del galleggiante, Guanda, 2010), essays on Italian literature between the 14th and 16th centuries, novels (including La gallina volante, 2000, and Una barca nel bosco, 2004, Guanda; Non so niente di te, Einaudi, 2013), fairy-tale novels (including Che animale sei?, Guanda, 2005) and handbooks on the subject of school (La scuola raccontata al mio cane, 2004, Togliamo il disturbo. Saggio sulla liberta di non studiare, 2011, both published by Guanda). She has illustrated the fairy tale by Ernesto Ferrero, Storia di Quirina, di una talpa e di un orto di montagna (Einaudi, 2014).


All theevents2014


Event #1

Mario Calabresi

Rediscovering Reason in Order to Avoid a Shipwreck

Event #2

Francesco M. Cataluccio

The Epidemic of Immaturity: from Peter Pan to Harry Potter

Event #3

Roberto Esposito

Growing Up Is Hard

Event #4

Philippe Petit

Creativity: the Perfect Crime

Event #5

Emanuela Grimalda

Le difettose (The Flawed)

Event #6

Alessandro Barbero

How Do Wars Break Out? World War I

Event #7

Sofia Bignamini

The Explosion of the Mutants

Event #8

Davide Comazzi, Antonio Piotti, Laura Turuani

Other Mothers, Other Fathers, New Adolescents

Event #9

Peter Cameron, Marco Missiroli

One Day this Creativity Will Come In Handy

Event #10

Mauro Ceruti

Europe Risks a New Self-Destruction

Event #11

Massimo Recalcati

Can One Forgive in Love?

Event #12

Giorgio Diritti

The Discovery of the Birth of a Film

Event #13

Matteo Lancini


Event #14

David McCullough jr.

Kids, You Are Not Special!

Event #15

Silvia Vegetti Finzi

New Grandparents for New Grandchildren

Event #16

Katia Provantini

Surviving Middle School

Event #18

Oscar Farinetti

Lots Can Still Be Done, This Is Why the Future Is Marvellous

Event #19

Paola Mastrocola

The Death of Study

Event #20

Paolo Cornaglia Ferraris, Marcello Massimini

The Secret of the Consciousness and its Measurement

Event #21

Christian Raimo, Michele Serra

All Unhappy Families Are Like One Another

Event #23

Alessandro Barbero

How Do Wars Break Out? World War II

Event #24

Fabio Geda

Absolute beginners

Event #26

Anita Nair

New Identity of the Indian Woman

Event #27

Andrea Boeri, Luca Molinari

A Dialogue on the Spaces (and the Things) We Inhabit

Event #28

Luigi Zoja

Generational Crisis, Male Crisis, Italian Crisis

Event #29

Stefano Arienti, Franco Farinelli

Journey and Adventures in Knowledge

Event #30

Errico Buonanno, Chiara Valerio

My Children, Imaginary Marxists

Event #31

Cesare Moreno

School Drops-Out and Their Antagonists

Event #32

Alfio Maggiolini

From Being Kids “Against” to Being Responsible Ones

Event #33

Chiara Saraceno

Inheritance, Tradition, Generational Changes

Event #34

Beppe Severgnini

Creating Doesn’t Mean Improvising

Event #35

Elena Riva

The Myth of Perfection in Contemporary Femininity

Event #36

Marco Belpoliti

Matteo and His Seven Shirts

Event #37

Salut Salon

The Night of Fate

Event #38

Amedeo Balbi, Antonio Pascale

Matter and Freedom: A Dialogue on Free Will

Event #39

Alessandro Barbero

How Do Wars Break Out? The Falklands War

Evento #25

Daniele Novara

Arguing Is Good for You

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