the first European festival on creativity

2013 Program

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Paolo Giordano

Crossing the shadow line

Adolescence is thought to be the most complex and painful stage in human growth. But then we encounter a subsequent stage of life—perhaps an extension of adolescence itself—and we realize that we have not yet fully distanced ourselves from a certain idea of ourselves as youngsters, as children, as innocents. “This is the period of life in which such moments […] are likely to come. […] the moments of boredom, of weariness, of dissatisfaction. Rash moments. I mean moments when the still young are inclined to commit rash actions, such as getting married suddenly or else throwing up a job for no reason”. This is how Conrad describes the crossing of “the shadow line”, the turbulent entry into “the second youth”. Fiction has often dealt with this culminating stage of formation when we have to rationalize who we are, and at the same time detach ourselves from the place we come from. 

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Paolo Giordano

was born in 1982 in Turin where he obtained his degree and then his Ph.D. in Physics. With his first novel The Solitude of Prime Numbers (Mondadori, 2008), an international bestseller translated in more than forty languages, he won a number of literary awards including the Premio Strega, the Campiello Opera Prima award, the Merck Serono award for scientific literature, and the Alassio Centolibri award. In 2010, Saverio Costanzo directed a film based on his novel, starring Luca Marinelli and Alba Rohrwacher as the two leading characters, Mattia and Alice. Giordano is a frequent contributor to Il Corriere della Sera and has published a long report from Afghanistan in Vanity Fair. His latest novel, Il corpo umano-The Human Body (Mondadori, 2012), is set in the Gulistan district of Afghanistan and focuses on the experience of coming of age in a war-torn country.

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EVENT #1

Guido Rossi

Ideas and their responsibility in good and evil

EVENT #2

Paolo Giordano

Crossing the shadow line

EVENT #3

Alessandra Lemma

The body as a canvas: depicting/defacing the body

EVENT #4

Piergiorgio Odifreddi

What will change our future. Artificial man

EVENT #6

Ramin Bahrami

Italian Journey. Grand Tour with Bach and Scarlatti

EVENT #7

Alessandro Barbero

Incredible Middle Ages: the Terror of the Year 1000

EVENT #8

Cristina Baldacci, Andrea Pinotti

Archives in art: a new contemporary genre?

EVENT #10

Massimo Cirri, Jonathan Coe

Sense of humour: a lifestyle

EVENT #11

Carlo Freccero

Has TV killed creativity and culture?

EVENT #12

Nicla Vassallo

Woman is an invention

EVENT #13

Massimo Montanari

Speaking of food in times of crisis

EVENT #14

Chandra Livia Candiani

Apprentices of the moon in the meditation room

EVENT #15

Emanuele Trevi

On the other side of things: The Initiation Journey

EVENT #17

Bernard-Henri Lévy

Between art, philosophy and science: the adventures of truth

EVENT #18

Stefano Bartezzaghi, Massimo Recalcati

To inherit or to be creative? Art in the time of disoriented generations

EVENT #19

Gabriella Caramore

Imperfect knowledge

EVENT #21

Ilvo Diamanti

The future? It is past

EVENT #23

Alessandro Barbero

Incredible Middle Ages: The ius primae noctis

EVENT #24

Luca Barcellona

Calligraphy: creativity in writing

EVENT #26

Silvio Garattini

Brain aging: a 3rd millennium epidemic

EVENT #28

Lella Costa

What we talk about when we talk about irony

EVENT #29

Tim Parks

In conversation with literary creativity

EVENT #31

Laura Boella

Empathy, sympathy and compassion: resources for a threatened world?

EVENT #32

Francesca Alfano Miglietti, Antonio Marras

Nulla dies sine linea-Not a day without a line

EVENT #35

Edoardo Boncinelli

What will change our future. The secret brain

EVENT #36

Virgilio Sieni

Before other people’s eyes

EVENT #37

Alessandro Bergonzoni

Stop the geniuscide!

EVENT #38

Alessandro Barbero

Incredible Middle Ages: The flat Earth

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