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2013 Program

EVENT #15

Emanuele Trevi

On the other side of things: The Initiation Journey

 

At first sight, the notion of initiation might seem an archaeological relic of mythologies and cosmologies that are forever lost for modern man. Yet a sense of inadequacy is common to all eras, as if the mere biological fact of being born were not enough to make us the protagonists of our life. This desire to fight our incompleteness fuels our aspirations to a “second birth” after a sort of symbolic death, to a radical and irreversible inner devolution. With the decline of traditional beliefs and the attendant certainties, it is no longer religion but fiction that inspires the adventure of an initiation journey. From the Romantic age on, writers have been playing the same role that used to be played by saints, prophets and mystics.

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Emanuele Trevi

is a writer and literary critic. His most famous books include I cani del nulla. Una storia vera (Einaudi, 2003), Senza verso. Un’estate a Roma (Laterza, 2005), Qualcosa di scritto (Ponte alle Grazie, 2012) and Il viaggio iniziatico («i Libri del Festival della Mente», Laterza, 2013). He translated and edited the edition of The Little Prince published by Newton Compton (2015). He collaborates with Radio 3 and writes for Corriere della Sera and il manifesto.

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Paolo Giordano

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Alessandra Lemma

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Piergiorgio Odifreddi

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Alessandro Barbero

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Cristina Baldacci, Andrea Pinotti

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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

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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

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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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