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2023 Programme

Event #2

Friday 1 September, 06.30 pm

Teatro degli Impavidi2 - euro 4,50
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Franco Lorenzoni

Educating against the wind

Children tend to open themselves to the world from an early age. This tendency stirs a sense of wonder in those who decide to sit back and observe them silently, because it reveals the amazement of the ‘first time’.
Open and sincere dialogue also creates wonder, especially when it makes us discover different ways of thinking and seeing things; when we come to experience – even briefly – the joy of thinking and living together, learning to step outside ourselves, at least a little.
Eventually, another kind of wonder is created by those men, women, and young people who have broken new ground rebelling against injustice and discrimination – witnesses of an education ‘against the wind’ that, today, is more necessary than ever.



Franco Lorenzoni is a primary school teacher and founded the Casa-laboratorio di Cenci in Amelia, Umbria, a centre for educational experimentation that studies ecological, scientific, intercultural and inclusion matters. For his activity he received Lo Straniero Prize with Roberta Passoni. He contributes to the following magazines: Internazionale, Cooperazione Educativa, La vita scolastica and Gli Asini. His books include: Cinque passi per una scuola inclusiva (with R. Passoni, Erickson, 2019) and – published by Sellerio – I bambini pensano grande (2014, 2021), I bambini ci guardano (2019) and Educare controvento. Storie di maestre e maestri ribelli (2023). He directed the documentary Elementare. For his educational work in 2021 he received two honorary degrees from the Bicocca University of Milan and the University of Palermo.

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Event #1

Massimiliano Valerii

The trial of Galileo Galilei: wonder and disenchantment

Event #2

Franco Lorenzoni

Educating against the wind

Event #3

Paolo Giordano

Wonder between nature and knowledge

Event #4

Chiara Civello

I am what I am

Event #5

Matteo Nucci

A philosopher's wonder: Plato

Event #6

Erika Fatland, Alberto Riva

The wonder of wanderlust

Event #8

Guido Tonelli

Matter. The wonderful illusion

Event #9

Vittorio Lingiardi

Dreams as neuro-wonder

Event #9 BIS

Vittorio Lingiardi

Dreams as neuro-wonder

Event #10

Francesca Mannocchi

Wonder during war: is it possible?

Event #12

Sabrina Speich

Wonderful, immense sea

Event #13

Massimo Zamboni

Wild bestiary. An illustrated reading

Event #14

Massimo Recalcati

The trauma of loss and the working-through of a bereavement

Event #15

Martina Mazzotta

Wunderkammer: art, science, wonder. From the Renaissance until the present day

Event #16

Matteo Nucci

A poet’s wonder: Omer

Event #17

Alessandro Barbero

1204: the Crusaders discover Constantinople

Event #17 BIS

Alessandro Barbero

1204: the Crusaders discover Constantinople

Event #18

Cinzia Spanò, Roberta Di Mario

Reading Lolita in Tehran. Reading concert

Event #19

Alberto Rollo

The Humble Beauty of Ditches and Majesties

Event #22

Carlo Stanga, Giulia Capodieci

Wunderkit: five objects for creativity

Event #23

Veronica Barassi, Gerd Gigerenzer

Generative AI and the Wonder of Human Intelligence

Event #24

Alessandro Zaccuri

Wonderfully. Learning wonder from literature

Event #25

Nazareth Castellanos

Discovering our mind through the wonders of our body

Event #26

Massimo Recalcati

Wonderful nostalgia

Event #27

Elena Stancanelli, Bernardo Zannoni

Out of the blue: wandering to find wonder

Event #28

Matteo Nucci

A novelist’s wonder: Gabriel García Márquez

Event #29

Francesco Costa

Wonderfully informed

Event #33Children / Kids


Have you ever seen a 3D hologram?

Event #36Children / Kids

Cristina Bellemo

Did you know that the world has a sound?

Event #38Children / Kids

Marco Somà

To infinity… and beyond!

Event #39Children / Kids

Willy Guasti

Soft-hearted animals… And more!

Event #40Children / Kids

Sergio Rossi

Water: the world's strangest substance!

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