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2016 Programme

Event #24

Marco Balzano, Christian Raimo

School is an idea of the world

Any time a teacher walks into a classroom he or she is aware that what will go on during their lesson may affect a small portion of their students’ lives. That’s why there’s little sense is reducing the conversation around education to a debate on a particular law or to considerations on new technologies and teaching methods. School is a living organism, made of relationships that are formed along a common path of knowledge: if we want to improve the school system, we must join new generations in imagining a more open and supportive society, and consider the space of a classroom as a permanent political workshop, in which to educate young people towards critical thought and confrontation. Christian Raimo and Marco Balzano are two writers and educators who believe that literature, history and philosophy are still the seat where knowledge of the world may give way to someplace new.


Marco Balzano

was born in 1978 in Milan, where he resides. He has published essays and collections of poems, as well as the novels published by Sellerio Pronti a tutte le partenze (2013, Flaiano Award), L’ultimo arrivato (2014), (winner of the Volponi Award and of the third edition of the Campiello Award) and Il figlio del figlio (2016; first edition by Avagliano, 2010, Corrado Alvaro Award 2012).

Christian Raimo (1975) was born and lives in Rome. He studied philosophy, has contributed to many Roman literary journals, and has translated novels. He has published two collections of short stories for minimum fax: Latte (2001) and Dov’eri tu quando le stelle del mattino gioivano in coro? (2004). He’s an editor for minima&moralia. In 2012 he published Il peso della grazia (Einaudi). Forthcoming in August is a collection of stories called Le persone, soltanto le persone (minimum fax, 2014).

All theevents2016


Event #1

Salvatore Veca

An idea of public space

Event #2

Jonathan Safran Foer, Ranieri Polese

That place called “home”

Event #3

Matteo Nucci, Valentina Carnelutti

The space of words: Helen and Odysseus

Event #5

Guido Tonelli

The birth of space (and time)

Event #5 BIS

Guido Tonelli

The birth of space (and time)

Event #6

Alessandro Barbero

The space of war. The First Italian War of Independence

Event #7

Alberto Mantovani

Immunity and the brain: a dialogue between two chief systems. From memory to vaccines.

Event #9

Valerio Magrelli, Andrea Gentile

Tv series: a newly emerged continent

Event #10

Ramak Fazel, Giorgio Vasta, Michele Lupi

Across the American deserts: a voyage through 20th century collective imagination

Event #11

Dominique Cardon

What do algorithms think of?

Event #12

Riccardo Staglianò

That place is gone

Event #13

Lamberto Maffei

The space of rebellion

Event #14

Claudio Bartocci, Chiara Valerio

Other maps, other worlds. Representations of space

Event #16

Giovanni Fabrizio Bignami

From the stars to Life: one, one hundred, one thousand Earths

Event #17

Cino Zucchi, Aldo Colonetti

Architectural space in the past, the present, the future

Event #18

Chiara Saraceno

Families confined and without borders

Event #19

Massimiano Bucchi

The best ideas of our lives. Make room for innovation (the real kind)

Event #20

Matteo Nucci, Valentina Carnelutti

The space of absence: Patroclus and Andromache

Event #21

Giuseppe Cederna

On the other side of the sea

Event #23

Alessandro Barbero

The space of war. The second Italian War of Independence

Event #24

Marco Balzano, Christian Raimo

School is an idea of the world

Event #26

Piergiorgio Odifreddi

Let’s make space for stupidity

Event #27

Attilio Brilli

Voyages through spaces real and imagined

Event #28

Gianpiero Dalla Zuanna

Is there space for us all? The future of European migrations

Event #29

Anna Ottani Cavina

When painters left their studios to paint en plein air

Event #30

Bruno Arpaia, Alessandro Zaccuri

The memory of space. The rubble of climate and rubbish in our homes

Event #31Approfonditamente

Alessandro Dal Lago, Serena Giordano, Ex Voto

Graffiti, tags and murals: when art extends to walls

Event #32

Marco Belpoliti

The poetry of space. Words and drawings on that place we call home

Event #34

Giacomo Rizzolatti, Antonio Gnoli

Mirror neurons: anatomy of a revolutionary discovery

Event #35

Gabriella Caramore

The boundaries of the soul and of the world

Event #36

Valentina Carnelutti, Matteo Nucci

The space of dreams: Penelope e Achilles

Event #37

Marco Martinelli

The joy of the chorus

Event #38

Paolo Rumiz, Alessandro Scillitani

The voice of the road. Words, sounds and images gathered along via Appia

Event #39

Alessandro Barbero

The space of war. The Third Italian War of Independence

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