Interdisciplinary School for Sustainability (ISS)
Interdisciplinary School for Sustainability (ISS)
Interdisciplinary School for Sustainability (ISS)
Interdisciplinary School for Sustainability (ISS)
Interdisciplinary School for Sustainability (ISS)
Interdisciplinary School for Sustainability (ISS)
Interdisciplinary School for Sustainability (ISS)
Interdisciplinary School for Sustainability (ISS)
Interdisciplinary School for Sustainability (ISS)
Interdisciplinary School for Sustainability (ISS)
Interdisciplinary School for Sustainability (ISS)
Interdisciplinary School for Sustainability (ISS)

The first initiative of ‘Saint Nicholas School for Intercultural Dialogue’ - PRESS RELEASE

in Comunicati stampa, First Edition of ISS
Tue, 06/12/2011

The first initiative of ‘Saint Nicholas School for Intercultural Dialogue’ founded by the Universities of Bari and Salento will be starting tomorrow
 
Starting from tomorrow international key experts will be participating in the ‘Interdisciplinary School for Sustainability’, the first international and interdisciplinary school for sustainability to be held in Bari.
 
Bari, December 6th, 2011. The first initiative of ‘Saint Nicholas School for International Dialogue’, founded by the Universities of Bari and Salento and aiming at promoting intercultural dialogue between populations, has been presented this morning at the ‘Aldo Moro’ University of Studies of Bari.
The activity is about the ‘Interdisciplinary School for Sustainability’ (ISS), an international and interdisciplinary school for sustainability, whose official language is English, that will be taking place tomorrow till December 16th. Authoritative speakers, among which international keynote experts at their own sectors, will be discussing the topic of ‘sustainability’ from a techno-scientific, economic, law, historical, philosophical and medical points of view. Among these, there will be participating Elena Zakharova, one of the top scientific representatives of the nephrology sector, Miriam Huitric, the Swedish expert at biodiversity and resilience and the German Klaus Bosselmann, one of the best international experts of the environmental sustainability protection field.
During the first edition of ISS, which has been made possible thanks to the support of the Apulian Aqueduct, Diplomatic Association, Banca Popolare of Bari, Chamber of Commerce of Bari, Municipality of Bari, Meridia Consortium, BCC Federation of Puglia and Basilicata, Rosselli Foundation and UniCredit Bank, there will be gathering around 60 students, half of which coming from various foreign universities (Argentina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Ukraine). Each morning there will be taking place a lectio magistralis on sustainability to be discussed on an interdisciplinary level; each afternoon, chosen sherpas (tutors) from the Universities of Bari and Salento will be carrying out workshops based on role-playing games related to the topics discussed in the morning.
The ‘Interdisciplinary School for Sustainability’ will be having two editions to be scheduled in December and May, Saint Nicholas period, and to be focused on all the disciplinary subjects.
 
In order to celebrate the official start of the activities of ‘Saint Nicholas School for International Dialogue’, created by Saint Nicholas Basilica and open to national and international academic institutions, the rectors of the founding universities and of those universities interested in participating in the initiative, will be meeting on December 8th in the Council Room of the Municipality of Bari; not only will there be joining rectors of those Italian universities belonging to the Federation of the Apulian, Lucanian, and Molisan University System, but also a few rectors coming from the universities of Russia (Moscow), Bulgaria (Varna), Ukraine (Kiev and Lugansk) and Serbia (Kragujevac) with the aim to find together opportunities for the growth and development of Saint Nicholas School.
«During such a crisis for the European project where the Italian country plays the role of epicentre - have explained Corrado Petrocelli and Domenico Laforgia, rectors of the Universities of Bari and Salento - from the Mezzogiorno area our Universities want to launch a message of responsibility. The future of the humankind depends on the retrieval of sustainable development models. The best guarantee has to be found by linking ethical roots to reason. Saint Nicholas’ heritage, secularized in tradition, today offers us the most promising basis where to start from».
«Although it is lay - have explained Giovanni Ferri and Paolo Leoci, Saint Nicholas School’s chief representatives - Saint Nicholas School aims to become an international point of reference and a meeting place among foreign cultures under the aegis of the tradition of Saint Nicholas, symbol of the globalized man in his times and emblem of intercultural dialogue. The value of Saint Nicholas’ message, traditionally focused on the protection of young people, is renewed in a long-term concept of sustainability referring not only to the environment but also to the equality of opportunities among populations and various generations».
 
Translated by Giusy Loglisci
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