Progetto Genesi Education 2021-2022

Conversations and Talks

Cycle of twelve online conversations on major social themes linked to human rights


Curated by Ilaria Bernardi

in collaboration with the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Starting in October 2021 Progetto Genesi. Art and Human Rights will offer a cycle free of charge of twelve conversations online titled Sfide per il futuro (Challenges for the Future), curated by Ilaria Bernardi, and organized in collaboration with the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.

The conversations will be streamed, on a monthly basis, at the same time (5:30 pm), for the entire duration of Progetto Genesi, on the Associazione Genesi Facebook and YouTube pages and on its website, and on the Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn pages of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. 

Each lesson corresponds to a conversation lasting approximately 40 minutes between a world-class expert, each of them from a different field, and one or more professors from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, on topics related to human rights.

Each live streaming will be recorded and made available on YouTube and on the Associazione Genesi website.

The cycle of conversations is preceded by a speech on human rights, entrusted to Marcello Flores, to be held in Milan at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore on September 21, 2021, at 10 am, as part of a Progetto Genesi presentation event, including the press conference and the screening of the short film Omelia Contadina (2020) by the director Alice Rohrwacher and the artist JR.


October 5, 2021, three days after the International Day of Non-Violence:

Contemporary Art in Non-Western Countries 

The cycle of meetings begins by recalling the pioneering exhibition Magiciens de la Terre, held in 1989 at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, which for the first time ever turned its gaze beyond the space of what was known, at least in the West, to highlight the existence and beauty of non-Western art.

Speaker: Jean-Hubert Martin 

Professors of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UC): Franco Anelli, Francesco Tedeschi, and Fausto Colombo 

November 19, 2021, on the occasion of the year of the 160th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Italy and the United States:

160, Italy-USA diplomatic relations for the protection of rights and reciprocal collaboration

160 years from the establishment of diplomatic relations between Italy and the United States, the results achieved and the new objectives in relation to the protection of rights and the need for useful bilateral collaboration are analyzed.

Speaker: Mariangela Zappia 

Professors UC: Francesco Bestagno and Raul Caruso

December 10, 2021, on the occasion of Human Rights Day:

Immigration: International Cooperation, and Inter-ethnic Cohabitation

The theme of immigration will continue to be the focus of politics in the coming years. Amidst humanitarian crises, the need to support displaced people and refugees, and the social impact of migrations, a challenge that is becoming increasingly relevant.

Speaker: Chiara Cardoletti 

Professors UC: Milena Santerini and Laura Zanfrini 

January 25, 2022, two days before the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust:

Remembering the Stories of the Righteous

Throughout the history of humanity massacres and genocides have occurred deriving not only from belonging to a people, but more specifically to a religious faith. Why is it important to remember the victims of these acts of violence and their stories?

Speaker: Gabriele Nissim 

Professors UC: Claudia Mazzucato and Riccardo Redaelli

February 28, 2022, the day before the Zero Discrimination Day and in view of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination:

Black Lives Matter and Black Women’s March: Origins and Outcomes of a Movement

In the past two years, the BLM movement has no doubt represented one of the most significant political phenomena in North America. By going back over its history, what conclusions can be drawn in light of the results achieved with regard to the fight against racism?

Speaker: Caroline Gombé 

Professor UC: Vittorio Emanuele Parsi

March 10, 2022, two days after the International Women’s Day:

Violence against Women: The Roots to be Eradicated

Feminicide and violence against women are still dramatically in the news every day. What are the psychological and cultural roots of these crimes, what are the actions to prevent them, and which legal actions in Italy can protect women?

Speaker: Cesare Parodi 

Professors UC: Valeria Masciullo and Lucia Corno

April 7, 2022, on the occasion of the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda:

The Crime of Genocide

The Rwandan genocide is one of the bloodiest episodes in the history of the twentieth century. What motivated this and other genocides occurring in history to destroy, completely or in part, a national, ethnic, racial, or religious group?

Speaker: Paola Gaeta 

Professors UC: Monica Maggioni and Gabriele Della Morte

May 19, 2022, two days before the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development:

Cultural Exchange and Globalization

Migrations, fluxes of symbols and media, net technologies, the movement of money and ideas: these are the forces that shape today’s society characterized by complex dynamics of globalization and localization. Twenty-five years after Modernità in polvere Appadurai’s lesson is still relevant today.

Speaker: Arjun Appadurai 

Professors UC: Franco Anelli and Silvano Petrosino 

June 16, 2022, sixteen days after the World Environment Day:

Ecology and Environmental Sustainability

The theme of sustainability has entered the political agenda of the century. The pandemic has also forced us to think about a new relationship with the environment: which are the most urgent aspects we need to face?

Speaker: Gustavo Gandini 

Professors UC: Roberto Zoboli and Pier Sandro Cocconcelli

July 14, 2022, four days before the Nelson Mandela International Day:

Censorship and Self-Censorship

Just as there exists a limitation of freedom imposed by the Authorities, there also exists an inner self-censorship that each author can impose on him or herself in relation to family and social ties, and belonging. How can a person defend their freedom of expression?

Speaker: Hanif Kureishi  

Professors UC: Massimo Scaglioni and Arianna Visconti

September 6, 2022, seven days after the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances:

The Places of Segregation

Inequalities are a problem that is relevant in democratic society, but that is even more dramatic in countries where the Authorities, based on discrimination, permit segregation and torture.

Speaker: Mauro Palma 

Professors UC: Gabrio Forti and Tiziana Prezzo 

September 12, 2022, on the occasion of the United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation:

New Economies, Cooperation, and Circularity

The global economy finds itself faced with new challenges. In developing countries and in rich ones unprecedented concepts are taking hold to deal with the challenges of society that are increasingly connected at a global level and increasingly having to find new forms of solidarity.

Speaker: Louisa Gathecha 

Professors UC: Franco Anelli and Mario Molteni

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[Ph. Marta Carenzi | Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore]