Posts by Michele Covolan

CANTEENS

Principe Amedeo
From 2.30 p.m. of Friday 19 April 2019
To 12.00 p.m. of Tuesday 23 April 2019

Olimpia
From 2.30 p.m. of Friday 19 April 2019
To 12.00 p.m. of Tuesday 23 April 2019

STUDY HALLS – TURIN

 

Michelangelo

From 7 p.m. of Sunday 14 April 2019
To 8.30 a.m. of Monday 22 April 2019
Verdi
From 7 p.m. of Sunday 21 April 2019
To 8.30 a.m. of Monday 29 April 2019
Principe Amedeo
From 7 p.m. of Thursday 18 April 2019
To 8.30 a.m. of Friday 26 April 2019
Pietro Giuria
From 7 p.m. of Thursday 18 April 2019
To 8.30 a.m. of Friday 26 April 2019
Ormea
From 7.30 p.m. of Thursday 18 April 2019
To 9 a.m. of Friday 26 April 2019

On the first anniversary of the death of journalist Mauro Pianta, his colleagues decided to commemorate him with the creation of an award in his memory. The contest is open to all Communication Science students from the Department of Humanistic Studies of the University of Turin; it consists in writing a text about a character involved in nature conservation in Piedmont. The most interesting texts will be published
in the magazine Piemonte Parchi, but only one will win the prize.
You can read the rules of the competition here

On 21 and 22 April, Murazzi Student Zone will remain closed. It will open again on Tuesday 23 April,
according to usual working hours (9 a.m. – 7 p.m.). On May 1 (Workers’ Day), the Student Zone will be open
as well.

ArTorin is a project by a former Accademia Albertina student , known under the pseudonym “Michele Galli”. Using Photoshop, he gives famous paintings a new life by setting them in Turin. The project started in February 2018 and its idea reminds of Cartoorin’s, where characters from cartoons were used (instead of paintings) and placed in various contexts in Turin. A pop language which encourages reflection on contemporary society and also shows us glimpses of Turin and paintings.

Have you been to Biennale Democrazia?
We have. We attended three debates on very topical issues in our society: “Polvere di stelle” (“Stardust”) with Ambra Angiolini, Pif and Luis Sal; “Disinformazione” (“Misinformation”) with Serena Danna, Carlo Freccero and Walter Quattrociocchi; and “Politica Pop. L’esibizione
dell’autenticità” (“Pop Politics: the Display of Genuineness”) with Franca Roncarolo, Sofia Ventura and Filippo Ceccarelli.
The main subject of these debates was the Internet, the “battlefield” (as Freccero defined it) where all conflict and power gather. Quattrociocchi reiterated that the tendency to gather information that fits our perspective on the world has become more and more common. The problem which arose is that there is no longer absolute truth, and we are no longer able to prove whether information is true or false. In the past, this was the task of newspapers, then of the TV; with the birth of the Internet – the symbol of free information – we had the opportunity to access news with incredible speed. Still the problem which was pointed out is that, even though the total amount of news has grown, the
information we receive from them has not. Misinformation has also increased and the only weapon we have against it is cultural capital, as Freccero highlighted.
Stars Ambra Angiolini, Pif and Luis Sal talked about their relationship with visibility and celebrity on the Internet, in particular on social networks, where it seems possible for everyone to become famous but where, in order to last for a long time, you must have something to say. Meritocracy is a key principle of social networks and it is essential to gain credibility. The three stars have all pointed out that they do not want to be mistaken for “the arbiters of absolute truth”, since it is far too easy to blame famous people for influencing their followers. Ambra Angiolini thinks it is important to sensitize and not to reassure, because that is the governments’ duty. Luis Sal, a YouTuber whose videos have over 120 million visualizations, did not choose to take this responsibility but he constantly feels the weight of it, so much so that it has become a limiting factor for his creativity. What we must always keep in mind is that the Internet is the means, not the end.

Politics has probably forgotten that the Internet is just the means: as a matter of fact, nowadays politicians rule with selfies and videos. If, in the past, they tended to show that they were the same as their electorate, now there is a constant need for them to be seen at work: politicians want to show how to do politics, and the common practice of broadcasting important meetings live has simply created yet another format.
Every day we are offered images that convey only emotion and not information; politicians are becoming increasingly similar to celebrities and tend to share details about their personal lives, thus creating a bond of closeness with their voters. This way of using the Internet accelerated so much that “trash” has become an aesthetic regime and a government program.

After these debates, we would like to encourage you to inform yourself properly and critically, to admire your idols but always keeping in mind that they are part of the show business, and to demand for content responsibility from those people who have the duty to spread sound principles.

YEAH (Young European Activists’ Hub) is the first festival of European youth activism. Three days – 5, 6, 7 April – of meetings, debates and events, as well as round-table talks with guests. The aim of the festival is to bring young people closer to the world of volunteer work and to get them involved in active citizenship, putting them in touch with big and small organizations active in Turin. Workshops will be a chance to discuss the citizens’ participation in European elections, the politics of the EU and the cultural process behind its institutions.
In the evening, entertainment events will take place in various areas of the city.
Registration is open on the website

The deadline for the payment of the third instalment of tuition fees is 5 April by 4 p.m.
For more information visit the website .

The goal of the Canada-Italy Innovation Award is to strengthen existing relationships between Canada and Italy for what concerns innovation. This award is targeted at Italian experts, researchers, scientists, startuppers, creative professionals, and individuals who are interested in developing projects with Canadian partners in different areas, such as:
Diversity and Inclusion
An interconnected world
Use of new technologies
Global population growth
New learning methods
For all information visit the website

On April 2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Quazza Auditorium will host a lecture given by Indira Lakshmanan,Executive Editor on Crisis Reporting at Pulitzer Center in Washington and columnist for The Boston Globe. Over the course of the career as a journalist, she has written about election campaigns, revolutions and coups d’état, between the US and foreign countries, for The Globe, Bloomberg, The New York Times -International Edition, NPR, PBS and POLITICO Magazine. She spent seven years travelling with State Secretaries Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, and she interviewed famous political leaders, including Benazir Bhutto, Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez. She embedded with sea pirates in the Philippines, Maoist rebels in Nepal, and Khmer Rouge holdouts in Cambodia. Her investigative reports exposed child labor in Bolivia illegal logging in Brazil, corruption in China and incarceration of  innocent children in Nepal. Indira graduated from Harvard University and did graduate studies at Oxford University. She is currently in Italy, working as a reporter from the International Journalism Festival in Perugia.
The lecture will be moderated by Anna Masera, journalist, executive director of the laboratories and newspapers for Master’s degree, and public editor at La Stampa.
Alberto Sinigaglia, president of the Association of Journalists of Piedmont, and Cristopher Cepernich, scientific director of this Master’s rogram and sociologist / expert in media and political communication at UniTo are expected to exchange formal greetings with the audience.
The lecture will be in English. No simultaneous translation is scheduled. Please confirm your participation by 22 March 2019 by filling in the form available at this link: confirm registration .
The lecture will be recorded and it is accredited as a refresher course for journalists.

On Thursday 28 March at 2 p.m., the new course in social economy will be presented at Campus Luigi Einaudi. The course has been developed as a series of 8 free meetings and it will involve the participation of several guests, who are among the leading representatives of Italian and international social economy. During every meeting, the guests will explain their experiences and
theories. Philosopher Euclide Mance will be present at the first meeting. For more than twenty years, Mance has been involved in the organization of social economy networks in Brazil and he has collaborated with grassroots movements and institutions in many different countries. He contributed to the foundation of the Institute of Philosophy of Liberation and he also worked as an adviser on UNESCO and FAO projects related to local sustainable development.
For more information visit the website

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