On Tuesday, November 22, 2016, at 5.30 pm, at the Great Hall of the Rectorate Palace, there will be the inauguration of the exhibition entitled “In the Supreme interest of the Science and the Nation. The University of Turin in the Great War“.
It is organized by the University of Turin on the occasion of the celebrations for the centenary of the First World War. The exhibition features a large collection of documents and tools from the historical Archive, Libraries and the Scientific and Technological Archive of the University of Turin on the theme of the Great War.The purpose of the exhibition is to enhance the contribution of innovation that the University’s scientific research gave, at that time, to the war. It was aimed to predominantly humanitarian purposes and the preservation of the integrity of the military force, made up mostly by men, who had to confront the first technologies of the industrialized war. The exhibition also highlights the tensions in the Institution, and the sacrifice of its young people, who were recruited as officials in positions closer to the daily drama of the troops, but also the contrast with the neutralist working-class town and a first collective women’s emancipation movement, who had to perform jobs, that were considered and defended as exclusively male roles in the culture of that time.
The exhibition will be open to the public with free admission from 23rd November 2016 to 31st March 2017 in the Rectorate Palace and the University Historical Library “Arturo Graf”.