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Cortona Week in Todi, 22-29 June 2019 – Being Human in a Technological World

 



Programme

All lectures are followed by discussion sessions. The afternoons are reserved to workshops (except for Wednesday). Breakfast is served till 9.00, Lunch begins at 13.00, and dinner starts at 20.00 in the Hotel Bramante.


Friday June 21, afternoon
Registration at the Hotel Bramante followed by dinner buffet.


Saturday June 22
Opening


Morning workshops: see program below
09.00
Opening of the week (by Pier Luigi Luisi)
09.15 – 10.15
Opening lecture by David Steindl-Rast, Benedictine monk, What will make us Human?
10.15 – 11.15
Kamrad Mofid, Founder of the Globalisation for the Common Good Initiative, The Recovery of Wisdom: in this Age of Virtual Reality and Faking, what can I teach my Students?
11.15
Coffee break
11.45
Participants present the speakers
13.00
Lunch
15.00
Presentation of the workshop leaders followed by assignment of workshops to paricipants
22.00
Organ concert by Jörg Rasche (Chiesa della Consolazione, Todi)


Sunday June 23
Artificial Intelligence


Morning workshops: see program below
09.00-10.00
Federico Faggin, Physicist and Entrepreneur, The fundamental differences between human and artificial intelligence

10.00-11.00
Luisa Damiano, Professor at University of Messina, Social Robots: an Opportunity?
11.00
Coffee break
11.30
Breakout discussion groups
13.00
Lunch
Afternoon workshops: see program below


Monday June 24
Neurobiology


Morning workshops: see program below
09.00-10.00
Cliff Saron, Neuroscientist, Center for Mind and Brain, University of California, Davis. There’s an App for That, or is There? Scientific Investigations of Intensive Meditation
10.00-11:00
Tania Singer, Head of Social Neuroscience Lab at MPI Berlin, Beyond Mindfulness: A Social Neuroscience Perspective on How to Cultivate Mind and Heart
11.00
Coffee Break
11.30
Breakout Discussions
13.00
Lunch
Afternoon workshops: see program below


Tuesday June 25
Bioethics


Morning workshops: see program below
09.00-10.00
Benjamin Hurlbut, Ethics at the Edges of Life: Deliberation and Responsibility at the Frontiers of Human Biology
10.00-11:00
Ernesto Burgio, Medical Doctor and Epigenetist, Neurodevelopment Disorders: from Genetics to Epigenetics
11.00
Coffee break
11.30
Breakout discussion groups
13.00
Lunch
Afternoon workshops: see program below


Wednesday June 26
Social Aspects


Morning workshops: see program below
9.00-10.00
Patricia Jennings, Professor at University of Virginia, Mindful Awareness and Compassion: Educational Necessities in the 21st Century
10.00-10.30
Renuka Singh, Professor of Sociology, Cross-Cultural Marriage
10.30-11.00
Coffee break
11.00
“Selfie” of the Participants. Do you have a new book, or a new idea, to share? Do you want to tell us who you are, what is your endeavor? (Max 7 minutes each)
Free afternoon. Optional excursion to Orvieto, UNESCO world heritage site


Thursday June 27
Science and Art


Morning workshops: see program below
09.00-10.00
Marko Pogacnik, Artist, Educator and Author, Climate Changes as Opportunity for the Evolution of Gaia and the Human Culture
10.00-11.00
Luis De la Calle, Researcher at University of Geneva, Music’s Role in Education and Human Development
11.15
Coffee Break
11.15
Breakout Discussions
13.00
Lunch
21.00-22.00
Cortonafriends Association General Assembly Meeting
Afternoon workshops: see program below


Friday June 28
Philosophy of Science


Morning workshops: see program below
09.00-10.00
Mauro Bergonzi and Roberto Ferrari, Phenemonology East and West – a dialogue
10.00-11.00
Varun Agarwal, Director of Bhaktivedanta Institute, The Spirituality of Mathematics | Computer Science and Spirituality
11.00
Coffee Break
11.30
Breakout Discussions
13.00
Lunch
Afternoon workshops: see program below


Saturday June 29
Educational Aspects


Morning workshops: see program below
9.00 -10.00
Alexander Laszlo, President of the Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science, Living Systems, Seeing Systems, Being Systems : Learning to be the Systems We Wish to See in the World
10.00 -11.00
Franco Giovannelli, Astro-Physicist, Scientific Research is “Almost Unusable” without Ethics
11.00
Coffee Break
11.45
Final remarks from students and faculty

Workshops


Morning session, waking practice (daily)

07.30 – 08.15
Morning Meditation and Yoga , with Varun Agarwal and Vasudeva Rao

Tai-Ji with Nanni D’Ambrogio


First afternoon session, theoretical work (daily except Wed)

15.00 – 16.15
The Buddha, the Brain, and Bach, with Cliff and Barbara Saron

Complexity Literacy Meeting, with Marinella De Simone and Dario Simoncini

About the Ecological Crisis and our Psyche, with Jörg Rasche This seminar will introduce the participants to individual psychotherapeutic coaching (agreed by appointment with Joerg)


Second afternoon session, self-experience (daily except Wed)

16:45 – 18.00
Perceiving treasures and healing traumas of Todi. Gaia Touch body rituals, with Marko Pogacnik (only on Wed, Thur, Fri)

Transforming through breath, with Doris Lässer Stillwater and Michael Stillwater

Uniting diversity in dance, with Irene Reintjens

Psychodrama in our new world, with Ottavio Rosati


Third afternoon session, creative practices (daily except Wed)

18.30- 19.45
Drumming, with Tony Majdalani

Calligraphy, with Shams Anwari Alhosseyni

Inventing music: Mind matters! with John Wolf Brennan


Ateliers

15.00 –
Stone carving and the pleasure of invention , with Andrea Schneider