It was the faculty of Sociology at the University of Trent that provided the site, last December 16-17, 2011, for the anticipated inauguration of the Area of Social Sciences and Communications at the IUS, at the heart of a two-day convention sponsored by the “Per Sophia” Foundation with the help of the Autonomous Province of Trent.Read more
What best wish can I make for 2012? The challenges that await us are neither few nor small. We need to re-launch, indeed, to be reborn to new life – as Christmas reminded us. And rebirth – we know, but seldom draw the conclusions – is a matter of the heart, but also of the mind, and therefore also of action.Read more
A deeper exploration of a series of websites under the magnifying glass of political communication: this was the conducting thread of the research Seminar for second year students of the IUS who are in the political science track, ending this past January.
The work asked of the students consisted in the analysis of a website, chosen amongst the many that could interest surfers, in which the exchange and content of public interest, between media, political systems and voting citizens, stands out in a particular way.
January 20, 2012: The first seminar for the professors of philosophy courses at the IUS. “Philosophy and History of Philosophy: discerning the theoretical points – 1. Greek Philosophy,” was the title of this Study Day. Present, along with President Piero Coda, was Mauro Mantovani, dean of the Faculty of Philosophy at the Pontifical Salesian University of Rome, as well as the professors of all philosophy courses at the IUS and the doctoral students in the philosophy and politics track.Read more
Sami Creta, Egypt
A sculptor and scholar of fine arts, he is in his first year of the MA program on Foundations and Perspectives for a Culture of Unity. Sami, 25 years, took part in the “Arab Spring”: just a short while before coming to Italy to study, in January 2011, he went down to the square together with thousands of young people who protested in Alexandria.
" Today, what is opening up in front of me is the fundamental choice of love. A love that is social, that has to be courageous and solid in the public square, to resist even when others do not listen or reject it...”
When the question of modern pluralism tests the thinking of scholars who go to the root of thinking, such as the philosopher Massimo Cacciari and the theologian Piero Coda – president of the Sophia University – the outcome is never conventional. “The Pluralistic City: the Challenges for a New Humanism”...Read more
Hosted by the University of Padua, in the prestigious Sala delle Edicole, and by the city administration of Padua in the main hall of its Cultural Center, the second meeting of the project “Between Creativity and Interpretation,” was held from 3 - 5 February 2012. It was an exploration of the network of relations generated by an artistic work, entitled “To Create Beauty/ies.”Read more
Sérge Latouche, a French economist, leader of the so-called “economy of decreased growth,” Stefano Bartolini, economic professor at the University of Siena, and Luigino Bruni, professor at the IUS and the University of Bicocca of Milan, met at the Lionello Bonfanti Industrial Park in Incisa Val d'Arno last 21 February, in order to give life to a whole different way of thinking that kept almost 300 people nailed to their chairs for more than two hours, all the way to the end.Read more
Preeyanoot Surinkaew, Thailand
Till now she is the only Buddhist student at the IUS. Metta – as she introduces herself to Westerners, a religious term that means “compassion” – after having studied Buddhism, at the IUS has chosen the Political Studies track.
“I felt the need to open up my horizons... I decided to study Politics and I came to the Sophia University."
To revisit the thought of the main scholars of the civil economy tradition, in relation to the new challenges that the modern world is presenting to the economy: this is the program for the course on “Institutions of Civil Economy and of Communion,” taught by Prof. Luigino Bruni, which begins on 21 February, 2012, and that constutites one of the points of excellence of the academic programs offered by the IUS.Read more
Also this year, the IUS is bringing together permanent teaching staff, visiting professors and other lecturers in different research fields, Doctoral and Master’s level students, at the interdisciplinary Seminar of the Institute, shaping up to be one of the central moments in the academic year.Read more
The students consider it one of the most interesting courses at the IUS. It offers the possibility of approaching in an interdisciplinary manner the big question of the meaning of relationships that connect us to the cosmos, according to the three different disciplinary perspectives: scientific cosmology, philosophy of nature and theology of creation.Read more
From Incisa to Trent, passing through Verona and going all the way to Fiera di Primiero: this was the itinerary of the trip that the group from the Sophia University Institute took on 2 – 4 April, in a certain sense, an anticipation of the Easter celebration. They were three days lived in the peculiar style of Sophia, where research and cultural inquiry are in close relationship with the daily experience shared within the academic community.Read more
Wednesday 18 April 2012, was the discussion of the master's thesis in Archival and Library Arts by Dr. Laura Signore, assitant librarian at the Library of the Sophia University Institute. It was a research project that was awarded the highest grade: all our congratulations, therefore, to the new graduate!Read more
On occasion of the naming of a city street after Chiara Lubich in Sardegna’s capital last 20 April, a conference was held in the ancient City Hall of Cagliari entitled “Chiara Lubich: Spirituality, Culture and Dialogue.” The speakers – the theologian Piero Coda, president of the Sophia University Institute, the economist Luigino Bruni, the Muslim theologian Sharahzad Houshmand...Read more
Rodrigo Hésed, a Brazilian psychologist and psychotherapist, attended the Master’s program at the IUS during the 2008-2010 academic years. Today he is practicing in Fortaleza, the capital of the State of Cearà, which has two and a half million inhabitants. His days are divided up between work at the private practice that he opened, and his collaborative work with the Department for Human Rights in the State Administration.Read more
“Let us thank God for the Charisms, the great gifts that He continues to give to the Church”: with these words Cardinal Stanisław Ryłko, President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, greeted the large crowd of citizens from the little town of the Focolare Movement, who welcomed him and all his international staff to Loppiano.Read more
This is how Carlo Fumagalli continues to live in the hearts of each of us at the Sophia University Institute in Loppiano. In fact, he followed its preparation and first steps with passion and competence, supporting and directing us in the initial fundamental choices and decisions regarding the functional set up of the Institute’s campus in its various aspects: from the library to the classrooms, faculty offices and the student housing.Read more
“Italy-Europe. One Workshop for Youth, Work and Innovation”
September 20-23, 2012
Also this year the IUS is one of the four sponsors of LoppianoLab and will give a direct contribution in the program, organizing some moments in order to present the academic project, and hosting at the Institute some initiatives promoted by the partners.
New book by Bruni launched in Milan. “There are people today who dream a more just and helpful world, finally freed from the markets, money and banks: I am not among these, because in loving justice and solidarity, I have learned that a good society is not built without market and economic and financial sector, but only with good markets, a good economy and a healthy financial sector.” (from the introduction)Read more
Samar Bandak, Jordan
"I came to study in Loppiano, at the Sophia University; Here I am living a new experience, a strong one. I chose the political studies track and I have begun to enter into a new panorama: I have discovered, for example, that the principle of fraternity is universal and can be a real and true category for politics, alongside that of freedom and equality. I have understood that fraternity is a choice, a response that can heal injustice."Read more
"My journey between the Old Testament, the Apocrypha, Apocalypse and the Gospels": more than 300 people attended Professor Paolo Sacchi's lecture on the 1st of June as he retraced long stretches of his personal life and involved the participants in the stages of his high profile careerRead more
Visit by the participants of the Fourth Buddhist-Christian Symposium
“We have a lot in common; I am drawn by this word: Sophia – Wisdom. I am working to bring the idea of your university to my country and I hope that more Buddhist youth can be welcomed here” - so expressed Rev. Bonsue, vice-president of the Chiang Mai University in Thailand.
The human being has always intuited, confusingly but with infallible foresight, that: one needs to die in order not to die (moriar, ne moriar, wrote Saint Augustine), that is, in order “to see” the face of God and, in the light shining forth from it, the face of all that is. But what is it, or better, where does it lead to, what does it open up? Better yet, who is this “non” being?Read more
Elisabeth Simoen – Belgium
“I received my IUS Degree in September 2010. I had just returned to Belgium when I was offered a very interesting job. I know I passed the review and that I was given this position because of this degree and I am very happy since this type of work corresponds to my ideals.
Thiago Borges, Brasil
"At IUS I experience that a lofty goal of social change can and must be accompanied by a thorough preparation: we need professional formation, a multidimensional knowledge, in order to be able to manage the network of interdependence that characterizes our time."Read more
From August 30 to September 2, more than 12 thousand young people will be in Budapest for the 2012 Genfest, a global laboratory that casts bridges of solidarity, peace and dialogue between generations, faiths, and people from different nations.
“Fraternity as relational, juridical and political principle"
I.U. Sophia, March 11-12-13, 2013
An occasion for meeting and going in-depth on the theme of fraternity, as principle of thought and action in the public sphere, promoted by an international pool of academic institutions.
The Program on Trinitarian Ontology at the IUS
At the conclusion of the fourth academic year, Piero Coda, president of the Institute and coordinator of the Theology and Philosophy Department, synthesized the central elements of the course of study on Trinitarian Ontology.
"Fundamentos de la Economía de Comunión. La persona al centro"
July 8, 2012: the first school of the Economy of Communion held in the Andean Country and organized by ‘Silva Henriques University; and ‘Santissima Conception’ University in collaboration with Sophia University Institute, has concluded.
The trace of a path
A topic that is raising interest within the Italian sociology community. Proof of it is the publication of a monographic article on "Sociology", a historical sciences magazine (3/2011), in which are gathered authoritative contributions which show heuristic use of the ‘agape’ concept in social sciences.Read more
Interpreting complexity, deciding, intervening
Starting September 2012, Sophia’s academic programs will have three new specializations. Antonio Maria Baggio, department coordinator and professor of political philosophy, describes the characterizing elements of political studies.Read more
Beginning of Academic Activities
The new annual calendar is finally available (here), with updated graphics, an indispensable and complete informational base from which one can attain a full presentation of the IUS, as well as a description of academic courses, with referrals to the Master and Doctorate programs.Read more
At LoppianoLab the IUS Review
Among the appointments of LoppianoLab 2012, each of the realities composing the Editorial Group of Città Nuova has offered participants a ‘workshop’ moment. We found there the "Sophia" Review too, scientific expression of the academic project of the IUS.Read more
Samuel Lopes da Rocha, Brazil
Samuel, from North-East Brazil, is a graduate in Law, currently pursuing a specialization in Economy and Management at Sophia. Last August he was an intern at Mundell & Associates Company at their headquarters in Indiana, U.S.A., a business-member of the international circuit adhering to the Economy of Communion project (EoC) .Read more
Sustaining a Virtuous Circle for Development
The intensive course on Economy of Communion - second edition - held at the Catholic University of Oriental Africa (CUEA) in Nairobi, Kenya, has been entrusted this year to Simona Di Ciaccio and Vittorio Pelligra, professors of the Economics Department at the IUS.Read more
"A man of God for our times"
"My last meeting with Cardinal Martini happened last year at Gallarate… It was very brief, but of an extraordinary intensity for me. His eyes were clear, his words almost imperceptible but warm and luminous. We spoke also of Chiara Lubich and of Sophia University Institute.”Read more
Music and Poetry as Guests of Honour
With the collaboration of the IUS, LoppianoLab 2012 hosted a cultural moment of great interest entitled: ‘Myth and Fraternity. Guest of Honour: poetry.’ The idea came from the last publication edited by Antonio M.Baggio: Cain and his Brothers. Relational Foundation in Politics and Law (Città Nuova).Read more
The Year of faith and the Call to Renewal
Fabio Dipalma, assistant to Systematic Theology at the IUS, proposes a reflection, commenting on the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council and the beginning of the Year of Faith.Read more
A Practical Knowledge and a method of participation
A knowledge which combines topics and learning processes while, at the same time, working on contents and experiences made while learning. This is the offer made by a course in Ethical Leadership, proposed by the specialization in Political Studies, taking place at this moment at the IUS.Read more
Cherrylanne Menezes, India
She arrived two months ago from Mumbai, the most populous city on the Indian sub-continent, to pursue the program on Trinitarian Ontology at Sophia. With a degree in Business and Commerce, she has to her credit some years of professional practical experience in administration and management. Her first days at the IUS.Read more
An occasion for comparisons on the Cultural Strength of Charisms
Last October 22-23, religion sociologist Callebaut was guest of honor at the Faculty of Theology of the Catholic University of Leuvin (Belgium), invited to present the contributions of spiritualities in Europe’s history, intended as journeys of life and thought proposed by charismatic experiences.Read more
Interdisciplinarity for Purpose of Research
Third appointment reserved for doctorate students at the IUS, a month after the dissertation of the first doctoral thesis, happily concluded by Paolo Frizzi; an opportunity for further dialogue and enrichment of the various paths of research in the interdisciplinary framework of Sophia.Read more
To Inaugurate a New Season of Dialogue
The press Agency SIR interviewed Provost Piero Coda at the conclusion of the XI Forum of the Cultural Project, held in Rome from November 30 to last December 1st. We bring you a few excerpts of the interview taken from the Agency’s site, edited by M. Michela Nicolais.Read more
Melchior Nsavyimana, from Burundi, is specializing in Political Studies and is enrolled in the first year. "After getting a degree in geography, I started to work in the humanitarian support sector and at the same time I also participated in political life..."Read more
The Pope has nominated Brendan Leahy as Bishop of Limerick, Ireland. A Professor of Ecclesiology at the IUS, esteemed by both professors and students, who were able to appreciate his sure competence in ecclesiology. This news therefore, has been welcomed by all with great joy!Read more
Gabriel de Almeida, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro, his birth place, is an active, dynamic metropolis in Brazil: it will be the site of the next World Youth Day and the 2014 World Soccer Cup. And from great Rio, Gabriel has brought to Sophia the vivacity and the impetus towards the future of this carioca population.Read more
“Thoughts from the Charism of Unity’
From January 25 to 27, 2013, near the ecumenical Citadel of Ottmaring, Germany, a study convention was held to reflect on the cultural incidence of the charism of unity in relation to situations in many ways crucial in Germany.Read more
After 21 years what has been the impact on indigence?
Research done by Jena Debbaneh from Siria, and Cristina Viano from Italy, winners of two bursaries for students put forward by the International Association for the Economy of Communion (AIEC), will be evaluating the impact on indigence attributable to EoC initiatives.Read more
…but there are also newsletters and a Social Network
Open Day 2013 is coming up next February 22, a good occasion for discovering Sophia and to verify what happens in the classrooms and out, once registered to its various programs. Available also on the Web, are tools such as: the last news, a new video clip.Read more
Comment by Piero Coda at the Announcement of His Resignation
With the unexpected resignation of the ministry as Bishop of Rome and Successor to the Apostle Peter, Pope Ratzinger puts an extraordinary seal to his pontificate, once again giving us the gift of his simplicity and the radicalness of the Gospel.
The EoC and the IUS as partners seeking to erase poverty
Prospects for development, challenges and opportunities for the EoC in Eastern countries while confronting the limits of the economic system, and social consolidation, in the framework of increasing integration into the European Continent.Read more
Research on Foundations and Perspectives of the Culture of Unity
Mathias Toppo, a young priest from oriental India, teaches philosophy at St. Albert’s College at Ranchi. On September 2012 he was chosen for the Doctoral degree at the IUS in Foundations and Perspectives for a Culture of Unity with direction in philosophy. In his research he could not avoid meeting with Mahatma Gandhi.Read more