Opening Ceremony - Academic Year 2014-2015

October 20, 2014

10.30 | Loppiano Auditorium - Figline and  Incisa Valdarno (FI)


This year, the opening ceremony of the IUS’s seventh academic year, will focus on the speech of Prof. Elena Granata, professor of the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning of the Polytechnic Institute of Milan, and assigned chair of the IUS course on "Places and relationships in the contemporary city".


"Sophia Lectures": Donald W. Mitchell

May 16, 2014


Auditorium Loppiano, 6.00 pm


Donald W. Mitchell, Professor Emeritus of Asian and Comparative Philosophy of Purdue University (Indiana - USA) will be guest of Sophia University Institute. The lectio magistralis he will be presenting entitled: "At the Frontiers of the Christian-Buddhist Dialogue".


IUS Open Day 2014

May 02, 2014


Sophia University Institute


Once again, the IUS opens its doors to present its own programs of formation. It will be possible to evaluate the projects of study and research being offered, and the professional possibilities and social commitments that could open up at the end of the period of formation.



March 22, 2014


Medici Riccardi Palace,  Luca Giordano Hall

via Camillo Cavour, 3 - Florence


This is an opportunity to get to know the IUS and to discover a new idea of university. Questioning facts and building a new culture by starting with new questions.


Conferral the title of Doctor of Law, honoris causa, upon the IUS Vice-Chancellor

January 27, 2014


The University of Notre Dame du Lac, Indiana (USA)  will confer honorary doctor of laws degrees on Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, and Maria Voce, president of the Focolare Movement and Vice-Chancellor of Sophia University Institute.


"Sophia Lectures": Catherine Belzung

November 29, 2013


On Friday, November 29th, 2013, at 18.00, in the Loppiano Auditorium, Sophia University Institute will be hosting a master’s lesson by Catherine Belzung, teacher of Neuroscience.


Sports Week 2/2013

November 25, 2013 - November 30, 2013


After the grand success in May, we have on the calendar for November 25th to the 30th, the second week for sports ad physical activity, healthy nutrition, and  good rest for those studying, as well as active pauses and sporting events at the IUS campus.


Doctorate in conjunction with the Lateran University

October 28, 2013


Monday, October 28, 2013    |    11:00 AM

Aula Magna, Istituto Universitairo Sophia


Stefano Mazzer presents the final dissertation of his conjoined research doctorate between the IUS and the Pontifical Lateran University of Rome.


Inauguration of the Academic Year 2013 – 2014

October 21, 2013


Time 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Loppiano Auditorium – Incisa Val d’Arno (FI)


LIVE STREAMING available during the event



"Sophia Lectures": Emanuele Severino

May 17, 2013


"On the Sense of Truth"


Emanuele Severino, philosopher and professor of Fundamental Ontology at the University of St. Raphael of Milan, professor emeritus of the University of Cà Foscari of Venice and professor of Theoretical Philosophy, History of Philosophy, and Logic and Sociology, will be guest of “Sophia’s Lectures”, the cultural appointment promoted by the IUS, taking place twice a year, open to the academic community and to all interested.


Sports Week

May 06, 2013 - May 11, 2013


This year as well, a week will be given over to a line-up of sports activities at the IUS.


"Crossin' the Bridge"

May 01, 2013


Also IUS will be at 2013 May, 1st


The first of May is a fixed appointment for many at Loppiano. There are various programs, forums and specific initiatives. The IUS will be present as well to present its own programs of formation, centered on that very culture of unity which this event endorses....


Convention “Man and Desires”

April 19, 2013 - April 20, 2013


The IUS is a partner in a project intending to open paths towards a new humanism.


The convention will be held on April 19-20 at City of Castello and Monteripido.  The initiative, organized by Agorà and Stromata and sponsored by numerous local realities, includes Sophia University Institute as partner in the project.  Visit the website:  www.nuovoumanesimo.org


Chiara Lubich: Charism, History, Culture.

March 14, 2013


On the recurrence of the 5th anniversary of the death of Chiara Lubich, the Convention promoted by professors of various Italian and foreign universities belonging to the Focolare Movement, intends to recount some pages of an ‘unedited’ story of the 1900s’, full of innovative potential.


Seminar on the Principle of Fraternity

March 11, 2013 - March 13, 2013


Sophia University Institute


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.


IUS Open Day

February 22, 2013


From 11.00 AM to 6.00 PM  -  Live streaming from 3.00 PM to 4.00 PM


The IUS once again opens its doors to present its own program of formation.  Within the program are foreseen short lessons in Economy, Politics and Theology



2013 Seminar on the Principle of Fraternity

February 01, 2013


Deadline: authors of submitted abstracts have to send completed texts


"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.


Escuela de Verano – Summer School

December 29, 2012 - January 06, 2013


“Mariapolis Lia”, O’Higgins (Argentina)


An interdisciplinary formative itinerary at a two-year university level, lasting 10 days, which will be presented in three annual sessions.


"Sophia Lectures": Enzo Bianchi

November 29, 2012




"Paths of Humanization"

Loppiano Auditorium - 6.00 PM


Enzo Bianchi, founder and prior of the monastic community of Bose, will be the guest of "Sophia Lectures", the cultural event promoted by the IUS, which takes place twice a year, open to the academic community and other interested parties.


First Doctoral Thesis from the IUS

November 07, 2012


Interreligious Dialogue and Chiara Lubich


Dr. Paolo Frizzi will be the first candidate to finish his Doctoral program at the IUS in Theology. The title of the dissertation he will present is: "Christianity and Religions in the Nineteen Hundreds: the Intuition and the Life Events of Chiara Lubich. Story, Theology, Society.”


Inauguration of the Academic Year 2012 – 2013

October 18, 2012

Time 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Loppiano Auditorium – Incisa Val d’Arno (FI)


Keynote speaker of the opening day for the fifth academic year is Dr. Pasquale Ferrara, General Secretary of the IUE (European University Institute of Fiesole) in Florence, and professor of Political Theory for the International Community at the IUS. The title of his address is: “Constitutive Peace: for an Integrative Reading of International Relations.”


LoppianoLab 2012

September 20, 2012 - September 23, 2012


“Italy-Europe. One Workshop for Youth, Work and Innovation”
September 20-23, 2012


The Sophia University Institute is one of the four sponsors of LoppianoLab 2012, with Città Nuova Editorial Group, the EoC Industrial Park (Economy of Communion) and the little city of Loppiano. The title of the third annual event invites to look at the country in its globality and to build up Europe. The young people will be privileged actors.


Genfest 2012 – Let’s bridge

August 31, 2012 - September 02, 2012


An international event where thousands of youth meet together to show universal brotherhood and a united world are ideals that make life worth living.


A Summer School for Seminarian Formation

July 16, 2012 - July 28, 2012

With the IUS support, at Vallombrosa (Firenze)


For the fifth consecutive year, the Abbey of Vallombrosa, located in the heart of a millenarian forest a few kilometers from Florence, hosted the initiative, promoted by the Movement of Priests of the Focolare, in collaboration with Sophia University Institute.


Sophia Lectures. Paolo Sacchi

June 01, 2012


"My journey between the Old Testament, the Apocrypha, Apocalypse and the Gospels"


Professor emeritus of Biblical, Jewish and Aramaic Philology at the University of Turin, Sacchi founded the Review and the Italian Association for the Study of  Judaism. Expert on the history of Israel, he deepened different aspects of Ancient Judaism such as the Apocalypses, the manuscripts of  Qumran and the Apocrypha of the Old Testament.


The IUS at ‘Terra Futura’ 2012

May 27, 2012


Representatives of Sophia will attend the IX edition of ‘Terra Futura’, a conference/exhibition dedicated to best practices of civil society, of institutions and businesses committed to building a more sustainable and equitable future for all.

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