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From September 21 to 27, 2015, on the initiative of the Research Center Markets, Culture and Ethics, Summer School will be held offering courses on Moral Theology and Ethics, designed particularly for students studying social sciences.

The scope of this initiative is to provide the basis of ethics and Christian morals for those who will work in an economic, political or social environment, in both the academic and professional setting.

It will be “a concrete occasion where faith and reason can dialogue and mutually serve one another” – affirmed the organizers – “in order to truly be incisive in culture and contemporary society.”

Lectures will be in English and, in the span of a week, will be a total of 20 hours class time. Visits are also planned to Roman sights strictly linked to the material. In addition, the curriculum foresees film forums, the opportunity to meet distinguished guests and visit important Roman monuments.

Lectures will be given by Rev. Prof. Robert Gaul, professor of Applied Ethics, and Rev. Prof. Martin Schlag, teacher of Moral Theology.

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From September 14 to 17, 2015, the Philosophy Faculty will hold its IV Formation Course for Philosophy Professors on the theme Liberty in discussion. Between cultural changes and progressive science.

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From September 22 to 25, 2015, on the initiative of the Moral Theology department, a Bioethics formation course on Questions concerning the beginning of life will take place.  

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Thursday May 28 2015, on the initiative of Associazione Alumni, a farewell day for students ending their studies took place.

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Friday May 29 2015, on the initiative of the Embassy of the Republic of El Salvador to the Holy See, an event took place in thanksgiving for the recent beatification of Mons. Oscar Romero, martyred in odium fidei.

At 3:00 p.m., in Aula Álvaro del Portillo, the film Oscar Romero: Una Voz Universal was shown. Following, at 5:00 p.m., in the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare, the Card. Marc Ouellet, Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, presided over the Holy Mass of Thanksgiving.

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Wednesday May 20, 2015, in collaboration with the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, the World Resource Institute, The New Climate Economy and the Embassy of the Netherlands to the Holy See, the University hosted a conference on The New Climate Economy. How Economic Growth and Sustainability can go Hand in Hand.

The initiative was planned in view of the upcoming publication of Pope Francis’ encyclical touching upon ecology, release date in June. The conference is intended to be an occasion of reflection on the recent New Climate Economy Report, from which emerges, “the objectives of improving economic performance and the reduction of climate risks are complementary.”

In fact, the organizers explain “Economic growth cannot come about without taking account of the climate risks that correspond.  At the same time, emission reduction will be much more difficult without a strong economy.”

Participants at the conference include: Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, Felipe Calderón, President of the Global Commission on Economy and Climate, Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, and Jeremy Oppenheim, Director of McKinsey & Co.

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Monday, May 25, 2015, the book presentation for Humanism in Economics and Business, edited by Domènec Melé (IESE Business School) and Martin Schlag (Research Center MCE), took place.

Besides the editors, those present included Prof. Vittorio Cesarotti (University Studi di Roma Tor Vergata) and Prof. Paolo Boccardelli (LUISS Guido Carli).

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A ninth volume (2015) of the review "Studia et Documenta" is being published, edited by the Historical Institute San Josemaría Escrivá, in which many of the professors collaborate.

The monographic theme to which the first part is dedicated treats the figure of Monsignor Álvaro del Portillo, beautified last September on the centenary of his birth, 2014.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015, in honor of the liturgical feast of Bl. Álvaro del Portillo, our first Chancellor, a Mass was celebrated in the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare. Music during the liturgy was performed in part by the University’s choir, directed by Rev. Prof. Ramón Saiz Pardo.

From April 27-28, 2015, (Aula Magna "Giovanni Paolo II") the International Conference’s sixth edition “Poetics and Christianity” took place. The initiative was promoted by the Faculty of Institutional Communications, with this year’s theme as, “To write, what for and for whom. The joys and travails of the artist.” 

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“To write a novel, a screenplay, a musical composition or create any work or art” – the organizers explain – “simultaneously arouses a profound joy and fatigue for the artist, not only physically but also spiritually. Some writers describe the creation process of every work of art as nearly an interior trauma. From where does the need to write arise? Who is the target audience? What are the motivations and intentions of the artists as he/she labors?”

The VI edition of the Conference “Poetics and Christianity” concerned with the writer, whether novelist, musician, or screenwriter, from the perspective of the subject as opposed to the work of art itself. Many schools of writing consider the craft of writing, namely, as how to compose a work that functions, and perhaps concentrate on tools that ensure success. Few, maybe none, can transmit the personal disposition of the one creating, of the talent and the efforts that it involves, and above all, the unveiling of a vocation and one’s personal response to it.”

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Interview with Susanna Tamaro