The conference -Identitas Faith and Science- is taking place on Tuesday the 31st of March 2020 at 4.00 p.m. at the Palamostre theatre of Udine in the region of Friuli (Italy) and it includes a total of eighteen speakers, of six different nationalities with four Nobel Prizes involved. It will be the second edition of the conference -Identitas, the same but different- held last June at the Castle of Udine and which had among the guests, not without some controversy, Aleksandr Dugin, Russian philosopher very close to President Vladimir Putin, but also Diego Fusaro , Massimo Fini, Giulietto Chiesa and others.
The event, sponsored and promoted by the Municipality of Udine, is organized under the artistic direction of Emanuele Franz, philosopher, writer, poet, director of the Audax publishing house and creator of the conference.
The meeting promises to be a cultural symposium of the utmost importance, which can develop a meaningful discussion on crucial themes of contemporary world and about questions that, in the present era of crisis of values, can be considered as a deep and solid reflection on the relation between scientific research and religious faith and also between insight and reason, technology and passion. In this sense the event aims to offer a relevant example of high cultural value.
The project is involving a great number of intellectual and religious personalities through multimedial contributions, reports, interviews and direct participation, starting from Tenzin Gyatso, the current 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, Noam Chomsky Former Professor at the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) of Boston and considered as one of the greatest scientists and philosophers of the 20th century, the French philosopher Alain de Benoist, but also the mathematician, logician, essayist and Italian academic Piergiorgio Odifreddi, the journalistMarcello Veneziani, Reinhold Messner, one of the best living alpinists, who will offer his point of view about the sacredness of mountains, the singer-songwriter Angelo Branduardi, about religiousness of music, Mons. Guido Genero, minister and Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Udine, the physicist Antonino Zichichi and the Hon. Gian Luigi Gigli, politician, neurologist and Italian academic. There are also the interviews with Yogi Urgyen Norbu Rinpoche, Tibetan Buddhist monk in exile in Nepal, Werner Arber, Swiss biologist, Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1978, Brian Josephson, Nobel Prize for Physics in 1973, now Professor Emeritus at the University of Cambridge, Steven Weinberg, Nobel Prize for Physics in 1979 and the world-famous American philosopher, Douglas Hofstadter, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Essay writing in 1980, son of the Nobel Prize for Physics Robert Hofstadter.
Moreover, in the period before and after the event, also contribute to the debate -Identitas Faith and Science- the speeches of Vittorio Sgarbi, Vito Mancuso, Guido Tonelli, Saturno Buttò, on the youtube channel of Identitas Clara, the cultural association founded and directed by the philosopher Emanuele Franz himself.
In short, a monumental panel of world-wide dimention that the philosopher Emanuele Franz, already known to the public for his philosophical writings which are not politically correct and for his daring initiatives, has set up from his native mountain village at Moggio Udinese, a small village of little more than a thousand souls, where he lives with essential means nurturing the Love for Knowledge.
Since the beginning, given the size of this event and the personalities involved, there has been no lack of interest and good wishes: Alberto Angela wishes Emanuele Franz the best success to this initiative, the writer Claudio Magris considers it “A meeting on a major subject, essential for ourliving”, Emanuele Severino, a few days before his departure in January, let know to the organizer Franz that he wanted to dedicate his blessing to this meeting.
Also the actor and martial art champion, Jean-Claude Van Damme writes to Emanuele Franz and congratulates him with these words: “In this conference, Emanuele Franz is dealing with top questions and I really appreciate all this”. Finally, a really special interest came from the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, through his Press office at the Kremlin, that writes Emanuele Franz and wishes every success to the project, for its themes and the personalities involved.
Admission to the conference is free but subject to seats availability. You can get information on the event contacting the artistic director Emanuele Franz via this email address: email@example.com