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Veneror itaque inventa sapientiae inventoresque; adire tamquam multorum hereditatem iuvat: mihi ista acquisita, mihi ista laborata sunt; sed agamus bonum patrem familiae, faciamus ampliora quae accepimus: maior ista hereditas a me ad posteros transeat.

(Senecae Ep. ad Luc., 64, 7)

 

HUMANITAS

An international conference on humanitas in our age

The Accademia Vivarium Novum, under the patronage of the Italian Institute for the Study of Philosophy, and in collaboration with the foundation Mnemosyne and PHILIA (an international society for young people engaged in classical and humanistic studies), is pleased to announce an international conference on humanitas and its place in our world, to be held in Naples, Italy, from July 15 to July 23, 2007.

The object of this conference is to demonstrate the enduring vitality of humanitas and humanistic studies, their relevance to the scientific disciplines, and their importance in the education of the young, in public affairs, and in the construction of a more truly humane society. We believe no human being can realize the full dignity and potential of his humanity without meaningful cultural and moral education; and we are convinced that the relevance of humanitas is not confined to a single historical period. To the contrary, we conceive of culture as an ongoing and collective enterprise, a concert of voices, contrapuntal but harmonious, transcending historical epochs and aiming toward the good of humankind.

We affirm, therefore, that the humanistic disciplines should be viewed not as the preserve of specialists, but as a shared heritage, and that it is only by confronting our beliefs and assumptions with those of past ages, and thus entering into continual dialogue with our intellectual forebears, that we can fully understand our own time. Knowledge of those who came before us brings us greater knowledge of ourselves; and by rooting ourselves more deeply in the past, we establish a firmer foundation for our own future growth – like those oaks, to use the simile of Tadeusz Zieliński, that put forth deep roots not because they mean to grow downward, but to lift their trunks higher, extend their branches, and produce buds, flowers, and fruit in abundance.

We see humanitas as a sort of common homeland, one in which people divided by language, customs, and religion achieve unity in the cultivation of their shared humanity. "Studia humanitatis nuncupantur," wrote Leonardo Bruni, "quod homines perficiant atque exornent." And those studies are called "liberal" not only because they are worthy of the free, but also because they set us free – free from false opinions, conformism, and unquestioned assumptions, leaving each to pursue his own open-ended, dynamic search for truth, "nullius addictus iurare in verba magistri." This understanding of humanitas leads us to reject the pursuit of riches and career-oriented success as ends in themselves – a pursuit that tends necessarily toward the exploitation of the many by the few – and to view wealth instead as an instrument to be used for the improvement of the material, intellectual, and spiritual conditions of all humankind.

And so the cultivation of the humanistic disciplines means today, as in the past, coupling theoretical study with the scientia rerum, and – most importantly – fostering our shared humanity through a culture of the mind and soul that by its very nature leads us outwards, toward others, not inwards, to the isolation of an ivory tower. When the practitioners of a discipline abandon the society they form a part of, they must not be surprised to see that society abandon them in turn. Words divorced from deeds can add up only to a sterile rhetoric, a hollow tautology of talk.

It is true that the contemporary world seems to have taken a course contrary to that we urge; some might say that it is pointless to resist our times. To these we respond in the words of Augustine: "Nos sumus tempora: quales sumus, talia sunt tempora."

 

 

 

 

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§ Contact Information

 

Mailing address:

Accademia Vivarium Novum, contrada S. Vito, 5, 83048 MONTELLA (AV) ITALY.

 

Telephone and fax: +39 0827 60 16 43

(prefix from U.S. "011"; please keep in mind the time difference)

 

E-mail addresses:

info@conventushumanitas.eu

info@vivariumnovum.it

phratria.iuvenum@yahoo.com

 

Should you prefer to write in English, please contact: patricius.oenus@gmail.com
 

www.conventushumanitas.eu

www.vivariumnovum.it

http://philia.xf.cz/www

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The language of the conference

Latin will be the lingua franca of the conference. But during the round-table discussions, interpreters will be on hand to translate from Italian, French, German, English and Spanish should the need arise.

 

Certificates of attendance

Near the end of the conference certificates of attendance will be granted to those who request them in advance.

 

How to sign up for the conference

Those who would like to attend the conference should communicate by mail, fax or e-mail to the addresses given above before 15 of June, 2007. Since we expect participants from throuhout the world to attend, the registration price is on a sliding-scale based on region. The price is € 20 for participants from nations listed in Index I, € 13 for those listed in Index II, and € 7 for those listed in Index III. These lists are attached.

 

 

§ Payment

 

Payment should be made to the bank account of Vivarium Novum: (BANCO POSTE ITALIANE).

Account number: 11021839 

IBAN: IT-14-R-07601-15100-000011021839; BIC: BPPIITRRXXX

Accademia Vivarium Novum

contrada San Vito, 5, I-83048 Montella (AV)

POSTE ITALIANE - 06006 - P.zza degli Irpini - 83048 - MONTELLA (AV). CAP: 83048

 

Comprehensive Price

 

The modest prices for food and lodging set forth below were made possible by the generous assistance of the Vittorio Emanuele National School and the Theatine Fathers of the monastery of San Gaetano. We thank them for their support. The scaled payment schedule, based on major world regions, is based on principles of solidarity we believe consistent with the humanistic ideals the conference is intended to promote.

These prices include meals and lodging (with multiple-occupancy rooms and common baths) from the evening of July 15 to the morning of July 23. Also included are writing materials; entrance fees for museums, archeological sites and other scheduled visits; transportation from the Vittorio Emanuele National School to the various locations where daily sessions will be held; and the tour of Pompei. The listed prices do not include extra drinks or snacks, and any tours or excursions undertaken in addition to those listed in the conference program. Due to the difficulty in cashing foreign checks, payments are requested in the form of bank transfers. Questions concerning payment can be directed to any of the conference organizers.

 

 

 

 

               

Youth (30 and under):

Citizens of regions in group I: €180 (Euros)

Citizens of regions in group II: €105 (Euros)

Citizens of regions in group III: €70 (Euros)

 

Adults (over 30):

Citizens of regions in group I: €210 (Euros)

Citizens of regions in group II: €120 (Euros)

Citizens of regions in group III: €80 (Euros)

 

The price reductions for regions in lists II and III were calculated on the basis of indices published by the Development Assistance Committee, part of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Residents of the regions in group IV, and others whose financial situation might otherwise prevent them from participating, may request financial assistance.

Those taking advantage of these comprehensive prices for meals and lodging are required to be present at all lectures, sessions and other activities set forth in the conference program.

 

 

 

            

Price for single days

 

These prices include meals for one day (continental breakfast, lunch and dinner) and one night's lodging.

 

Youth (30 and under):

Citizens of regions in group I: €28 (Euros)

Citizens of regions in group II: €18 (Euros)

Citizens of regions in group III: €13 (Euros)

 

Adults (over 30):

Citizens of regions in group I: €33 (Euros)

Citizens of regions in group II: €22 (Euros)

Citizens of regions in group III: €15 (Euros)

 

Single lunches or dinners:

Youth & Adults:

Citizens of regions in group I: €7 (Euros)

Citizens of regions in group II: €5 (Euros)

Citizens of regions in group III: €3 (Euros)

 

Excursion to Pompei (for those who choose not to pay the comprehensive price): €25 (Euros).

 

 

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§ CONFERENCE PROGRAM

• 15 July:

 

VITTORIO EMANUELE NATIONAL SCHOOL (in Italian, CONVITTO NAZIONALE VITTORIO EMANUELE): Participants arrive, are assigned their rooms, and register for the conference. Writing supplies and other materials are provided. Dinner.

 

  

 

• 16 July:

 

Morning:

ITALIAN INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF PHILOSOPHY (in Italian, ISTITUTO ITALIANO PER GLI STUDI FILOSOFICI):

Humanitas and the Civil Virtues

 

 

 

TOPICS:

1) On government

2) On the liberal education of the young

3) On the ideal commonwealth

Visit to the Piazza Plebiscito, the Gallery of Umberto I, and the Theater of San Carlo.

 

 

Afternoon:

VITTORIO EMANUELE NATIONAL SCHOOL: Participants continue to discuss topics introduced in the morning session: round-table and group discussions.

 

 

• 17 July:

 

Morning:

MONASTARY OF SAN LORENZO MAGGIORE (in Italian, CONVENTO DI S. LORENZO MAGGIORE):

On humanitas, religion, and relations between peoples

 

TOPICS:

1) On the humanists' attitudes toward Christianity and other religions

2) On tolerance

3) On relations with other nations and peoples

 

Visit to Naple's Greco-Roman vestiges.

 

 

 

Afternoon:

VITTORIO EMANUELE NATIONAL SCHOOL: Participants continue to discuss topics introduced in the morning session: round-table and group discussions.

 

Evening:

Chamber music concert.

 

• 18 July:

 

Morning:

BOTANICAL GARDEN (in Italian, ORTO BOTANICO):

On the humanities and the natural sciences

 

 

  

 

TOPICS:

1) On the relation between humanitas and natural science

2) On bridging the gap between literature and science

 

Afternoon:

ASTRONOMICAL OBSERVATORY OF CAPODIMONTE (in Italian, OSSERVATORIO ASTRONOMICO DI CAPODIMONTE):

"On the star-studded sky above us, and the law of truth and justice within us"

 

 

  

 

TOPICS:

1) On cosmology and humanitas

2) On recent scientific discoveries and what they hold in store for mankind

 

• 19 July:

 

Morning:

RUINS OF POMPEY: guided visit of ancient Pompey

 

Afternoon:

AUDITORIUM OF THE SOCIETY OF THE FRIENDS OF POMPEII (in Italian, SALA DEL CIRCOLO "AMICI DI POMPEI"):

On false goods that perish, and the true good that endures

 

TOPICS:

1) On the universal republic of letters

2) On the happy life

 

Evening:

THEATER OF POMPEY:

Plautus' MILES GLORIOSUS (performed by the association “Te.c.t.a. Clan H” and directed by Lucio Mazza, with music performed by the ensemble Synaulia under the direction of Walter Maioli)

 

 

• 20 July:

 

Morning:

NAPLES ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM (in Italian, MUSEO ARCHEOLOGICO NAZIONALE):

On the wisdom of the ancients

 

 

 

TOPICS:

1) On antiquity and ourselves: the thought of Tadeusz Zieliński

2) On distinguishing "humanism" and "classicism"

3) On the relevance of classical literature to our age

 

Visit of the Archaeological Museum

 

Afternoon:

ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS (in Italian, ACCADEMIA DELLE BELLE ARTI):

On the practice and power of the fine arts

 

 

 

TOPICS:

1) On the city of man: architecture and humanitas

2) On the relation between the fine arts and literary studies

 

Visit of the gallery of the Academy

 

Evening:

VITTORIO EMANUELE NATIONAL SCHOOL: Participants continue to discuss topics introduced in the earlier sessions: round-table and group discussions.

 

• 21 July:

 

Morning:

MUSIC CONSERVATORY OF SAN PIETRO A MAJELLA (in Italian, CONSERVATORIO DI S. PIETRO A MAJELLA)

 

 

TOPICS:

1) On the role of music in liberal education

 

ERASMI LAUS STULTITIAE: a play by Anna and Roberto Nisivoccia.

 

Afternoon:

VITTORIO EMANUELE NATIONAL SCHOOL:

 

TOPICS:

1) Humanitas made the fatherland one for all races:: On humanitas among varying peoples and nations

 

Tour of the historic center of Naples guided by Franco Lista.

 

• 22 July:

 

Morning:

In St. Mary's chappel of the Nunziatella Military School, Latin Mass will be celebrated.

 

 

ITALIAN INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF PHILOSOPHY:

On man

 

TOPICS:

1) On the dignity of man

2) On the cultivation of critical judgement

3) On resisting conformity to fashion: "nolite conformari huic saeculo"

 

Afternoon:

Participants continue to discuss topics introduced in the morning session: round-table and group discussions.

 

CONCLUSION

 

Dinner

 

 

• 23 July:

 

 

Departure.

 
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