The Italian Cultural Institute of Montreal is pleased to present the book by Valentina Calzavara and Daniele Ferrazza, Diversi da prima (Different from before), published in 2020 by Helvetia Editrice in the “Nuovi Territori, Saggi” (New Territories, Essays) series. Different from before is a significant collection of reflections and conversations on the future beyond the pandemic with Paolo Cognetti, Silvio Garattini, Marco Bentivogli, Pippo Baudo, mons. Vincenzo Paglia, Sara Simeoni, Silvia Costa, Alessandra Graziottin, Roberto Ferrucci.
The presentation will be attended by the authors and journalists Valentina Calzavara and Daniele Ferrazza, Prof. Alessandra Graziottin, gynecologist, oncologist and psychotherapist in sexology, Prof. Massimo Cerulo, sociologist, and Francesco D’Arelli, director of the Italian Cultural Institute of Montreal.
Tuesday, February 9th, 2021, 3:00 pm EST (9:00 pm, Rome)
The pandemic time of these months forces everyone to an interruption of ordinary time, of the former time. It is a time that becomes space for something else and also an opportunity, as Dacia Maraini writes in her “Elogio alla lentezza” (In praise of slowness), preface for Diversi da prima: “of calm, of reflection on what really matters in life, a moment of surrender to slowness, to meditation (…). Christ is driving the merchants out of the temple. Perhaps we had not realized that consumption had become the founding value of our days, of our thoughts. This disease is making us understand that there is much more to it than the possession of new prestigious objects and it is not worth killing ourselves for supremacy, for power, to win all the challenges and competitions”.
Alessandra Graziottin is a gynecologist, oncologist and psychotherapist in sexology. Director of the Center for Gynecology and Medical Sexology of the San Raffaele Resnati in Milan, she is also President of the Alessandra Graziottin Foundation for the treatment of pain in women, a non-profit organization which aims to develop the culture of pain in Italy, at a scientific, clinical and popular, with particular regard to the female universe. In June 2004 she was also named Honorary Member of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC). She takes care of women’s health at the clinical level, teaching and training.
Valentina Calzavara, born in Padua in 1987, journalist, writes for the newspapers of the GEDI Group, in particular La Tribuna di Treviso. For the weekly Grazia (Mondadori) she documented the condition of women in Nicaragua. She has made reports on post-earthquake reconstruction in Amatrice, the migratory routes in the Balkans and the Brenner. For “Gli Occhi della Guerra-Inside Over” she recounted the civil protests in Central America and the ghost landings in Lampedusa. For the news channel “Canale Italia”, she followed the Italian crime news and current events. Her reports have been published in La Repubblica, La Stampa, Il Giornale.
Massimo Cerulo is Associate Professor of Sociology at the Department of Political Sciences of the University of Perugia (IT), and “Chercheur associé” of Sociology at the CERLIS Laboratory, University Paris V Descartes, Paris Sorbonne. He teaches “Sociology of Emotions” and “Sociology of Culture” in the Master degree of the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Perugia.
Daniele Ferrazza, born in Asolo (Tv) in 1968, journalist, is the chief news reporter at the Nuova Venezia. He has collaborated with Affari & Finanza, an insert of La Repubblica, and Il Venerdì. He writes about politics and regional economics, he has dealt with investigations on the political caste, the infrastructure system, the territorial structure, urban planning issues, the prosecco industry. From his reportage on the main roads of the Venezie was born the book Statale undici: le strade che hanno fatto il Nordest (Marsilio, Post Editori, 2014).