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"Dialogues, emotions and stories during the pandemic" (IIC MONTREAL WEBINAR SERIES)



A webinar with Angela Minicucci, General Manager of the Réseau Sélection and in particular of "Jardins d'Italie", Alfonso Santarpia, Professor of Psychology at the Université de Sherbrooke (Québec) and Francesco D'Arelli, Director of the Italian Cultural Institute of Montreal.

Tuesday June 9th 2020, 2:30pm EST (8:30pm, Rome)

Registration obligatory

The Italian Cultural Institute of Montreal is pleased to present the first of a series of webinars entitled "Dialogues, emotions and stories during the pandemic". A time, in our days, in which silent voices struggle to obtain listening opportunities, because they are submerged by the noise of sensational news and repetitive information.

Among the voices ignored, there is for example also that of the philosophers, who "will - as Giorgio Agamben has already written - once again enter into conflict with religion, which is no longer Christianity, but science or that part of it that has taken the form of a religion. I don't know if ignite the fires and books will be put on the index, but certainly the thought of those who continue to seek the truth and reject the dominant lie will be, as is already happening before our eyes, excluded and accused of spreading news (news, not ideas, since news is more important than reality!) false "(" Medicine as religion", Una voce. Rubrica by Giorgio Agamben, Quodlibe, May 2nd, 2020).

In this time of existential crisis, health and social care, a time for many and failure fears and innermost uncertantities, the Italian Cultural Institute of Montréal wishes to direct your attention towards people's stories and emotions often more silent, unheeded, because only these preserve the living culture of suffering, of daily discomfort, of the common experience of humanity. Only dialogue, listening and the sensitive force of the word can nourish the hope of a new humanity, renewed in feelings and dispositions.
This is the humanism of our civilization, this is the example of our daily culture.

Angela Minicucci studied at the International Academy of Design in Chicago, at the Miami International University of Art and Design, at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in Montreal, as well as at the Université du Québec à Montréal and at the Université de Montréal. She was President of Casa d’Italia in Montreal from 2011 to 2017 and from 2018 is General Manager of the Réseau Sélection, directing in particular the excellent reception center for the elderly "Jardins d'Italie", located in the Saint-Léonard district and where comfort, vitality and variety of activities are daily inspired by Italian life

Alfonso Santarpia originally from Castellammare di Stabia (Italy), is a professor of clinical psychology at the Department of Psychology of the Université de Sherbrooke (Québec, Canada). Teaches the humanistic-existential approach in psychotherapy and qualitative research methodologies. His research works are characterized by a theoretical and clinical sensitivity of humanistic-existential and are based on the investigation of the relationship between art, creativity and mental and physical health in the context of palliative care, and in tragic situations of life. He is currently studying the narratives on the experience of the Covid-19 pandemic of three geographic areas (Quebec, France and Italy). Among his many publications, we remember in particular: Introduction to the humanistic psychotherapies (Introduction aux humanistic psychotherapies, Dunod, 2016); A. Santarpia, E. Brabant, E. Jauffret, J.-L. Mouysset et A. Menicacci, (Online First 2020), "Sur les effets revitalisants de la Danse Mouvement Thérapie dans la rémission du cancer du sein", Psycho- Oncology, 13, pp. 191 201; A. Santarpia, M. Romani-Cesaro & C. Simonds (2019). "Hospital clown narratives in paedriatic palliative care", Journal of Humanistic Psychology (2019), pp. 1-21.


Date: Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Time: At 2:30 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Montréal

Entrance : Free