Italy - Incisa Valdarno (FI), 18/10/2010

Live internet streaming starting at 10:00 AM

Sophia: Inauguration of the 2010-2010 Academic Year

The inauguration will include the presentation of the "For Sophia" Foundation

Monday, October 18, 2010, at 10:00 - 13.00
Auditorium of Loppiano
Incisa in Val d'Arno (Florence, Italy)

Presenters: Mgr. Giuseppe Betori, Archbishop of Florence, and Maria Voce, President of the Focolare

How to follow the live inauguration on the Internet, starting at 10:00 AM:

Connect to the "Sophia" website through the following link: http://www.iu-sophia.org/default.asp?s=232 and click on the box in the upper right corner "Diretta Internet" (Live Broadcast)

The program will begin with greetings from the Grand Chancellor, S.E. Mgr. Giuseppe Betori, from the Vice Grand Chancellor, Dr. Maria Voce and from a representative of the study body. Then, the university´s provost, Prof. Mgr. Piero Coda, will give a presentation on the life and program of Sophia University Institute (IUS), and Prof. Paolo Siniscalco will lecture on "From creation to history. The challenge of the happening of Jesus Christ, yesterday and today."

In this official framework, the "For Sophia" Foundation will also be presented and inaugurated, as it has recently been recognized and approved by the appropriate institutions.

The program will also include a report by the President of the Foundation, Marco Bernardini, and presentations by the Honorable Maria Letizia De Torre (Secretary of the "Commission of Culture, Science and Instruction", of the Italian Parliament’s Chamber of Deputies), the Honorable Rosa De Pasquale (member of the "Commission of Culture, Science and Instruction", of the Italian Parliament’s Chamber of Deputies), the Honorable Riccardo Migliori (member of the "Commission of Foreign and Community Affairs of the Italian Parliament’s Chamber of Deputies), Dr. Maria Septi (President of the European Economic and Social Committee - C.E.S.E.), and Prof. Stefano Zamagni (economist, President of the Italian bureau for non-profit organizations).

Moreover, there will be greetings from founders Dr. Fabrizio Giovannoni (Mayor of the Town of Incisa in Val d'Arno, Florence), Dr. Riccardo Nocentini (Mayor of the Town of Figline Valdarno, Florence), Dr. Luciano Bartolini (Mayor of the Town of Bagni a Ripoli, Florence), Dr. Eva Gullo (President of the E.di C. Spa Association), Diego Schelfi (President of the Trenton Federation of Cooperation), Dr. Lia Giovanazzi Beltrami (councilor of international solidarity and co-habitation, Autonomous Province of Trent). 

The "For Sophia" Foundation
Promoted by the Work of Mary - Focolare Movement, it is a participatory foundation headquartered in Incisa Val d'Arno (Florence, Italy), in Burchio, near the Lionello Bonfanti Business Park. Established on December 19, 2009, it was registered on May 28, 2010, with juridical recognition, in the regional register of the private juridical persons institutes of the Tuscany Region. 

The "For Sophia" foundation, which is non-profit, is aimed at supporting the growth and development of Sophia University Institute, an academic laboratory of formation, study and research, promoted by Chiara Lubich, founder of the Focolare Movement. In particular, the foundation will support the study and research activities at IUS, directly and through awards, grants and scholarships, even for internships in organizations outside of IUS, for the students and recent graduates. It will contribute to the financing (also in collaboration with other Entities and Organisms) of every kind of promotional initiative and research in the fields of interest at Sophia, geared towards the development and qualification of the same University Institute and, in general, of its formational program, as well as the relationship between the Institute and the realities in the local territory. It will contribute financially to cultural and didactic projects brought about by IUS and to the management costs of the institution itself. 

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