How will the world look like after the Pandemic?
A Letter on Justice and Open Debate
Our cultural institutions are facing a moment of trial. Powerful protests for racial and social justice are leading to overdue demands for police reform, along with wider calls for greater equality and inclusion across our society, not least in higher education, journalism, philanthropy, and the arts.
The Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization organized a conference on “The principles of dialogue according to Medieval Christian Arab Texts on Islam”, given by Associate Professor Bishara Ebeid of the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.
Religion has and continues to play an important role in the constitution of human identity and, therefore, can significantly influence both the shaping of intercultural relations and their forward development. Dialogue between people of different faiths who nevertheless share the same fundamental ethical values constitutes the point of departure in the search for a lasting peace and sustainable development. In his address, Professor Bishara presented the underlying principles on which such dialogue must be based upon. His considerations are predicated on the ways in which Arab Christians interacted with their Muslim counterparts in the Middle Ages, and – then, as now – necessitate freedom of expression, a working knowledge about the Other’s faith and the selection of appropriate dialogue partners.
July 16th 2020
UNIVERSITY STUDENTS UNDERGO SUMMER PREPARATION AT THE INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDIES IN LEVANT CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION
Students from the Faculty of History of the University of Bucharest were given the opportunity to undertake summer specialization training with the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization. A total of 17 students from among first and second-year undergraduate cohorts, enrolled in both full-time and distance learning programmes specializing in History and the History of Art, engaged in extracurricular activities coordinated by a representative of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization, Associate Professor Florica Mihuț, together with a representative from the Faculty of History of the University of Bucharest, Lecturer Alexandra Țârlea.
July 13th-24th 2020
PROFESSOR DAN GRIGORESCU, SCIENTIFIC DIRECTOR OF THE INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDIES IN LEVANT CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION, GUEST EDITOR OF THE UK-BASED GEOCONSERVATION RESEARCH JOURNAL
Around the end of 2019, the Scientific Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization, Professor Dan Grigorescu was approached by the editor-in-chief of the Geoconservation Research journal, Professor Michael Benton of the University of Bristol, to write an ample introductory article for a forthcoming volume edited by the journal in 2020, dedicated to conservation activities surrounding geosites – places of significant scientific and educational value – in the Carpathian space. The invitation to contribute recognizes professor Grigorescu’s many accomplishments in this field, among them the creation of a university association for the protection of sites of geological significance at the University of Bucharest in 1977, which in March 1990 would evolve into one of the first non-governmental organizations in Romania – the Society for the Protection of the Geological Environment. Moreover, this invitation also comes in recognition of his contributions to promoting geoconservation efforts across South-Eastern Europe, having been a founding member of the European Association for the Conservation of Geological Heritage (ProGEO). In 2003, Professor Grigorescu was invited to the University of Bristol for a six-week teaching spell within the University’s Paleoecology and Geoconservation Masters and PhD programme.
The Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization announces an upcoming conference given by Professor Nelu Zugravu of the “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University in Iași to take place in an online format on Tuesday, June 9th 2020 at 11:30 am. The conference proceedings will be streamed live on the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization’s Facebook page.
Professor Nelu Zugravu, Director of the Centre for Classical and Christian Studies, is a renowned expert in the History of Early and Late Imperial Rome, an author, editor and coordinator of numerous studies, analyses and commentated translations of ancient texts, and editor of the Classica et Christiana publication. His intervention will focus on The Danube and the Circumdanubian Space in Late Graeco-Latin Texts.
The conference, initially scheduled for March 13th and subsequently delayed on account of the COVID-19 pandemic, is part of the Institute’s broader research project, The Civilization of the Lower Danube from Prehistory to Modernity.
June 9th, 2020
VIDEOCONFERENCE ON “THE ROLE OF ACADEMIA IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SDGS THROUGH THE COVID-19 CRISIS”
At 6pm on Wednesday, June 3rd 2020, the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization will hold a videoconference on “The Role of Academia in the Implementation of the SDGs through the COVID-19 Crisis”, organized in partnership with the Nizami Ganjavi International Centre.
The event will feature interventions from Emil Constantinescu, President of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization; Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of Mauritius 2015-2018; Garry Jacobs, CEO and Chair of the World Academy of Art and Science; Winston P. Nagan, a member of the World Academy’s Board of Trustees; Bujan Nishani, President of Albania 2012-2017; Rosalia Artega Serrano, President of Ecuador 1997; Nikolaos Theodossiou, Chairman of the Black Sea Chapter of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network; and László Borbély, Government Advisor and coordinator of the Department for Sustainable Development at the Romanian Government.
The debates will be moderated by Professor Phoebe Koundouri of the University of Athens, Chairman of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, co-chair of the Greek branch of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network and Director of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology Climate Knowledge and Innovation Community (EIT Climate-KIC).
June 3rd 2020
On May 19th 2020, the entirety of Christendom celebrated 100 years from the birth of Pope John Paul II.
The Polish Pope, the first non-Italian to be anointed Sovereign Pontiff in the past 500 years, was born Karol Józef Wojtyła on May 18th 1920 in the Polish town of Wadowice, and passed away on April 2nd, 2005. He was the 264th head of the catholic Church from October 16th 1978 to his death, his pontificate being one of the longest in history. As shepherd to the whole of Christendom, but also as a political leader, Pope John Paul II was a tireless advocate for global peace and interfaith dialogue between the people of the world.
May 18th 2020
On May 14th 2020, for the International Day of Prayer, Fasting and Charitable Works, the world’s faithful are called to pray according to their traditions to beseech God’s aid in helping mankind to overcome the crisis generated by a pandemic that has taken so many lives and bereaved so many corners of the world. United in suffering, Christians were encouraged to pray together and aid their neighbours both close and far.
May 14th 2020
THE UNITED NATIONS OFFICE IN GENEVA, TOGETHER WITH THE WORLD ACADEMY OF ART AND SCIENCE AND THE INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDIES IN LEVANT CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION, IS ORGANIZING AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE TITLED “GLOBAL LEADERSHIP FOR THE 21ST CENTURY. STRATEGIES FOR TRANSFORMATIVE GLOBAL LEADERSHIP” BETWEEN JUNE 15TH AND 19TH, 2020
The video conference preparing the groundwork for this international reunion, moderated by Garry Jacobs (CEO of the World Academy of Art and Science) was attended by Juri Engelbrecht (President of the Estonian Academy of Science, and former President of the Association of European Academies), Ernst von Weizsacker (Vice-president of the Club of Rome between 2012-2018), Alberto Zucconi (Director of the Institute for a Person-Centred Approach, Italy and Treasurer of the World Academy of Art and Science), Stefan Brunnhuber (Medical Director at the European Institute of Medicine, Salzburg), Frank Dixon (Sustainability and Systemic Change Advisor), Jerome Glenn (inventor and CEO of the Millennium Project), Ketan Patel (CEO and founder of Great Pacific Capital), Lennart Levi (emeritus professor, Stress Research Centre, University of Stockholm), Marco Vitiello (Department of Political Sciences at the University of Roma Tre), Rodolfo Fiorini (Professor at the Polytechnic University of Milan), Thomas Reuter (Professor at the Asia Institute of the University of Melbourne), Momir Djurovic (President of the Montenegrin Academy of Science) and Donato Kiniger-Passigli (WAAS Representative at the UN Office in Geneva).
The Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization was represented by its President, Professor Emil Constantinescu, Professor Remus Pricopie – Rector of the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Chairman of the Institute’s Scientific Council and WAAS Fellow – and Professor Adrian Curaj, Director of the Executive Unit for Financing Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation and a member of the Institute’s Scientific Council and of the World Academy of Art and Science.
UNIVERSITIES BEYOND WALLS
Tackling the impact of the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic on higher education in the Black Sea region
On April 28th 2020, the Scientific Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization, Professor Dan Grigorescu, took part in an online conference on the theme of “Tackling the impact of the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic on higher education in the Black Sea region”, organized by Professor Eden Mamut, Secretary-General of the Black Sea Universities Network.
April 28th 2020
“Romanian scientists in Levantine research”
The Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization is preparing the launch of a commemorative volume titled “De la Méditerranée à la Mer Noire”, which will include 40 published and unpublished articles and studies in French, Italian and German authored by renowned historian Mihai Berza (1907-1978) coordinated, edited and revised by Professor Andrei Pippidi. The volume is part of the ongoing collection “Romanian scientists in Levantine research”. In his foreword, “Mihai Berza: revisited”, Professor Andrei Pippidi highlighted the following:...
The first international conference dedicated to “Blue Growth” in the Black Sea region focused on the theme of “Ecosystem services on River-Sea Macro-Ecosystems”. The two days of the conference (March 9th – 10th, 2020) held in the Senate Hall of the “Ovidius” University of Constanța saw over 40 presentations grouped into 6 themed sessions. The proceedings, presentations and interventions were attended by university professors, scientific researchers, and directors of Romanian, Bulgarian, Greek, Austrian, Slovenian and Armenian institutions and organizations, as well as a sizeable cohort of students enrolled at the University of Constanța.
Constanța, March 9th – 10th, 2020
THE INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDIES IN LEVANT CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION SHALL SIGN A COOPERATION AGREEMENT WITH THE EUROPEAN SOCIETY COUDENHOVE-KALERGI
Himself a recipient of the Coudenhove-Kalergi European Prize in 1998, Emil Constantinescu, President of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization participated in the awarding ceremony of this prestigious prize to the Romanian president, Klaus Iohannis. President Emil Constantinescu’s presence at the event was an acknowledgement of his international efforts in the field of cultural diplomacy.
Bucharest, March 4th, 2020
The International Conference organized by the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization and the Black Sea Universities Network
Emil Constantinescu: THE WORLD HEALTH CRISIS - A HISTORIC CHANCE FOR A NEW GLOBAL POLITICAL PROJECT, With a special emphasis of he responsibility of the academic milieu
Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia University, New York: A DELIBERATE LACK OF VISION
What is the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization and how was it created?
Institutes of Advanced Study (ISAs) are institutions that aim for excellence in science, in culture and/or in education. They are self-constituted structures, often at the initiative of a great person or of a select group of high-achieving specialists, internationally renowned in their respective fields. The aim of the founders is to expand the results of the field of excellence thus crated so that its benefits may be shared with the broader society. In this endeavour, the ISA’s creators are aware of the fact that the scientific environment in universities and research centres, highly dependent on institutionalized norms and conditions, cannot support the liberal system promoted by Institutes of Advanced Study in which originality and innovation are fundamental principles. Through their very creation, ISAs are non-accredited structures, and thus unbowed to a formal system of evaluation. This gives rise to the responsibility which an Institute for Advanced Study must necessarily take on, that to the select group of representatives from the speciality field which it, in turn, represents before the broader community.
1st International Conference on Blue Growth in the Black Sea Region: „Ecosystem Services on River-Sea Macro-ecosystems". Keynote speaker: Professor Dan Grigorescu PhD, Scientific Director, The Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization, Centre of Excellence of the World Academy of Art & Science
30 YEARS SINCE THE COLLAPSE OF COMMUNISM IN EASTERN EUROPE. THE ROLE OF CULTURAL DIPLOMACY IN APPROACHING PROTRACTED CONFLICTS