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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
TRADITIONS AND CONTRIBUTIONS OF ETHNIC GROUPS TO THE ROMANIAN PEOPLE’S HISTORY AND CULTURE, TO BE HIGHLIGHTED IN IASLCC PROJECTS AND PROGRAMS
During the meeting held with the Parliamentary Group of National Minorities, Professor Emil Constantinescu, PhD, presented the projects and programs of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization, conceived in agreement with the mission established by Emergency Government Ordinance 66/2019, passed by the Chamber of Deputies on February 25th, 2020, along with the orientation towards society of the Romanian academic environment’s activity. Ever since its first program, “Dobrogea, witness of the millennial civilizations of the Levant”, initiated and led by Professor Dan Grigorescu, PhD, Scientific Director, the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization showed an interest in the research of ethnic groups and their contribution to the history and culture of the Romanian people. Within this program, a national symposium was organized, entitled – “Multiculturality research in Dobrogea – Accomplishments and perspectives”. The presentations delivered during this event shall be published in a volume.
Bucharest, March 2nd 2020
EBEID BISHARA IN BUCHAREST
Associated Professor Dr. Ebeid Bishara (Ca' Foscari University of Venice), specialized in Byzantine, Coptic, Syriac and Christian -Arab studies, shall deliver the lecture entitled “Principles of dialogue according to the Medieval Arab Christian texts on Islam”. The lecture shall take place on March 31st, 2020, at 17.00 p.m., at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization.
The Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization announces the opening of a series of conferences to be held within the research project “The Lower Danube Civilization from prehistoric times until modern days”, through the conference entitled “The Lower Danube in Greek-Latin Texts”, to be held on March 13th, 13.30 p.m., at the Institute’s premises, 2A, Mareșal Constantin Prezan Boulevard, District 1, Bucharest.
The invited speakers are two reputed Romanian Classical Studies specialists, acknowledged on a European level. Professor Emeritus Alexandru Barnea, PhD, President of the Society of Historical Sciences, director of the Archaeological Digging site in Adamclisi, author of several studies and works regarding Greek-Roman Antiquity and the archaeological research of the space of Inferior Moesia, shall deliver a presentation entitled “Lower Danube in the texts of Greek-Latin authors until the Age of the Dominate”. Professor Nelu Zugravu, PhD, President of the Center for Classical and Christian Studies, expert in the field of Early and Late Imperial Rome history, author, editor and coordinator of several studies and analytical works, as well as of a commented-upon translation of Ancient writings, along with the Classica et Christiana Magazine, shall deal with the topic of “The Danube and the surrounding space in the writings of Late Greek and Latin authors”.
The Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization remains faithful to its mission of promoting dialogue in order to create a culture of peace through dialogue between the academic environment, religious leaders and the younger generations. An appropriate opportunity to achieve these aims presents itself each year, in the form of the International Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, scheduled between the 18th and the 25th of January.
The Stânceni hermitage, January 25th 2020
2500 YEARS SINCE THE BATTLES OF THERMOPYLAE AND SALAMIS AND THEIR SIGNIFICANCE FOR THE HISTORY OF WESTERN EUROPE
At the conference "Thermopylae and Salamis: Evaluating their importance in the modern world", other well-renowned researchers and professors of Antiquity studies took the floor, such as Roderick Beaton (King’s College, London), Paul Antony Cartledge (Cambridge University), Athanasios Platias (University of Pireus), George Prevelakis (Panthéon-Sorbonne University), Angelos Chaniotis (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton) and Loukas Tsoukalis, President of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy - ELIAMEP.
Athens, January 22th 2020
HIGH-LEVEL MEETING ON ”CLIMATE CHANGE. IT’S IMPACT ON THE LIFE AND THE CULTURAL HERITAGE OF THE MEDITERRANEAN
The reunion was held under the Patronage of the President of the Hellenic Republic, Prokopios Pavlopoulos, who also delivered a speech in the opening session. The event reunited over 40 leaders and decision-makers of the Mediterranean area, as well as ministers and members of the Greek academic community. This reunion was itself a debate framework for topics such as: efforts to protect cultural heritage when confronted with negative effects of climate changes, the impact of climate changes on the Mediterranean, means and instruments on climate change management, the future of euro-atlantic integration and the challenges of 2020 in fields such as politics, business and society.
Athens, January 21st-23rd 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