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Music and Human Rights Seminars

April-June 2016
Human Rights Centre, University of Padova

Presentation
Thanks to the inspiring cooperation of Musicians For Human Rights something exceptional is entering the Master degree course in Human Rights and Multi-level Governance at the University of Padova.

Both music and human rights knowledge (le savoir des droits humains) share the same creative and empowering potential. The cycle of seminars devoted to music and human rights aims to endow students with an added value in a frame of living humanism and quality education and training; to provide the expertise for organising musical or other artistic events devoted to human rights promotion and cultural participation; to foster intercultural dialogue with a view to produce new shared cultural expressions and developing a universal culture of human rights in accordance with UNESCO Convention of 2005 on the diversity of cultures.

Scientific Coordinators
Julian Fifer, Carlotta Sorba

Available places: 40. Attendance to all seminars is compulsory.
The Certificate of Course completion will be delivered on the last seminar on June 8th to those who will have attended at least 7 seminars.

Musicians For Human Rights
The mission of Musicians For Human Rights is to foster a culture of humanism through music in support of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


Programme 


TUESDAY, 26 APRIL
| 15.30-17.00

The Yin and Yang of Music and Human Rights: General Overview

Alessandro Paccagnella, Vice Rector for International Relations, University of Padova
Julian Fifer, Executive Director, Musicians For Human Rights; founder and former cellist, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra; managing director, The Learning Maestros
Carlotta Sorba, Professor of Contemporary History and Cultural History, University of Padova
Antonio Papisca, UNESCO Chair “Human Rights, Democracy and Peace”, University of Padova


17.00-19.00

From Refugee to Refuge: Self-discovery, Opportunity, and Transformation — a case study

Lecturer

Ramzi Aburedwan, Founder and President, Al Kamandjâti Association Palestine; violist and bouzouk, founder of Ensemble Dal’Ouna; music director of the Palestine National Ensemble of Arabic Music, Human Rights Orchestra

Discussants

Julian Fifer
Michele Biasutti, Professor of Experimental Pedagogy, Research on Psychology of Music and Music Education‎, University of Padova


WEDNESDAY, 27 APRIL | 14.30-17.30

Hearing and Listening: The Art of Knowledge

Lecturers

George Ulrich, Human Rights Professor, Rector, Riga Graduate School of Law
Alessio Allegrini, principal solo horn, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Lucerne Festival Orchestra; founder of Musicians For Human Rights; conductor, Human Rights Orchestra
Riccardo Panfili, composer, pianist

Discussants

Julian Fifer
Sergio Durante, Professor of Musical Philology, University of Padova


THURSDAY, 5 MAY
| 14.30-16.30

One and Many Voices: Unity Through Diversity and Interdependence

Lecturers

Johane González, contrabass, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Mozart, Bolivar Soloists, Human Rights Orchestra
Julian Fifer

Discussants

Alessio Allegrini
Sergio Durante


THURSDAY, 19 MAY | 10.30-12.30

The Sound of Human Rights

Lecturer

Bruce Adolphe, composer, author, Resident Lecturer & Director of Family Concerts, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; Composer-in-Residence, The Brain and Creativity Institute at University of Southern California

Discussants

Julian Fifer
Carlotta Sorba
Michele Biasutti


14.30-16.30

Healing, Reconciliation, and Personal Transformation through Music

Lecturer

Laura Hassler, Founder and Director, Musicians without Borders

Discussants

Sergio Durante
Julian Fifer


FRIDAY, 20 MAY | 11.00-13.00

Fountain or Stone: The Spirit of the Law and the Letter of the Law

Lecturers

Peter Kirchschläger, University of Lucerne; Visiting Fellow, Yale University; co-founder, International Human Rights Forum Lucerne
Julian Fifer


WEDNESDAY, 8 JUNE | 14.30-16.30

March to The Beat of Your Own Drum

Lecturer

Marijana Grandits, Academic Coordinator Vienna Master of Arts in Human Rights

Discussants

Alessio Allegrini
Julian Fifer
Carlotta Sorba

Presentations by the students of poetry, literature, music, dance, art, and film


WEDNESDAY, 8 JUNE | 20.30

Sala dei Giganti, University of Padova

Performance by Human Rights Orchestra musicians

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