Hausbrandt Foundation increasingly a ‘Centre of International Knowledge’, with cultural events and European Meetings at the highest level

A Foundation whose aim is to promote cultural events at the highest level and to give life to new ideas with an international scope.

Today, more than ever before, it is an authentic hub of activities related to the world of culture, whose roots lie in the territory of the City of Trieste. In fact, two important initiatives of not only national importance have just concluded.

The first week of September saw the Fondazione Hausbrandt Trieste 1892 play a leading role on the national and European cultural scene: on the one hand, a doctoral school of excellence on Études sur l’humanisme du quadrivium à la Renaissance organised in collaboration with the Centre Jean Pépin, the Laboratoire des humanités classiques of the Centre national de la Recherche Scientifique and the École Normal Supérieure of Paris, and on the other hand, a meeting with representatives of 8 authoritative European countries to discuss a new political and administrative model for the Old Continent.

From 3 to 9 September, the Zanetti family’s Col Sandago Estate, the seat of the Foundation’s scientific activities, hosted professors from the most prestigious Italian and foreign universities (École Normale Supérieure in Paris, University of Bologna ‘Alma Mater Studiorum’, University of Naples ‘Federico II’, University of Messina) and the best PhD students from the universities involved, selected on the basis of their curriculum and cursus studiorum.

Conceived and coordinated by Prof. Pierre Caye, Director of the Centre Jean Pépin of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Prof. Michela Malpangotto of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, in collaboration with President Martino Zanetti and Dr. Flavia Buzzetta, the event is being organised by the University of Messina. ssa Flavia Buzzetta, scientific director of the Hausbrandt Foundation, the school proposed, through daily lectures, a reflection on mathematical and architectural Humanism in the Renaissance and, in particular, focused on the intellectual and cultural phenomenon that in the 16th century created new knowledge and, above all, a moral wisdom profoundly regenerated on the basis of ‘number’.

Positive results were also achieved for the meeting organised and promoted by Martino Zanetti, President of the Group and of the Hausbrandt Foundation, at the Salone degli Incanti in Trieste, on highly topical issues centred on the vision and desire for a new Europe. The symposium, of an economic and cultural nature, was attended by the presidents of the industrial associations of various countries, such as Hungary, Serbia, Romania, Montenegro, Bosnia and the Czech Republic, and the prestigious presence of the Archduke of Austria, Markus Habsburg-Lothringen, his wife Hilde and son Maximilian, projecting the Foundation into a Central European dimension of intellectual, cultural, economic and artistic exchange. Italy was the great absentee!

What emerged was the common desire for a Europe ‘not aligned’ to the current economic, political and administrative dictates dictated by Brussels; a Europe that strongly calls for an end to hostilities on Ukrainian soil and pushes for a new ‘noncurrency’, an alternative to the euro. Current and important topics, debated in a city characterised by an intrinsically composite and plural culture, in which different souls meet and coexist: that of Trieste, increasingly a diplomatic and representative centre beyond national borders, thanks also to the valuable work carried out by the Hausbrandt Foundation.

These activities open up an ideal meeting of peace and concrete dialogue according to a symphonic vision, articulated in a plurality of integrated and converging cultural perspectives, a true alternative to the conflict that dominates the current historical period.

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