XLVII Corso Internazionale di Alta Cultura – Residential scholarship

Between 19 and 23 September 2022, the XLVII Corso Internazionale di Alta Cultura directed by  Professor Carlo Ossola will be held on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, and will focus on  Resources of the Essential.


The words describing the world are taking on new connotations: the terms “globalisation” or “internationalisation” have assumed negative overtones. Often pronounced with resigned passivity, they evoke images of individual impotence, driving people to defensive localism, giving rise to the illusion of “controllable identities”. The war in Europe is an alarming cultural regression for humanity. It also calls for a survey to establish and safeguard the primary values of a free existence: from energy to bread. This means working in various disciplines and social spheres towards defining the “essential”. Not only in the sense of what is indispensable but more importantly of what enables us to reach the essence or the core of a problem, an attitude or a value. Both logical and ethical, this process involving economics and ecology, thought and action, and describing and living may lead to more incisive modes of shared rationality.


Speakers will include:


Marco Alverà, author of Hydrogen Revolution, energy entrepreneur and founder of zhero.net

Luigino Bruni, Università di Roma, LUMSA

Paola Cattani, Università di Roma Tre

Francesco Dal Co, emeritus professor, IUAV, Venice

Gabriele Lolli, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa

Carlo Ossola, Collège de France, Paris, course Director

Lucrezia Reichlin, London Business School

Rob Riemen, Nexus Instituut, Amsterdam

Jean-Marie Tarascon, Collège de France, Paris

Olivier-Thomas Vénard, École biblique et archéologique française de Jérusalem


Speeches will be held in Italian, French and English.

Knowledge of Italian is necessary to participate as a scholarship recipient.


Download the call for scholarship