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"Nel contagio". A conversation between Paolo Giordano and Morita Masao
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“Nel contagio”. A conversation between Paolo Giordano and Morita Masao

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An online event organized by the Italian Cultural Institute in Tokyo.
Paolo Giordano
Paolo Giordano

I’m not afraid of getting sick. Of what, then? Of all the things the virus could change around me. Of discovering that the framework of civilization as I know it is a house of cards. I’m afraid of hitting reset, but also the opposite: that this wave of fear is all for nothing, that it will pass without leaving any change in its wake.

The Italian Cultural Institute in Tokyo will be hosting an online meeting with Morita Masao and the writer Paolo Giordano, who published ‘Nel contagio’ in March 2020. In this essay, the writer attempts to understand the fears and pain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has questioned the patterns of behaviour and relationships that we used to take for granted. The pandemic has revealed the complexity of the world we live in and the fact that we can no longer consider ourselves to be isolated entities, but rather part of a global system that forces us to acknowledge the presence of others in our individual choices.

During the meeting, Paolo Giordano and Masao Morita will talk about what and how society can learn from the pandemic, how mathematical thinking can contribute to the power of imagination and the changes needed in educational models to be passed down to new generations. The conference will be held in Italian and Japanese with consecutive translation.

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