The European Union has stated 2012 as the European Year of Active Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity. The reality of an old Europe, in addition to the social and economic risks that this situation entails, has been the crucial point in tackling this celebration in all the Member States.
The real thing is that there is a lot of life after being 60, and our society should value more and more the contribution of the elderly, which has been belittled at the mercy of general European developing during the last three decades. This issue has been crucial in the offer of promoting the active ageing and the approach, collaboration and recovery of respect between generations.
Making the most of the life, not the least, when we grow older, both at work and at home or at the community, is a fact that affects not only the single person, but the society as a group, for which we must prepare our society before demographic and social predictions which scientific, social and economic studies shows.
From the Permanent University and the Association of Students and Alumni of the Permanent University, we are developing a strenuous work within this issue for over a decade. Our job has been never-ending, both in the educational field and the personal development activities, promotion of an active citizenship and reduction of dependency. During this European Year, we want to join the initiative of making people aware of the different problems, the best way to solve them and the personal development opportunities that the elderly have in a society for all ages.
From this point of view, we are going to promote diverse activities in collaboration with institutions, professional groups and associations. And all of this is managed by the Vice-Chancellorship of Extracurricular Activities. Today, we are launching a series of conferences known as CONFERENCES ON ACTIVE AGEING, PROMOTION OF CULTURE AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT. These conferences show us the worries and contributions that several authors have developed when they visited, and as a proof of a clearly stated result of Active Ageing.
Wednesday, 22nd of February, at 20,15h
Discovering Alicante’s artistic windowed balconies, by Francisco Pérez Fortes.
Location: Miguel Hernández Lecture Room, Alicante City University Venue.
Francisco Pérez Fortes has taken photographs of the windowed balconies of specific buildings of Alicante which have caught his attention because of different artistic or architectonic values. This way, he has created a photography collection of particular interest. A book which gathers this work has been published and now, the author show us his motivations and the works which made his “illusing” project true, while he encourages us to know, in a deeper way, the urban environment of our city.
Tuesday, 13th of March, at 20,15h
Egypt: a legendary Country, by Vicente Ferrara Pascual
Location: Rafael Altamira Lecture Room, Alicante City University Venue
Egypt is a legendary country, but it is real. It is legendary because romanticism made it won the first place and, still nowadays, when we, unfortunately, are less romantic, it still has relevance, despite the multiple mistaken or misunderstood ideas. This issue is going to be discussed in this conference, in which we will try, within the limit of time that we have on our disposal, to bring some light to it from the capacity and personal experience of a specialist in this culture.
Friday, 30th of March, at 20,15h
The children of wars. Collateral Victims?, by Romualdo Pérez Sánchez
Location: Miguel Hernández Lecture Room, Alicante City University Venue
The thousands of wars that have occurred in the course of history have had different offenders or triggering facts, but none of these conflicts were caused by a little girl or boy. However, children are exactly the most defenceless people and the ones who suffer more the consequences of them. By the early 20th century, a process with the awareness of the need to protect infancy started. This process would reach its climax with the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. The author invites us to meet this process, as well as the vicissitudes of the children during our Civil War and the evacuations that would take thousands of them to other countries.
Monday 16th of April 2012, at 17,00h
A Photography afternoon in the Alicante’s old town, by Javier Serrano
Location: Lecture Hall of the building “EL CLAUSTRO”
Labradores St. 4 y 6 Alicante (behind the cloister of St. Nicholas Con-cathedral)
The author suggests an activity composed of three parts: a) A 1-hour conference: how to take photographs of Urban Sceneries (Alicante’s old town); b) A 2-hour Practice route, like a walk around the most interesting and representative places. Both activities are managed by Javier Serrano, who is a photographer and a teaching collaborator of the UPUA. He will count with the support and collaboration of the technical personnel of the Alicante Town Council, who are professionals on the Alicante’s old town. Finally, a virtual exhibition which will include all the photographic works will be organized at the Permanent University website. Be reminded that people taking part in it must bring their cameras.
Wednesday, 18th of April, at 20,15h
"Ageing with dignity”, by Alejandro Hernández Blanco
Location: Miguel Hernández Lecture room. Alicante City University Venue.
The Franco-German philosopher Albert Schweitzer once said: “Years wrinkles our skin, but resigning the enthusiasm wrinkles our soul”. Yes, we agree, but in this conference we are trying to discuss this “crazy enthusiasm” with which lots of old people are infected by, when they see the last stages of their lives nearer. Of course we do proselytism of the fact that living with no encouragement is like decoding a book with no text. But, are these value-covered convictions the ones that form the book of our life? Or, on the other hand, do attracting insane things which our society offers to us, the ones we must obey knowing that they are not representative of respect nor consideration that the elderly deserve? Let’s discuss!
Monday, 14th of May 2012, at 20,15h
Popular artistic signs of our environment. The “Camp the Mirra” special case and its “Tractat”, by Michèle Giacoma and Vicente Aguilella.
Location: Rafael Altamira lecture room, Alicante City University Venue
Popular festivals get history and customs together. They stay alive in our memory and they are also part of our collective memory. Some of the most emblematic festivals of our near environment will be introduced. Artistic illustrations such as the “Auto de los Reyes Magos”, from Canyada of Biar; “El Cant de la Sibil·la”, from Ontinyent; The “Episodios Caudetanos” , from Caudete; The Phenomenon of “La Mahoma” and illutrations of popular theatre from Camp the Mirra: “El Tractat d’Almirra” and “El Naixement de Jaume I”, will be tackled by the speakers, who are active collaborators in these festivals. They will persuade attending people of going and taking part in them.
THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN RECEVING A CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE OF EACH CONFERENCE MUST APPLY FOR IT PREVIOUSLY.
Pre-enrolment form and further information:
Alicante City University Venue
Doctor Ramón y Cajal Ave., 4 - 03001 Alicante
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Campus de San Vicente del Raspeig
Apdo. Correos 99 - 03080 - Alicante
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