Balzan Events in Paris on 21 and 22 May, 2015

at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura and the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres

The International Balzan Foundation will be the guest of two prestigious institutions in Paris on 21 and 22 May 2015 for two in-depth encounters on the value of the sciences, culture and humanitarian initiatives.

On Thursday 21 May at 6:00pm, at the Istituto italiano di cultura in Paris, Dominique Schnapper, 2002 Balzan Prize for sociology, will give a lecture entitled "Quel est le sens de l’action humanitaire aujourd’hui ?".   
She will be introduced by Marina Valensise, director of the institute, by the Swiss Ambassador in Paris, Bernardino Regazzoni, by the Balzan “Prize” Foundation’s President Enrico Decleva and their General Prize Committee Chairman Salvatore Veca.  
The lecture will be followed by testimonials on French organizations that have been honoured by the Balzan Prize for Humanity, Peace and Fraternity among Peoples: Christophe Robert for Fondation Abbé Pierre (1991) and  Maurice Labaisse for Vivre en Famille (2014).
On Friday 22 May at 3:30pm, in the Grande Salle of the Palais de l’Institut de France, the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres will hold a session on the theme of  the role of foundations in the development of scientific research.  
It will be introduced by Michel Zink, Permanent Secretary of the Académie des Inscriptions et des Belles-Lettres, and by the current Chancellor of the Institut de France, Gabriel de Broglie. Speeches by Enrico Decleva and Salvatore Veca will follow.

This double appointment is in line with the Balzan Foundation’s vocation to promote the sciences, culture and humanitarian initiatives internationally, thus encouraging opportunities for exchange among them.  
The presence of the Balzan Foundation in Paris in institutions of such high value and prestige not only reinforces a long-standing relationship with France, but can also be placed in the context of its growing commitment to create and strengthen bonds with the most important cultural and scientific institutions in Europe, thanks to its prizes and prizewinners. As Balzan “Prize” Foundation President Enrico Decleva states, “Awarding prizes is also a way to bring a wider audience’s attention to high-level figures and personalities who are engaged in research with very important results and who thus deserve mention. That is why we feel we must organize presentations, seminars and lectures or our prizewinners. We have done this in Italy and in Switzerland; we would like to do it more and more in Europe’s major capitals.” 
The success of the seminar of three German Balzan Prizewinners (Ludwig Finscher, Manfred Brauneck and Reinhard Strohm) held in January 2014 at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Berlin was influential in determining this policy.

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