24 April 2021

Elisa Seghetti, a member of Collegio Nuovo and co-founder of Entrepreneurship Club Pavia (E-Club Pavia for short) is bringing E-Club Pavia to the attention of Volta students and is inviting members of Volta them to the next Club event.

E-Club Pavia is a University group aiming to create a network of University students with a serious interest in entrepreneurship and is organising a meeting online on Thursday, the 29th of April at 7.30 pm in collaboration with the startup Thesis4U and the student group ImGestionale during which 4 startup companies will outline their ideas and business plans and will illustrate in the process how to 'pitch' such presentations.

Business inclined members of Collegio A Volta are welcome to join the E-Club Pavia event on Thursday 29th at the following url  https://thesisforyou.com/iscriviti-allevento-su-come-fare-il-pitch/.

The College expresses its gratitude to Elisa Seghetti for extending this invitation to the members of Volta.



11 April 2021

22 April 2021. 
George P Smith, University of Missouri, Columbia

At 6.00 pm on 22 April 2021 George P Smith will give a lecture entitled: RNA Vaccines for Pandemic Threats (subtitle:Promise of the technology and economic justice in its development. The lecture will be online and is accessible through this link.

George Smith is Curators' Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri.  He was born in Norwalk, Connecticut in the United States. He obtained a degree in Biology at Haverford College in Pennsylvania (1963) and a PhD in Bacteriology and Immunology at Harvard University (1970). After completing post-doctoral research at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, he moved to the University of Missouri in Columbia where he remained there for the rest of his career excpet for two years at Duke University (1983–1984).

George P Smith adapted fundamental principles of evolution (diversity and selection) to laboratory science and specifically to protein engineering.  He developed a strategy - phage display - that enables rapid selection of protein varian for specific functions or new functions and for this work he was awarded a share of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2018.

The poster of the lecture is available here.

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Image: People queuing for food aid during the Covid pandemic in Pretoria, South Africa (20 May 2020, Reuters)

11 April 2021

College will host a lecture entitled RNA Vaccines for Pandemic Threats. Promise of the technology and economic justice in its development to be given online at 6.00 pm on 22 April 2021 by 

George P Smith , Professor of Italian - Emeritus - and Fellow of St John’s College at Cambridge University. The lecture can be joined through this link.

George Smith is Curators' Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouriwas born in Norwalk, Connecticut in the United States and made fundamental contributions fto the field of protein engineering by developing the phage display technology for which he was awarded a share of the 2018 Nobel Prize for Chemistry. 

The poster of the lecture is available here and further information can be found on this page. All College students are warmly invited to join this major science lecture.

Image: A three dimensional model of a coronavirus (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC).



10 April 2021

15 April 2021. 
Patrick Boyde, St John's College, Cambridge

At 6.00 pm on 15 April 2021Patrick Boyde will give a lecture entitled: Ut Pictura Poesis & ut Poesis Pictura (subtitle: Simbiosi e interazioni tra Dante e i grandi artisti toscani all’epoca dei Comuni). The lecture will be online and is accessible through this link.

Patrick Boyde is Professor Emeritus of Italian at Cambridge University and Fellow Borderer of St John’s College at Cambridge University. He is a also a Fellow of the British Academy (1987), a Member of Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei and a Honorary Member of the American Dante Society.  He received Gold Medals from the City of Florence (1995) and the Italian Republic (1998) and the title of ‘Commendatore Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana’ from Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, then President of the Republic for for outstanding contributions to Italian Culture.

Patrick Boyde has researched the work od Dante Alighieri from new theoretical perspectives at the crossroad of literature, philosophy and figurative arts. He published 5 books on Dante : Dante's Lyric Poetry (with Kenelm Foster, in two volumes), Oxford 1967; Dante's Style in his Lyric Poetry, Cambridge 1971 (translated in Italian as Retorica e stile nelle liriche di Dante, Napoli, Liguori editore, 1979); Dante Philomythes and Philosopher: Man in the Cosmos, Cambridge 1981 (translated in Italian as L'uomo nel cosmo: Filosofia della natura e poesia in Dante, Bologna, Il Mulino, 1984); Night Thoughts on Italian Poetry and Art, Cambridge 1985; Perception and Passion in Dante's ‘Comedy’, Cambridge 1993 (translated in Italian as ‘Lo color del core’. Visione, passione e ragione in Dante, Napoli, Liguori editore, 2002); Human Vices and Human Worth in Dante’s ‘Comedy’, Cambridge 2000, work that received the Sapegno Prize in 2002. The titles in bold are known among the scholars as Parick Boydes’s ‘trilogy’. Patrick Boyde is widely regarded as one of the major scholars of Dante’s work of all times.

The poster of the lecture is available here. The video of lecture is available here.

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Dante's Inferno (canto XVIII) from La Divina Commedia Illustrata da Sandro Botticelli. Engraving on parchment, painted in ink and partly colored. At the Kupferstichkabinett (Museum of Prints and Drawings) in Berlin.


10 April 2021

College will host a major lecture on Dante Alighieri entitled: Ut Pictura Poesis & ut Poesis Pictura (subtitle: Simbiosi e interazioni tra Dante e i grandi artisti toscani all’epoca dei Comuni) to be given online at 6.00 pm on 15 April 2021 by 

Patrick Boyde, Professor of Italian - Emeritus - and Fellow of St John’s College at Cambridge University. The lecture can be joined through the following link.

Patrick Boyde is widely regarded as one of the major scholars of Dante’s work of all times.

He is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Member of the Italian Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei and a Honorary Member of the American Dante Society.  He received the highest tribuets and prizes from the City of Florence (1995) and the Italian Presidency (1998 and 2004) for 'outstanding contributions to Italian culture'.

All College students are warmly invited to join this unique opportunity of hearing Patrick Boyde on Dante Alighieri.

The poster of the lecture is available here and further information can be found on this page. The video of lecture is available here.

Image: A portrait of Dante showing his Commedia (1456) by Domenico di Michelino based on a drawing of Alesso Baldovinetti. Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, Firenze.



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