Love and friendship are not just two beautiful words, perfect for a summer
hit song. They have a much deeper and stronger meaning. They refer to two
universal realities of man, which are at the base of every culture and
society, that have been around since the dawn of time. But are today’s
youth still aware of their strength and value? Is there superficiality in
their approach to love and friendship? Do they stay holed up in the virtual
world behind the screen of a smartphone or instead face reality even at the
cost of possible disappointments and pains?

The question that perhaps we should learn to ask ourselves is what is the
most appropriate source for understanding and learning more about love and
friendship. Instinct, emotion, chance, and calculation are not enough. We
must return to knowing how to cultivate these two founding relationships of
personal identity, with the same calm and wisdom with which a farmer cares
his garden.

In the emotional and relational sphere, rules are often not enough, but
rather good examples are needed. What better testimony than that offered by
the great stories of literature and cinema to help us in our journey of
growth and understanding of what love and friendship really are.

The workshop

Educating young people about love and friendship through the

aims to help us precisely with this, offering us a reflection of six
literary classics – which have had a successful adaptation to the cinema –
on these topics so as to cultivate the taste for the great stories and at
the same time promote an educational culture through them.

The works will be presented by an international team of writers and
teachers with a select educational sensitivity and experience in education.

The workshop

Educating young people about love and friendship through the

is organized by Familyandmedia
led by Elina Gianoli Gainza Chair of the Faculty of
Communications of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. It will be
held next November 23 in Rome at the headquarters of the Pontifical
University of the Holy Cross in Piazza di Sant’Apollinare.

Participation in the workshop is free, but registration is required.

For online registration click here.

To view the program of the day, click here.

We are waiting for you!


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