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Teatro Verdi

Via dei Livello, 32
Padova, 35139 Italia

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27 March 2022 @ 11:00 - 12:30

Welcoming Adriano Prosperi as the keynote speaker for the Freedom of Conscience event, which is the last meeting in the Lessons on Freedom series.

The four part Lessons on Freedom series is dedicated to the ideas of freedom, explored through different perspectives

Following Prosperi’s lecture, the former University of Padua Rector and philosopher Vincenzo Milanesi is welcomed to the stage. The meeting concludes with readings by the students of the school of the Teatro Verdi.

Organized to celebrate the University’s 800th Anniversary, each meeting from the Lessons on Freedom series is held on Sunday mornings in March at Padua’s Teatro Verdi.

To participate, registration for the event is required on the Teatro Stabile del Veneto website beginning March 17.


The Italian historian, Antonio Prosperi is a Professor Emeritus of Modern History at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa and previously taught Modern History at the universities of Calabria, Bologna and Pisa. Prosperi began his research career studying the work of Delio Cantimori and Hubert Jedin. His research focused on the ecclesiastical institutions and religious ideas between the Late Middle Ages to the early modern age with a special interest in the role of missionaries and The Inquisition in Italy. His published works include Tribunali della coscienza (Einaudi, 1996); L’eresia del Libro grande (Feltrinelli, 2000); and L’Inquisizione Romana (History and Literature Editions, 2003). He published Giustizia bendata (Einaudi) in 2008, with which he won the Viareggio prize.

His most recent publications include essays on the socio-economic conditions of the 19th-century Italian countryside found in Un volgo disperso (Einaudi 2019), and Un tempo senza storia (Einaudi 2021). With further publications on the loss of collective memory found in Tremare è umano (Solferino) and Eresie (Quodlibet). He coordinated eight years of research, published in four volumes, on the Historical Dictionary of the Inquisition (Edizioni della Normale 2010). He is a member of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei and in an active contributor to the Corriere della Sera, Il Sole 24 Ore, and La Repubblica.