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The Ottocento podcast

THE UNIVERSITY OF PADUA PODCAST IMMERSES LISTENERS INTO THE PAST BY TRAVELING THROUGH ITS HISTORY WITH THE STUDENTS FROM YESTERDAY AND TODAY

  • the eight-episode series features discussions by students who reconstruct the history of the University of Padua from the present and future
  • hosted by former University of Padua student Pietro Osti, each episode offers perspectives, anecdotes, and thoughts from current and former students as they share their experiences, listen to what they have to say, and learn more about how the University of Padua was foundation in 1222 by a group of University of Bologna students who left in search of freedom
  • perspectives from students of the past come to life thanks to the voice of the journalist Federico Taddia
  • episodes begin airing on 30 November 2022 from the free platforms, with two new episodes every week:

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What was life like for students in the past compared to today’s students? What similarities do they have?  What were, and what are, their values, perspectives, points of view, and customs? What was university life like in 1200? Why did a group of students set forth from Bologna to Padua, what drove them besides their desire to build a university?

In 1222, a group of students left the University of Bologna for Padua in search of greater freedom. The University of Padua was thus born and stands as one of the oldest universities in the world. Eight hundred years later, in celebration of its anniversary, the University retraces the same journey along the same path that the students of 1222 once took. Covering the 161 kilometres they travelled, former student Pietro Osti offers a voice to the past, present and future by discussing topics such as freedom, violence, travel, faith and much more together with today’s students.

The journey is enriched by the stories about the lives of the students of antiquity, as read by the journalist and scientific communicator Federico Taddia. The protagonists of these stories are fictional, but the events narrated are reconstructed with historic rigour.

The eight-episode series, lasting about 13 minutes each, retraces the history of the university from its foundation in 1222 to the present day. Varied themes mark each episode giving rise to anecdotes that explore the lifestyles, ways of doing things and behaviours of yesterday’s youth: from eating habits, to what kind of pastimes were considered appropriate or forbidden, even discussing how sexuality was experienced and regarded among students. Each episode is accompanied by a different theme which becomes a starting point for reflection to further explore student life of today and yesterday.

“Ottocento” is a podcast series by Chora Media and the University of Padua with the participation of Federico Taddia. Written by Ilaria Orrù and Pietro Osti with the support of Amedeo Gheller. Interviews are hosted by Pietro Osti. With Francesca Bastianon as production assistant and live sound engineer. Studio recordings by Emanuele Moscatelli. Post production and sound design by Cristiano Lo Mele. Produced by Monia Donati, Marco Paltrinieri, Marika Favaretto and Carlotta Gusso. Edited by Sara Poma and Gioia Lovison. The additional music is licensed by Machiavelli Music and Universal Music Publishing Ricordi srl.

As part of the celebrations for the 800th anniversary of the University of Padua; supervision by Telmo Pievani and Gioia Grigolin.