From 20 – 25 February 2017 I went to Italy to improve the implementation of the Cooperation Agreement concluded in November 2014 between the College of Social and Media Culture in Toruń and the Università degli Studi della Tuscia in Viterbo. Viterbo is a city of Etruscan roots, located near Rome in the Lazio region. In the thirteenth century it was for some time the seat of the papal court. This was the place where the longest conclave in the history of the Church took place, culminating in the election of Pope Gregory X. Although Viterbo has a long tradition of scientific research centre, it was not until 1979 that the state university was established and named Università degli Studi della Tuscia. Due to the planned development of mutual cooperation between our research centers, I decided to familiarize with the didactic offer of the university within the Erasmus program. I am full of appreciation and gratitude to Dr. Carlo Contardo who, as the head of the Mobility and International Cooperation Office, organized my stay at this university very well. The university, due to its enviable natural environment and its rich ancient history, puts particular emphasis on such areas of interest as: ecology, environmental protection, renewable energy sources (Viterbo is famous for its thermal waters). During my stay in Viterbo I held a series of meetings with the university’s management staff, during which we talked about the possibilities of increasing the mobility of our centers, both by lecturers and students in the Erasmus program. We also touched on very practical topics, such as issues related to administration and the rich cultural offer of the university. We also talked about various forms of international internship. There was a proposal to organize a joint science conference on healthy eating. Such proposal is not surprising, since Italian cuisine has already earned a reputation in the world. Together we agreed that two lecturers from the College of Social and Media Culture in Torun will give lectures in the field of literature and political science at the University of Viterbo. Finally, I would like to thank the university authorities, especially Dr. Carlo Contardo for the hospitality and openness for further cooperation.
In my report I enclose a few photographs which further illustrate the outcomes of my stay at this Italian university. On the first attached picture you will see – from the left – among others: prof. Mario Savino (DISTU – Dipartimento di studi linguistico-letterari, storico-filosofici e giuridici), prof. Edoardo Chiti, rector’s delegate for international cooperation, Dr. Carlo Contardo, the Head of the Mobility and International Cooperation Office, and the head of the Viterbo Consortium of USAC (University Study Abroad Consortium), Francesca del Giudice.
Other pictures show further important meetings related to people who are connected in various ways with the College of Social and Media Culture in Toruń as media academy. We can see: meeting at the Vatican with the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Fr. Cardinal Gerhard Müller and the secretary of the Congregation, Fr. Archbishop Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrera (in the photo we can also see the personal secretary of Cardinal G. Müller, Prelate Sławomir Śledziewski from Poland); a visit to the Vatican Television Center (CTV), where, alongside Rev. Peter Andrukiewicz, Redemptorist ( a well known journalist of Radio Maryja and TV Trwam), there is an Italian journalist of Vatican television Barbara Castelli; the meeting with Princess Maria Elettra Marconi Giovanelli, daughter of Guglielmo Marconi, inventor of the radio and the builder of the papal radio station and meeting with the well-known papal Polish photographer Grzegorz Gałązka, the author of the beatification portrait of John Paul II, accompanied by Preacher Tomasz Trafny, Director of the Department of Science and Faith in the Pontifical Council for Culture, and Fr. Piotr Andrukiewicz, CSR.
Torun, 15th March 2017
Father Zdzisław Klafka, CSR, Rector of the College of Social and Media Culture in Torun