The Students for Humanity Review

February 14, 2020

L’ultimo disco di Brunori sas è uscito poco tempo fa e chi l’ha ascoltato non lo può negare: è un inno alla gentilezza nello spaccato della quotidianità.

L’emergere dell’umanità in tutti i suoi album è una immensurabile fonte di gioia e di comprensione. La bellezza della vita si esprime dalle note di euforia, all’accompagnamento dell’amore, fino alle malinconiche gocce di tristezza. Già, tristezza, anche quella. Una tristezza non superabile ma vivibile, parte stessa della vita, ricca di contraddizioni. Le vicende più personali e intime sono fuse tra ribellione, riscatto personale e quell’appoggiarsi stanco su strade già spianate. Essere giovani o invecchiare: Brunori canta le conseguenze sentimentali del rinunciare a battersi in un, più che divertente ed ironico, direi tragico mambo reazion...

February 11, 2020

She turned toward me. She cupped her hands, flipped them forward, then pointed straight at me. I blinked once, or maybe twice, trying to remember. My eyes widened, my fingers twitched, trying to decipher. How could I possibly remember so many motions and gestures? I examined her arms, hands, and fingers. It was all- important; that I knew. I watched her face for guidance. She smiled back at me, perhaps for reassurance. She’d once told me that facial expressions were just as important as the signs themselves. After all, this language did not have the benefit of countless different pitches and tones, excessively used to convey one’s enthusiasm or ennui. My mouth was dry; my arms felt stiff. I awkwardly lifted my pinky, brushed my chin with my thumb, and mouthed the word ‘thank you’ as my han...

December 10, 2019

La questione sulle pratiche di fine vita, oggi, sembra più che mai attuale nel nostro paese, dove già molte volte a causa di una paralisi legislativa - che ancora non è chiaro se attribuibile all'innegabile lentezza e macchinosità legislativa del nostro paese o più semplicemente alla paura di prendere una posizione, su un tema così delicato, da parte del nostro legislatore – è stata proprio la drammaticità di alcuni casi pratici (come il caso Englaro o caso Welby) che ha portato la giurisprudenza a riconoscere un diritto pur costituzionalmente garantito – e questo lo dimostra l’esito giuridico dei casi sopracitati -  sebbene oggi non disciplinato: il diritto a lasciarsi morire.

Pochi mesi fa la Corte Costituzionale è stata nuovamente costretta a pronunciarsi sul tema, ribadendo la necessità...

December 5, 2019

Learning how to identify, process, express emotions and coping with them as they arise in everyday life is a critical part of the development of the human mind and emotional consciousness. It can be considered as part of personal growth, it lasts a lifetime and without it our self-awareness and our ability to fully experience our lives could be restricted.

However, emotional processing can become a very conflictual path, since it is subject to society’s pressure of pushing away negative emotions and showing only positive ones.

Nevertheless, in a time when a small amount of textual characters is considered to be enough to express how someone is feeling in a precise moment, undermining emotions down to this scale should come as no surprise.

In this confusing pattern, a more serious issue signif...

December 3, 2019

L’offensiva turca contro il popolo curdo mossa nello scorso ottobre probabilmente ha scosso l’opinione pubblica meno di quanto fosse legittimo pretendere. La stessa preoccupazione che aveva afflitto il sentire comune in occasione della guerra all’ISIS e ancor prima della guerra del Golfo, in questa circostanza non ha probabilmente attecchito nelle nostre coscienze; ma le immagini delle città distrutte in Rojava, dei civili uccisi, fucilazioni in strada e donne violentate non possono essere digerite con cinica rassegnazione e silenzio. Migliaia di vite cancellate, e con ognuna di esse le loro storie, i loro sogni, le loro paure. Storie che avrebbero narrato certamente di un popolo aperto, egalitario, accogliente verso gli esuli siriani vittime del conflitto e che mai si è chinato davanti ai...

November 29, 2019

The movie “JOKER” premiered on August 31st,2019, in the Venice International Film Festival earning a standing ovation and the award of the Golden Lion for Best Film. Since then, the much-discussed movie has grossed over $852 million worldwide making it one of the most successful movies of 2019. The main character, Arthur Fleck,  a clown and aspiring stand-up comedian is struggling with everyday life and a variety of mental illnesses and eventually spirals down to the darkest places of his mind, where he finds “Joker”. Joker has murderous tendencies and creates social chaos, disregarding any form of rationale. His revengeful attitude towards society and people emits fear, unpredictability and madness.

Viewers and critics applauded Joaquin Phoenix’s acting and interpretation of the role while...

November 26, 2019

Era l’11 settembre 1973 e a Santiago, in Cile, i militari capeggiati dal generale Augusto Pinochet prendevano il potere reprimendo con la forza le proteste popolari e instaurando una delle dittature più feroci dell’America Latina.

Oggi ottobre 2019 nel “democratico” Cile il governo del conservatore Sebastian Pinera manda i carri armati contro la popolazione che protesta nelle piazze del Paese contro le misure neoliberiste che hanno reso il Cile uno degli stati più diseguali del mondo.

Letto così sembrano questioni da noi lontanissime, eppure ciò che sta avvenendo in Cile oggi deve essere un mantra per tutte le democrazie occidentali. Se infatti è vero che in Cile la democrazia non ha sicuramente radici forti come le ha in tanti Paesi europei è però un fatto che politiche fautrici di maggiori...

November 22, 2019

Ocean. Is that the first word that crosses your mind when you think about beautiful things? Well, I don’t blame you if it doesn’t. Considering how it has been wasted by humans, it might have been the first thing on your mind 30 years back, but not now.

All of us know oceans cover 71% of Earth’s surface, that is no rocket science. But the surprising fact is that they cover 99% of living space on the planet. So that implies, it is us, humans, living on that 1% living space on earth, that are actually destroying a clear majority of species. How is that justified?

Among other man-made reasons, plastics are the real threat here. Not only are they degrading the environment, but they are also the real evil when it comes to the aquatic fauna. Suffocation, drowning and starving are some of the ways i...

November 18, 2019

This year, the United Nations has held multiple conferences on the issue of Hate Speech, and more specifically on its presence online and its impact on minorities. In each of these meetings, key speakers of the Human Rights Committee stressed the importance of “identifying, preventing and confronting” online hate as well as how these measures would not put an individual’s freedom of speech at risk. On the 21st of October, before the launch of the annual report on Internet and Freedom of Expression, UN Special Rapporteur David Kaye expressed his concern regarding our tendency to underestimate hate speech. At the most recent meeting with the General Assembly, he addressed how “the prevalence of online hate poses challenges to everyone, first and foremost the marginalized individuals who are...

November 8, 2019

Last Tuesday you had a taste of what Students for Humanity project in the village of Wasa means, for both the local community and volunteers. Through Diletta’s words you have discovered more about what we do, why we do it and for whom. We would like to make you feel as much as possible how passionate volunteers are and how the daily life in Wasa looks like.

So, enjoy the second part of our interview to Diletta and remember to come and see us at Bookcity!

Here are the dates to write down:

  • November 14 to 30 at Velodromo Building (Piazza Sraffa 13) – “Si scrive Wasa, si legge Casa” photographic reportage

  • November 15 from 6.30pm at Libreria Egea – “Afriche, storie non stop

For more information and for registering to the event, visit Bookcity website. 

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