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Romano Prodi delivers 2023 Distinguished Giorgio La Pira lecture

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05 April 2023

10:30 - 12:00 CEST


Elinor Ostrom Room

Buontalenti - Casino Mediceo

Former Italian Prime Minister and Former European Commission President Romano Prodi will deliver the second Distinguished Giorgio La Pira lecture at the EUI School of Transnational Governance’s Palazzo Buontalenti in Florence. A joint initiative with Fondazione CR Firenze, the lecture is about building bridges between Europe and other continents.

Romano Prodi’s talk will focus on China and the United States, and how the European Union positions itself between these two superpowers.

The Distinguished Giorgio La Pira lecture returns after a break forced by the COVID-19 pandemic. In October 2019, Nobel Peace Laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf delivered the very first Distinguished Giorgio La Pira Lecture about the importance of international cooperation in addressing global challenges.

The lecture is named after Giorgio La Pira, the visionary mayor of Florence, advocate for peace, social justice and dialogue among civilisations.

Professor Renaud Dehousse, President of the European University Institute, and Luigi Salvadori, President of Fondazione CR Firenze, will open the event. Fellows and master’s students of the EUI School of Transnational Governance will take part in a debate following the lecture.

The cooperation between the Fondazione CR Firenze and the European University Institute started in 2019. Since then, 12 students have been awarded a Fondazione CR Firenze scholarship to take part in the Master of Arts in Transnational Governance, four per academic year.


10:30 - 10:45: Welcoming Remarks by Professor Renaud Dehousse (President, European University Institute) and Luigi Salvadori | President, Fondazione CR Firenze

10:45 - 11:15: Giorgio La Pira Distinguished Lecture by Romano Prodi (Former Italian Prime Minister, Former President of the European Commission, and President of the Fondazione per la Collaborazione fra i Popoli)

11:15 - 12:00: Q&A

Students awarded with Giorgio La Pira Scholarship will take part in the event. Catalina Mas will moderate, while Clarke Sumbule Wafula, Diana Usmanova, Farhan Majid and Maria Candelaria David will have active role in the first part of the Q&A section.

The event will take place in English, with simultaneous translation into Italian provided. Participation in the event is open to all. To join, please register. 

Scientific Organiser(s):

School of Transnational Governance


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