Knowledge is Always an Event

The Rimini Meeting, 30 Years of Dialogue

A panel discussion with: Samuel A. ALITO, Martha-Ann ALITO, Mary Ann GLENDON, Paolo CAROZZA, Joseph H.H. WEILER, Jane MILOSCH, Lorenzo ALBACETE, and Marco ALUIGI.


Presented by the Rimini Meeting Foundation, and Crossroads Cultural Center

With an average attendance of over 700,000, the Rimini Meeting - held annually in Italy since 1980 and lasting one week in the second half of August - is the world’s biggest summer festival of encounters, exhibitions, music and spectacle.

The event is unique of its kind: an association that for 30 years has sought to create points of contact between experiences and people of different faiths and cultures who share a positive desire for knowledge and reciprocal enhancement.

In recent years this human and cultural position, with is roots in the ecclesial movement of Communion and Liberation, has proved capable of an openness which has attracted testimonies from the most significant personalities on the world stage. Those who have appeared at the Meeting range from the Holy Father John Paul II to Chaim Potok, the then Cardinal Ratzinger, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the Dalai Lama, Lech Walesa, Carlo Rubbia, George Smoot, Ennio Morricone, José Carreras, Jean Guitton, Luigi Giussani, Simone Veil, Martha Graham, David Rosen, François Michelin, and many other politicians, entrepreneurs, scientists, philosophers and artists.

Apart from a small core of 11 people who work full time on its organization, the Rimini Meeting is organized, prepared, managed and then dismantled by the impassioned and generous efforts of volunteers, who number over 3,000 each year. Most of them are young, they come from all over Italy and many other countries around the world. It is above all because of their contribution that the Rimini Meeting has become a major event, as the figures show: 400 exhibitions, 3000 encounters, 5000 guests and 850 journalists accredited to the last edition.

About this Event

Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm
Location: Embassy of Italy
3000 Whitehaven Street, NW

Washington, DC 20008

About the Speakers

Samuel A.Alito, Jr.
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court

Mary Ann Glendon
Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, Former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See

Paolo Carozza
Associate Professor of Law, Notre Dame Law School and Commissioner, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Joseph H.H.Weiler
Jean Monnet Chair, NYU School of Law

Jane Milosch
Senior Program Officer for Art at Smithsonian Institution

Msgr. Lorenzo Albacete
Theologian, Author, Scientist



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