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Mircea Dumitru: On the Fear of Truth: Disquietudes of a Confused Era

18 February 2018
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The NTB Conferences on DVD 30 June 2018
Launched almost eight decades ago by Ion Marin Sadoveanu, the National Theatre Conferences have returned to the stage of the Black Box Hall since 2006 with the lectures of prominent personalities of Romanian culture on the most diverse and exciting topics. Gathered in a collection of DVDs aiming at keeping these testimonials of wisdom, culture and civilisation, 32 of the conferences from the previous seasons can be purchased at the box office or in the lobbies of the halls before or after the shows. The collection of DVDs, accompanied by brochures containing the texts of the conferences, comprise the following titles: N. C. Munteanu – Me and My Dog, the Securitate Basarab Nicolescu – Does the Universe Make Sense? The Contemporary Dialogue Between Science and Religion Ion Pop – From the Avangarde to the Rearguard Cristian Bădiliță – Why We Need a New Translation of the Septuagint and of the New Testament Ilina Gregori – When Was the 19th Century? Eminescu and Modernity Teodor Marieș – In Search of the Truth Alex Leo Șerban – And Yet, Why Do We Watch Movies? Andrei Șerban – About Chekhov or Who else wants to go to Moscow? Alexandru Tocilescu – About Theatre and Its Matters Dorana Coşoveanu - At that time when the paintings were shot Bujor Nedelcovici – Writers and the Exile His Royal Excellency Prince Radu – The Wise Ruling Neagu Djuvara – The 77 Years War (1914-1991) Mircea Dinescu – The Curse of Being a Parody Writer Nicolae Manolescu – Do We Not Have Playwrights? Lucia Hossu Longin – The Exercise of Memory Dan C. Mihailescu – Who Is the Neo-Interwar Generation and What Does It Want Octavian Paler – With Melancholy, about the Barbarians Stelian Tanase – The Panait Istrati Case Theodor Baconsky – Orthodoxy and United Europe Adrian Cioroianu – Romanian Communism between Hope and Traps Ileana Malancioiu – The Tragic Guilt Ion Caramitru – The Limits of Waiting Radu Beligan – My Professors Cristian Tudor Popescu – The Sticker Man Robert Turcescu – The Burial of a Myth: Farewell, Free Press! Ion Vianu - Antigone, a Dissident Andrei Pleşu – About the Heart Doina Jela – Deceptive Memory Neagu Djuvara – A Brief Experience with Western Intelligence Services Constantin Ticu Dumitrescu – The Securitate Leaking, an Imperative for Democracy Vladimir Tismăneanu – The Revolutionary Year 1956 Mihai Răzvan Ungureanu – Romanian Ethics and Public Sense 200 Years Ago Adrian Vasilescu – Religion and the Star Varujan Vosganian – Elites and Counter-Elites in Transitional Romania Radu Beligan - Radu Beligan 90 Emil Hurezeanu - Romania in Europe and Europe in Romania Ana Blandiana – The Romanian Fun Making, from Defense to Suicide Herta Müller – Always the Same Snow and Always the Same Uncle Theodor Paleologu – The Topicality of Political Theology Sorin Alexandrescu – Visual Culture, Pros and Cons Solomon Marcus – A Peak of Romanian Culture: Traian Lalescu Horia-Roman Patapievici – About Wasted Opportunities in History Cristian Bădiliţă – Judas and Mary Magdalene Between Damnation and Exoneration The series of conferences shall continue in this season as well, on each Sunday, once every two weeks, with new spiritual challenges, discussion topics and lectures. The price of a DVD is 25 RON!   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu
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Acad. Marius Andruh: The Spectacle of Chemistry 18 March 2018
On Sunday, 18th March 2018, from 11.00 a.m., in the Small Hall, Acad. Marius Andruh shall hold the conference entitled The Spectacle of Chemistry. About the Conference Chemistry is the science with, probably, the most powerful aesthetic component. Beyond the beauty of the experimental and theoretical endeavour, invoked by other sciences as well, chemists love to talk about the beauty of molecules which they synthetize, about the beauty of discovered properties and practical applications. Why are molecules beautiful? What approaches Chemistry to Art, what do Chemistry and Architecture have in common, the scientific and the artistic creation? What role does hazard play in chemical research? What does it mean to be original in Science? We are talking about progress in Science, but what about Art? These are a few questions I am proposing for our encounter. Acad. Marius Andruh About Acad. Marius Andruh Acad. Marius Andruh, born in Smeeni, Buzău, in the year 1954, is a professor for Inorganic Chemistry at the Bucharest University, head of the Inorganic Chemistry Department at the Faculty of Chemistry and president of the Department for Chemical Sciences of the Romanian Academy. He is a member of the Europaea Academy, corresponding member of the European Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, member of the European Academy of Sciences, Honorary Doctor of the West University of Timișoara, of the Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca and of the Angers University (France). He was a guest professor at the Universities of Bordeaux, Göttingen, Brno, Angers, Pierre et Marie Curie Paris, Jena, Manchester, Paul Sabatier Toulouse, Louis Pasteur Strasbourg, Valencia and Unversidade Federal Fluminense Niteroi/ Rio de Janeiro. The results of his research (coordinative and metal-supramolecular chemistry) are published in 267 articles, which have gathered over 7400 quotations in relevant literature, being one of the most quoted Romanian chemists. He held, in Romania and abroad, conferences for the broad audience. He has been involved, for over 30 years, in the organisation of chemistry Olympiads and in the training of teams which have represented Romania at the international Olympiads.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu
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Gheorghe Marmureanu: The Vrancea County Earthquakes. Certainties / Uncertainties 04 March 2018
On Sunday, 4th March 2018, from 11.00 a.m., in the Small Hall of NTB, Mr. Gheorghe Mărmureanu shall hold the conference The Vrancea County Earthquakes. Certainties / Uncertainties. About the Conference Precisely 41 years after the devastating earthquake which affected Romania, within the framework of the National Theatre Conferences, the most renowned Romanian seismologist shall make predictions about the next major earthquake which shall occur in our country. Gheorghe Mărmureanu has studied the periodicity of the occurrence of major earthquakes in Vrancea and claims that he has reached the conclusion that these are recurring cyclically. About Gheorghe Mărmureanu Prof. Eng. PhD Gheorghe Mărmureanu (born on 3rd December 1939, in Bacău County); graduated from the Faculty of Civil Engineering Iaşi (1963), first degree scientific researcher of the National Institute of Earth Physics, director general and professor at the Physics Faculty, Bucharest Univ., course of „Seismic Hazard and Risk” with the students from the master and PhD class, doctorate supervisor. PhD in the mechanics of the deformable body, Bucharest (1970), Fulbright scholarship at the Cornell University (1968-1970), New York, USA, where he achieved the experimental part of the PhD thesis regarding the knowledge of what happens „beyond”, namely of the balance in the post-critical domain of linear and non-linear systems, developing the concept of stability according to Liapunov and Th.Von Kármán. He is the promoter and initiator of the concept of “Nonlinear Seismology - The Seismology of the XXI Century” in Lecture Notes of Earth Sciences, Perspective in Modern Seismology, vol.105, Springer Verlag, Heidelberg, pp. 47-67, 2005. In the creation of seismic location studies for the Cernavodă Nuclear Plant and the People’s House, the author has also used the analyses of non-linear seismology for the first time worldwide, especially at that time, those days and for an objective of such responsibility (1978). Awards of the Romanian Academy in the years 1990 and 2008 and the „2006 IST European Prize” – European Commission, for the real-time system for seismic warning. NATO expert in Brussels for issues of seismic hazard and risk for Europe and Asia etc.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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