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Norman Manea: The Exiled Language

18 May 2014
The NTB Conferences on DVD 20 June 2020
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, 59 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: New titlesBogdan Aurescu – The National Interest and the Topicality of Sovereignty. Romania’s Foreign Policy and the Paradigm of the WinnerCristian Badilita - Mircea Eliade’s GlassesVladimir Belis - Half a Century of Serving Forensic MedicineGigi Caciuleanu - L'Om Gigi: Lines_Tracks_Signs_MeaningsDorin Chirtoaca – The Romanian People. Past, Present and FutureNeagu Djuvara - Actor and Poetry PerformerNora Iuga – Mister Beligan Is to Blame for My Becoming a PoetRadu Penciulescu – The Long Path of the Text towards the StageGheorghe Piperea – About Judicial TalibanismIrinel Popescu – The Organ Transplantation – an Adventure of the Human SpiritAlexander Rodewald – The Genetic Origin of the Romanian PeopleAlex Stefanescu – Who Needs Literature Today?Matei Visniec – Theatre and Journalism. Mutual InfluencesDan Voinea – The Legal Truth about the Miner Strike of 13-15 June 1990Dan Voinea – The Legal Truth about December 1989 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 Badilita – 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 Maries – In Search of the Truth Alex Leo Serban – And Yet, Why Do We Watch Movies? Andrei Serban – About Chekhov or Who else wants to go to Moscow? Alexandru Tocilescu – About Theatre and Its Matters Dorana Cosoveanu - 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 WaitingRadu Beligan – My Professors Cristian Tudor Popescu – The Sticker ManRobert Turcescu – The Burial of a Myth: Farewell, Free Press!Ion Vianu - Antigone, a Dissident Andrei Plesu – About the HeartDoina Jela – Deceptive MemoryNeagu Djuvara – A Brief Experience with Western Intelligence ServicesConstantin Ticu Dumitrescu – The Securitate Leaking, an Imperative for DemocracyVladimir Tismaneanu – The Revolutionary Year 1956Mihai Razvan Ungureanu – Romanian Ethics and Public Sense 200 Years AgoAdrian Vasilescu – Religion and the StarVarujan Vosganian – Elites and Counter-Elites in Transitional RomaniaRadu Beligan - Radu Beligan 90Emil Hurezeanu - Romania in Europe and Europe in RomaniaAna Blandiana – The Romanian Fun Making, from Defense to SuicideHerta Müller – Always the Same Snow and Always the Same UncleTheodor Paleologu – The Topicality of Political TheologySorin Alexandrescu – Visual Culture, Pros and ConsSolomon Marcus – A Peak of Romanian Culture: Traian LalescuHoria-Roman Patapievici – About Wasted Opportunities in HistoryCristian Badilita – 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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Jean - Jacques Askenasy: Brain Enigmas 15 March 2020
On Sunday, March 15th, 2020, from 11:00 am, at the NTB Small Hall, Jean - Jacques Askenasy will hold a conference entitled Brain Enigmas. About the conference The conference is dedicated to the most wonderful creation of nature, the human brain. Some of the enigmas of perception will be presented, such as hallucinations at the beginning and end of sleep, but also associations that turn the unreal into reality. Furthermore, the conference will try to unveil the secrets of deciphering physiognomies and the scholarly memory of people with reduced intelligence. Jean-Jacques Askenasy  About Jean-Jacques AskenasJean-Jaccques Askenasy is an academic, researcher and physician, a pioneer in the study of sleep therapies, trained at the Romanian school of neurology of scientist Gheorghe Marinescu. Honorary member of the Romanian Academy, member of the Academy of Scientists, member of the Romanian Academy of Medical Sciences.He was born in 1929 in Bulgaria, studied and established himself in Romania and emigrated to Israel (1972). He attended the courses of the Faculty of Medicine of Cluj. The studies were completed in 1954 with the title of Doctor of Medicine. He specializes in the field of neurology, working in the Specialty Institute of the Romanian Academy. The appreciation he enjoyed promoted him as head of the neurology service of the CFR II hospital in Bucharest, obtaining in 1972 the title of Doctor of Science from the University of Bucharest.In Israel, he started volunteering in disadvantaged areas. He was acknowledged as an illustrious doctor of crisis situations. He is completing his research in the field of neuroscience. His merits were recognized, and he was named director of the Sleep Medicine Center at Sheba Medical Center. He organises sleep medicine courses at the University of Tel-Aviv. His fame is directly proportional to the professional merits that open him an indisputable academic path: in 1986, he is named visiting professor at the Charcot Clinic of the Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris and is awarded the prestigious Pierre Castaigne medal, on which occasion he was received as honorary member of the French Neurology Society; and as of 1995, he teaches at the chair of the Neurology Clinic of the Sackler Medical Faculty. Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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Acad. Sabina Ispas: March 1st, "Head of Spring" 01 March 2020
On Sunday, March 1st, 2020, from 11.00 am, at the NTB Small Hall, Acad. Sabina Ispas will hold the conference with the title March 1st, "Head of Spring". About the conferenceThe month of March, called by Romanians “marţ” or “mărţişor”, originates from the Latin Martius. For areas with mild climate and four seasons, it is the first month of spring. In the Jewish calendar, which we remember in order to have an objective historical perspective on the great holidays in the traditional calendar, the first month, Nisan is March - April, when the Passover holiday is held, between the 15th and 22nd. The holiday that signifies the release from slavery, is a feast of spring, which has ancient connections with agriculture. In the old Romanian calendar, March 1st marks the New Year. The position of March in spring, one of the four seasons characteristic for Romania's climate, prompts us to associate it with the moment of the revitalization of the dormant or numb flora, of the plants’ awakening to life. For the Romanian community, the "vegetal code" is one of the decisive benchmarks for defining cultural identity. Substitutions and analogies are made between the human person and the vegetal element, especially according to the Eucharistic model, by which the blood sacrifice was replaced with that of the processed vegetable: wheat - bread - ring biscuit, grape - wine. Acad. Sabina Ispas About Acad, Sabina IspasMember of the Romanian Academy since 2009, General Director of the "Constantin Brailoiu" Institute of Ethnography and Folklore.Graduate of the Faculty for Romanian Language and Literature of the "Al. I. Cuza” University of Iaşi and the Faculty for Romanian Language and Literature of the University of Bucharest, the folklore specialty.PhD in philological sciences at the Faculty for Foreign Languages ​​of the University of Bucharest.Author or co-author of several specialized books, among which: Love Lyricism. Motivational and Typological Index, vol. IV, 1985 - 1989; Popular Love Lyrics, 1985; White Apple Flowers. From the Poetry of Winter Habits, 1987; The Romanian Epic-Heroic Song in the South-Eastern European context. Songs of Match-Making, 1995; Under the Wing of Heaven, 1998; The Romanian Man, 2000; The Sung Story, 2001; Oral Culture and Transcultural Information, 2003; Siminoc and Busuioc. Romanian Fairy Tales, 2005.She holds several prestigious awards, including: Special jury prize for ethno-anthropological studies, Pitrè-Salomone Marino, of the International Centre for Ethnography, Palermo - Italy (1989) for her work in four volumes Love Lyricism. Motivational and Typological Index; Simion Florea Marian Award of the Romanian Academy (1995) for the work The Epic-HeroicSong in the South-Eastern European context. Songs of Match-Making; Etnos Prize (2000) for the whole activity; The "Constantin Brailoiu" prize of the „Magazin Istoric” Cultural Foundation, offered by Erste Group Immorent Romania IFN SA, (2013) for the work Meanings and Morals of Yore. Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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