The humanities department of the Rio de Janeiro State University organised a seminar to mark the 18th Week of the Italian Language in the World. The event , which ran from 17 to 18 October, was entitled " Navigando nel dolce mare italiano: la rete ti aiuta a non naufragare” (Surfing the sweet sounding Italian sea. The Net will keep you afloat).
The seminar, which was opened by the Dean of the hosting University , was a most interesting opportunity to discuss several themes, starting from a video conference with Marco Calvo, author of “Liber Liber, il sapere condiviso è un’utopia possibile”, [Books, shared knowledge is a possible utopia] and president of the Liber Liber non-profit organisation which aims to encourage the informed use of computer technology in the humanities area.
Special attention was paid to different ways of teaching and learning Italian in today’s world.
The second day’s agenda included three presentations, which dealt with the relationship between the Italian language and the Internet, with a critical look at the increasing trend of the transposition of human relationships onto the Internet: “L’uso degli spot pubblicitari nell’uso dell’insegnamento della lingua italiana” (“The use of advertisements in teaching the Italian language”); “Siamo venuti dal futuro per costruir l’amico in rete” (“We have come from the future to create friendships on the Internet”); “L’internet e ricerca: un vademecum futurista?” ("The Internet and research: a futuristic guidebook?”)