November 10, 2012
Claudia Karagoz

Italian Studies Lecture

Event Details: 1:10 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., November 16, Tegeler Hall

Andrea Borella, Ph.D., will present "Nomadelfia, Italy: A Contemporary Intentional Community in the Catholic Tradition," from 1:10-2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, in room 105 of Tegeler Hall.

About the talk:

Nomadelfia is an intentional community in Tuscany, Italy of about 320 people (50 families) founded by Zeno Saltini after World War II. It practices a form of direct democracy and strives to be very similar to an early Christian community. No one is paid or is promoted. Everyone participates in the workload to provide for their family and others, both in "specialized" work and "mass work" such on the community's 130 hectares of olives, vegetables and vineyards.

The families of Nomadelfia live in groups of four or five sharing a dining room, kitchen and a workshop. Only the bedrooms are separate. The Catholic Church has encouraged this population that lives its own Christian religion not just as a spiritual community but also as a way of involving society, economy and politics.

Borella received his doctorate in anthropological sciences from the University of Turin and was a fellow of the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College, Penn.

The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, the Women's Studies Program, and the Global and Local Social Justice Program.

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