Around Webster: Foppiani knighthood; Marenghi advising Holy See; Cosic films

Recent professional news and achievements for Webster University faculty members include:

Marenghi Appointed Legal Advisor to Holy See Secretary of State

MarenghiCarlo M. Marenghi, PhD, senior lecturer of International Migration Law and Principles of Negotiation at Webster University Geneva, has been appointed Legal Advisor to the Holy See Secretary of State.

The latter is the Dicastery of the Roman Curia, which works most closely with the Pope. Marenghi published extensively on health, trade, intellectual property, labour and human rights, especially from the perspective of the social doctrine of the Catholic Church and he is part of the core faculty of the new MA in Migration, Climate Change and Migration (MAMCE).

Foppiani Knighted in Italy

FoppianiOn June 2, Italy's National Day, Oreste Foppiani, PhD, was awarded the title of Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana or OMRI) for public service and his social, cultural, and humanitarian activities in Switzerland and Italy. The order is bestowed by decree of the President of the Republic, as head of the orders of knighthood, on the recommendation of the President of the Council of Ministers (PM).

The OMRI was founded as the senior order of knighthood by the second President of the Italian Republic, Luigi Einaudi, in 1951. The order effectively replaced national orders such as the Civil Order of Savoy (1831), the Order of the Crown of Italy (1868), and the Supreme Order of the Most Holy Annunciation (1362). 

Foppiani is associate professor of International History & Politics at Webster University Geneva, where he chairs the Department of International Relations.

He is also the pro bono chairman of the Geneva Committee of the Italian Citizens Abroad (COMITES), an elected liaison organ between the Italian expatriates and the local Consulate. The COMITES, through research and analysis, contributes to finding the needs of the social and cultural development of the Italian community. To this end, it promotes, together with the Consulate, the regions, and counties, as well as with institutions, societies, and committees within the consular district, all initiatives related to cultural and social life with special attention to the inclusion of younger generations, gender balance, school and social assistance, professional training, after-work activities, and sports.

Ćosić Films Screen in Alicante, Brooklyn

Screen from 'Fire Ecologies'Zlatko Ćosić has films screening in Alicante, Spain, and Brooklyn, USA, this month. Ćosić is an alumnus and adjunct faculty member in the Electronic andPhotographic Media Department in the Webster University School of Communications.

ILLUSIVE ECHOES and DESCEND will screen at the ALC Videoart Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art of Alicante (MACA), Alicante, Spain, Aug. 31-Sept. 4, 2021.   

FIRE ECOLOGIES premieres in Brooklyn, New York, on Sept. 18. Unheard-of Ensemble and The Gowanus Dredgers present Fire Ecologies: a unique musical and visual experience that explores American landscapes through the lens of climate change. Composition by Christopher Stark, video by Zlatko Ćosić, with performance by Unheard-of Ensemble.

Information and tickets can be accessed at Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal, Brooklyn, New York.

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