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Is social democracy dead? Democracy, welfare, work

Various locations

Forlì (FC)

Sixth edition of 900fest, dedicated to social democracy: tracing back the “glorious thirty years” (1945-1975) that, together with the economic boom, witnessed the birth of a state model in Europe, the welfare state, whose aim is to ensure to the inhabitants’ education, health care, annuities and unemployment insurance, we intend to provide some facts about our time.

Many people, among the causes of the crisis of democracy and the populism movements, recognize the weakening of the systems of social protection that led to the “left behind” phenomenon, concerning the working class, the service labours and the middle class abandoned by the institutions; the phenomenon was worsened by the economic crisis in 2008 and by increasing inequality. Welfare is considered today as a crucial matter for the survival of Europe.

Date: the event will be held on Oct 23, 2019, Oct 24, 2019, Oct 25, 2019, Oct 26, 2019

Event timetable: See programme


Opening of 900fest
At 4.30 pm, Salone Comunale, Authorities greetings
“Declino della sinistra e decadenza della democrazia”, Sheri Berman (Columbia University)
Michael Walzer (Princeton Institute for Advanced Study)
Leonardo Morlino (Luiss University)
Stefano Levi Della Torre (scholar and essayist)
At 8.30 pm
Documentary film
Cinema San Luigi via L. Nanni 14, “Lo spirito del 45” by Ken Loach

At 9.30 am, hall to be defined
"Le nuove frontiere del sindacato"
Tania Scacchetti (Secretary national Cgil)
Anna Soru (Acta, Association of the freelancers)
Luciano Pero (Politecnical of Milan)
Paolo Feltrin (University of Trieste)
Giorgio Benvenuto (Foundation B. Buozzi, Uil syndicalist)
At 3.00 pm
"Precari e precarie, tra storia e attualità"
Eloisa Betti (University of Bologna) in conversation with Maria Giorgini (Cgil Forlì secretary)
At 5.00 pm
"Rappresentanza dei lavoratori tra passato e futuro"
Bruno Manghi (sociologist)
Ida Regalia (University of Milan)
Vincenzo Colla (Cgil national secretary)
Mimmo Carrieri (University La Sapienza, Rome)
A representative of the European confederation of the syndicates (Ces)
At 8.30 pm documentary film to be defined

"La terza forza in Italia dal secondo dopoguerra"
Massimo Teodori (historian and essayist)
Introduction by Carlo De Maria (University of Bologna)
At 5.00 pm
"Il trentennio glorioso"
Nadia Urbinati (Columbia University)
Michele Di Donato (University of Pisa)
Sheri Berman (Columbia University)
Bruno Settis (Foundation Luigi Einaudi, London School of Economics)
At 9.00 pm show at il Teatro Félix Guattari, Via Orto del Fuoco, 3
"Vincenzina e le altre. Canti di lavoro, di lotta e di libertà"
Paola Sabbatani (singer), Roberto Bartoli (contrabass) and Daniele Santimone (guitar)

At 10.00 am, Salone comunale
"La “terza via” e i conti con il liberismo"
Discussion by the economists Michele Salvati and Salvatore Biasco
Moderator: Thomas Casadei
At 3.00 pm
"La socialdemocrazia è morta?"
Michael Walzer (Institute for Advanced Study di Princeton)
Nadia Urbinati (Columbia University)
Michael Kazin (Georgetown University)
Elena Granaglia (Roma Tre, Forum Disuguaglianze Diversità)
Michael Rustin (University of East London)
Michele Battini (Università di Pisa)
coordinator Wlodek Goldkorn

For the occasion, the exposition titled “1919-1926: Fascism as a movement and regime” by the Anna Kuliscioff Foundation will be displayed.

A new exposition of “Forlì 1944, una strage comune” will be proposed and there will be the presentation of the website “”, created in collaboration with the Municipality (Council of the Youth Policies) in a project entitled “Stories and history”, which traces back the history of the 18 Jewish victims, together with other Italian citizens, of the massacre that happened in Forlì in September 1944.

During these days, inside the spaces of the 900Fest, people can visit the exposition about the life of Carlo and Nello Rosselli and about the magazine “Giustizia e Libertà”.

Entrance: free entry

Information and Booking Centre

Alfred Lewin Foundation of Forlì
Via Duca Valentino, 11 - 47121 Forlì - Phone: ++39 0543.36698 - Fax: ++39 0543.30421
Weekday timetable:

Monday to Saturday from 9.00am to 6.00pm

Weekend timetable:


By Turismo Forlivese editorial staff (Sep 28, 2019)

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