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Forty years ago, in 1982, in an Italy scarred by over a decade of political terrorism, a man made a revolutionary bet on peace and brought it to university classrooms as a teaching subject. Civic engagement and scientific rigour were the hallmarks of his approach to building a more just, equitable, inclusive and democratic society, starting from the education of young people.

It was a deep feeling of accountability and a desire to take care of others

that moved Antonio Papisca, a professor at the University of Padua, when he started a center for research and training on human rights and the rights of peoples. This is now known as the Center for Human Rights, the first of its kind to be created within a university.

Knowledge is freedom.

Forty years ago, in 1982, in an Italy scarred by over a decade of political terrorism, a man made a revolutionary bet on peace and brought it to university classrooms as a teaching subject. Civic engagement and scientific rigour were the hallmarks of his approach to building a more just, equitable, inclusive and democratic society, starting from the education of young people. It was a deep feeling of accountability and a desire to take care of others that moved Antonio Papisca, a professor at the University of Padua, when he started a center for research and training on human rights and the rights of peoples. This is now known as the Center for Human Rights, the first of its kind to be created within a university.

Knowledge is freedom.