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Centre Closure

Centre closure over the festive season

The Monash Prato Centre will be closed from Friday 22 December 2017 to Monday 1 January 2018 inclusive.

The Monash Prato Centre staff wishes you all a very merry festive season and a Happy New Year!

Buone feste a tutti!

Art as Archive: Archive as Art & The Imagined Archive

Samantha Bertoldi reperformance of artwork by David Rosetzky
15th Prato CIRN Community Informatics Research Network Conference

Taking its theme as Art as Archive: Archive as Art & The Imagined Archive, the 15th CIRN Prato Conference proved fertile ground for exploring a range of ideas related to archival literacy. A key element was the exhibition and associated paracuratorial programme in which the boundaries of contemporary art and archival practice were tested through practice.

Bill Kent Memorial Lecture

Professor John Henderson delivers the 2017 Bill Kent Memorial Lecture
On 5 October, leading social historian of renaissance Italy, Professor John Henderson, delivered the 2017 Bill Kent Memorial Lecture to a packed audience.

Coping with Plague: Public Health and Epidemics in Renaissance Italy was the topic of the 2017 Bill Kent Memorial Lecture, dedicated to renowned scholar of the Italian Renaissance and Founding Director of the Monash University Prato Centre, Professor Bill Kent. Staff, students, alumni, and fellow scholars gathered to pay tribute to Bill and to hear Professor Henderson's re-assessment of the political response to plague.

Hundreds turn out for 2nd edition of Prato Urban Run

Prato Urban Run participants entering Monash Prato
Monash Prato participates in the second edition of the Prato Urban Run on Sunday 1 October 2017.

Notwithstanding the Autumn rain, nearly 1000 people turned out last Sunday for the second edition of the Prato Urban Run, a non-competitive annual sporting event organised by the Youth Sports Training Centre (CGFS) in collaboration with the Prato Municipality (Comune di Prato).  Local families, young children in strollers, dogs with their owners, and visting staff from Monash Australia took part in a 6km walking circuit around the historical centre which included sites of importance, public spaces, and private

New Arts semester program in Prato kicks off

A big welcome to the new cohort of Monash students who arrived yesterday, 25 September, for the first edition of the Arts Semester in Prato.

This program allows Arts students for the first time to study at the Prato Centre for up to three months, choosing among the various units offered in three different blocks. The programs offers units in Italian language, Human rights, Cinema, History and Sociology, among others. For a full description of the units offered please visit the Arts Semester in Prato website.



Climate change, China on the bill at international business sustainability conference


World-leading researchers in business and economic sustainability recently gathered at the Monash University Prato Centre to discuss some of the most pressing issues facing industry, including climate change, trade, financial regulation, supply chains and role of China in sustainable growth.

More than 40 international researchers from Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, India, the Netherlands, Sweden and Germany attended the invitation-only 5th annual Monash Business and Sustainability Network Workshop on Sustainable Development.

Settembre Pratese Festival

Image of Fluro Run in Piazza Duomo
During the month of September, Prato will host a series of exciting concerts and events taking place in the city's main squares and surrounding sites of interest.

London artist Benjamin Clementine in concert in Piazza Duomo, electronic beats featuring in the Emperor's Castle, historic football, and a city run colour themed 'fluro' are just some of the exciting events that will be taking place this September in Prato.

Many events are free while concert tickets can be purchased in advance.  See the festival website or speak to a Monash Prato member of staff for further details.