Presentation Details

The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Curricular Transformation For Human & Ecological Sustainability

Elisabeth Ferrero, Roberto Tagliaferri.

This presentation will put forward the curricular changes necessary in the methodology, especially in the humanities, in order to bring complexity to the globalisation overtaking all disciplines in higher education today.

The humanities have the responsibility to change the focal point of education from economics to a philosophical and cultural perspective for a new, olistic paradigm.

The presentation will focus on creative, new transformations based on systemic paradigms in theology, philosophy, literature and the arts. All disciplines must embrace systemic thinking in all forms of learning to bring about a sustainable way of life.


Elisabeth Ferrero  (United States)
Department of English, Communication, & Humanities
Saint Thomas University

Elisabeth M. Ferrero, Ph.D., is Professor of Humanities at Saint Thomas University in Miami, Florida, USA. where she teaches philosophy and literature. Deeply interested in environmental and social justice, she has been involved in curricula transformation at the college level since 1990. She is also a published poet.

Roberto Tagliaferri  (Italy)
Associate Professor
Faculty of Theology

Roberto Tagliaferri, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of theology at the Istituto di Teologia Liturgica S. Giustina of Padova, Italy. His main research deals with epistemological problems of the theology of liturgy; anthropology; the languages of the sacred with various contributions on the architecture of sacred spaces, aesthetics and contemporary art.

  • Poverty
  • Reductionism
  • Curricula.
  • Education
  • Systemic Paradigms

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)