Mind Sharpener

“Mind Sharpener” – a series of lively, thought-provoking talks and debates varying from academic research to reflections stemming from professional practice. Topics range from the origins of language to mathematical models, from authority in education to digital storytelling and much more (see https://davidecastiglione.com/mind-sharpener-series-public-talks/ for the full list of past events). Really, anything that is inspiring, stimulating and informative, with speakers combining competence and passion. The idea is to bring the fruits of professional or self-taught knowledge, speculative research and practice-based introspection to a wide and diversified audience: you!

You will not just be listeners but active participants who raise questions, proposing solutions, engaging in the tasks and quizzes provided by the speakers. It should be a rewarding experience for everyone. So far it has been!

Interested in giving a talk? Send a 200-250 word abstract and a 50-100 word bio to davide.castiglione@ideas-block.com

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Sunday, January 3rd, 2021

Check out the revamped Mind Sharpener page on my personal website!


“The Mind Sharpener” is a series of lively, thought-provoking talks and debates rooted in academic research but of general interest and open to everyone.

Monday, November 30th, 2020

We invite you all to our next mind sharpener event (online) on 10th December. Our guest Laura Vilkaitė-Lozdienė, who already gave a talk on language acquisition back in 2018, this time will talk us ... See more

Wednesday, October 21st, 2020

Happening tomorrow, online; drawing on their first-hand experience, Emilija Mecelicaitė and Janine Simpson will virtually bring us to Northern Sri Lanka, showing us the potential as well as the ... See more

Thursday, March 12th, 2020

Here comes the report of our last event... ps: unfortunately our next event, due on 25th March, will be postponed due to the coronavirus emergency.

Music “Vs” Sound Art

In this fascinating ... See more

Tuesday, February 25th, 2020
Mind Sharpener: Music vs Sound art (Video)

Last Thursday 🙂

EducationEventsProgramTalks Mind Sharpener: Music vs Sound art (Video) Posted 02/25/202002/25/2020 ideasblock The video of the talk and discussion with experimental electroacoustic Yiorgis ... See more

Saturday, December 21st, 2019

Whether or not you missed our last talk of the year ("Current Art in Mexico", by Amilcar Rivera), we've prepared a report for you! Enjoy the read!

Amilcar has accompanied us through Mexican Art from ... See more

Wednesday, December 11th, 2019
Mind Sharpener - Current art in Mexico

Streaming of Amilcar's talk!

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Sunday, December 8th, 2019

Dear friends, our next event, on Wed 11 December at 19.00, will be about contemporary art in Mexico, by Amilcar Rivera: don't missi it!

In the meanwhile, please find our report of Manuel Velasquez's ... See more

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019
Mind Sharpener: A Man's World? Gender in Film Criticism

Here's the streaming of the talk. Thanks to all of you for coming, and thanks to Vaida again for her thorough and engaging talk! See you again on 27th November, when we will be hearing about music ... See more

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Monday, October 28th, 2019
Mind Sharpener