Batch. Practically 50 conferences in 2022-2023 with College For All of Cahors

Danièle Mariotto, President of the UPTCQ, Michel Durand, Geneviève Guinde and Christiane Dewitte, from the University for All Cahors Quercy. (©Atu Lot)

There is no age to learn. And that, theUniversity for All Cahors Quercy (UPTCQ) claims loud and clear by offering around 50 conferences on topics as varied as ever for this new academic year 2022-2023 at the cahors at the Batch.

Building on the success of the previous season, which managed to reconnect with the presidential conferences after two difficult years of health crisis, UPTCQ begins a new school year with a renewed team and enthusiasm still intact.

2021 review

Last year, around 340 members were registered, two-thirds of whom were from Cahors and Grand Cahors.

54 conferences were held, some of which were carried over from the previous year, with 3,270 participants, and 3 workshops were held (genealogy, digital and photography).

The Gambetta Year, which started in 2020, ended in 2021 with great performances in the theater and will have reached a total of 700 people.

a new team

At the end of the general meeting on September 22, the 15 members of the board of directors were elected. A new Board was created, composed of Danièle Mariotto, president succeeding Michel Bellanger, Michel Durand, vice-president, Geneviève Guinde, treasurer, Christiane Dewitte and Marc Selles, secretaries.

On the program for 2022-2023

For this new year, 48 conferences are planned, on increasingly varied topics (philosophy, art, architecture, literature, archaeology, medieval and contemporary history, paleontology, geology, law, bioethics, etc.). Appointments are scheduled twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the afternoon (2:30 pm), mainly at the Maurice Faure University Center.

This year, once again, most of the speakers are from Lot, mostly volunteers, who have a perfect command of the subject, and the association is particularly committed to ensuring that scientific and methodological rigor is respected.

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Some highlights for this new season stand out, with emphasis on the inaugural conference tuesday 4 October 2022 at the Mas de Saboth in Vers, in partnership with the Société des Études du Lot, in honor of Jean Moulierat “A Quercynois servant of art and heritage”. Danièle Mariotto will evoke this great tenor of the Opera Comique, born in Vers, who saved the castle of Castelnau-Bretenouux from ruin before donating it to the State after his death. The singer Frédéric Daubié will illustrate the conference with arias from opera by Jean Moulierat (free, open to all). The UPTC also wants to be open to current issues and will invite the 14 October Joël Collado, a former meteorologist who made weather reports at France Inter or France Info, among others, to discuss weather and climate.

A week will be dedicated to Molière, on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of his birth, with two conferences: Anne-Marie Bardes will present “The imaginary patient” at the 15 November and Danièle Mariotto will discuss the relationship between Molière and royalty (royal power, censorship and patronage) in 17 November.

The 15 December 2022Georges Ribeill, railway historian, will talk about the famous Cahors-Moissac ghost line, known as Chasselas.

Finally, health conferences always catering to a certain interest, three conferences will be led by Lot practitioners on the topic “how will we be treated in 2023? “.

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