November 2010, Issue 7

Dear Friend,

It is my pleasure to update you on a most interesting month at the Dialogue Society.

As Labour selected its new leader and members of the coalition government reflected on its initial months in power, we were very pleased to be able to discuss our work with a range of MPs, delegates and members at the Labour and Conservative Party Conferences. In the week that the ruling coalition of the Netherlands signed a "tolerance" agreement with Geert Wilders, who has branded Islam as "fascist," it was poignant to be in that nation's capital city for a conference on the movement inspired by Muslim intellectual Fethullah Gülen, who has for so long preached tolerance and dialogue.

Back at home this last week, just before the Chancellor's critical Spending Review, we had the privilege of discussing the purpose of Higher Education with Professor Malcolm Gillies of London Metropolitan University, and with a range of distinguished roundtable guests.

We have a lot to look forward to in the coming months. In November we will be very pleased to welcome Prof Malcolm Grant, President and Provost of UCL, for a roundtable event continuing our discussions of Higher Education, and Canon Alan Billings, who will join us for a seminar titled "God and Community Cohesion."

By the end of next month we will also have embarked upon two significant new projects: the Media School, which aims to empower young people and community groups to develop and enhance their media engagement skills and ability and a panel discussion series entitled Making Dialogue Effective. We look forward to your involvement and participation in these free and public events.

Warmest Regards
Ozcan Keles
Executive Director

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Roundtable with Prof Malcolm Gillies, VC of London Metropolitan University: "What is Higher Education for?"

Roundtable with Prof Malcolm Gillies, VC of London Metropolitan University:

19/10/2010 - The Dialogue Society was proud to host Professor Malcolm Gillies for a roundtable discussion on the question, "What is Higher Education for?" On the day before the Chancellor's Spending Review announcing heavy cuts to higher education, the discussion, Prof Gillies noted, came at "the worst moment in history to say something definitive on Higher Education." However, it was a fitting time for thoughtful reflection on the proper priorities of Higher Education at the beginning of a period when something will inevitably have to give. Following Prof Gillies' most interesting reflections, discussion notably explored the relative importance of different subject areas, the key question of who Higher Education is for, and the issue of the common, rather narrow identification of value in Higher Education with economic benefits. A distinguished group of guests, including prominent figures in Higher Education management, politics, civil society and media made for searching exploration of a most topical issue.

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Mapping the Gülen Movement: a Multidimensional Approach

Mapping the Gülen Movement: a Multidimensional Approach, 07/10/2010

07/10/2010 - A Dialogue Society group attended a highly interesting academic exploration of the nature and dynamics of the "Gülen Movement" in Amsterdam on 7th October. Proceedings began with an introductory speech from Prof Do?u Ergil of Ankara University, and panels were composed of a decidedly international group of eminent academics. The conference invited searching independent and critical analysis of a range of aspects of the movement. Notably, Prof Rose Ebaugh of the University of Houston examined the financial dimension of the movement, Dr Muhammed Cetin of the Rumi Foundation, Washington DC looked at the structural dimension and Dr Prof Maria Curtis of the University of Houston-Clear Lake, Texas, shared her research into the gender dimension. Discussion was open and lively. Professor Paul Weller gave some closing reflections, drawing on personal experience in his positive comments on the movement's ethos and values. The conference's organisers at Amsterdam's Dialoog Academie published full proceedings.

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The Dialogue Society visits the Conservative Party Conference

The Dialogue Society visits the Conservative Party Conference, 02/10/201002/10/2010 - The Dialogue Society was very pleased to be able to host a stall at the Conservative Party's Annual Conference. The stall was visited by a large number of guests, including MPs, Cabinet Members and other senior Ministers, ambassadors, councillors, journalists and representatives of civil society organisations. We were able to present and discuss our work, objectives and future projects. We were also glad to be able to attend a number of fringe meetings on a range of topics of social importance, raising questions suggested by our experience in intercultural dialogue.

The Dialogue Society has been attending party conferences for the past two years in an attempt to supplement its existing and longstanding community work with policy-maker outreach and dialogue and academic research and engagement.

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The Dialogue Society visits the Labour Party Conference

The Dialogue Society visits the Labour Party Conference, 26/09/201026/09/2010 - The Dialogue Society was very pleased to be able to host a stall at the Labour Party's Annual Conference, and to witness the election of the party's new leader, Ed Miliband. The Dialogue Society stall was visited by a large number of guests, including MPs, Shadow Cabinet Members, ambassadors, councillors, journalists and representatives of civil society organisations. We were able to present and discuss our work, objectives and future projects. We were also glad to be able to attend a number of fringe meetings on a range of topics of social importance, raising questions suggested by our experience in intercultural dialogue.

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Dialogue Society's 10th Anniversary Dinner and Awards Ceremony

Dialogue Society's 10th Anniversary Dinner and Awards Ceremony

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Past & Forthcoming Events

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Internship at the Dialogue Society

The Dialogue Society is currently offering volunteering placement opportunities for candidates from all backgrounds and interests. We provide a unique, dynamic and stimulating work experience where volunteers are encouraged to plan, build and deliver their own projects whilst contributing to other ongoing projects and tasks.

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