Northampton Community Engagement Dinner

Sun, 02 Dec 2012 19:00 in Community Engagement

Where: Hilton Hotel, 100 Watering Lane Collingtree, Northampton, NN4 0XW
Date: Sunday, 2nd December 2012
Time: 19.00

Speakers:

  • Prof Mike Hardy, Executive Director, Institute of Community Cohesion, Coventry University
  • Prof Alan Manning, Centre for Economic Performance (CEP), The London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Dr Chris Allen, Institute of Applied Social Studies, School of Social Policy at the University of Birmingham

Abstract

The Dialogue Society Northampton Branch organises annual Community Engagement Dinners, to foster dialogue and understanding between diverse people in Northampton and the surrounding area. The dinners bring together community leaders from different backgrounds, policy makers and the wider public to get to know one another over dinner and to reflect together on important social issues. People of diverse religions and of no religion are invited to attend.

The theme of this 7th Annual Community Dialogue Dinner is 'Achieving cohesiveness through multiculturalism: is it possible?' Three distinguished speakers, Prof Mike Hardy, Prof Alan Manning and Dr Chris Allen, will give their reflections on the question, providing food for thought for the whole gathering. Discussion will continue among the diverse group of guests at each table.

Biography of Professor Mike Hardy

Professor Mike Hardy is an established leader in intercultural dialogue with a wealth of international experience including a specific interest in diversity and cultural exchange. He was appointed to frame and lead British Council's global programme in intercultural dialogue.

Mike has recently been appointed as lead expert for 'Identity' for the Vodafone-sponsored new Future-Agenda Initiative. He was invited to the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2011, Davos-Klosters, and attended as a constituent; he continues to contribute to conferences, global discussions and applied research in intercultural dialogue, multiculturalism and diversity.

Mike was awarded the OBE in 2001 for his work in the Middle East, and was appointed a Companion of Honour of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the Queen's Birthday Honours June 2010 for his work internationally in intercultural dialogue.

Biography of Prof Alan Manning

Alan Manning is Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics where he teaches and conducts research. His main areas of research have been the minimum wage, inequality, the gender pay gap and immigration.

Biography of Dr Chris Allen

Dr. Allen is a sociologist at the Institute of Applied Social Studies (IASS) at the University of Birmingham and an expert on the topic of contemporary Islamophobia. He has worked on the issues of inequality and discrimination.

Shortly after the events of 9/11 he was commissioned by the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia to co-author its "Summary report on Islamophobia in the EU after 11 September 2001" with Jorgen S. Nielsen.

Dr. Allen received funding from the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to undertake research into the phenomenon of Islamophobia.

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