Dialogue Studies MA Placement: Week 1

Mon, 23 Jan 2012 10:00 in Courses
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Date: 23rd Jan – 27th Jan 2012

Monday

Induction with Dialogue Society Staff

Including an introduction to the organisation, office policies, the structure of the placement and advice on the basics of project management.

Dialogue School Session 1: The Approach of the Dialogue Society

With Executive Director Ozcan Keles.

The session explored the inspiration behind the Dialogue Society and looked at how this coloured the practical strategies of the organisation.

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Tuesday

Dialogue’s Apprentice

With the help of Academic Director Dr Cem Erbil and the ‘Community Centres: Branching Out’ Community Dialogue Manual, students prepared to begin organising their very own community dialogue projects in partnership with two London community centres: the Mevlana Rumi Mosque and Dialogue Centre (Edmonton) and Amity Educational Foundation (Redbridge).

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Wednesday

London Visits

Students gained a valuable insight into Sikh faith and practice through their visit to the Central Gurdwara, the oldest established Sikh place of worship in Europe. Westminster Community Coordinator Amir Sabanovic also gave them a tour of ‘leafy London’: Kensington, Knightsbridge and Chelsea.

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Thursday

Dialogue’s Apprentice

In their two teams of four, our students planned a selection of possible dialogue initiatives prior to meeting with the community centres the following week.

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Friday

External Event: Holocaust Memorial Day at Islington Town Hall

Some of our students attended Islington Town Hall’s Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony, a moving experience. See Volkan Akdag’s column for more.

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Sunday

External Event: Chinese New Year Celebrations in Manchester

Some of the students visited Manchester for a festive experience of Chinese culture in the UK, seeing in the Year of the Dragon.

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