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A critical reflection – discussion forum

27 October 2014

You are invited to a forum to discuss controversial and sensitive topics in a safe setting:

Every Thursday in November, 2–4pm, Cavendish House, Room CH1.08

We begin the new academic year with many of the same challenges as present in previous years. Recent events in Gaza, Iraq and Syria have highlighted some of those challenges and have given particular emphasis, identity and urgency to the University’s management of countering violent extremism more generally.

We also have to do our utmost to keep the ‘bandwidth of tolerance’ as wide as possible in an increasingly turbulent global climate, while maintaining a full spectrum of active student groups. This means continuing to allow for non-violent cultural, religious and political experimentation; and, providing for the recreational, spiritual and social needs of our students.

The forum will be facilitated in the spirit of openness. The Chatham House rule may be applied to some of the discussion – this means that participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speakers, nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.

All students and staff are welcome.

For booking and more information, contact the University’s Interfaith Advisor, Yusuf Kaplan, at y.kaplan@westminster.ac.uk.


About the University of Westminster:

The University of Westminster boasts a vibrant learning environment attracting more than 20,000 students from over 150 nations and we continue to invest in our future with new developments, research projects and new ideas.

We offer highly attractive practice-based courses that are independently rated as excellent, many with international recognition. Our distinguished 175-year history has meant we lead the way in many areas of research, particularly politics, media, art and design, architecture and biomedical sciences, and our position in the city of London allows us to continue to build on our close connections with leading figures and organisations in these areas as well as in the worlds of business, information technology, politics and law.

Our commitment to educating graduates for the needs of professional life attracts high quality students from within the UK and around the globe.

Internationalisation, employability and sustainability are key elements in the University of Westminster’s vision for the future and we strive to ensure the very highest standards are met and maintained.


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