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 [email protected].