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1 May 2014

Interculturalism lecture by leading professor

Professor Ted Cantle CBE will argue the case for interculturalism at a special lecture at the University next week.

Prof Cantle, whose ground breaking report in 2001 gave a national overview of the state of race and community relations and drew attention to polarised and segregated communities, will present a lecture titled The Changing Role of the State: National Identity and the Case for Interculturalism.

In this lecture, Prof Cantle will draw on his 30 years of experience to discuss how national governments have been slow to recognise the impact of fluidity of population change.

He will look at how they have also clung onto the pretence of the integrity of national borders and governance; attempting to deny the interdependence brought by globalisation, and resorting to re-creating or reinforcing ‘national stories’ that in turn reproduce a fear of ‘others’ within communities.

He will explore how governments and communities can tackle this problem and fear, calling for a systematic attempt to engage with globalisation through intercultural education.

The lecture takes place in the University’s Brockington Building on Wednesday 7 May from 1-2.30pm.

For more information contact event organiser Marco Antonsich on