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5 Mar 2015

Learning to live together in diversity – join the debate at Loughborough University

Professor Ted Cantle

Leading international scholars will discuss the topic of learning to live together in diversity at a public lecture hosted by Loughborough University.

The lecture will include contributions from Professor Tariq Modood MBE from the University of Bristol and Professor Ted Cantle CBE who established the former Institute of Community Cohesion (now the iCoCo Foundation). They will debate ‘interculturalism versus multiculturalism’, which will be followed by a question and answer session.

Professor Modood is the author of over 30 books and reports on multiculturalism, as well as racism, racial equality, secularism, and the politics of being Muslim in the West, with a special reference to British Asian Muslims. A director of the Centre for Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship at the University of Bristol, he is also the co-founding editor of the international journal Ethnicities and was awarded an MBE for services to social sciences and ethnic relations in 2001.

Professor Cantle authored the term ‘community cohesion’ in 2001, when he led the review team that produced the Cantle Report for the Home Office. The Report analysed civic disturbances in Bradford, Burnley and Oldham.More recently, he has championed interculturalism as a way to move beyond multiculturalism. A visiting professor at the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University, Ted Cantle is also chief executive of Nottingham City Council and a former undersecretary at the Association of Metropolitan Authorities.

Professor Darren Smith, Migration, Identity and the State (MIS) Research Cluster Leader at Loughborough University, said: “We are delighted to welcome two such prominent public figures in the domain of migration and diversity to the University. As part of this public lecture, both professors will be presenting their case on ways of living together in diversity. We will be inviting the public to get involved in the debate as part of a question and answer session.”

The free public lecture takes place on Wednesday 25 March 2015, from 1pm to 3pm, in Room HE010 in the Clyde Williams Building. It will be chaired by Dr Marco Antonsich from the School of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences. No booking is necessary.

Notes for editors

Article reference number: PR 15/23

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times. Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and has been voted England's Best Student Experience for six years running in the Times Higher Education league. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

In 2015 the University will open an additional academic campus in London’s new innovation quarter. Loughborough University in London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, will offer postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities.

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