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ULAB organizes international webinar series on protecting diversity, tolerance amid Covid-19

  • Published at 08:06 pm September 14th, 2020
ULAB organizes international webinar series on protecting diversity, tolerance amid Covid-19

The webinar series will run over three consecutive Saturdays, the first  scheduled for the upcoming Saturday, September 19, at 8pm

The Center for Enterprise and Society (CES), a leading Bangladeshi university-based think tank linked with the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB), has organized an international webinar series on the theme, “Protecting Diversity, Tolerance and Pluralism amid the Pandemic.”

This effort aims to offer critical perspectives on how Covid-19 has exacerbated fault lines along with race, culture, gender, sexual orientation, religion and other constructs of identity, according to a press release issued on Monday. 

The role of the internet as a unifying factor has come under severe scrutiny in recent years as it has been used to sow even more divisions, the release added. 

The idea of social media networks serving as “echo chambers” that harden nationalist, ethnic and religious identities has also been a prominent discourse and these will also be discussed over the course of the series, read the release.

The series will address the shrinking space for dialogue, critical thinking and rational debate.

The webinar series will run over three consecutive Saturdays, the first  scheduled for the upcoming Saturday, September 19, at 8pm. 

Participants in the webinar series include Dr Francis X Clooney, professor at Harvard University; Dr Tariq Modood, professor at the University of Bristol; Dr Agustin Fuentes of Princeton University; Dr Robert L McKenzie, associate professor at Columbia University; Dr Imtiaz Ahmed, professor at Dhaka University and Dr Samia Huq, associate professor at Brac University’s School of International and Public Affairs. 

The sessions will be moderated by Sajid Amit, associate professor at ULAB and director of CES. 

CES has partnered with Chatham House, a leading international think tank based in London, UK, and Impact and Policy Research Institute (IMPRI), a think tank based in New Delhi, India, for the upcoming events and associated research activities.