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Is there a right way to address diversity in Britain?

Tuesday March 19th, 5pm

Professor Ted Cantle CBE, Dr Varun Uberoi, Sughra Ahmed

Venue: Dining Room, Wesley House

Ted Cantle

On Tuesday 19th March Professor Ted Cantle CBE will deliver a Woolf Institute lecture entitled: "Is there a right way to address diversity in Britain?" His respondents will be Dr Varun Uberoi and Sughra Ahmed.

In August 2001, Ted Cantle was appointed by the Home Secretary to Chair the Community Cohesion Review Team to lead the review of the causes of the summer disturbances in Oldham, Burnley and Bradford. This ground breaking Report– known as ‘The Cantle Report’–introduced the concept of community cohesion  to UK policy and practice.

More recently, Ted has worked on developing the idea of interculturalism for a new era of globalisation and super-diversity. This is the subject of his new book - Interculturalism:the New Era of Cohesion and Diversity which will be launched in Cambridge at this event. Within this work he argues that multiculturalism "no longer enjoys popular nor political support" and that a progressive re-appraisal is required, "capable of accommodating more globalised populations and fluid and dynamic forms of identity".

His respondents will offer their own perspectives on interculturalism and accommodating diversity in Britain: Dr Varun Uberoi is a Lecturer in the Department of Politics and History at the University of Brunel and also author of 'Nationbuilding through multiculturalism' (forthcoming Palgrave Macmillan), Sughra Ahmed is a member of the Policy Research Centre of the Islamic Foundation and will provide a response based on her extensive experience of working with both communities and policy makers.



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