‘Re-imagining the Tower of Babel’Languages, Cultures, Cultural Diplomacy & World Peace
When: May, 25th – 28th 2020
Where: University of Luxembourg – Campus Belval – Esch-sur-Alzette
Under the high patronage of their Royal Highnesses the Hereditary Grand Duke and the Hereditary Grand Duchess
Under the patronage of the European Parliament
‘Allow me to express how much the European Parliament appreciates your initiative, which aims to bring together academics and students from prominent universities to reflect on the complexities of human communication and find new ways to develop skills. Good communication is key when it comes to positive social interaction. At the same time, communication can also be a source of conflict and misunderstanding. Today more than ever, there is huge demand to improve communication in order to find problems to major global Cultures with different values, customs, points of view and economic systems need to agree and cooperate because our future is at stake. Initiatives like yours that aim to explore patterns of communication and the way they shape, hinder and enable more meaningful relationships are essential to achieving this.’
David Maria Sassoli, President of the European Parliament
The Transatlantic Dialogue conference series on global citizens, held in Luxembourg since 2008, explores the significance of culture and liberal education for fostering global citizenship from both US and European perspectives.
‘In the 2014 edition of Transatlantic Dialogue Dr. Elizabeth Minnich, Senior Scholar for the Association of American Colleges and Universities, assessed the contribution of culture to our development as social beings on a global scale. She noted how contexts into which we are born may be both endowed with meaning, as well as deciphered, through our practice of culture.
Furthermore, the ‘more astute awareness we achieve concerning our own and others’ cultures, the more sophisticated we can be as thinkers and actors on a world stage.’ Therefore, our engagement with diverse forms of cultural expression may enable us to relate to different codes of humanity with confidence, sympathy and growing curiosity towards each other.’
Looking forward to welcoming you at the 5th Anniversary Edition …