№ 354/2008 from Nov 10, 2008
The first conference organized jointly by Freie Universität Berlin, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, and the University of Chicago will be held on November 14 and 15, 2008. Its theme is "Race, Ethnicity and Religion – A Transatlantic Perspective on Civil Society." It is being organized by the German University Alliance, the joint North American liaison office of the two German universities. The conference is being held at the University of Chicago and is being sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
Scholars from the three universities and selected experts from other institutions will consider how the United States and Europe have approached questions of tolerance and inclusion of groups of different ethnic and religious backgrounds in their civil socieites.
This first joint conference seeks to address differences and similarities in the discourse on tolerance from European and American perspectives. It will attempt to define the societal and civil role of this discourse in societies that claim to be part of a global society. The participants will analyze distinctive and common features in the culturally evolved value systems, discussing transfer and socio-cultural boundaries. In addition, the participants will take a closer look at governmental and societal instruments that facilitate tolerance and understanding of the concept of equality of all individuals.
Friday, November 14 (starts at 2:00 pm) and Saturday, November 15 (starts at 9:00 am); University of Chicago, Franke Institute for the Humanities
Andrea Adam, German University Alliance, 871 United Nations Plaza. New York, NY 10017, USA, Telephone: +1 212 758 3392, Email: adam@GermanUniversities.org