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Clash of civilisation or chance to co-operate?

16 June 10

The University of Bradford's School of Lifelong Education and Development will host a talk titled 'Clash of Civilisations or chance to co-operate' by Canon Chris Chivers and Anjum Anwar on Monday 28 June 2010.

The event, part of the 'Faith and the City' programme, has been developed by the University's School of Lifelong Education and Development in partnership with the Bradford District Faiths Forum.

The lecture will focus on the late Samuel P Huntington's book 'The Clash of Civilisation' who argues that religion was the problem with the world and that all religions do is promote conflict. Chris and Anjum will discuss if this is true and if religion really is a negative or positive force, along with exploring whether it the source of problems or can point towards the solutions for which each society longs.

Canon Chris Chivers is a Canon Chancellor of Blackburn Cathedral and founding director of exChange, the cathedral's community cohesion, education, outreach and interfaith development agency.

Anjum Anwar MBE is a teacher who has a unique job as a Muslim member of the staff of a cathedral. She was appointed as a dialogue development officer at Blackburn Cathedral in April 2007, working on its community cohesion, education, outreach and interfaith development agency programme. Her main role is to promote inter-faith understanding and dialogue.

Dean of the School of Lifelong Education and Development at the University of Bradford, Nadira Mirza, said "Anjum and Chris will show how they have used dialogue or plain honest talking to bring understanding between individuals in places of conflict such as Palestine, Lebanon, Jerusalem and Bosnia, and their community in Blackburn. It will be good to see how we can use this method to get people of all faiths and backgrounds to talk about their differences and see how we can make our city and district an even better place to live and work in."

The discussion will be held at 6pm in the JSB Lecture Theatre, Richmond Building at the University. Places are free but must be booked in advance. To reserve your place please email or call 01274 395395.

16 June 10

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