“A World Without Walls“:
An International Congress on "Soft Power", Cultural Diplomacy and Interdependence

(November 6th - 10th 2009, Berlin)

The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy is pleased to present...

The Role of Education in a World Without Walls

(Panel discussion)

Berlin, Friday, 6th November at (11:00am)
The ICD House of Arts & Culture

As the world celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall and reflects on the changing nature of international relations over the past two decades, the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) will host a panel discussion of renowned scholars and academic practitioners that will consider how the role of universities has altered and asses the challenges these institutions face in preparing young leaders for the contemporary global environment.

“The Role of Education in a World Without Walls” takes place within the framework of the ICD event “A World Without Walls: An International Congress on Soft Power, Cultural Diplomacy and Interdependence” (Berlin, 6th – 9th November) and will bring together leading scholars and academic practitioners from across the world to share their views on the growing popularity of universities and the challenges these institutions face in adapting their methods and policies to reflect modern international relations.

The discussion will be chaired by renowned political theorist Dr. Benjamin Barber (Professor, University of Maryland, author of “Jihad Vs. McWorld”) and the panellists will include:
  • Dr. Jo Ritzen (Former Dutch Minister of Education, Culture, and Science; President of University of Maastricht),
  • Martin Hope (Director Benelux and EU office at British Council, Former Director British Council Moscow at British Council)
The audience for the discussion will consist of the participants of the ICD program “A World Without Walls: An International Congress on Soft Power, Cultural Diplomacy and Interdependence” and a select group of ICD Young Leaders, who will have the opportunity to raise questions once the panel has finished.