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Lifecourse Institute Distinguished Lecture “Inequality and Diversity across the Lifecourse: Intercultural Perspectives”
The Lifecourse Institute (LCI) at NUI Galway held its annual Honorary Public Lecture on Wednesday, 18 May entitled "Inequality and Diversity across the Lifecourse: Intercultural Perspectives". The main speaker, UNESCO Chair, Professor Jagdish Gundara addressed the issues of interculturalism, diversity, inequality and how groups of children and families, older people and people with disabilities are affected. The lessons learnt from interculturalism in the UK and elsewhere were drawn on, as well as the Irish perspective and where we stand now within a recession context and going forward.
Pictured (L-R) are: Prof. Jagdish Gundara, Dr. Siobhán Mullally, Jack Peffers (European Development Officer of the Institute of Education, University of London), Prof. Tom Scharf (ICSG), Prof. Pat Dolan
Professor Gundara is a distinguished academic in the area of intercultural education and human rights and holds the UNESCO Chair in Intercultural Education in the University of London. He has also acted as an advisor to a range of Governments on intercultural approaches, including the former Prime Minister of the UK, Tony Blair.
His presentation was followed by a response from an Irish perspective by Dr. Siobhán Mullally of the Law Faculty of University College Cork. Dr. Mullally is an expert on international human rights law and its applicability in Ireland and elsewhere and has published and presented widely on issues on interculturalism, equality, gender issues. She has also acted as an advisor to a range of UN bodies and international NGOs. Dr. Siobhán Mullally has held visiting posts in a range of international universities, including Harvard and Cornell Law Schools.
The Lifecourse Institute comprises a multidisciplinary facility which is intended to integrate and enhance the work of three existing centres at NUI Galway: the Centre for Disability Law and Policy, the Child and Family Research Centre, and the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology. The aim of the Lifecourse Institute is to impact positively on future policies for children and families, persons with disabilities and older people through advancing an integrated approach to research, policy and services.
Video downloads and speaker presentations available here:
Robins, L. & Kinlen, L. (2011) Interculturalism and the Lifecourse - A discussion paper. Galway: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre.