9 July 2023
It is said people get the leaders they deserve. If this is true, can we all change so that leaders realise that leading with kindness, integrity, compassion and mutual respect is the way forward for maintaining a stable and peaceful world order?
In a special collaboration with MACFEST, the Muslim Arts and Culture Festival, the Manchester Lit & Phil are delighted and honoured to be hosting an ‘in conversation’ event with the eminent scholar, diplomat, author, poet, playwright, and polymath, Professor Akbar Ahmed.
Following a distinguished career in academia and public service, Akbar has devoted himself to the healing of the many harmful divisions between peoples and communities of different religions throughout the world, as these continue to pose serious threats to world peace.
Led by our current President, Ian Cameron, the conversation will be both an examination and a celebration of Professor Ahmed’s highly commendable multi-faceted life’s work.
In a world currently dominated by populist leaders and outright dictators, are Professor Ahmed’s noble efforts in driving towards such a change likely to succeed?
The panel will also be joined by special guest Professor Karin Vogt – an author and academic-teacher trainer at Heidelberg University, Germany. Professor Vogt is very interested in promoting diversity and intercultural understanding and we’re pleased to have the opportunity to hear her contribution to the discussion.
Professor Akbar Ahmed
Professor Akbar Ahmed is the current Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University and a Wilson Centre Global Fellow in Washington, D.C.
His important and ceaselessly untiring work in engaging with religious leaders worldwide to promote inter-faith harmony has been recognised and honoured with numerous prestigious awards.
These include the 2008 “Rumi Peace and Dialogue Award, USA”, “Global Thought Leader” 2015, and the inaugural “Gandhi Peace Award” amongst others. More recently he became the first Muslim to be awarded the prestigious “Mensch Award” by the Mensch Foundation (2022). He has been consistently featured in the Muslim 500: The World’s 500 Most Influential Muslims.
Professor Karin Vogt
An author, academic, and teacher trainer at Heidelberg University, Germany, with a special interest in promoting diversity and intercultural understanding.