Symposium at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 29 November 2018
What is the meaning of compassion in a time of increasing polarization? At the symposium Different, and then? we explored this question in detail. How can compassion help us to transform differences in background, orientation and belief into a source of inspiration?
The keynote speaker was Karen Armstrong, holder of a VU Amsterdam honorary doctorate. At the symposium, she presented the 2018 Compassion Award.
This is an event linked to the VU Amsterdam profile theme of ‘Connected World’.
Musical opening by music theater company Julius Leeft
Lecture ‘Compassion inside and outside the university’ by Karen Armstrong, holder of a VU Amsterdam honorary doctorate.
Response from VU alumna Domenica Ghidei, member of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI).
Talk show, moderated by Aldith Hunkar, on VU Amsterdam’s initiatives for more compassion: The Refugee Academy (with Halleh Ghorashi), Inside-out Prison Exchange Program (with Anne-Marie Slotboom and Elanie Rodermond), Nieuw Wij (with Manuela Kalsky), Genderteam Amsterdam UMC, VU University Medical Center Amsterdam (with Muhammed al-Tamimi), Martin Luther King Lezing (with Dave Ensberg-Kleijkers).
Presentation of Compassion prize 2018 to the teacher Karim Amghar from Leiden.
Musical conclusion by Bandonéonsolist Carel Kraayenhof.
Cartoon by: Sjoerd Kaandorp
Photos: Peter Valckx