In the information age, narratives – true and fake – spread rapidly, while activists are finding how it presents new opportunities and challenges for their voice to be heard.
But what does this era of immediate – and often overwhelming - information mean for the search for the truth about what happens in our world? And how is it influencing the nature of activism?
In this special edition of the Education City Speaker Series, jointly organized with Al Jazeera Media Network, we welcome Lina Abu Akleh, a Palestinian social justice advocate campaigning for justice for her aunt Shireen Abu Akleh – killed while reporting on an Israeli military raid in Palestine – to explore these topics, and why journalists who tell the world’s story must be protected.
One of the defining elements of Qatar Foundation (QF) is its role in providing platforms – for education, for research and innovation, for community engagement and interaction, and for empowerment. And among the platforms that QF offers are those that illustrate the value of dialogue and discourse.
We believe that dialogue and discourse broaden perspectives, open minds, generate knowledge and solutions, provide people with a voice and the opportunity to make it heard, and underscore the importance of appreciating a broad spectrum of viewpoints.
Our role as a platform for dialogue and the exchange of knowledge is supported by the fact we welcome visitors from a wide array of fields, and from all over the world, to QF. This places us in a position to enable the community of Qatar to engage with people who have expertise, insight, perspectives to share, and stories and experiences to relate.
And we do this through the Education City Speaker Series (ECSS).
ECSS, launched in November 2018, aims to tackle key points related to current events, and the role we can play in making our campus a platform for open knowledge and discussion.
The ECSS aims to captivate audiences by providing a platform for speakers that are passionate in their fields of expertise. Each speaker in this open, unbiased platform presents information and concepts that may challenge the audience’s assumptions.
It allows QF and the public to listen to different viewpoints on vital subjects and gives them the opportunity to have a discussion with thought leaders.
From education and youth empowerment to sport, sustainability, and social change, the Education City Speaker Series tackles the key topics and trends shaping our world. You can look back at our previous events here.
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