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5th Transatlantic Dialogue Luxembourg: Re-imagining the Tower of Babel

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Date de l'événement : lundi 25 mai 2020 12:00 - jeudi 28 mai 2020 12:00
Lieu : University of Luxembourg
Campus Belval - Esch-sur-Alzette

The Transatlantic Dialogue conference series on global citizens, held in Luxembourg since 2008, explores the significance of culture and liberal education for fostering global citizenship from both US and European perspectives.

In the 2014 edition of Transatlantic Dialogue Dr Elizabeth Minnich, Senior Scholar for the Association of American Colleges and Universities, assessed the contribution of culture to our development as social beings on a global scale. She noted how contexts into which we are born may be both endowed with meaning, as well as deciphered, through our practice of culture.

Furthermore, the ‘more astute awareness we achieve concerning our own and others’ cultures, the more sophisticated we can be as thinkers and actors on a world stage.’ Therefore, our engagement with diverse forms of cultural expression may enable us to relate to different codes of humanity with confidence, sympathy and growing curiosity towards each other.’

The 2020 edition

The 2020 edition of Transatlantic Dialogue aims to explore the complexities of human communication and develop our skills at engaging with them. By channeling discussion around three main areas of focus, it will encourage participants to reflect on our contemporary patterns of communication and the way they shape, hinder, and enable more meaningful relationships. Taking the lead from the historical, literary and spiritual layers of representation and interpretation of culture supplied by the powerful image of the Tower of Babel, these three focus areas are:

  1. Languages & cultures
  2. The practice of cultural diplomacy
  3. The pursuit of peace

Each day of the conference will have an overarching question that the plenary and programme sessions, creative ateliers, and roundtable discussions will address. Which question does your programme address?

  • How are languages and cultures enablers of and barriers to communication within and across cultures?
  • In what ways can we serve today as cultural diplomats within our personal and professional lives?
  • In what ways can we promote inner peace and peace within, between, and among communities?

A key component underlying and inspiring conversations will be trust. Participants will be encouraged to engage with openness, honesty, vulnerability, reliability, competence, and benevolence as we reflect on these concepts across the conference.


Interdisciplinary keynote speeches, plenary sessions, roundtable discussions, panels, creative ateliers, and social encounters including a cultural and leisure programme will provide the venue spaces to share and discuss possibilities and strategies for translating notions of languages and cultures, cultural diplomacy and peace into action.


Luxembourg Peace Prize

Each year, since 2012, the Schengen Peace Foundation and the World Peace Forum award the Luxembourg Peace Prize, an award that honors the outstanding in the field of peace. The categories of the Luxembourg Peace Prize and their celebration amplify the aims and goals of the World Peace Forum. The categories are as follows: Outstanding Peace Activist, Outstanding Peace Education, Outstanding Peace Organization, Outstanding Public Peace Efforts, Outstanding Peace Support, Outstanding Peace Technology, Outstanding Youth Peace worker, Outstanding Peace Process, Outstanding Peace Journalism, Outstanding Environmental Peace, Outstanding Inner Peace, Outstanding Art for Peace, Outstanding Sport for Peace.The 9th Luxembourg Peace Prize 2020 Ceremony will take place in the frame of the 5th Transatlantic Dialogue.

The 9th Luxembourg Peace Prize 2020 Ceremony will take place in the frame of the 5th Transatlantic Dialogue on 27 May 2020 on Belval Campus, Esch-sur-Alzette

More information here.

Lien: Official Website Transatlantic Dialogue Luxembourg
Fichier : Leaflet 5th Transatlantic Dialogue 2020.pdf 216,31 kB