What is Birkbeck's Big Ideas?
A series of thought provoking FREE events, designed to inspire and bring world class Birkbeck academics to the local community, with this latest installment from Dr John Walker, Reader in German Intellectual History at Birkbeck.
About the Talk
This talk, designed for a general audience, will explore the relevance of studying languages to understanding cultures and communication between different cultures and faiths. It will look at the relationship between language, culture and identity in our globalised world. Although the starting point will be the speaker’s work in German studies- especially the contribution of German thought to the understanding of what ‘cultures’ and ‘intercultural communication’ really mean – the talk will draw on a wide range of examples to highlight the relevance of language study to communication between cultures and faiths in the global world and city
Who is Dr John Walker?
Dr John Walker was born in 1956 and took his BA (1979) and PhD (1985) degree at the University of Cambridge. He is currently Reader in German Intellectual History at Birkbeck College of the University of London, where he has taught since 1994. He has also lectured at the University of Liverpool and was Visiting Professor at the University of Indiana, USA in 2010. His main interests are in the field of intercultural and interfaith dialogue.
The event is FREE and open to all, but please note that seating is allocated on a first come first served basis. Registration and refreshments start at 6pm and the talk will commence at 6.15pm. We look forward to welcoming you to this Birkbeck's Big Idea event!
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