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Hope in times of fear

Thursday 2 May 2019
International Relations Seminar Series
Matthias de Vrieshof
Matthias de Vrieshof 4
2311 BZ Leiden

About the talk

We live in times of fear. Fear of terrorism, fear of refugees, fear of change, fear of sliding into poverty, fear of tomorrow. On top of fear, there is growing apathy and powerlessness among large segments of society. Even those who want to do something to counter this worrying trend, don’t quite know how to. Despair is overwhelming and paralysing. How can we tackle fear and despair? What examples can be gleaned from social struggle in the past to show us the way out? And finally, could hope help bring about positive social change? These are the questions that will be addressed in this talk and the dialogue with the participants.

About the speaker

Bleri Lleshi is a philosopher, human rights activist and lecturer at UCLL, Belgium. He is the author of several best-selling books on questions pertaining to neoliberalism, interculturality, love, and hope, and is considered as one of the most influential public intellectuals in Belgium. He has worked as a youth worker in Brussels for a decade, where he lives, and has spearheaded influential awareness-raising campaigns on various social problems, including racism and the deportation of immigrants. He writes regularly for the Belgian and international media and is a much sought-after public speaker.

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