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22nd November 2023

Tolerance Means Dialogue event to be held at Exeter College

Tolerance Means Dialogues, an organization hosting public conversations designed to “bring together students and thought leaders to find more constructive approaches to living together in a pluralistic society” will convene a dialogue on tolerance at Exeter College.

The event will be held in the Ruskin Room at Cohen Quad on Wednesday, November 22nd, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. BST.

The event will feature a panel moderated by Christos Kypraios, the Programme Co-Ordinator of the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights.

Panelists Jonathan Herring, Professor of Law and DM Wolfe Clarendon Fellow of Law of the University of Oxford, and Robin Fretwell Wilson, Director of Tolerance Means Dialogues and the Mildred Van Voorhis Jones Chair in Law at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign College of Law, will aim to understand how intersectional thinking improves our laws.

Undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Oxford were invited to submit essays. Scholarships have been awarded to two winning essays on the topic of intersectional thinking in the process of lawmaking. One undergraduate and one graduate student have been chosen as the scholarship winners. They will receive $750 USD and will participate in the Dialogue.

Undergraduate winner: Cameron Samuel Keys

“Fundamentally the value of intersectional thought is that it forces us to view individuals as complex, conflicted and often confusing people whose views do not necessarily line up our view of their ‘identities’. Tolerance, if nothing else, must mean tolerance of others who do not act or think or see the world in the way we expect them to.”

Graduate winner: Almas Shaikh

“Most confrontations could be solved outside the courtroom using tolerance – with a healthy dose of solidarity, fraternity and dialogue. Solidarity, fraternity and dialogue are important tools within law, morality and philosophy – however, none of these values will be half as strong without the underpinning of tolerance holding up these values.”

Previous winning essays are available here.

The event is free to the public, but an RSVP is appreciated. A $250 participation prize will be given to a student randomly chosen from those who submit questions via social media during the event.

You may attend in person or via Zoom. Please RSVP here.

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