British Embassy and British Council are delighted to invite you to a seminar where we will discuss, compare and contrast the assimilationist and multiculturalist views on integration in multiethnic societies.
Keynote speakers from the UK will be Sheila Rogers, a leading consultant on equality, diversity and human rights, and Alasdair Palmer, the Sunday Telegraph’s Public Policy Editor, who writes extensively on immigration issues in the UK. Keynote speakers from Estonia will be Natalja Kitam, founder of the website etnoweb.ee and a leading proponent of multiculturalism in Estonia, and Estonian politician,Trivimi Velliste, member of coalition party IRL.
The event will take place on 1st of March from 9.30am to 1pm at Nordic Hotel Forum.
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Seminar on Tolerance, 1 March 2012
I am delighted to invite you to a seminar on the issue of Tolerance, organised jointly by the British Embassy and the British Council in Tallinn, as a follow up to the successful British Council seminar organised in January 2011.
The purpose of the event is to compare and contrast the assimilationist and multiculturalist views on integration in multiethnic societies, and facilitate an exchange of experience and approaches between Estonia and the UK on this topic.
Keynote speakers from the UK will be Sheila Rogers, a leading consultant on equality, diversity and human rights, with experience in Northern Ireland, Canada, Norway and Ukraine, and Alsasdair Palmer, the Sunday Telegraph’s Public Policy Editor, who writes extensively on immigration issues in the UK.
Keynote speakers from Estonia will be Natalja Kitam, founder of the website etnoweb.ee and a leading proponent of multiculturalism in Estonia, and Trivimi Velliste, Estonian politician and former Minister of Foreign Affairs. Please see attached note for further background on the speakers.
After introductions by each of the speakers, the Tallinn Debating Society will be facilitating a debate between the speakers and audience, in which you are welcome to take part.
The Seminar will take place at the Nordic Hotel Forum in the Capella room on 1 March 2012. Please arrive at 0930, for registration and coffee. There will be a networking reception with a light buffet lunch immediately following the seminar at 12.30. Please respond by 27 February to Kadri Talvoja on Kadri.Talvoja@britishcouncil.ee to register your participation, or if you have any questions.
I look forward to seeing you on 1 March.
Chris Holtby HM Ambassador
Biographical Background notes for British Embassy/British Council Seminar on Tolerance , 1 March 2012
Sheila Rogers Equality, diversity and human rights consultant.
Sheila Rogers has been involved in equality, diversity and human rights for more than 25 years. Sheila was appointed chief executive of the Commission for Racial Equality in Northern Ireland in 1997, and was involved in setting up the Equality Commission in Northern Ireland, where she led the work of the Race Directorate before moving to the UK Commission for Racial Equality (CRE). Sheila has worked across Europe on race and other equality issues and was Runnymede’s Country Expert for an EU project on anti- discrimination. Sheila sits on the Advisory Group supports the Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities’ Advocacy Project. She is also a member of the Kick Racism out of Football Equality Accreditation Panel.
Alasdair Palmer Public Policy Editor, Sunday Telegraph.
Alasdair writes extensively about immigration, integration, and related social policy issues for one of the UK’s leading broadsheet newspapers.
Natalja Kitam Head of public relations at Ministry of Social Affairs, a founder of the website etnoweb.ee.
Natalja is a well-known proponent of multiculturalism in Estonia and previously she has worked as a journalist and as a news reporter.
Trivimi Velliste Estonian politician, member of Pro Patria and Res Publica Party.
Trivimi Velliste has served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and as Estonian Ambassador to the United Nations. He is considered to be one of the leading forces behind the liberation of Baltic States.