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EUniWell Open lectures series | War, Peace and Overcoming Helplessness: The Role of Universities

Thursday 10 March 2022
Time: 14:00 CET / 13:00 GMT | Moderator: Dr. Silviu Piros
Online (Zoom)

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As part of the EUniWell Open Lecture Series, Prof. Dr. Joachim Koops will be speaking on "War, Peace and Overcoming Helplessness: The Role of Universities" on Thursday, 10 March 2022, 14:00 CET / 13:00 GMT. This lecture topic has been changed given the war on Ukraine.

Lecture topic changed given the war on Ukraine

The war waged on Ukraine by the Russian regime’s forces and the flagrant killing of civilians have shocked the international community. The European University for Well-being, EUniWell, alongside 40 other European University Alliances unequivocally condemned the Russian government’s attack and called for “the restoration of peace, democracy and respect of human rights in Ukraine”. Staff, students and university leaders are struggling with how to best respond to the war and its implications for Ukrainian civilians, European security and global order and to overcome what the Munich Security Conference already termed this year as a society-wide “sense of helplessness”. While the role of universities are of course limited in the face of atrocities, some lessons from history and the present can be drawn on where universities maintained “academic diplomacy” links and sought to contribute through small and larger acts to the restoration of peace and dialogue. This lecture examines the role of universities in acute periods of crisis and also examines the many practical hands-on ways in which university communities can help to overcome helplessness.

About the Open Lecture Series

EUniWell is united by the shared ambition to create a European University for the benefit and well-being of all. To achieve this ambitious goal, it is not only necessary to generate new knowledge, but also to communicate it and create opportunities for open, nuanced and dynamic exchange. For this reason, EUniWell has launched an Open Lecture Series on the topic of ‘Research on Well-being’.

General information

  • Speakers & topics: Recognised scholars, scientists and educators from EUniWell partner universities will present well-founded analyses of well-being issues and new findings related to one of the four key EUniWell Arenas.
  • Format: Lectures and presentations will take place live and/or in live streamed webinars with a Q&A session.
  • Participation: Anyone interested is invited to attend the lectures. Admission is free.
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