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Rethinking Multiculturalism

Thursday 9 November
6.30pm, Old Theatre, Old Building
London School of Economics and Political Science

Britain, like almost all other Western industrial societies is, and will increasingly be, a multicultural society. But can the traditions that have dominated western political thought address the profound challenges this development poses for political principles and government policies? Will politics be equipped to manage a multicultural society? And how can society foster a common sense of belonging amongst all its citizens?

In a public symposium to discuss his new book Rethinking Multiculturalism, Bhikhu Parekh, LSE alumnus and chair of the Commission on the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain, will be discussing the important theoretical questions raised by contemporary multi-cultural society.

Professor Parekh will be joined by Professor Stuart Hall, Open University, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, journalist and writer and Professor Anne Philips, LSE Gender Institute, in a lecture organised by the LSE and Palgrave. The lecture will be chaired by Professor John Solomos, South Bank University.

The symposium is free and open to all, but entry is ticket only. To obtain a ticket contact Sadler's Wells Box Office on 020 7863 8222 or email lse.bookings@sadlers-wells.com| quoting 'Palgrave lecture'. Opening hours are 12-6pm, Monday to Saturday.


Journalists are invited to attend this event. To confirm attendance please contact Susanne Baker, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or Toni Sym, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7417.

Notes for Editors

  • Rethinking Multiculturalism - Cultural Diversity and Political Theory by Bhiku Parekh was published on 20 July 2000. For more information about the book, or to order it, see www.palgrave.com 
  • In 1997 the Runnymede Trust established the Commission on the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain, with Bhikhu Parekh as chair. Following a three-year study The Parekh Report was published in October 2000. 
  • LSE, located in the heart of London, has more than 7,000 students, 46 per cent undergraduates and 54 per cent postgraduates, from the UK and more than 130 countries worldwide, studying across 18 academic departments and 32 research centres and institutes.

9 November 2000