A special presentation on the Global Centre for Pluralism to be held at the Ismaili Centre London.

The Global Centre for Pluralism will host two events in London during the first week of October: the Centre’s Annual Pluralism Lecture, and a special presentation about the work of the Centre.

The Global Centre for Pluralism’s sixth Annual Pluralism Lecture will be delivered at the Aga Khan Centre on 4 October by British author Karen Armstrong.

Entitled “Compassion or Toleration? Two Approaches to Pluralism,” the lecture will address why Armstrong sees pluralism as “no longer simply a nice idea; it is now an urgent global imperative.”

This will be the first time that the Centre’s Annual Pluralism Lecture is being held outside of Canada. Previous lectures featured speakers such as Roza Otunbayeva, Central Asia’s first female leader; Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary-General and Nobel Peace laureate; António Guterres, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees; The Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada; and Justice Albie Sachs, a senior member of the African National Congress.

On 5 October, the Secretary General of the Global Centre for Pluralism, John McNee, will give a talk on “The Global Centre for Pluralism: Its Aims, Objectives, and Vision,” at the Ismaili Centre, London.

During the course of the talk, Mr McNee will provide a background on the organisation’s work, and enlighten viewers to understand the aims, objectives, and vision of the Global Centre for Pluralism.

The Global Centre for Pluralism was founded in Ottawa by Mawlana Hazar Imam in partnership with the Government of Canada. The Centre’s vision is a world where human differences are valued and diverse societies thrive.

Both events will be webcast on The.Ismaili at the.ismaili/live. The Annual Pluralism Lecture will be webcast starting at 7 PM BST on 4 October. The special presentation will be webcast starting at 8:30 PM BST on 5 October.