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Bert Koenders and Peter van Uhm in new Dallaire Series lectures

How do leaders lead in the face of grief, loss and adversity? This and other questions will be addressed in two online public webinars, on Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 September. Bert Koenders and Peter van Uhm will be among the speakers.

The online lectures are part of the Cleveringa Dallaire Critical Conversation Series, comprising eight webinars with prominent speakers. People from 46 different countries watched the first online webinar. The next ‘episodes’ of this exceptional online lecture series will take place at 19.30 on Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 September. Registration is still open.

In the lecture on Wednesday 29 September, ‘The cost of leadership and moral courage’, the speakers will discuss leadership in the face of grief, loss and adversity. They include former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Professor Bert Koenders.

Residential schools

The online lecture on Thursday 30 September (with speakers including retired general Peter van Uhm) is about National Day of Truth and Reconciliation in Canada, , which is on the same day. Here Canada remembers the children of indigenous peoples who were interned in what were termed ‘residential schools’. The aim of these schools, which were in existence from the start of the 19th to the first half of the 20th century, was to ‘civilise’ the children of indigenous peoples. They were given European-American lessons and were forced to abandon all cultural expressions of their people. The children were often exposed to mental or physical violence.

Watch again

The Cleveringa Dallaire Critical Conversation Series is an international, public series of online lectures in English. It was inspired, among others, by the moral legacy of Rudolph Cleveringa. In the series experts will expound on topics such as moral courage, disobeying orders, leadership, moral injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), but also child rights and child soldiers, war crimes, humanitarian law and peacekeeping missions. Viewers from 46 different countries watched the first lecture in the series, which was held on 22 September. You can watch this lecture again.

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