International Flags Lecture Cosmopolitanism, Multiculturalism, and the Promise of Literature

Open to the Public

Date

Time 6:30-8:30pm

Location Al Mamoura Auditorium, Abu Dhabi

Originating in the idea of the world citizen and conceived in contradistinction to nationalism, cosmopolitanism can be understood as a way of building community by embracing rather than avoiding difference. This lecture will explore the ways in which a cosmopolitan perspective responds to problems posed by contemporary Western multiculturalism. It will also suggest that literature offers distinctive resources for the cosmopolitan thinker.

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Cyrus R. K. Patell Associate Professor of English, Faculty Fellow-in-Residence, NYU