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Guantánamo Diary: A Development Education Conversation with Larry Siems

Start Date: 17/05/2015 End Date: 17/08/2015

Event Location: IDEA Offices
6 Gardiner Row,
Dublin 1,
Ireland.

IDEA is delighted to welcome Larry Siems, the editor of Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s Guantánamo Diary.  In the Diary, Mohamedou tells the story of his rendition, torture and detention without charge at the hands of the USA. Dr. Audrey Bryan will engage Larry in a conversation about Mohamedou, the diary, how Larry became involved as editor, the issues the diary raises, and how the diary might be used in a Development Education context. Audience members will be invited to respond to excerpts from this powerful text and to reflect upon how it could be used in their own practice. The event is free but we ask you to register in advance.

Time: 15:30 – 17:00

Register: eimear@ideaonline.ie

Find out more about Guantánamo Diary here and here

Mohamedou Ould Slahi was born in Mauritania in 1970.  He earned a scholarship to study engineering in Germany when he was 18, and lived and worked in Germany and briefly in Canada before returning to Mauritania in 2000. He has been detained in Guantánamo Bay since August 2002.

Larry Siems directed the Freedom to Write and International Programs at PEN American Centre, where he led PEN’s ongoing efforts to defend writers facing persecution around the world and protect freedom of expression in the US. He left PEN at the end of 2013 to concentrate on editing Slahi’s memoir. He is the author of The Torture Report and is a poet and a non-fiction writer.

Dr. Audrey Bryan is a lecturer in Sociology at St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra. She has published nationally and internationally in the areas of racism and anti-racism, gender and sexuality studies, development studies and citizenship education. She is the co-author (with Meliosa Bracken) of Learning to Read the World? Teaching and Learning about Global Citizenship and International Development in Post-Primary Schools. Audrey is a member of IDEA’s National Council.  

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Working Collaboratively: What, Why and How

Start Date: 11/05/2015 End Date: 11/05/2015

Event Location: IDEA Offices
6 Gardiner Row,
Dublin 1,
Ireland.

Working collaboratively with another organisation can help both partners to access new skills and expertise, reach new target groups, reduce operational costs and achieve shared objectives. Yet many organisations shy away from collaborative work, due to concerns about financial or legal implications, or worries about its impact on their organisation’s identity. 

If your organisation is considering collaborative work, this workshop is an essential first step! Using participatory methodologies, the workshop will:

  • explore the benefits and challenges of collaborative work
  • examine different models for collaboration
  • identify the key steps that need to be taken in order to build a successful collaboration.   

This active-learning workshop will be facilitated by Kieran Murphy of Wholestory Management Consultancy. Kieran has a great deal of experience in managing collaborations, through his past roles as chairperson of the Advocacy Initiative and director of the Society of St Vincent de Paul Ireland, and through serving on numerous boards of community and voluntary organisations.  

Time: 9:30 -13:00, followed by lunch

Cost: IDEA members €25, non-members €75

Register: eimear@ideaonline.ie

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Challenging the Crisis Launch

Start Date: 10/05/2015 End Date: 10/05/2015

Event Location: European Parliament Information Office, 43 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2

In times of economic crisis it is easier to focus on the challenges at home and not consider wider global issues. Despite signs of recovery young people continue to be disproportionately affected by poverty and austerity both in the EU and at a global level.

In response to this a group of young people from the countries most affected by the Eurozone crisis are leading Challenging the Crisis, a pan-European campaign to raise awareness and empower EU citizens as global development advocates. Join these Young Global Advocates for the launch of their campaign for a more just and equal global society through Social and Solidarity Economy. 

Speakers include: Lynn Boylan, MEP,  Mairead McGuinness, MEP, Isabelle Kidney, Irish League of Credit Unions, and representatives from the Challenging the Crisis Young Global Advocate team.

Hosted by: IDEA – the Irish Development Education Association

Time: 17:00

RSVP to: communications@ideaonline.ie

Find out more about Challenging the Crisis