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Insights: Why the world needs compassion now!

Join UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova and internationally renowned scholar on comparative religions Karen Armstrong FRSL in conversation to discuss religion and conflict in the world today.

Background

As part of a series of talks on faith and culture inspired by the themes of Welsh National Opera’s production of Moses und Aron, which takes to the Royal Opera House’s main stage for two performances in July 2014, join UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova and internationally renowned scholar on comparative religions Karen Armstrong FRSL in conversation to discuss religion and conflict in the world today.

In a year marking the centenary of World War I, when arguably the world increasingly seems to resemble the world of 1914, how do we contend with a global environment that is increasingly multipolar, unpredictable and ravaged by conflicts driven by ethnic and religious divides?

Karen Armstrong FRSL is an internationally renowned commentator and scholar on comparative religions. A former Roman Catholic sister, she rose to prominence in 1993 with her book A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. In recognition of her work she was awarded the TED Prize in 2008, following which she launched the Charter for Compassion initiative, which calls on people around the world to embrace compassion as a core value.