Dundee – A Global City

The One World Centre and Lifelong Learning Dundee at the University of Dundee present Dundee    –   A Global City.
 
The course will be of 5 sessions which will run on Wednesday evenings beginning on Wednesday 17th April from 6.30pm until 8.30pm – then  each Wednesday evening until 15th May  – so  17th April,  24th April, 1st May, 8th May and 15th May.
This programme introduces us to and explores the many and varied contributions that Dundonians have made and are making to our world.  Using stories from the past we will explore the links we have with others around the globe and consider how our lifestyles can contribute to a fairer, more sustainable and peaceful society
 
* Think Global – Act Local  … 17th April – Sally Romilly and Clare Fulton  – OWC
What is Global Citizenship?   Why has it developed as an idea?   What makes a Global citizen?  What does it mean for the local person in Dundee?    
 
* Dahka to Dundee….. 24th April – Alastair Scott Dundee Heritage Trust and   Sandra Thompson   
 
The jute trade unravelled – highlighting Dundee’s fascinating role.
 
* Dundonians face war – to fight or not to fight? ….. 1st May – Andrew Jeffrey and Sandy Constable
 
Looking at our different perspectives on war with  Andrew Jeffrey – author of  ‘This Dangerous Menace: Dundee and the River Tay at War, 1939 to 1945’ (1991) – whose stories will shed new light  on how Dundonians faced up to war.    … and Sandy Constable who shares memories of his father’s relationship to war.
 
* Dundee women in the World ….  8th May – Mary Henderson, Kate Armstrong and Norma McGovern
 
Beginning with the ‘four Marys’ we explore the range of Global contributions made by Dundee women.
 
* Welcoming our new citizens ….. 15th May – Dr Husam Al Waer, senior lecturer in Sustainable Urban Design,   Sally Romilly  and Clare Fulton (OWC)
 
As Dundee continues to welcome migrants and refugees into the community what are their challenges and our response.
 
For details from the One World Centre here.
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33rd Annual General Meeting of the One World Centre

You are warmly invited to attend the 33rd Annual General Meeting of the One World Centre on Tuesday 21st August which is to be held in Lecture Theatre 1 (LT1) on the ground floor of the Dalhousie Building on University of Dundee’s main campus.  Staff and committee members will be welcoming attendees from 5.15pm with a group photo planned before the talk at 5.30pm.
 
This year we are very fortunate to have Dr. Husam AlWaer, Senior Lecturer at the University of Dundee, joining us to talk about his research on the urbanism of refugee camps.  Often considered as temporary places built in response to a crisis, the truth is that these camps exist for years, and Dr. AlWaer will show that when refugees can make changes to their space, they can make changes to their lives.
 
The AGM is built around the idea that everyone has a story, and along with Dr. AlWaer, One World Centre will celebrate the differences that can be made by sharing stories; stories that we hear and stories we are a part of.  With this in mind, we will hold a collection on behalf of Lend With Care – http://www.lendwithcare.org – which provides access to sustainable funds and allows recipients to change their own story.
 
From 6.30pm there will be refreshments and information about One World World Centre, including Annual Reports.  Membership forms and Nomination forms for the Management Committee will be available throughout the evening.
 
Spaces are limited so please click here to book your place now.

Visit to the One World Centre

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of visiting the Old World Centre to hear about the latest work being undertaken by the centre.   
 
The One World Centre works to promote global learning, dedicated to social justice and learning for sustainability. 
 
It was good to hear about the recent developments in supporting local schools to engage in global citizenship through active learning through the Global Learning Programme Scotland.
 
You can read more about the centre’s work here.
 
Also yesterday, I participated in the latest meeting of the City Council’s Local Economy Monitoring Group.    As well as a useful presentation on progress with the city’s role as a UNESCO City of Design, there was a presentation on inward investment, an area where I feel more should be being done to ensure greater investment and jobs for the city.

One World Centre and Community Spirit Action Group

This afternoon, I had the pleasure of calling by the 30th birthday celebrations of the One World Centre, Dundee’s learning centre dedicated to social justice and learning for sustainability.

Over the past 30 years the centre has supported schools and community groups in Dundee, Angus, Fife and Perth and Kinross to engage in global citizenship through active learning.

This evening, it was a pleasure to be at the monthly meeting of Community Spirit Action Group, the community group for the “north” part of West End Ward, covering Pentland, Tullideph, Ancrum and the Cleghorn area.

The meeting took place at a new location – the Tullideph Sheltered Lounge – an experiment by the group to take meetings around the local community. This certainly was an experiment that worked – a really good turnout and a hugely informative and entertaining talk by Sandra Thomson of McGregor Balfour Textiles Limited, who spoke about her Jute Journey.

Sandra addresses tonight’s meeting

 

It was also a good opportunity to speak with local residents about a number of local issues including bins, parking and road repairs.