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This week’s upcoming events

The Lisbon Treaty, European citizenship

A panel comprising Martin Bugelli, head of European Commission Representation in Malta, Roderick Pace, professor in International Relations and European Studies, Mark Harwood, senior lecturer in European Studies, and European Studies lecturer Marcello Carammia will hold a discussion on the Lisbon Treaty and citizenship in Europe at the University’s Institute for European Studies, Msida campus, tomorrow from 5.30 to 6.15pm.

Empowerment in youth work

Reflections on Empowerment as a Central Concept in Youth Work is the title of a lecture by Charles Berg, assistant professor of education at the University of Luxembourg, on Tuesday from 6 to 7.30pm at the University’s Old Humanities Building (OH101), Msida campus. The lecture, organised by the University’s Department of Youth and Community Studies, is open to the public and is particularly aimed at youth work practitioners, policy makers, and readers in youth studies and related sciences.

Rethinking European identities in Salento

Anthropologist Michael Deguara will give a presentation entitled Rethinking Southern European Identities: the Revival of Traditional Dances and Social Reflexivity in Salento (southernmost part of Italy) on Wednesday from 6 to 7pm at the University’s Architecture Building Room D (BEN Room D). This is the fifth Work in Progress in the Social Studies (WIPSS) seminar this year.

St Thomas Aquinas lecture series

The Theology Students Association and the Faculty of Theology are holding three lectures in honour of St Thomas Aquinas this week. They will be delivered by Rev. Canon Prof. Leslie Francis, professor of religions and education director at the University of Warwick, as follows:

• Church Schools Equipping Young People for Life in Religiously Plural Societies – Evidence from the UK, on Tuesday at 7pm at the Archbishop’s Seminary, Rabat.

• Wellbeing and Health – A Matter for Theological and Psychological Concern?, on Wednesday at 7pm at the Archbishop’s Seminary, Rabat.

• Aquinas Lecture: Listening to Churchgoers – Who They are and Why They Stay, on Thursday at 7pm at the Aula Magna, Old University Building, Valletta.

Effective pre-school, primary education

Effective Pre-school and Primary Education and the National Evaluation of Sure Start projects is the theme of a seminar to be held on Friday from 9am to 4.30pm and on Saturday from 9am till 1.30pm at the University’s Msida campus. It will be led by Edward Melhuish, professor of human development at Birkbeck, University of London, and an international expert in the study of child development and social policy.

The seminar, organised by the Department of Family Studies, is of interest to MPs, academics, re­searchers, policy directors and advisors and professionals working in psychology, health and social welfare, social work, education and law.

The participation fee is €150. For further information and bookings, visit www.um.edu.mt/events/familypolicy2012-13.

Sweden’s neutrality and non-alignment

A public lecture entitled Neutrality and Non-Alignment: The Swedish Experience in the Context of EU Membership and Participation in Partnership for Peace, will take place on Friday from 10 to 11.30am in the University’s Dun Mikiel Xerri Lecture Centre Room 120 (LC120), Msida campus.

The lecture, organised by the University’s Department of International Relations, will be delivered by Ulla Gudmundson, Swedish Ambassador to Malta and deputy director-general at the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The event is free and open to the public.

For further information, contact the department on 2340 3083 or e-mail [email protected].

Compiled by AIESEC Malta.

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