**Description in English**
A panel discussion exploring literature and empathy as tools for social inclusion, hosted by We Need Books at Book & Play (Plateia Theatrou 10).
It is a sign of our times that societies all over the world are moving towards intolerance, segregation and resentment. This concerns us deeply and we are constantly trying to find «antidotes» to combat «othering». In an effort to raise awareness of the need for the acceptance of «otherness», We Need Books is organising a panel discussion to explore how literature and empathy can be used as tools for social inclusion.
The panel comprises of Gulwali Passarlay, human rights activist and author of «A Lightless Sky» who was last in Athens as an unaccompanied minor trying to make his way to the UK; Maria Aggelidou, multi-awarded author and translator; Sofia Kouvelaki, Executive Director of The HOME Project, an international nonprofit organization, which provides support, protection, education and social integration services to children that travel and arrive in Greece all alone; Lefteris Papagiannakis, Vice Mayor for Migrants, Refugees and Municipal Decentralisation and also the chair of the working group Migration and Integration of the Eurocities Network, vice President for Refugee Issues of ECCAR (European Coalition of Cities Against Racism) as well as the president of the Council for the Integration of Migrants of the Municipality of Athens. The discussion will be moderated by Katerina Malakate, author whose work demonstrates a deep concern for social polarisation and Greece’s most read literary blogger. Together, they will try to answer questions such as «how can literature help in creating a more tolerant society?» and «is it possible to train a society in empathy?», while raising their own questions to each other and the audience.
Please note that the discussion will take place in English.
We are hoping you can join us in this event, on Saturday March 2nd, at 12:00, on the first floor of Book & Play, Plateia Theatrou 10. After the discussion, light snacks will be available. We are hoping that we will have the opportunity to talk further amongst each other about who we are, what we do and how each of us can contribute to creating a more open, more stable, more inclusive society. As the spaces are limited, please let us know you will be attending by filling in this form: https://goo.gl/forms/3UFgep6xm9R4iirq2