University of Birmingham Pro-Vice-Chancellor
Professor Saul Becker and Citizens UK
are delighted to welcome
internationally renowned speaker, community change maker and Co-Director of the Industrial
, Ernesto Cortes Jnr. to the University of
Birmingham on Friday 26 May 2017
Mr Cortes has
worked with disadvantaged communities across the South West of America for many
years, bringing together pastors, teachers, nurses, schools and families to
build some of the best known and longest standing Community Organisations in
America. They have fought for and won billions of dollars of investment
into their communities and trained thousands of community leaders to take power
by using the tools of democracy and relationship building.
presentation Mr Cortes will argue why a strong and active Civil Society is so
important to the way democracy is both learned and practiced. He will share
stories from 50 years of building civic power across the USA. His experience
has taught him of how important it is for the key institutions of civil society
like faith and education to challenge the growth in inequality for many reasons
but particularly for its corrosive effect on the human condition and the
quality of family and community life.
As the UK
prepares for a General Election on June 8th it is anticipated that Mr Cortes'
words and experience will prove highly relevant at such an important time, and
a reminder of the central role Civil Society must play in a healthy democracy -
and not just at Election time.
Agenda for day:
10:00 - 10:30 - Welcome : tea & coffee
10:30 - 10:45 – Welcome & Introductions – Pro Vice Chancellor Professor
Saul Becker & Neil Jameson Executive Director, Citizens UK
10:45 - 11:30 - Presentation Ernesto Cortes Jnr – 'Democracy and
Inequality: Why a Strong Civil Society is Needed for a Strong Democracy'.
11:30 - 12:00/12:15 - Panel discussion and questions around topic
12:00/12:15 - 13:00 – Buffet lunch and networking
limited for this event, so book your place as soon as possible here.
Any enquires should be directed to: Sophie Sinclair S.C.Sinclair@bham.ac.uk