Carinthian School Authority supports Tolerance Talks

The Carinthian School Authority (Landesschulrat/LSR) is going to support the European tolerance talks 2017. Within the framework of the “The Future of Freedom” generic theme, Think.Tank.Fresach is planning an own conference day for pupils and students at the Congress Center Villach (CCV) on 31 May 2017. LSR-President Rudolf Alterberger welcomes the initiative to give young people a forum to discuss the challenges of an increasingly complex media world. “We are already looking forward to an active participation”, says Altersberger.

The conference day (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) will be organized in the form of a “Tour de Liberté”, dealing with important issues such as freedom of expression, freedom of the press and internet freedom. In the context of a discussion forum with breakout sessions, such well-known speakers as presidential election campaigner Lothar Lockl, language professor Elisabeth Wehling and communication adviser Helmut Strutzmann will talk about increasing populism and new political dangers for democracy and freedom.

Interested schools and teachers for participation in the Tour de Liberté can register at the program organization >> email: or phone +43 (0) 699-18114006. Preliminary program

09.00 – 10.30 Tour de Liberté I
Freedom without borders – How does it work?
How we fight against attempts to limit freedom of opinion, press and freedom of choice.
Moderation: Dr. Lothar Lockl, Head of the VdB Presidential Election Campaign 10.30 – 11.00 Break 11.00 – 13.00 Tour de Liberté II
Manupulating with language  – How does it work?
How language works, and how political decisions are made.
Moderation: Dr. Elisabeth Wehling, University of California, Berkeley 13.00 – 14.00 Break 14.00 – 17.00 Tour de Liberté III
Freedom without surveillance – Who prevents it?
From emancipation from religion to self-abandonment in the digital age.
Moderation: Dr. Helmut Strutzmann, communication consultant and philosopher Internet and digitization have their problems. Such as surveillance, security and “Hassposters” try to limit the freedom of the world wide web and how we do with it to be able to deal with. A discourse on freedom and tolerance, with insights from the Renaissance through the Enlightenment to the unrestricted cyber-freedom of the 21st century. 15.30 – 16.00 Break 16.00 – 17.00 Tour de Liberté IV
The end of democracy – Who is to blame?
How the artificial intelligentsia takes over politics and incurs us
Interview with Rudi Klausnitzer, journalist and book author (ws)
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