Festival of the Laureates
On the occasion of our 10th anniversary, the Evens Foundation presented:
Festival of the Laureates, A Vision of “Europe of the Future”
International Conference, 13 and 14 November 2007 in Paris, Musée de l’Homme
To mark our tenth anniversary with dignity, we gathered the winners of our prizes throughout this decade together with over 300 partners to reflect on what we did and what we will do. The event at Musée de l’Homme in Paris celebrated the award of our 2007 Prize for Intercultural Education (learning in diversity) and our 2007 Science Prize.
The conference was opened by French media personality Mrs. Ruth Elkrief interviewing Mrs. Marianne Eshet, Director of Admical (the French philanthropy sector network) on the theme Solidarity in “Future Europe”. Mr. Wilhelm Krull, Secretary General of Volkswagen Foundation and Chair of the European Foundation Center spoke on “A Foundation in Europe – Partnerships and Means of Action”, commending the Foundation for “reaching beyond national borders”, making “creative use of the Foundation’s autonomy, alertness and flexibility” and for taking an avant garde risk role.
This was followed by a round table debate “What vision for “Future Europe”?” between Mr. Herman De Croo, Minister of State, Belgium; Mr. Pierre Lévy, Director of the Center of Analysis & Forecasting, representing Mr. Bernard Kouchner, French Minister of Foreign Affairs and Mr. Elie Barnavi, former Israeli ambassador to France and Scientific Director of the Museum of Europe. The speakers were unanimous on the central importance of the European Union in the consciousness of all individual citizens and an appreciation of the longest sustained period of peace in Europe.
A further round table discussion: What challenges for “Future Europe?” was led by Mr. Gerry Salole, Chief Executive of EFC (European Foundation Center) concerning mobilizing European values on a global and a local scale. The debate was lively between a host of young and old minds all emphasizing the importance of youth involvement and education. The illustrious panel included Mrs. Gaëtane Ricard-Nihoul, Secretary General and Board Member of the think tank Notre Europe; Mr. Elie Barnavi, Scientific Director of the Museum of Europe; Mr. Yves Bertoncini, Lecturer at the Institut des Etudes Politiques (IEP) and Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA), Secretary General of Europanova; Mr. Ivan Levaï, Journalist at Tribune Juive and France Inter and Mr. Nicolas Veron, Economist at the Institute Bruegel in Brussels.
The Evens Foundation Prize award ceremony was hosted by Chair Mrs. Corinne Evens in the company of the Honorary President of the Education Prize Mrs. Maria Kaczynska – wife of the President of the Republic of Poland, and of Member of Honor Mrs. Nicole Guedj – Former Minister of Rights of Victims, Ministry of Justice, France. Professor Jagdish Gundara, long-standing Head of the Education Prize Jury and UNESCO Chair in Intercultural Studies and Teacher Education, former head of ICIS-International Center for Intercultural Studies (University of London) and Professor Stanislas Dehaene, Professor of Experimental Cognitive Psychology at Collège de France, introduced the respective prize themes.
French artist Mr. Yann Toma constructed an “Observatory” from which delegates could look out to 4 screens presenting a synthesis of 10 years of work in the various domains of the Foundation. World renown cartoonists Plantu and Kichka presented a great range of their relevant cartoons to illustrate the social challenges theme of the conference.
Video excerpts of program highlights, together with the written speeches and a photo gallery can be viewed on www.ef10.org.