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The Foundation Lilian Thuram: Education against racism, presented by Lilian Thuram

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15 Nov 2012 - 18:30 – 20:30

Auditorium 2 of Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Free admission

We are not born racist, we become racist. This truth forms the cornerstone of the Lilian Thuram Foundation – Education against Racism. Racism is an intellectual - and above all political - construct. We need to realize that history has conditioned us, from generation to generation, to see ourselves before all else as black, white, North Africans, Asian… It is important to understand how our prejudices came about in order to deconstruct them. Our societies should accordingly take on board the simple idea that the colour of a person’s skin or their gender has no bearing on their intelligence, the language they speak, the religion they profess, their physical abilities, their likes and dislikes. Each one of us is capable of learning anything, however evil or however good. In Lisbon, as part of the Gulbenkian’s Next Future Program, Lilian Thurman will present the Foundation, its scientific committee and main achievements since its founding in 2008. He will debate all forms of racism with the audience.

Lilian Thuram

LILIAN THURAM (Guadaloupe, 1972) High-profile international footballer, played for the French national teams winning the World Cup in 1998, the European Cup in 2000, and runners-up in the 2006 World Cup, in addition to wining numerous titles at club level. Until 2008 he held the record for the most appearances with the French national team (now held by Sandrine Soubeyrand, captain of the French women’s team). In 2008, he set up the Lilian Thuram Foundation – Education against Racism (

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