The Edward Moore Kennedy (EMK) Center's 8th founding day was virtually celebrated on Wednesday via a webinar, says a press release.
Acting Director of EMK Center Asif Uddin Ahmed welcomed the guests and said, "The Covid-19 made the whole world think differently about how to connect with each other maintaining physical barriers."
He further said, the EMK Center is a non-partisan platform committed to open dialogue, informed action, individual and artistic expression, and personal and professional development. It is a fairly young team. And there is so much to learn. We have currently five builders and courses on art and culture, he added.
Conducted by Aisha Siddiqua, participants of the event included Professor Imran Rahman, special advisor to the Board of Trustees; Earl R Miller, US ambassador to the People's Republic of Bangladesh; Manik Mahmud, head of Social Innovation Cluster of a2i; Ipsita Sahin, lecturer of Prime University; George Tsiatis, CEO & co-founder of The Resolution Project in USA; Asif Uddin Ahmed, acting director of EMK Center; Joshua W. Kamp, cultural affairs officer of US Embassy Dhaka; and Professor Dr HM Jahirul Haque, vice chancellor of University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB), among others.
Professor Dr HM Jahirul Haque said, "We have not only been providing leadership in management, but have also been generating ideas in the different initiatives of EMK Center."
"I must take this opportunity to inform the audience that the board of trustees, senior management, the faculty of ULAB, and the students deeply appreciate the unique relationship that exists between ULAB and EMK center" he added.
Professor Imran Rahman thanked all those present and officially concluded the discussion ceremony. The event was ended with a musical performance by Frequency 2.0, experimental brothers' duo.
EMK center was established in 2012 through a partnership between the Liberation War Museum and the American Center of US Embassy Dhaka. The EMK Center honors the legacy of public servants worldwide, exemplified by the men and women who fought for Bangladesh's independence in 1971, and by US Senator Edward M. Kennedy, who was moved to take action then and throughout his life in support of his convictions.
In February 1972, Senator Kennedy planted a banyan tree on Dhaka University's campus as a living tribute to friendship, resilience, and hope. It still stands today.
ULAB has been associated with the EMK Center as its management partner since March, 2018, along with the American Center of US Embassy Dhaka.