Round Table on “Sergio Vieira de Mello: A Philosopher’s Fight to Change the World”, followed by a screening of the documentary "Sergio"

©Ruedi Baur
Poster for the Celebration of World Philosophy Day 2011 at UNESCO

On the occasion of the premiere screening in France of the acclaimed HBO documentary film ‘Sergio’ by Greg Barker that will take place in the framework of the World Philosophy Day 2011, a round table will be organized on the theme: “Sergio Vieira de Mello: A Philosopher’s Fight to Change the World”.

The discussion will focus on Sergio’s contribution as a humanitarian worker, a human rights activist, and on the manner in which philosophy grounded his everyday work in the field. It will also explore the ways in which thinkers can contribute to changing the world, the importance of engaged philosophers who are committed to putting into practice what they theorize, and how philosophy can inspire, anchor and enrich the kind of critical analysis and vision that is necessary in addressing issues in human rights, humanitarian work and peace-building.

The round table will highlight Sergio’s legacy and share his story with the public, based on accounts and interventions of scholars, activists and humanitarian workers who knew Sergio and were deeply inspired by him. The aim is to shed light on this committed thinker – how he lived and what he sacrificed – and to inspire students, scholars, human rights activists, United Nations workers and diplomats. It is also to demonstrate that philosophy is not a stagnant discipline, but is crucial to action and praxis.


Type of Event Category 8-Symposium
Start 17.11.2011 17:00 local time
End 17.11.2011 18:30 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Goucha, Moufida
Organizer UNESCO
Contact Philosophy and Democracy Section,, +33 (0)1 45 68 45 52
Country France
City Paris
Venue UNESCO Headquarters
Street 7, place de Fontenoy
Room Room I
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event French
Estimated number of participants 200
Official Website Philosophy Day at UNESCO
Link 1 Association Philolab (website in French)
Link 2 World Philosophy Day 2011
Link 3 Programme [PDF, 47 KB]
Link 4