On 3 April, The Hague Institute will welcome Dr. Jet Bussemaker, Minister for Education, Culture and Science of the Netherlands, for a lecture followed by a moderated Q&A. This event is part of the Distinguished Speaker Series, and the topic of Dr. Bussemaker’s presentation will be ‘Promoting Global Justice through Education.’
The democratic process requires a special kind of conversation in which people with very different perspectives, interests and identities come together to find joint solutions to common problems. These democratic conversations happen in politics, but also in neighborhoods and civil society. Without them, democracy cannot work. Dr. Bussemaker will argue that this is why education must teach our future citizens how to engage in democratic conversations, and help them appreciate the value of human rights and diversity.
Holding a degree in political science and a doctorate in social sciences, Jet Bussemaker began her career at the University of Amsterdam in 1985, where she held positions as research assistant, researcher, and eventually lecturer. She was also a visiting fellow at Harvard University. In the late 90s, she worked as a policy officer at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment and became a member of the House of Representatives for the Labour Party (PvdA). In 2007 Dr. Bussemaker was appointed State Secretary for Health, Welfare and Sport, and she was appointed to her current post as Minister of Education, Culture and Science in 2012.
The Distinguished Speaker Series (DSS) showcases eminent practitioners in international affairs and is the centerpiece of the Institute’s high-level engagement with practitioners and academics in the city and wider region.