Abdelkader Benali is the Cultural Professor of the TU Delft during current academic year. In that capacity, he’ll give a lecture (in English) about the importance of cultural heritage. The event is free of charge and will take place at the Senaatzaal of TU Delfts Aula on 18 December.

We all have our own cultural background, our so called heritage: the totality of standards and values connected to your personal background. Benali will illustrate the lecture ‘Cultural Heritage Is Empowerment’ by his own personal history, as an immigrant and a son of a butcher in Rotterdam. How can we participate in society without forsaking what our forefathers gave us?

Born in Morocco, Benali found his way in Holland and learned to speak the language and became a writer and journalist. How does Abdelkader manage to succeed? Who inspired him? What are the obstacles he had to conquer? And how did he find his place in this society? In this inspirational lecture Abdelkader Benali will tell his life story and explore how his cultural heritage is fulfilling his life.

Benali has been described as one of the Netherlands' leading writers. He wrote several novels, including ‘De langverwachte’ (The Long-Awaited), ‘Marathonloper’ (Marathon Runner) and his latest book: ‘Brief aan mijn dochter’ (Letter to my daughter).

You don't need to sign up for the lecture.

Monday 18 December | 20:00 – 22:00 | Senaatszaal, Aula TU Delft| €0,-