We are pleased to announce the programme for our 2016-17 themed lecture series, entitled 'Dynamics of Dis/Agreement'.
Throughout our social, political, and cultural lives—online as well as offline—we see increasing oppositional and bitter disagreement. Have we forgotten the virtues of disagreement in moving towards agreement? Have we forgotten how to disagree civilly? Can we cope with disagreement? How does disagreement work? Are there different kinds?
Inspired by Pope Francis’ promotion of the value and importance of disagreement, we hope to deepen our understanding of disagreement across several domains, highlight its role in any agreement, and explore impediments to healthy disagreement. Learning how to disagree better will be key to our globalised shared future.
Confirmed speakers and panellists for this year's lecture series include former MP and current director of the Jesuit Refugee Service, Sarah Teather; renowned literary critic Terry Eagleton; British philosopher Julian Baggini; former secretary of state Baroness Warsi; 32nd Archbishop of Manila, Cardinal Louis Tagle; historian Lord Hennessy; legal theorist and Emeritus Professor at Cambridge, Philip Allott; and Irish philosopher William Desmond.
The full schedule, some of which remains subject to change, can be viewed here.