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Media and Dis/Agreement

When Mar 09, 2017
from 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Where St Edmund's College (Chapel)
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Julian Baggini, Lorna Donlon, and Michael O'Loughlin

CHANGE OF DATE AND VENUE! Please note that this event will take place on Thursday 9th March in the College Chapel, and not in the Garden Room on Friday as previously announced.

What roles do the various media play in encouraging greater agreement or fuelling fractious disagreement? Has social media changed the ways we agree and disagree? Do the media make it harder to disagree respectfully? Our panel will consider such questions from the perspective of their experience in the public square, the BBC, and Catholic media.

Julian Baggini is a public philosopher and the author, co-author or editor of over 20 books including The Virtues of the Table, Welcome to Everytown Freedom Regained (all Granta) and, most recently, The Edge of Reason (Yale University Press). He has written for numerous newspapers and magazines, as well as for the think tanks The Institute of Public Policy Research, Demos and Counterpoint. He has also appeared as a character in two Alexander McCall-Smith novels. His website is He was the founding editor of The Philosophers' Magazine and has a PhD on the philosophy of personal identity.

Lorna Donlon is the acting Deputy Editor of The Tablet, the international Catholic weekly. Prior to joining The Tablet she spent many years at BBC News where she occupied a number of senior editorial positions on the BBC's national and international news channels as well as editing the flagship television news bulletins. She was based at Westminster in the BBC's political unit and, more recently, was a member of the senior team in the BBC's Arabic Service, which has a weekly audience of over 37 million. She also worked as a senior editorial adviser at the BBC Trust where she oversaw the editorial guidelines for the EU Referendum. Lorna started her broadcasting career with RTE News in Dublin.

Michael J. O'Loughlin is a staff correspondent for the Jesuit magazine America, covering Catholicism and US politics. He is the author of a book about the use of social media by Pope Francis, The Tweetable Pope: A Spiritual Revolution in 140 Characters (published in the UK by Lion Hudson). He is currently writing a book about the Catholic Church's response to the AIDS crisis in the United States. He lives in Chicago.

 All welcome. Refreshments will follow.


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