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Politics and Dis/Agreement

When May 05, 2017
from 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Where St Edmund's College (Garden Room)
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How do disagreement and eventual agreement function in politics? What works? What doesn’t? Are the ways we conduct political discourse changing? The last year has arguably seen a loss of the virtues of reasonable, textured disagreement in politics globally, and a rise of either-or binary divisions. Our panel will discuss the UK and US political scenes and suggest ways of improving political disagreement.

Professor Peter Hennessy, Baron Hennessy of Nympsfield, FBA, is an English historian and Attlee Professor of Contemporary British History at Queen Mary University of London.  He is the author of numerous books including Having It So Good: Britain in the 1950s (Allen Lane), which won the 2007 Orwell Prize for political writing. He was made a crossbench life peer of the House of Lords in 2010 and has broadcast regularly on BBC Radio 4. 

Judd Birdsall is the Managing Director of the Cambridge Institute on Religion & International Studies and a Research Associate at Clare College, Cambridge. A former US diplomat, he is also the Executive Director of the Transatlantic Policy Network on Religion and Diplomacy. His Cambridge doctoral dissertation explored American religious engagement since 9/11.

Adrian Pabst is Reader in Politics at the University of Kent. He is the editor of The Crisis of Global Capitalism (Wipf & Stock, 2011), co-editor of Blue Labour: Forging a New Politics (IB Tauris, 2015), and the author most recently (with John Milbank) of The Politics of Virtue: Post-Liberalism and the Human Future (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016).


All welcome, refreshments will follow.


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