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Annual Lecture 2019
Baroness Sayeeda Warsi on Muslim Britain
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In association with the Festival of Ideas, Policy & Politics is delighted to welcome Baroness Warsi to give our 29th Annual Lecture.

Britain has often found groups within its borders whom it does not trust, whom it feels have a belief, culture, practice or agenda which runs contrary to those of the majority. From Catholics to Jews, miners to trade unionists, Marxists to liberals and even homosexuals, all have at times been viewed, described and treated as 'the enemy within'. Muslims are the latest in a long line of 'others' to be given this label.

How did this state of affairs come to pass? What are the lessons and challenges for the future - and how will the tale of Muslim Britain develop? Sayeeda Warsi draws on her own unique position in British life, as the child of Pakistani immigrants, an outsider, who became an insider, the UK's first Muslim Cabinet minister, to explore questions of cultural difference, terrorism, surveillance, social justice, religious freedom, integration and the meaning of 'British values'.

A book signing of The Enemy Within: a Tale of Muslim Britain, on which the talk is based, will follow the lecture.

Wednesday 20 March 2019, 18:00 – 20:00 GMT
Great Hall, Wills Memorial Building, University of Bristol

This is a free event, book your place here.



Past Annual Lectures

2018: Right Honourable Dame Margaret Hodge - unavoidably cancelled due to ill health

2017: Will Self

2016: Rev. Richard Coles

2015: Lord Anthony Giddens

2014: David Blunkett MP

2013: Baroness Jean Corston

2012: Sir Malcolm Jack KCB PhD

2011: Chris Mullin

2010: Shami Chakrabarti CBE

2009: Jonathan Evans

2008: The Lord Jay of Ewelme GCMG

2007: Rt Hon Nick Raynsford MP

2006: Sir Stephen Wall

2005: Dr Geoff Mulgan

2004: Professor Francesca Klug

2003: Ms Frances Cairncross 

2002: Professor Christopher Andrew 

2001: Sir Marrack Goulding 

2000: Lord Williamson 

1999: Dame Pauline Neville-Jones 

1998: Professor Archie Brown 

1997: Sir Alistair Hunter 

1996: The Honourable Neal Blewett  

Conferences

2015: Democracy, Inequality & Power