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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