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The Oxford Debates: Our Fractured Society SOLD OUT

Anthony Barnett and Claire Fox Chaired by Stephen Law

Saturday, 24 March 2018

2:00pm

1 hour

Oxford Martin School: Lecture Theatre

£8 - £13.50

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Writer and campaigner Anthony Barnett and director of the Institute of Ideas Claire Fox discuss how we should go about healing our increasingly divided society.

Many argue that the Brexit vote revealed widespread anger and frustration with politicians and the political and media elites, who have been accused of cultural condescension towards ordinary people who do not share their views. Many feel a sense of detachment from the political machinery and a sense of there being no point in voting. People lower down the socio-economic ladder are finding themselves ever-more tightly squeezed, vulnerable, and indebted, while a few cash in.

Barnett is author of Lure of Greatness: England’s Brexit & America’s Trump (described as “blistering” by Zadie Smith and “one of the most important political books of 2017” in the Guardian New Year leader). He is the founder of openDemocracy in which he writes regularly (his photo essay on Grenfell Tower is relevant to this session). He also writes for the New York Review of Books Daily, the New Statesman and the Guardian.

Fox is director of the Academy of Ideas, a public space where ideas can be contested without constraint. She convenes the yearly Battle of Ideas festival and the Debating Matters Competition for sixth-formers. She is a panellist on BBC Radio 4’s The Moral Maze, a columnist for Times Education Supplement and Municipal Journal and author of a recent book on free speech, I Find That Offensive.

Discussions are chaired by philosopher and author Dr Stephen Law.

Note: James Bloodworth was originally scheduled to appear at this event but can no longer make it.

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FT Weekend Title partner University of Oxford BBC World Service International radio partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Worcester College Worcester College: Festival college partner Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Head of Zeus The Macdonald Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Italian Cultural Institute HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Gibunco Group Sponsor of Gibraltar Lecture British Academy BBC Four Television Broadcast media partner Earthwatch Europe Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Jill Dunsmore New College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College Jesus College St Hilda’s College St John’s College St John's College The Queen’s College The Queen's College Exeter College Exeter College Hertford College Keble College Keble College Oxford Brookes University Said Business School University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies The Oxford Times Regional media partner BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Princeton University Press Felicity Bryan Associates University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Conference Oxford Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Oxford University Press Floris of London Critchleys City Audio Visual Eynsham Hall Macdonald Bear Hotel Sloane Club Ashmolean Museum British Humanist Association The Story Museum Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine Liaison Financial Services Steer