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Giles Fraser
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Oxford Debate: Evil: The Desk Killers

Dan Gretton and Giles Fraser Chaired by Daniel Snowman

Saturday, 28 March 2020

6:00pm

75 minutes

Oxford Martin School: Lecture Theatre

£8 - £13.50

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Writer, activist and teacher Dan Gretton and writer and Church of England priest Rev Giles Fraser debate the nature of evil and reflect on faceless bureaucrats who have allowed some of the worst atrocities in history.

Some of the most appalling acts of evil have been performed by ‘desk killers’ – faceless bureaucrats who have ordered and enabled atrocities for which they did not feel personally responsible or accountable. In his new book, I You We Them – Journeys Beyond Evil: The Desk Killer in History and Today, Gretton investigates some of the worst atrocities of the last 200 years.

Fraser is priest-in-charge at St Mary’s, Newington, near the Elephant and Castle, and also a writer, journalist and broadcaster. He agrees with Solzhenitsyn that ‘if only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being’.

Discussions are chaired by social and cultural historian Daniel Snowman, a former chief producer features at BBC Radio where he worked on many cultural and historical subjects.

This event lasts 75 minutes.

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 11th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College: Festival college partner. All facilities generously donated to the festival The Feathers Hotel Woodstock Macdonald Bear Hotel Woodstock Critchleys HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Felicity Bryan Associates Conference Oxford Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Schoolreaders The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Glyndebourne Chamberlain Evans Estate agents Ironbridge Gorge Museums Foodbuy Chêne Bleu Frescobaldi Toscana Wines of Tuscany Symington Wines of the Douro Valley Sloane Club Steer Oxford Botanic Garden Cinnamon Kitchen Compassion in World Farming The Wild Geese Nicholas Hunter Ltd