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Oxford Debate: Toppling Statues and Fallen Idols

Elijah Lawal, Gary Younge and Alex von Tunzelmann Chaired by Stephen Law

Tuesday, 29 March 2022

4:00pm

1 hour

Sheldonian Theatre

£7 - £12.50

Google PR manager Elijah Lawal, sociologist and former Guardian columnist Professor Gary Younge, and historian and screenwriter Alex von Tunzelmann debate whether the statues of fallen idols should stay or go.

Statues and monuments honouring Confederate generals have been toppled in the US. A statue of a 17th-century slave trader was dumped in Bristol harbour in the UK. A statue of the Belgian king who oversaw brutal exploitation in the Congo was burned. A statue of Cecil Rhodes controversially remains on the façade of Oriel College, Oxford, though protesters have long called for it to fall. Is it right that such statues be removed if they honour people whose values we now abhor? Or is their removal to ’lie about our history’, as Boris Johnson put it, and to cave into a censorious culture?

Lawal is a PR manager at Google and is passionate about helping underrepresented people grow their careers in creative industries. He was a finalist of the Penguin WriteNow scheme and is author of The Clapback: your guide to calling out racist stereotypes. Younge is an award-winning author, broadcaster and professor of sociology at the University of Manchester. He is a former Guardian columnist and author five books including Who Are We?, And Should it Matter in the 21st century?. Von Tunzelmann is an historian, a screenwriter for film and television, and author of books including Fallen Idols, Twelve Statues That Made History. Discussions are chaired by Dr Stephen Law, a philosopher and academic, author of bestselling introductions to philosophy for adults and children, and editor of the Royal Institute of Philosophy Journal Think.

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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 The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller The Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner Marlene Hauser Mary and Cecil Quillen Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture Jill Dunsmore David Isaac Carole and John Allen Lucian Hudson Pank Koria CEO of Project People Masumi and Jonathan Dobson Miles Young Emily Rose and James Marrow Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture George Warren Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture John Roberts Owen Mumford Supporter of programme of science and medicine Exeter College Exeter College Trinity College Trinity College Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College: Festival college partner. Eastgate Hotel Eastgate Hotel, a festival hotel The Feathers Hotel Woodstock festival hotel Critchleys Accountants to the festival Project People Foodbuy European Union Delegation of the European Union to the United Kingdom T S Eliot Foundation Alan Squire Publishing Sponsor of American novelists and poets Cultural Relations Platform Supporter of the festival's Voices of Europe programme International Literary Properties 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 Racalia Olive Oil Olive oil from Sicily Schoolreaders The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine Chamberlain Evans Estate agents Siren Communications Siren Communications - corporate consultants Chêne Bleu Wines of Provence Frescobaldi Toscana Wines of Tuscany Symington Wines of the Douro Valley Seacourt Printers Festival printers Compassion in World Farming The Wild Geese Nicholas Hunter Ltd James Currey Society Hattus Books Hattus Books La Cave Musik Pusey House Cervantes Institute, London Confucius Institute Literature Ireland Pasture to Plate